Sunday, May 22, 2011

End of May garden walk

I took a little walk through the garden to see what was blooming and I found...
Lastly, a few Wisteria still hanging from the front porch scenting the air as I swing and enjoy my evening tea.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Current blooms around the yard

Everything is greening up around here and blooms are just beginning to show themselves. The Lilacs are spreading their wonderful perfume throughout the yard. The Quince is brightening the back garden with coral blooms. Ajuga is taking over the paths already with their periwinkle spikes. The Redbud tree is in full bloom. The fern grows about 8 inches each night and will soon allow much privacy throughout the garden. Next week the poppies will drop their spiky shell to reveal the bright lava orange greeting anyone who enters through the back door. The Wisteria is releasing its first drooping blooms on the front porch. Yes, everything is greening up except the back near the woods, it is a different story....during the winter the deer have dined on my Arborvitae trees just high enough to reveal the woods. No more green backdrop for the Hosta edged flower bed. I will be shopping for another evergreen that deer don't find palatable. Oh the joy of it all. I hope you are enjoying your spring blossoms.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring is here but someone forgot to tell the weather man

Things are turning green and popping through the ground, sunshine is shining most days but the temperature has been too cold to begin yard and garden work. I'm itching to rake the garden from the dried grasses and fallen limbs. My fingers are needing to dig warm soil , plant pansies and spread mulch. My garden time was cut short last year, ending in September, because of family health issues so it has been an extra long departure from gardening.
I don't have any photos to share at the moment but as soon as the days warm, I will take a nature walk.
Last month I attended a quilt retreat in Williamston Michigan and the B&B I stayed at had this sweet gazebo which I must return to see this summer. I want to cross the bridge over this creek and take the trails into the woods. Hopefully I can slip in between weddings which they book every weekend.
When the weather warms, I'll be the mean time, there are plenty of seed catalogs to peruse.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hibernating and Happy Holly-days

Happy Holly-days gardening friends
It looks as if I have abandoned my garden blog. Please accept my apologies for that. My days pass so quickly and I have so many interests that now winter is here, my garden is sleeping and I am hibernating.
It is very cold here today with ice and a small dusting of snow. The Christmas lights are framing the garden arch and gate but that is all the attention my poor garden is receiving at the moment.
The only flowers I have seen are from the beautiful arrangement my dear friend,Terri, sent me last month. They lasted such a long time and really left me content until my own come awake in the spring.
I did take a chance on a beach walk a few weeks ago. The road to the Lake looks so dreary this time of year.
However once I arrive my destination it doesn't make any difference if the sun were shining or not. This view numbs me to any negative influence.I hope you are enjoying your days planning future plantings and entertaining thoughts of experimenting with new flower beds. I am packaging gathered seeds from the Fuchsia Morning Glories to slip inside gifts. I ordered some glassine envelopes which I stamp garden images on. These make a thoughtful gift everyone enjoys whether they have a garden or not.

Enjoy your winter break from the garden and I wish you Happy Holidays & a fruitful New Year !

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Autumn has come and almost gone.

It has been quite a while since I blogged. Crazy quilt projects and family health issues have kept me away, not to mention trying to keep up with my daily blog. Enough excuses, I am back and the leaves are turning here in Indiana.
Its time for mums....
and apples.... and cleaning up the last of the garden. My yard is filled with leaves but I haven't had time to do anything about that so I will let the wind blow them away this year. It isn't easy trying to keep up a yard,garden,hobby and home and I have learned not to fret about it.
Stop and smell the roses remember?
The Japanese lanterns are turning orange. I will harvest them for dried arrangements.
Autumn is here and soon we will be forced to stay indoors so I suggest you create vignettes sprinkled about your home to reflect on when the white stuff begins falling. On this little shelf in the hallway I have gathered several items made by friends with a bird theme. This will certainly bring a smile to my face each time I pass it.
Enjoy every day because you don't know what tomorrow will bring.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New blooms and berries!

Yesterday morning I took a little garden walk with Angell.This Hydrangea was given to me by a dear neighbor who now has MS and can't tend her flowers anymore. Years ago we exchanged plants. I gave her August lilies (naked ladies) and she gave me this beautiful hydrangea. It has never bloomed before and I am excited to see it has blue and pink blooms.

I have only had the old fashioned creamy white hydrangea in the past.

This year I bought a few annuals that I usually plant by seed. The Zinnia's are doing well.
This is "Rudy"
I love Astilbe!!!! My Horticulture teacher in 10th grade turned me on to these beauties.
I planted the Lamb's ear which I found at the Herb Barn in MI when DS was little. I thought he would enjoy feeling the soft lamb ear shaped leaves and I loved the soft gray/green color.
I soon learned not to touch the blooms because they are sharp. In nature everything has a tool for survival. This is its defense against being eaten by animals.
That is all for the new blooms, now for my surprise treat. In the back of the garden I discovered the black raspberries were ready to snack on!
Another post on yesterdays walk can be found on my other blog here.
Have a super great day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blooms after the rain

The rain brought many blooms in the front garden........
Basket flower
Lamb's Ear
Rose Campion
Living in harmony and sunshine.....
Have a nice evening!