Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mini Daffodils

Finally, flowers! Last fall I rushed around at the last minute, digging bulbs into the flower beds like a mad woman. I'm sure the neighbors are now convinced that I'm a little strange. But my strangeness has paid off and I now have splashes of color, albeit mostly yellow, around the house.
It's not as many as I'd like to have. I want to recreate the glossy magazine photos where the flowers form carpets of color throughout the gardens.
Someday I'll get there. I'll add more bulbs again this fall- I'm sure in a hurried fashion. But for now, it's nice to see the color after a long dreary winter!
Tête-à-Tête, a very fragrant, miniature daffodil

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Extra Large Pigeons

I know some people go to a lot of effort to get rid of pigeons...
But what do you do for Turkey Buzzards?
This is a nightly scene in downtown Morris, Illinois.
When the turkey buzzards return in spring, they roost on this radio tower every night.
Seems just a little creepy...



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I've Got Green!

The daffodils I planted last fall are finally poking through the leaves!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It Just Wont Go Away.....

Aftermath of winter storm Vulcan.... (Vulcan? did a Trekkie choose this name?)
 







Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Yew for Breakfast.....

I had a little surprise Tuesday morning when I looked out my window...
Daisy wasn't sure what to do. She's never been this close to a deer before.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Impatiently Waiting


Little Leaf Linden ( Tilia cordata) my seed source
Here it is March 1st and at the time of this post it is 16 degrees and snowing, again.
While it is depressing, there are little signs here and there that Spring is trying return. The sun is staying out longer and is warmer now, melting the snow inch by inch everyday. There is now a little patch of grass in my back yard again. Yea!
My thoughts are also turning towards the garden center, though I keep joking that I may have to include a snow shovel while setting it up this year! Lots of new ideas rolling around my head right now for displays and such. Let's hope I have a good crew this year!
I will be starting my own crop of organic tomato plants and other veggies very soon too for my own garden and I am also plotting out a new shrub and perennial border and getting excited about beginning as soon as I can.  There are even plans for a small pond but I'm not sure exactly where yet.
And I finally decided on where to put my little leaf linden tree (grown from seed from my original linden at my other house- the picture above is that tree- it was a rescue from Walmart and I brought it home in my van over 10 years ago. It is now over 15' tall). 
I have a love/ hate relationship with the linden. They can be a messy tree, with the sooty mold caused from aphids, and the plagues of other insects, including the dreaded Japanese beetles, that devour their leaves in summer~ but the attacks are rare and my love for their deep shade and drooping canopy and the sweet honey suckle smell of the tiny white flowers in May override their faults.
 I cannot wait until it gets big.

Happy Spring everybody! I'm keeping my fingers crossed it will be a good year!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Evening Invasion

My herd of deer passed through the corner of my yard last night, browsing for something to eat. They looked so cold (Temps below 0* tonight), I actually felt sorry for them (sorry Sissy!).








"You can't see me when I duck behind this snow bank!"

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Guess what we got more of....

Welcome February 1st. Welcome Winter storm Maximus, welcome 12+ more inches of the white stuff!  Lets hope the ground hog doesn't see his shadow tomorrow!
the Wren's house

snow covered white pines and spruces




my favorite antique ceramic feeder decorated with bat chime



Douglas fir on our corner

Even Morton, our neighbor's dog, looks unhappy about the extra snow!







Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Longing for Spring to Begin

It's snowing again, but rather than post another picture of the "White Stuff", I'm going to go back to a happier time.
I was digging through my pictures and found these of 'My' Garden Center in April of 2012.
I call it My garden center, because I run it. It actually belongs to the company I work for.
I've been with the company, going on 8 years now and this coming March will be my 8th garden center. Finding these pictures is giving me the itch to get back outside again.
angel from the front entrance display

Front entrance display~ spirea, azalea, rhododendron, geranium, viola, arborvitae & water features are always a big hit.

another shot with a Korean boxwood and candytuft iberis- can you find the frog statue?

a sea of early violas and pansies

Early shrubs, just leafing out. They come in as dormant twigs and it's exciting to see them leaf out.

early yet for tomatoes, but they are well protected in the greenhouse

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