Caturday Cuteness!

 

 

 

 

I would give this little guy anything he wanted!

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It’s summer! Garden time! With pictures!

The only thing that gets me through the long cold winter is the knowledge that come spring, my gardens are going to come alive! We’re doing a veggie garden again, and so far, things look good!

 

Flower Garden

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Here is the front garden this year. It’s filled out quite a bit more than last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Husband’s Grandmother’s lupines’ came up and they look beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

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White and Blue Forget-me-not’s from my Mother’s garden.

 

 

 

 

 

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I can’t remember the name of this flower, but it’s flowers are a burnt orange.

 

 

 

 

 

pic5Impatient, but it’s stuck in the shadow of the neighbour plant, so I’m not sure how big it’s going to get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic6My Deep Purple petunias. I love these! The colour is so dark and rich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic7My peonies. The plant is so top heavy once the flowers come out. I put a tomato cage around them, but even that can’t keep them up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic8I forget the name of this flowering bush, but it’s so beautiful and full of blooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic9Our Mesquite tree in bloom. So beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic10We put red and white petunias in the two barrels and I’m hoping the over-run the barrel by July 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Garden  

We’re only doing veggies we know we can grow. No more experiments for us. I took this picture the other day. The weeds are going to be bigger by the time I get back to weeding it.

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2Front-yellow peppers, middle and back-tomatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3Onions. Nothing but onions. Big, small, red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4Two rows of radishes at the back and a row of lettuce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5Two rows of carrots. Now I did get in and do some weeding last weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6Squash and cucumbers. We have early squash and butternut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7I also put in some beans and peas along the fence. The beans were self-sowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you growing this year?

Veggie Garden-1, Chipmunk-0

It’s been a couple weeks since I posted pictures of the veggie garden. I’m surprised, the little critters have managed to keep out of it. I think it had something to do with my scent when I weeded. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

So, the veggies are doing really good. Even the ones we planted late.

The green pepper plant has started to flower,

And we have tomatoes on the vine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The broccoli has floweretts already, which is surprising as it was one of the secondary veggies we planted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the vines (l-r) cucumber, butternut squash, cucumber. No flowers yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the veggies we planted to replace the corn (top left) watermelon, (bottom left) early squash, (centre) corn, (bottom right) lettuce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then a whole pile of cauliflower. We have six plants total. I don’t know if I can eat that much cauliflower, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are peas, green beans and yellow beans. Don’t ask me which are which. Husband planted them so I have no idea.

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and beans/peas in a barrel. They started hooking on to each other and I had to break a few runners to pull them apart, but so far, so good.

I don’t know which surprises me more; the fact these are growing so well, or that I’m keeping up with the maintenance. We didn’t do a garden last year and the year before I was excited but that quickly changed. I don’t know why I changed this year. Maybe it’s all those reports I keep hearing about how we need to get back into eating real food.

 YES! I SEE YOU!

Free Flying Thursday! With Pictures!

Nothing special about this post. Just thought I’d show you some recent pictures from around the house.

Remember my rose bush?

Well, now it looks like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I heard a lot of swalking outside, and when I went to look I found this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I blew up the pic, but he’s still pretty hard to see. I couldn’t get too close, he started chirping and I was afraid he would fall off and hurt himself.

Anyway, that’s all the garden pictures for now.

 

Flowers are here! So are the damn chipmunks!

I’ve been busy with revisions to book three, but I just wanted to drop a post and show you how the gardens are going.

First of all, I’d like to say that I really, really dislike chipmunks. We planted eight stalks of corn, and as you can see, the little buggers have chewed just about all the stalks. Husband isn’t happy either. We live in an area where there are corn stalks all over the place, why the hell did they go after ours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*sigh* Anyway, all the other veggies are doing good, so I’m happy about that. Peas/beans are starting to pop up. I won’t know what they are until they’re a little more developed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bugger chipmunk got to my flower garden too. You can’t see it in this picture, but they ate one of my flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my peonies. Next year I’m going to keep more stalks in the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is my climbing rose bush. Pile of flower buds still coming out. I’m going to try and get a new author pic in front of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are your gardens coming along?

Come on flowers! BLOOM!

Husband put in the flower garden at the front of the house. So far it looks really good.

We went to MIL to get some of Husbands grandmothers flowers, only to discover that BIL g/f took just about every, single one. Left us with three of the scraggliest looking lupines. Ask me if I’m impressed. I got over it. This is typical. I should be used to this by now. Anyway, I’m getting off topic.

Lupines and Bachelor Buttons are in the back. My mother gave me the white and blue flowers, and I found a small Lily of the Valley poking out through the weeds. Got one other plant from MIL but I don’t know what kind it is. Husband said we could go out this weekend and get some more.

 

It’s now time to pay attention to my climbing roses. You’re supposed to plant them, then leave them alone for a few seasons to get the tall canes. I think they’re tall enough.

There are flower buds too. When we first got them, one was white and the other was red. A few years later we noticed they were both red. Didn’t see flowers after that but I dumped some woodstove ashes at the base and now they full of buds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mother also brought over some hostas. Only place I could put them was in front (behind?) the rose bushes. She gave me some ground cover too. Hopefully, they’ll be able to choke out the weeds.

They really took too. They get the morning sun and they’re shaded from the hot afternoon sun by the thick canes of the rose bush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flowers on our lilac bush aren’t that big this year. I think the weird winter caused smaller than normal flower buds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our neighbours snowball bush is looking good this year. There were a few years where it looked like crap. I don’t know if he did anything to it, but the flowers are numerous this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We extended the veggie garden this year, but it’s still unsure if we’re going to plant veggies. Our roto-tiller is acting up and the ground is too hard to do it by hand. Yeah, already told Husband that already.

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and this bird has been driving me nuts. It pecks at our wood stove chimny, then flies off and starts pecking on our front door. You can barely see him, but he’s there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone doing a garden this year

Picture of the Week:

I just had to share this with everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t know know long Katza was in there, but he/she fits like a glove.

 

 

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