This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Almost July, its summer......................

There is so much work to be done outside. Its too hot now, too humid and too buggy. I find it overwhelming somehow. I was just outside to take pictures and turn on the sprinklers. I can't stand it out there. The gardens need thinning out and weeding. Some transplanting to do.
Some of the flowers are looking bedraggled and not as many as last year. Lots of green though,
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These should be thick on the ground by now. I saw two brave souls blooming. I suppose there needs to be some food thrown out. It's all so time consuming and I didnt used to mind, these days though I seem to have lost energy and enthusiasm, Maybe on a cooler day.
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It seems I only just cleaned off all the mulched pathways and they need doing again. The apple tree needs trimming because now there is too much shade, besides I keep walking into low branches. I thought I just did that too..........I wish I had a gardener.
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I tend to like plants that spread, well they have done their job and are now too much of a good thing. Got to get ripping some out. These yellow daisies go crazy. I will pull some and put them by the road to go wild,
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This little shrub, well it was little once, has spread out and filled in so that a little pathway is more distinct. I like that. It attracts bees too and I like that. I think I will define the path with an archway and grow the forsythia over it like I did on the other side.
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The Bees like them.
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Look at the little saddle bags on both these guys, and I love that furry little bum.
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It seems everything blooming now is yellow. I love the blue's and purples. This little gem I put in last year and is supposed to spread. I hope it does. I would like to plant it in some other spots.
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Somehow I have to get back to a garden center without him knowing. Him being the hubby who does not read this...........I want a few more succulents that will go in pots and some more hosta's. ......The next picture is of our side near Bud's house. We are pretty much on the lot line and Bud does not want a fence. He does not like trimmimg otherwise I would have a fence to define things. Well, where the wheel barrow is there is a patch of really bad grass. I am going to put down some black plastic and put mulch on it. Then define the edges like I did out back. That way The wheel barrow can just stay there. They have to move it to mow. Not that that happens very often but still.
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I want to get some more rocks and boulders. I can not believe how expensive they are. We try to pick up field stones now and then but they are not easy come by. The Apple tree needs trimming back again. It was ok with blossoms but it will be loaded again this year. Not the eating kind of apples either. This area needs work. We took out the big bushes under the front window. Some of the honeysuckle has grown back and I will leave that now. I will just keep it trimmed. I have a climbing shrub on the end that now needs to be trained to climb. In the corner by the steps, this year I just put tubs of flowers. I may make an actual garden there next year. Or get some bigger planters. Not sure yet. Planters would be easier and probably look better. One on top under the window and two more below to go with the one already there. I can put Hosta and some annuals or else a shrub in the pot. We shall see. I can move out the Quince from the (what is now) shade area, maybe it would enjoy the pot? Or a mini lilac. If it were sunnier I would have a rose.
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There is a lot of shade all around my garden. That is not good for roses. I also have to use the sprinklers and they dont like that much either. Fussy things. The squirrels attacked my Fairy Garden, they seem to think there is something there for them. I will get more ivy and let it go for now. I want to use the bright green things in a container. I have another fairy garden out back, I think I will make a transfer out there later on when it cools down and just plant the wagon with ivy.
I need more rocks for the rock garden. Rocks sink .into the ground so the rocks tend to disappear over time. I use them to give some contrast to an otherwise flat garden.
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When we go to the beach and find Petoskey stones I put them in the garden. This is the rock garden. Sort of. I started it as a pond in a bucket, then the pump went. Then I had a fountain but Tristen would fill it with dirt so that got moved. Now its a rock garden
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Thats enough for today. It has made me want to get out there and get it all done, but thats not going to happen today. It has to cool down and get rid of the humidity for me to be outside.

4 comments:

Laurie M said...

it looks beautiful, the heat an bugs will calm down, then you can go outside more, what a lovely place you have created,

Merlesworld said...

Your garden looks beautiful so many flowers it reminds me of summer instead of the cold winter we are now it.
Merle.........

Magic Love Crow said...

You got me tired, from just reading your post! LOL! Your garden is truly beautiful, but as my mom would say, keep it simple. I love to garden, but over the years, I have learned. I buy drought tolerant plants. I try to keep things trimmed back. I have a wild spot, where everything grows. I guess there is always something to do in the garden! LOL! It's very humid here too! Tomorrow, I am going to buy some Russian Sage. I love that plant! My favourite! Hugs ;o)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I guess we are all experiencing the heat and humidity this week especially. All of your garden spots look beautiful, and your hard work really shows!

I have let the outside work go as I am trying to finish up with the kitchen cabinets. I spend a lot of time just waiting for the paint to dry, and it is starting to get a little "old" now! Talk to you soon.