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Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer has finally arrived!


At last!  Summer like weather and the chives are in bloom!



The first Iris to bloom!  These came from a friend in VA years ago.



New bushes planted!  Green Gem Boxwood.  I hope they do well.  I am trying for the cottage look!



I bought a hummingbird feeder and put it out today.  I saw a tiny hummingbird drinking from it this afternoon.  He has not come back but I am hoping he will and tell all his friends to come.  The feeder is in the sun.  Will that be okay?



Our kids living near us had work day here Saturday.  Here Sue is painting my garden gate.  She also washed my windows.



Melissa is washing the house down.



Cali is weeding around the tree.  She also had a big event this week and graduated from Kindergarten!  



Craig and Mike planting the bushes.



Gracie cutting the grass off between the board and the fence.



Grandson Travis digging out some grass for me.  I am so thankful to have all this done!  Thanks for visiting.  I enjoy any comments you might like to write.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time sure flies!!


Time sure flies once gardening season hits and I haven't had time to write my blog!  I brought ferns from Michigan a long time ago.  They spread and I put a few back by the fence.  Then we dug that area out but there were a few left among the raspberry bushes.  I dug those out this year and decided to put them in a pot in the corner as I really didn't want to get rid of them.  They seem to be doing well there.



I planted a few marigolds in the garden.  Already something has eaten off two or three of them.  A bunny?????



I have toads in my yard.  I think that is a good thing.  This one looked so cute amongst the clover and dandelion.  Today a baby one was in one of my plants on the deck.  I wanted to get a picture of him but was not fast enough.



My flowers around the fountain area was a complete flop last year.  I hope it looks better this year.  When we took out an area to make life easier I plopped the coral bells into here.  Bought three purple sage, three geraniums and some petunias.  Hoping for the best!



I would not be able to garden without this handy dandy gadget to help me up and down!



Radishes from the garden!  I didn't have to buy radishes this week!  Yay!!!!



I moved this Brunnera and wondered if it would live!  Was excited to see it did and bloomed!  Thanks for visiting.  We have had some lovely days lately! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

More Plants!


I received more beautiful plants for Mother's Day!  This hanging basket of petunias hangs between the pergola and the deck.



And this beautiful plant sits on the front step.  I think I am one lucky Mom!



This is my thrift store chair that hubby painted up for me to brighten the front porch!  I made up a little pot of impatiens to set on it.



Gracie and Cali gave me this organic green tea.  It has little paper bags so you can make it as strong or as weak as you like.  Nice big cup too that says Best Nana ever!  I enjoy drinking the tea in this cup.



Excuse the messy hose.  I made up these three pots for the deck.



Here is a close up of one of those pots.



Coco didn't forget me on Mother's Day either!  She gave me this beautiful two toned pink rose and some special candy!  Oh, yes, made me a card also!  



I have gotten a start on drying chives.  If it ever stops raining long enough I will dry more.  Thanks for visiting.  Happy Gardening and come again!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Plants!!


It is that time of year when I can't resist buying new plants!  This is a beautiful Columbine.



My Sungold tomato plant.  Wanted to be sure I got one!



I love geraniums!  I think these are the same size pots but one is larger than the other.



Those geraniums will go on the chairs by the garden gate.  If the nights get too cold yet I will bring them in the house.



Of course, besides the geraniums I had to buy more plants.



I bought another red geranium to set on the bird bath stand in the garden.   Will have to cut off the hook!  I dug out blackberry roots that came up again and put them in the five gallon pails in the garden area.  They are thornless and read that I am suppose to be able to grow them in pots.  We didn't care much for eating the blackberries but the blackberry jelly was sure good so what have I to lose if I try growing them this way!



I was just about out of my homade bread so had to get busy and bake some.  I got this recipe from my good friend, Carol, a long time ago when she served me some in Pt. Huron, MI. where we use to live.  Thanks Carol for sharing this delicious recipe!
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers!!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

That and This!


First Asparagus tastes so good!  I had enough for a couple of meals and roasted it.  Yum!



I defrosted my freezers and found lots of packages of raspberries I need to use up before the fresh ones start so made a pie.  I have not been making very many pies this year due to lack of energy from Lyme Disease. (Well, maybe a little laziness too!)



My new strawberries are doing well.  The instructions say to  cut off the blossoms until July.  They are everbearing plants so should get a few berries after that this year.



This is the cover I keep over them so that Coco does not eat them or pull them out!



My Sugar Peas grew in spite of the fact that I forgot to water them for awhile after I planted them!



I forgot to shut the garden gate and of course Coco took that opportunity to sneak in and eat the top off this one asparagus!  



We had visitors today!  Gracie is playing the piano for Nana and Papa!



Cali is learning to play also.  I love to play my piano and it makes my heart happy to see they are learning too.



Time for a little Barbie Doll attention now.  I need to watch the garage sales for more Barbie clothes.  I don't have the patience to sew those little things!  Thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Growing at Last!!


The weather the past couple of days has been so nice and things are starting to grow!  This is the flower/raspberry bed.



I cut the Clematis back and it is growing.  Can you see it towards the top of the picture?



Spearmint came back!



Chives are doing well!  Can't wait for those pretty lavender blossoms!



I was going to throw this little bench out but Sue talked me into keeping it so found a place in the garden to put it.



So far the new strawberry plants are doing well!



Comfrey came back again.



The Chandelier Pear tree is in bloom by the deck!  We have a lot of them around the area.  Wondering if I am allergic to the blossoms!



The blossoms on the peach tree are opening up!!  I love the pink color!



This is one of the Asian Pear trees starting to bloom.



Coco patiently waiting for me to get in the recliner to rest so she can get on my lap!  Thanks for visiting!