Tuesday, July 29, 2014

T for Tuesday------ "SummerTime"

Hi Elizabeth!! 
I finally made it back :) It's been forever since I've posted here or even on this blog . I guess I'm just not as wordy as I used to be. :) 
It's Summer Time here! Hot summer nights and lots of yummy things from the garden or Farmers Markets . 
It's really been an amazing summer here...cooler than normal ... and the garden has done very well. What didn't get eaten by the deer that is. The flower gardens are what make me happiest though.

Today I emptied the dehydrator and filled it back up.... Lots of herbs for teas and tinctures ...YUMMMMM....

There's my drink ...an herbal iced tea that I've become totally addicted to this summer :) 
Stuffed  zucchini for supper and that's my post for 
T for Tuesday

Grab button for T stands for Tuesday


leaving you with Janis :) 

Thursday, June 12, 2014


It's hard to believe that it's the middle of June already....where did the time go? 
I'm still trying to get things planted around here :(  Winter lasted forever and now the Spring rains seem to be here to stay. The bright side being that what is planted is thriving :) 

The Iris were spectacular this year....even the bed that is totally over crowded.

I have started thinning it out now and starting new beds with the left overs. Also giving some to friends and co-workers. 

These are two of my favorites.... there are a whole lot more but we'll move on to other plants for now. 

 The bleeding hearts were really full for the first time. This is a relatively young plant and the last two summers have been very hard on it. 

The Wisteria has totally recovered from the accidental Round-Up spray the hubs gave it. Last year I thought it was a goner but it was beautiful this spring and really loaded with blooms. 

I was gifted a beautiful Purple Columbine from Mother Nature. It just showed up in one of the flowerbeds at the head of the driveway. It bloomed for weeks this year and now I'm collecting seeds from it to hopefully have more plants up by the house where I can enjoy them more. 

I said I wasn't going to do any plotted flowers this year....the heat and drought of  the past two summers was too much for potted flowers. But I just couldn't stop myself. 

Two weeks of the spring were spent taking care of a rescued baby robin ...

Let me tell you I have a new appreciation for the hard work of Bird Parents. Baby birds eat a lot and very often!

He wasn't too sure at first about being free to fly away. After about 15 minutes of thinking about it he finally flew off. I hope he's happy and doing well :) 
 The herbs are over ready to be harvested and I promise to do that tomorrow. 

And last but not least...the new front bed is starting to fill out well and will soon be full of blooms. So that's where  the garden is right now... waiting for blooms and waiting for the final plants to go into the ground. 
In the meantime I'm getting ready to start some new perennials in pots to be transplanted to the flower beds in the early fall. I'm trying very hard to start most of my own flowers and veggies ...so I know for a fact that I'm not accidentally poisoning the bees with plants treated with insecticides. It scares me on how few honey bees I see in the garden this year. 
Leaving you with this thought for today

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring Garden ....lots of pictures

This post is going to have lots of pictures :) 
When you don't post in a while it takes a bit to catch up. 
Since Spring has finally made it's arrival and all things are finally turning green , I've been outside. A LOT ! 

In April I cleaned up the flower beds and part of the veggie garden. 

All of the dead flowers and weeds went into a new raised bed I'm adding to the Veggie garden...doing it Lasagna Gardening style. I love a no till garden.  

The Bottle Tree garden got a really good cleaning. Some of the perennials had gotten very woody and ugly so I yanked them out to be replaced soon with new ones. My Bottle Tree is really leaning a lot more this year so we may have to see if we can fix that without replacing the post completely. I don't relish the idea of drilling all of those holes all over again. 

Everything looks so bare and brown but in just a couple of weeks everything looked totally different.

The iris are amazing this year and there will be other post with them in them.
....and the tulips and daffodils put on a pretty good show in spite of the bitter and long winter...

The Creeping Jenny is trying to take over the veggie garden again so between rains this week that is what I will be doing. 
I do have more pictures...but I think I have shared enough for one post . So I'll sign off for now and try to stay a tad bit more focused on the blog this year.