Monday, March 6, 2017

T Stands for Tuesday & Lots of WIND

Hello my Tuesday Friends!!! 
It's windy here today , so windy that I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up in "OZ" or some other strange place.  I had lots of outdoor things planned to do today ,but 😠
The best I could do was walk about with my phone and take a few photos---well more than a few but I won't share them all so you can get to bed at a reasonable time today :) 
I started my day with art ♥
...and coffee with a couple of my favorite garden books.  I use these two methods along with the Straw Bale Gardening in my veggie garden. The Lasagna Gardening method is also used in my flowerbeds. 
After coffee and some light reading I sent outside to work... too windy for that so I took the photos and came back in and worked on art some more. 

I'm calling her finished at this point ♥ 
Last week we had a few Daffodils  and this week we have lots!!! 

These are the mini daffies that grow along the front patio wall. 
Then there is the big bed of daffodils that I  use for cutting and bringing in the house.
I bought these bulbs on clearance at 75% off and the ground was too frozen to plant them. So I laid them on this bed and covered them with several bags if top soil and then a bunch of straw. I intended to move them the next year but when they bloomed it was so pretty in the cluster and I could cut some to bring in with out affecting the look of the flowerbed. So there they stay ♥
 Last year I planted some back in the wooded area to see if they  would bloom since they do that before the trees leaf out. They did and now well wait to see if they get enough son on the leaves to form the new blooms for next Spring. If that works I'll be planting a whole bunch back there too :) 
Here's a close up of the little bunch in the woods.
The  Hyacinths are starting to bloom too. I don't have many of them but it's in the plan to change that this fall. 

In the above photo  you can see the Bee Balm coming up. This will get pulled as it has once again spread out of it's area. :(

I have started building a new raised bed and wanted to do more work on that today . I'm using as much of the dead wood we have found in the woods as I can. Stacking it and layering it with compost , shredded paper, and any green matter I can get my hands on. 
I have filled all of the gaps with  compost and shredded leaves and added about 6 inches of soil on top of this. When the wind dies down I'll add some more wood and all of the other amendments.This one will end up being about 4 ft tall when I'm done building it but then it will start to settle had the wood decays. It ends up making a very rich  bed that retains water well.  My Strawberries are on the first one I built 3 years ago. I didn't make it that tall and it's now only about 18 inches tall after all of the settling. 

Today's Random Thoughts

Now wake up and head on over to Elizabeth's for 


  1. I remember the first time I commented about my lasagna garden and people had NO idea what I was talking about. It's the one and only thing I believe in, and I don't have to ever pull many weeds, either. I would love to raise my beds, but so far, I'm just lucky to get what I've got available. One of these years, I might expand that 8 ft X 4 ft space I garden in. I tried to once, but the water hose only goes so far.

    I think your lady turned out fantastic. I adore her. I would call her finished, too. She's a beauty.

    My daffs didn't bloom this year. I suspect they need to be transplanted. But my hyacinths are starting to bloom. I only have four, because they were each very expensive at the flower shop (2/$5.00 USD).

    Thanks for sharing your windy yard (grin), your books on gardening, your lovely lady, your flowers, and your spring flower mug of coffee with us for T this Tuesday. That is a VERY appropriate mug!

    1. I've been doing Lasagna beds since we moved here in 2002 . The ground here is clay and hard as a brick. I was having trouble getting things to grow. Some of my Daffy's will have to be divided this year too. They either aren't blooming or not as well as before.

    2. I'd never heard of lasagna gardening. Thanks for explaining a bit, ladies. Fascinating and it makes a lot of sense.

  2. Your garden is doing so well, and no wonder with all the hard work you put into it. The flowers look beautiful, as does your wonderful, painted lady. Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

  3. Fantastic garden and so good to see the Spring Flowers

    I just love your artwork and the way you brought out the detail with the white is stunning

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

    1. Thanks! I'm having a blast with this new to me method ♥

  4. I love seeing your daffodils and your gardening methods. I've learned a lot about new techniques for sure. Lucky you to be so spring, but ours is coming, slowly but surely. Great new face this week too. Hope the wind dies down and happy T day. hugs-Erika

  5. I'm intrigued by this. I usually put some wood at the bottom, but I've never stacked twigs and branches high like that. I love the idea of raising the bed higher. May try that when I put in more next year. I'm sure ready to start smelling like dirt all the time. :)

  6. I love seeing and hearing about your garden, it's always full of wonderful plants and veggies! The daffodils and hyacinths are so beautiful and your new raised bed sounds the perfect way to recycled the dead wood on your property :-). Great thoughts for the day too! Happy T Day! J :-)

  7. The wind yesterday and last night... we went to the basement last night! Our daffies are happy in the woods and the rest are popping up all over! Love all the colors for your new art... she is beautiful!

    1. It did get nasty... We didn't go down stairs... in fact hubby slept through it all :)

  8. What a gorgeous painting Carol! Love all the colors. Yes, we had some wicked winds two days last week and I was so afraid we'd lose power but thankfully we didn't. Love seeing your blooms in the garden along with seeing it all come to life again for Spring. Happy T day!

  9. It was lovely to see the spring flowers in your garden. The raised beds sound a good way to reuse natures bounty.
    Your art page was beautiful.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

  10. Your flowers are beautiful, it is too warm here and our trees are starting to bloom. Now there is a chance of snow next week!

  11. The lady in your beautiful painting makes me think of a Russian Princess with her pretty head piece. Absolutely stunning Carol!!!
    It has been crazy windy here too off and on this year.
    Makes the little bit of rain we've gotten dry out too quickly.
    Daffodils are such happy and welcome flowers (well all flowers are but especially this time of year!). The mini daffs are too too sweet and I so enjoy seeing them naturalized in forest settings. You do have a green thumb.
    Take care and Have a Happy T Day oxo

  12. Its been windy here too... we had quite the storm blow thru...but not much rain.. just wind.. We need rain BAD... Our daffs have exploded this week too.. Thinking of transplanting some.. should i do that in the Fall i wonder?? Have you ever heard of Naked Ladies?? My sister in law has some in her yard and i would like some ... they are just shooting up their leaves now .. would it be okay to transplant some now?? Sorry Carol.. you seem to be just the person to Love your new artwork... I have not tried that technique where you do a background and then block some of it out.. I need to... Yours is beautiful! Happy happy T day!! Hugs! deb

  13. Loved all of your colorful photos! so interesting to hear about your layers in gardening, and uplifting to see your daffodils! What beautiful, colorful art you've shared too! a very fun post...happy T day! ♥

  14. Spring! I love seeing your photos. And bee balm is great, isn't it! Not delicate at all ;) And it looks like you'll have lots of bright spots of daffodils.

    I did some square foot gardening back when I had a yard.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  15. I love that bunch of daffodils against the stark bare trees. Is there any prettier sign on spring? You have a lovely place, Carol.

    You lady is beautiful! I think she needs a name. I love how you toned down the surroundings and added all the white doodles. Those effects really make her face glow.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  16. Good morning and Happy T day but on a thursday lol just now getting to the computer this morning.
    My daffodils are still blooming thinking they are enjoying the cooler temps-they say we may get a little snow and drop to the 20s on saturday-a little winter?? lol