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, August 13, 2017

Robins are busy...........................

I have hardly seen birds all summer. I have kept the feeders full to entice the birds in but all I got was Squirrels. My Mountain Ash is loaded with berries. That means the Robins will be busy...........sure enough, they are in today and busy as little bees.
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That one is moulting, needs nourishment I think. LOL.
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Bottoms up.............
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That Robin comes often now and fills up on the berries. Pretty soon the word will be out and that tree will be stripped in no time.
Meanwhile, while I was snapping pictures of that one there was a mum and two babies in the other tree. Made some nice pictures they did. Only one ended up sitting for a picture though.
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They were not a bit concerned as I stood under them taking pictures.
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A tatty Blue Jay showed up.
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I got a nice picture of a Mourning Dove. She was at the feeder.
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Not a lot going on in the birdy kingdom just yet, hope for more soon.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cats in the garden and ........................

I am not at all happy with my cats.
Here is the "Murder moggy" napping on the deck........
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......and miss "Nasty Knickers" plotting on the lawn.
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I can't remember if I told this already, but Bessie is being a really really bad puddy tat..........this I do not like about cats, killing for fun. She is not hungry, its just not justified. That is their instinct, yes I know all that but do not have to like it. So one day last week (I think) she brought in a baby bunny, still alive but just about gone. I took it from her and made it as comfortable as I could and buried it in my garden. I was sad.
Then this past week I ran after her and took a bird away from her. That I was able to revive and was set free when it recovered. I hope it has a long and healthy life. A little purple finch.
Today it was a chipmunk left on the door step. Not sure who did that one, could be either one. This winter I will try to keep them inside and retrain them. It's hard to do that because they go out when the dogs go out. They were both outside cats when I rescued them. My previous cats stayed in the house and that created other problems.
Well, still no activity in the garden, too hot, too humid or too wet.
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The Mountain Ash is full of berries, see the sneaky Robin taste testing? That's what Boots AKA Nasty Knickers is watching.
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Here she is greating Bodi as she strolls back into the house
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The Blue Jay was cautious but wanted some food so took the chance with Bessie the murdering moggy snoozing on the chair.
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Here are a few garden pictures from today.
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The yellow daisies are out and have spread a little, that's good. I will have to let them spread and pull other stuff, I like it when something flourishes.
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Tiger Lilies on the other hand will be pulled from the garden and allowed on the outside edges.
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I have taken this into the house every year the past 3 years. It does well when its wintered over. It had about died back last year and I thought it was done for
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Most of the summer flowers are done now, they need either cutting down or pulling. I see some buds on the Mums. I may pick up a couple more seeing as how the ones I have now have survived. The other Fall staple is the Michaelmas Daisy, Asters. I have a job keeping those and they have thrived in just a couple of places so, I might pick up a couple more. I don't know, I really don't want to put too much more into the garden.
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I will for sure take in the Geraniums again. They did better than the ones I bought this year. So much more in the way of flowers. I will try to Winter over a few things I had about given up on that idea. I sure want to try to save the Basil and Rosemary. I have used both of those a lot. While my veggie garden has not done that well, the tomatoes are giving me a few now and then. Everything else was not worth the effort. In fact they did better last year. I will have to rethink it all next year. I have no idea why my bloody Zucchini is not growing veggies, who can't grow Zucchini????? everyone grows it. Mine decided not to pollinate and so far I have ONE zucchini from it.
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Another quandary was my Hydrangea, the new ones I bought all died. My ones I already had did Ok. I don't know what killed them. So all in all I did loose a few things that I really cant afford to loose. Maybe this Fall I can replace them if there are some good sales. Meanwhile.............on kitty patrol making sure they behave themselves best I can.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A certain nip is in the air.................

The mornings are darker, the evenings are shorter. There is a change in the air.
This summer has been hot and wet. Humid and horrible. I can not wait for Autumn but that sets us on a downward spiral to you know what.
The garden looks tired. I feel tired. We have hardly gone out this summer. I have not wanted to be outside, maybe that's always the case when it's hot and humid and why the garden never gets finished. This year I want to be sure to get cleaned up for Spring so that I don't have the mess come Spring. Another year checking out.
I had some nice Day Lilies come out this week.
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Arn't they nice? Then there is a beautiful deep red one out back.
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They never fail me. If I were buying more plants this year I would get more Day Lilies or any other kind of Lily for that matter.
However, no more spending on the garden this year. I may indulge in a couple more fence pieces to finish off the corner but that would be it. I would like to get some more dairy doo that would help the front garden somewhat. The old fashioned Lilies are very pretty when you look at them.
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The Bee Balm is pretty but not as thick as other years. We have had a lot of rain. One would think that would help. I wish the red ones would do better.
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The Poodles are enjoying the Poodle paths on the days it's not raining
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It was worth taking the Geraniums inside last winter after all. They are outdoing the ones I bought.
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The Gooseberry Bush has a lot of very tiny fruits on it. Hmmmm I wonder if they will get bigger as the bush ages?
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Autumn is time for the daisies to come, the yellow ones are just starting and have spread. One of the few things that has so far. The Fox Gloves did not do well this year. Just one stumpy one. Sigh!
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None of the daisies lasted long my garden is always a disappointment it just has to be the light and soil, but I can't keep putting money into it.
The vegetable garden was promising but has not really bore much fruit. The tomatoes are OK but not prolific. The Squash is a no go. One rather nice Zucchini and that's it. Apparently the male flowers are not doing their job by pollinating the females and I aint doing it for them. So next year, not sure I will bother. What I have enjoyed is the Basil. That now has been awesome. I have been really enjoying that using fresh herbs. I am wondering about taking some in the house for winter. One thing I do know if we do get a new house eventually I want lots of light.
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Well, I hope next week is cooler. I would like to get some work done out there but now I am baby sitting it will be difficult to get outside. Never mind it will wait for me the weeds wont run away and I still have to place my stones on the side. Next week...............right, next week. I will do it next week

Friday, July 28, 2017

Not my garden..........................

Today started with a real pretty sky, I went out around 6am......phew!!! yup and with eyes open too.
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Sky brilliant pink and the pictures do not do it justice.
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I had the kids today, I am babysitting for a friend. Ryland and Brodie, nice kids and I find if I do things with them then the days go quicker and they behave better. Then there is Cooper he is a handful. So about 10am it was still quite cool with a nice breeze so decided upon going to Central to the playground. Gabby and I took our coffee and let them loose.
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Look at the sky, it was wonderful
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Anyway, Central school used to be the old high school at one time. Gerry went there for awhile. Tristen went there until he left us. I have spent time there often enough. They have a garden.
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Unfortunately it is long neglected now. Last couple of years it seems to have been forgotten and that's a shame. I would volunteer but cant keep up with my own. The Perennials try hard to flourish among the weeds that are slowly taking over and smothering things.
There were a few highlights though. The Queen Anne's Lace is a weed but it is so pretty, I am trying to grow it in my garden. I saw one pop through this year.
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It really is like lace.........another seems to be a wild geranium but I am not sure on that one. I didn't look close but would like some of that.
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There were also some Day lilies that were doing ok. Some quite pretty, I would love the yellow one.
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They have an herb garden and fruit but all now overgrown and wasted. Such a shame
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yes this garden needs some TLC but I have no time. They did at least cut the grass so you can see there was a garden once.
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If it had a wall it could be the Secret Garden and maybe then it could be brought back to life and not look so forlorn and neglected. I enjoy going there, I wonder if anyone else does.......but now it's too sad looking. I wonder if someone will bring it back......I hope so.