April 30, 2010

Out & About – Week 4 – Fertilizer Friday

It’s Tootsie’s weekly Fertilizer Friday and I’m a little late on getting this posted this week because most of the week was drizzly and yucky.  Not a great picture taking venue.  But I caught up today cuz it was back to sunshine and 70+ degrees.  Yahoo!

I found some Datura seeds that I forgot I had taken from my daughter last summer so they went into peat pellets.
From this……
Datura - Seed Pod
Datura - Seed Pod
Datura - Seed Pod

Datura - Seed Pod


To this…..

Datura peat pots
To, hopefully, this….Datura - WhiteDatura - Purple

So here’s a peek at what is growing in my yard right now.

Yellow Loosestrife

Stella D'Oro Daylily
The Cyclamen is in a pot and is being taken out in the morning, and in at night.  Night temperatures are still a little unpredictable.

When I hopped in my car to go to the bird supply store today, I grabbed my camera. Just in case.  I’m so glad I did!  Look what I saw for the first time ever!

Great Blue Heron
How cool is that!  I’ll post a few more pictures in my next post because I saw something even more awesome that I would like to share.

If you want to see what’s going on in other gardens around this great earth, pop over to Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday.

P.S.  Guess what?  It’s May!

April 23, 2010

Earth Day & The Story of Stuff

Do you ever become so involved in your life that it’s almost like you live in a bubble?  I don’t know about you but I know it happens to me.   That’s what happened yesterday.  So I’m “outing” myself.  I neglected to post on Earth Day!   As I sit here with my head hung low, I choose to lift my head up and hold it high and get on with it today.  Because if just one person reads this post and checks out the video and ponders   “Hmmmm…..”, it will have been worth it!   Food for thought.  And you don’t have to be a tree hugger.

Pardon my blunder and have a great weekend.

April 22, 2010

Out & About – Week 3 & Fertilizer Friday

It’s been a very odd spring here in New England.  Unseasonably warm and periods of heavy rain seem to have sent all things with roots into high gear.  The bloom schedule is way out of whack!  

As we say good bye to these….
WK 3 Tulip
We say hello to….
Flowering Almond is  so pretty.  I feel like this is a bit on the early side.
WK 3 Flowering ALmond

Leopard’s Bane is a true work horse in the garden.  It often blooms twice in the garden.  With this early start it may go for 3!
WK 3 Leopards Bane

Grapevines are budding!  I really need to get this wild thing under control.
WK 3 Grapevine

Coming around nicely………
WK 3 FoxgloveFoxglove

WK 3 Hydrangea 2

WK 3 Lupines Lupines

WK 3 Peony Peony

WK 3 Poppy
Oriental Poppy – one of my faves!

WK 3 PulmonariaPulmonaria

 WK 3 Lamium
Lamium & Sweet Woodruff

Catnip – is looking good!  For now!  Soon the kitties will be rolling in it with wreckless abandon like a hippy in the 60’s!  And acting just as funky!
WK 3 Catnip

My brugmansias arrived from Florida and were potted up yesterday.  Fingers are crossed!
WK 3 Brugs

Now these are the most unwelcome guests of all!  Japanese Beetles are very early and I was shocked to find them yesterday. 
WK 3 Japanes Beetles

 Nasty bugs doing nasty things.  It’s going to be a long summer with these guys!

Well that’s it for this week.  Can’t wait to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods.  Head on over to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie’s blog.

April 14, 2010

Out & About – Week 2 – Fertilizer Friday

I love to keep a timeline of what is going on in the great outdoors.  Which plants are blooming as well as the wildlife that emerges or migrates back to the area.  

Last week I was out & about and here are a few of the pics.

In my own yard….
WK 2 Brussel Sprouts Brussel sprouts!  I was shocked to see this is growing from the last year.   It was the first time I grew it so that was one of my experiments.

WK 2 Garlic
Leftover garlic.

WK 2 Leeks And leeks.  And acorns, of course!

WK 2 Flowering tree
This beautiful tree blooms for a very short time every Spring.  Such a pretty addition to the landscape.  I wish it lasted longer!

WK 2 Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are budding.

WK 2 Tulips
WK 2 Hyacinth
Tulips & Hyacinths…..no garden is complete without them.

WK 2 Dandelion
Nor these, unfortunately.

Neighboring towns….
WK 2 Duck pond
I love this place.  It’s a house on a corner so it’s easy to see the pond from the side street.  It was quiet on this day.  Usually it’s brimming with geese and ducks.

WK 2 Duck
Only one lonely duck on this day.

WK 2 Horses
Then just down the road, this beautiful pair.

WK 2 Swans
I hadn’t been to this pond in quite some time and was delighted to see this beautiful swan. 
 WK 2 Swan swimming
Her partner was across the pond when I started feeding her but not for long.

WK 2 Swans 2 
What beautiful creatures!

WK 2 Stream
We’ve had a very wet spring in the northeast and it hasn’t been very much fun.  
But there is a bright side.
WK 2 White tree
Flowering trees have all exploded at the same time.    I’m happy to enjoy the beautiful sight even if just for a short time.

So that’s what’s been going on in my area over the last week.  I hope you are enjoying the bounty of Mother Earth’s wand too!  I look forward to seeing everyone’s posts on Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday.

April 3, 2010

Out & About – Week 1 - Fertilizer Friday

Spring is such a welcome time of year for me.    I love being outdoors.  The first true sign is seeing the crocuses pop through the soil.  But there are others……
RobinRight around the time the crocuses appear, these guys show up.

This year, after the snow melted away, a long forgotten issue resurfaced.Acorns 2Acorns!   Last year was a banner year for acorns.  They.are.everywhere! 

Next to appear in my yard……
Daffs Daffodils
Beyond my own yard, I also like to grab my camera,  hop in the car and get out & about!   I just  need to see what’s going on in the ‘hood!
Flowering Tree Yellow

Flowering Tree 2
This one I do not know.  It’s pretty though!

Weeping Willow
Over by the pond….Weeping Willow?

Trees are budding!

Geese are swimming!

Ducks are nesting! 

A horse enjoying a day in the sun!

Today was a glorious day here in New England.  About 76 degrees!
The kind of day that makes me count my blessings.
Ain’t Spring grand?  These are just a few of the reasons that I like to be out & about!

Now pop on over to visit Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday post.  She has a visitor!