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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Looking For One, Found Four

So, on my way home from work today, I made a quick stop at a garden center to buy one plant.


I went in looking for phlox.  

I came out with phlox, sweet william dianthus and two stonecrop sedums.

All have been planted.  Yesterday, I planted strawberries.  It's time to plant!

I also set out my containers and retrieved some of the awesome soil from the area where I make my composting holes to fill the containers.  I now have a new composting hole.

And, we got a little shower of rain which did put some water into the rain barrels.  More in the forecast.  I'm ready for a rainy weekend!!!



Friday, April 10, 2015

No Shell

 This evening, I was wondering around the garden when something unusual caught my eye.  It was sitting on a stepping stone in one of the flower beds.

By the way, notice the cool reflection of our locust tree in the bird bath.


I got a closer look.  


Oh my!  It's an egg.  An egg with no shell.


The size seems to be right for a robin's egg.


What I can't show with a photo is how the egg gives.  It is squishy if you will.

I remember gathering chicken eggs on my parents' farm growing up and occasionally finding an egg like this in the nests.  No idea why it happens.  I left it out in nature after sharing the find with my wonderful husband.  He'd never seen an egg without a shell before.




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lilacs Are Ruling The Garden

The lilacs are having a perfect spring this year.  The temperatures have been good for them.  No blooms have been frozen off and they are just opening.  Today was a calm day for us and the scent was amazing as I worked in the garden.  I have one bush in the front garden and one bush in the back garden.  As is my tradition, I now have a vase of them on the kitchen table.  Love the lilacs!


The tulips are putting on a pretty good show right now too.  







Sunday, April 5, 2015

April Tour 2015

  
Front Garden

Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

Friday, March 20, 2015

Functional Metal

I recently acquired a few metal items for the garden from my aunt and uncle.  

This is a boot scraper my uncle made with an old disc blade as the base and just some scrape metal giving it the scraper edge with a little design going on.  While I don't know how much use it will get since we're not on a farm, I like it as art.


No idea what this was for in a previous life.  I thought it would be handy to sit over plants to keep rabbits from nibbling on them.


This tub looks really good still.  It already has some drainage holes in the bottom though so it is best as a planter now.



Monday, March 16, 2015

First Seeds In The Ground

We've been having very warm weather for about a week.  We are suppose to cool down again tonight with the promise of rain later this week.

The soil is ready in my raised vegetable beds for a few seeds.
I put out my new plant markers too.




Next week, I'll add a few more.