Welcome to My Garden
This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wall cloud moving in from the south west...................
View to the south - wheat field is looking good, yet so vulnerable to the wrath of hail storms.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Cherries - from the looks of the trees there will be quite a few cherries in July.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
We walk together through the garden of life ... sisters joined forever by love.
(Very sad that Caroline was unable to join us for our weekend in Madison)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
My childhood home had a large attic and on rainy days my sister Caroline and I would spend hours playing dress-up with the treasures we found. Furniture from days long past were strategically placed and we would pretend to be queens and princesses dressed in the most elegant gowns from older sister's proms. Tea was served in tiny porcelain cups and we sipped our tea and ate small cookies as proper-pinkie-out ladies.
And so, on this rainy April day, I'll drink a cup of tea with my pinkie extended and enjoy the gift memories this rain brought today.
Beautiful rain, perfect rain, life giving rain, triggor-of-memories rain..................
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Garden events this first weekend of April included planting potatoes and the first batch of onion sets, removing the burlap coverings from around the roses, and pruning apple trees. I found several good web sites as well as video giving step by step instructions. (thanks again Google) Early spring, before the tree starts budding out, is the best time for pruning any fruit tree.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
geranium transplants in their recycled paper pots
Friday, March 19, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
In case the video doesn't work, here are the directions:
On the open end, take two of the sheets and fold them up about 1". Turn over and repeat
Form the bottom of the pot by folding the 1" flap over the cup.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Today would be a good day to take stock of seeds I have. I need to find a much better method of storing and organizing seeds rather than in an empty coffee can. I tried envelopes, they get damp and fall apart (bad idea). I tried ziplock baggies which kept the seeds dry, but didn't help much with organization. Sounds like a great project for a rainy day - which today just happens to be.
After further exploration of the site, I discovered it was just a small link to a much larger project sponsored by Annenberg media. The Journey North a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Definitely worth exploring. Especially great for teachers!!!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Yet, there amoung the dead leaves of last summer's glory is the beginning of life in the garden.
Daffodils venture out, braving icy wind and snow. Undaunted by possibilities of frosted leaves, they push upward from still partially frozen ground.
Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. They are a signal of spring. To me they represent hope and perseverance in the face of adversity.
For more information about daffodils check out The American Daffodil Society's website: www.daffodilusa.org
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Gary, like most farmers, has a pile of scap iron. He thought about doing an iron scupture, and decided to build some furniture for around the fire pit. He wanted something that you don't have to take in during the winter and won't blow away. Don't think that iron rocker is going anywhere.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Geraniums are just starting to peek through the soil.
Tiny petunia plant
Keeping the tiny plants watered and happy. A growlight on a track provides adequate light for the growing seedlings. Light is a germination requirement for petunias.
Started petunias and geranium seeds February 9th. They are just starting to germinate. The petunias need light for germination so the challenge is to keep the soil moist. A clear plastic cover does the trick and still allows light to get through. Right now, the seedlings look like tiny leaves perched on hairs. Amazing that in just another month they will actually look like plants and by mid summer, they will spread to a diameter of about 3-4 feet.
Last fall I mulched the roses using shredded cardboard and wrapped them in burlap. I can't wait to find out if this helps with cane dessication that occurs due to temperature fluctuations and extreme cold winds.