Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Flowers in the Garden

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At one time this whole area was a flower garden.  This past fall we decided to scale back on the flower beds, so we dug them up and put in grass seed.  My flower garden is now much smaller, but also much easier to maintain.

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The Koi Pond

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Our Fish

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My hummingbird feeder broke last fall, so my hubby bought me this pretty, new one.  We have had several different types of hummingbirds coming to it.

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Calla Lilly

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Iris

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Iris – this variety smells like grape kool-aid

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Iris

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rose

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My pretty azalea that my girls gave me last year for Mother’s Day!

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This lovely azalea bush was from my hubby and son, also for Mother’s Day last year!

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Sea Pink

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Peony

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Chives

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I’m not sure of the name of this one, but I believe it is in the Dianthus family.

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Violets and sedums in an old kettle. 

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Sedums

Monday, May 18, 2015

In the Garden 5.18.15

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So far, we have been having a pretty nice balance of sun and rain here in the Northwest.  Both are helping the gardens to do well this year.

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We have been harvesting several veggies from the garden to add to our dinners.  Mostly greens and radishes.

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We mulched all the beds with grass clippings and so far it seems to be keeping the neighborhood cats out of them!

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This is the garden bed that we have been harvesting from the most.  New shoots of beets and carrots are now coming up.

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We seem to be having salad several times a week, thankfully we all like it!

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The sunflower and zinnia seeds have all sprouted and this garden should be quite colorful this summer!

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strawberries

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sugar snap peas

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Our wisteria is doing amazing this year.  My parents gave us a start of it several years ago, but this is the first year that it is filled with blossoms.

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blueberry blossoms

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raspberry blossoms

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I discovered this nest down in the woodshed, but sadly I think the birds, which were Juncos, have abandoned it.  Some Stellar Jays were down there one day picking at it…so sad!

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currants

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We have been cleaning out our birdhouses and several Tree Swallows have been checking them out.

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cherry tomatoes

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The old milk jug use to belong to my grandparents (they owned a dairy farm), the herb box was made by my Dad, back when my parents use to own and operate a small herb business.  There use to be three old robin’s nests inside the wood crate, but a silly Junco keeps stealing the grass to make a new nest!

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Basil starts in my old water bath canner.

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This iron shelf was made by my Dad and now holds a variety of herbs and scented geraniums.

Monday, April 27, 2015

In the Garden 4.27.15

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Well, the last time I posted an “In the Garden” post was back in January.  Back then it was mainly the winter garden with a few items sprouting up.  Spring has arrived and we have been busy getting the garden beds prepped for planting.  Below are a few plants that are already in the gardens.

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sugar snap peas

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kale

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mixed lettuce

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radishes

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arugula

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garlic

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Sadly, we have had to cover most of our garden beds this year with chicken wire or plastic netting.  The neighborhood cats like to use them for their personal littler boxes, so although it is not pretty, we have to keep them covered.

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apple mint & lemon balm

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apple blossoms

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This is our new location for our raspberries, blueberries, and rhubarb. 

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Most all of the raspberry transplants are doing well, but a couple did not make it.

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Yay, we will have some blueberries this year!

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No surprise that the rhubarb is doing well, it is so hardy it will grow practically anywhere!

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One of our favorite spots to take a gardening break!

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drumstick primrose

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primrose

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primrose

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chives

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trillium

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bluebells

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And lastly, a photo of the willow leaves budding out with our berry patch in the background.