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.
... I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.......Psalm23:6
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Close up and personal................

I do love to get right down inside a flower and see how its made. They are so beautiful.
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It's amazing what one finds inside
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Little critters doing their jobs, day to day living and thriving. It's the little sods that eat the leaves I do not enjoy
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Up close this begonia looks like a rose.
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I love watching the bees, all different kinds of them.
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I love the stamens, the little landing fields that show the way inside for the polinators.
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Every flowers heart is as unique and beautiful as the flower.
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Even the Marigolds have special hearts
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Look at these close up
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....and these.
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Everything is special.........some are spectacular
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Someone else was enjoying the garden on this day
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They seem to come after I have sprayed the flowers with water
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I really enjoy each day looking for more pictures. I only post a very few. I love the digital age. No waiting for pictures that do not turn out.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oooh the lillies are blooming................

One of my favourite things is the Day lilly. I call them all Day lillies even though they are probably not so bear with me here. I am not a horticulturalist. They are so bright and cheerful and last so long. I have tried to collect a few different ones for variety. There are some beauties out there.
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I may show the same ones on different posts, but I can't resist they have so much beauty in them. Inside close up and as a group.
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In certain lights they shine. The Orange is so vivid. The reds do not photograph well with my camera so I try at different times in the day.
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Sometimes I can get a really good shot but more often than not the light is not right. The yellow just glow
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Look at the pink one
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I love this speckled one
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There are still a few yet to bloom. I have one that has a two tone and is very pretty.
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I am excited to see what else will pop out each day
I probably do not have enough room in my garden for very many more plants. I will now try to collect different lillies as I can always find room for them they are not fussy like a lot of plants. It's raining today so no garden work for me today.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th.............

No, I don't celebrate July 4th. No reason to I guess. I am English, it means nothing to me. I let Tristen go with Laura yesterday he went to a baseball game, and today to the beach. He will be an American. (Smile)
So today I sorted out a load of stones that had been collected probably over years from visits to local beaches. I always think of my dad when I do that. I remember him walking head down picking up this pretty and that and mum saying "Harry, you are not taking those back in the suitcase" but its I understood the need.
Me. Well I will be making some garden ornaments with them. I did string some beads yesterday
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It will look nice when the sun shines through it.
Well I had a very very happy surprise yesterday. Tristen came running in to say we had a toad in the garden.
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Isn't he cute? We are calling him Happy......I am wondering if he is the one who hatched from the tadpoles I bought We know at least one survived because we saw him. Then the following year Gerry saw him jump into the pond. Well since then nothing until now. So we shall see. I really do hope that he survives but he will be lonely poor guy.
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Some of my roses are blooming again. Doing quite well, must be the cooler weather. The yellow one has buds, I am in hope of that one doing well. I am waiting for my pink one to bud.
The red one out back is thriving this year
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Time for Day lillies
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There are loads in bud......I still have to get out there and weed out a load of the over growth of yellow flowers, whatever they are. They are spreading all over, some have got to go. They are overwhelming everything
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There are some yellow Day lillies blooming and I love the pale butter yellow ones.
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I have to thin things out so some of the smaller plants stand a chance of thriving. Some I will have to move
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I need to get more of these little poppies
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Some strange things come up from spilt grass seeds
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I love finding little critters when I enlarge a picture
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Bijou was following me all over, she sure is nosey
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These poodles love the garden and I have poodle paths all over to make it more interesting for them.
I caught Brea just at the right moment. She looked so silly, her lip caught on her tooth.....made me laugh
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Anyway, more roses.
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I really must start writing down names. I try to buy roses with a scent to them. Next time at the beach I am going to get a clip of a wild rose, cant beat that scent. A true rose.
Orange Day lilly
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I love getting close ups.
This was called London Pride in England, no idea what it's called here
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When you look at a flower up close it is amazing. It is designed to perfection. How can anyone believe it all came about by chance? The Bible does tell us that for those who care to look, you see the hand of God in nature. I do and I really do not have to look too hard either.