Friday, June 24, 2016

Milkweed

I LOVE the smell of milkweed!  It's a mellow sweet smell that fills the warm air in the summer.  I planted in in my front perennial border so that I could enjoy the scent wafting in my windows.  I also love to watch the monarch caterpillars and find the delicate green crysalises hanging from the leaves!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Side Yard

The water garden/bath tub and bird feeders are here for me to sit and enjoy.  I have goldfinches, the indigo bunting, humming birds, chickadees, nuthatches, and swamp sparrows - all frequenters of the feeders if I sit still and watch long enough ; ) 
 The foxglove are blooming!
My yellow flag iris is blooming next to the old tub - I'm glad to see it so happy in it's new spot! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Picnic Table

My Babe built me this new picnic table.  He designed it himself.  It's 8ft long, so it will easily fit 10 people - 12 if you squeeze in a bit.  We put it where the neighbor used to have his sugar shack - he bought a house last year and moved the shed to that property, so we had this bare spot that already has a layer of wood chips down.  We won't have to worry about mowing under it or moving it to mow ; )  I requested the design that allows you to step in from the side instead of hiking your legs over the seat -which isn't very lady-like with a skirt on - it works great!
Yay, Babe!  You're my hero!

Allium Bulgaricum

Ornamental Allium flowers blooming by the new garden plot.  They were left there by the neighbors from last year when they used the garden.  I'm enjoying them every day when I go out to water, weed, or plant the vegetables.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ground Hog Trapped!

 Finally captured my garden thief!  He's eaten all my broccoli, cauliflower, squash, and pumpkins!  After a week of trying different vegetables, he was lured in by the 1/2 apple that I put out last night.
I did a little illustration of him enjoying my garden ; )  He even sampled the tomatoes and peppers!  I'm so glad we got him today - the peas have just sprouted and he would have finished them off in no time.
He is pretty cute though!  He was chattering at me, as if to say, "Hey, where's the rest of the apples!  Bring me more apples!" 
Now, we set it again and see if we catch another one! 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Spring into Summer!

 The new garden - open plot!  The little half circle in the front is for the perennials: allium, onion, chives, lavender, etc.
 (My Babe does his yard work Rambo style!)
The water garden is doing well.  Our betta fish is happy with his home there and the water lilies survived their winter in a bucket in my basement!  They're sending up leaves - now the test will be if they bloom for me ; )
The hens are growing fat and happy!  They're adorably dumb and silly!

and, the hummingbird feeder and gardens are getting plenty of activity ; )

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Weekend Away

A weekend away with My Babe - our favorite Inn in Bar Harbor and touring my favorite gardens and picnic lunches at scenic outlooks...
 The harbor green in Bar Harbor
 Thuja and Asticou Gardens







 Wildflower Gardens of Acadia



 One of the old carriage house gates in the Acadia Park.
 Relaxing on the balcony of our room back at the Inn, doing a little painting, and having our complementary afternoon tea.
 (Someone doesn't like posing for a picture - he he!)
Paeonia Tomentosa (Woolly Peony)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pictures from the Yard

 One of my Mother's Day gifts from the boys - begonia - so pretty in pinks!

 The clamatis I have growing up the corner of my potting shed is blooming.

 There are at least two hummingbirds coming regularly to my feeder this year ; )

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