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Thursday, May 4, 2017

May Tour 2017

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017


April has had a hard time deciding which season to be this year.  Our temperatures have been all over the place.  We've had crazy wind and downpours around beautiful spring days and some very warm ones too.  Today, we're getting snow after days of rain and wind.  Places west of us are really being buried in snow.  Overnight, thunder woke me up during a sleet shower.  Apparently, Mother Nature wanted one more April Fools' Joke.

While my containers are ready, I resisted planting them with annuals when I saw the weather forecast.  I also hold off on tomatoes and other vegetables until May because our weather is fickle.  The rain barrels are up and full after all this moisture.  While we're getting sleet and snow, it's actually above freezing.  The bird baths are not frozen.  My wonderful husband helped me add cedar mulch Thursday morning and I've made a list of plants to buy for the containers.  I brought in several irises to open in the house.  I have more colors waiting to show off.  While there are buds waiting in the garden, I think the irises have gone into a holding phase until it warms back up a bit.  Next week looks to be warmer, more spring like.

Happy May Day everyone!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017


The irises are blooming at Garden on Sherlock Street.  These purple ones are always first.  There was a small clump of them here when we moved in.  I have spread them around the garden and shared them with a lot of friends.  This shot is along the alley.
The tulip display ended here just over a week ago when we were hit with a deluge.  Almost four inches of rain with a lot of small soft hail in about an hour and a half.  Some flash flooding of streets in town and people dealing with stalled cars and water in basements.  Just a little water in one corner of our basement, but the plants sure took a beating outside even if the roof and vehicles were fine.  Everything is growing and has perked back up including my peas which I was worried about, but the hail didn't break any of them off just roughed them up a bit.

We're enjoying different birds as they migrate and watching some pairs build nests.  Unfortunately, a robin pair was set on building a nest on top of our electrical meter.  After three days of cleaning off their attempts, I finally read to try sparkly ribbon.  That seems to have done the trick.  There are many nice trees to nest in.  Right by our back door is not really a good location.

A plant order arrived this week and I got them all in the ground yesterday.  Looking forward to some new bright flowers.

The rain barrels are set up ready to catch some water.  Too bad they weren't ready when we had the deluge.  I had to fix a hose with a leak and get new washers for one of the overflow tubes before I could set them up.

Seeded some more carrots into the garden today and making plans to fill containers soon.

Happy Earth Day!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017


It is a beautiful spring day at Garden on Sherlock Street.  Planted some Russian Sage that a friend was removing from a bed -- always saving plants, put some carrot and lettuce seeds in the ground, my wonderful husband mended a garden hose that had developed a couple of serious kinks and I checked out the newest tulip to bloom.  Love this color.  Unfortunately, I only have about 25% of these tulips this year because something dug most of them up over the winter.  I was hoping a squirrel replanted them in other places, but so far no surprise tulips in our garden.  At least I still have some.  Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Tour 2017

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Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017


A rare photo of raindrops in the garden.  We have been blessed with over two inches of rain.  Slow, soaking rain.  We can already see the countryside greening up with all the moisture.  Today, a bit of sun is showing.  We may get a little more rain next week.  My rain barrels are not set up yet as I know it could still freeze.  So happy for the rain.  Really reduced the wildfire threat for our area.  I took the tour photos today to show a well watered garden for once.  Should have them ready for tomorrow.  Happy Sunday.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

While it is cool again today, we had some hot, dry, windy days this week.  We were in a dust cloud on Thursday when I stopped at a local greenhouse to pick up some pansies.  Nice to have some plants in containers on the porch and patio again.  A ceramic owl also found its way home from the greenhouse.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Warm weather today gave me a chance to plants some seeds in the garden:  peas, radishes, kohlrabi and lettuce.

My wonderful husband helped me raise the water cube we use to store rain water.  It'll be easier to fit a bucket under the spout this year with it up another six inches.

I painted the welcome sign I shared in the last post.  Check it out in the right hand column.  :-)

I'm transplanting a few things.  I moved some chrysanthemums, and put these new wire cloches I purchased over them until they get start in the new place.


Still very dry here.  I have soaker hoses running.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope it was a nice day in your garden.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Another beautiful afternoon to be in the garden.  The calmer weather has allowed the firefighters to get the area wildfires under control.  So sad to hear of the damage.  We had a tiny chance of rain this weekend, but I just checked the forecast and it's been removed.  As I dug in the soil, I could see how dry it has become.  So, I ran a soaker hose while I pulled weeds, moved some of my galvanized containers, fixed the weather vane and enjoyed the birds!  Above is some garden art that needs paint.  I'm thinking red.  Hope your March has good weather for the garden.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


A beautiful day to be in the garden!  Monday and Tuesday were just awful here.  Such strong winds pushing wildfires across the plains of the Sunflower State.  A sweet friend's home was damaged.  Luckily, crews got the fire out before it took the whole house.  Others have not been so lucky.  Lost homes, farm buildings and so many animals.  We really need rain.  At least having a calm day is letting firefighting crews get things under control.  I spent the afternoon cleaning up some more planting beds.  Need to repair our weather vane and need to buy some paint for a few pieces of garden art.  A sweet garden friend shared some tete-a-tete bulbs with me a few years back.  They are showing off right now.  Hope all is well with you.  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some hyacinth bulbs are starting to bloom in the garden.
It is very warm and very windy today.  Took about an hour to clean up some flower beds.  Not as much henbit and chick weed to pull as I thought I'd find.  Some vinca vine from a container on the patio rooted its tendrils into one of the beds.  Hopefully, I got it all dug out.  The butterfly bush has some dead sections.  I don't know if it's aging and that is normal or if the drought has affected it.  We've had a very dry winter.  Digging in the soil shows that I need to start watering.  Came in from the wind and am now enjoying watching the birds at the feeders from our kitchen table.  I can clearly hear the chimes with the window open on this early March day.  Thanks for visiting my garden.  Be well!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

7 Years


Garden on Sherlock Street is now 7 years old!!  I love the number 7.  :-)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Tour 2017

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Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley


Friday, February 10, 2017

Crocus Blooms

First crocus blooming!

Today was very warm.  We reached 83 degrees Fahrenheit.  Crazy for February.


I've been keeping track of the first crocus blooms since I started this blog.

2016 February 16
2015 February 8
2014 February 15
2013 February 3
2012 January 30
2011 February 23
2010 March 4


Friday, February 3, 2017

February Tour 2017

Front Garden

Forest

Back Garden




Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Patio

Alley

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