Monday, December 29, 2014


  This year, winter has given us plenty of variety.

   Just as in summer, the scene can look totally different from one day to the next.  This is part of the view from my front deck.

And of course this as well.

Sometimes the snow is piled high, and then a few days later, it might just looks like a dusting of icing sugar.

This year it seems that the trees didn't want to give up their leaves, and that has added to the strangeness of this winter

But some day, before too long, spring will be back again!

Monday, August 18, 2014

An awkward time in the garden. The liatris (blazing star) is already past its prime, and most of the lilies are done.

The bench arbor is getting shrouded in climbing beans and morning glory vines, but the sky blue flowers have yet to show themselves.

  But the real attention grabbers of August are the veggies. They are coming on so fast that I almost can't keep up. 

What a blessing from Heaven they are!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sundrops, Chickens, and Sedums

It's been over a year since I had time to update this. 

 The lilacs have come and gone;

the Irises are even finished already,

and my garden is glowing in yellow sundrops and sedum now.

As you can see, my chickens are hard at work keeping my garden almost bug free,also scratching out some of the newly planted annuals, and they tried to get my early peas, which I finally protected with some green dollar store netting.

 but Oh, well, I love those chickens anyway, and their eggs are so delicious.

I won't let them have my cherries though.  I just planted this tree this year, and I want a taste, so I draped a net over and that seems to work.

The chickens and I share a love for the garden and so far we are making it work.  I think this is the way God intended for a garden to function.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Redbud, Apple Blossoms and Magnificent Lilacs

My Sunday walk through our property was a heady experience today.

I found several redbud trees that I didn't know I had.  Last spring a lot of buds got frost and there was no show.  But this year ...  

 The apple trees were in full bloom, and I loved walking below their blossom laden branches.

But my destination was beyond the ancient apple trees.  I wanted to visit my equally old lilac grove.

  I have really never seen such massive lilac trees in bloom before,

and to be standing among them inhaling their perfume, knowing that the Lord had planned this place for me, it was awesome.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A beautiful winter day

I was outside all day enjoying the fresh air while doing chores and shoveling snow.

  But then I just had to take a walk around the pond to see how things  looked in the snow and sunshine.

I love spring best but God created beauty for every season.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Planning with former garden pics

My files of garden photos come in so handy in winter.  I can tell at a glance what flowers bloom at what time of the year, and what blooms with what.  I wasn't sure what would bloom at the same time as the bridal wreath I planted beside the driveway here. But these photos give me a good idea.

Normally I would look through my photos and see what worked and what part of the garden should be changed.
This year everything is going to be new, other than the plants that I brought from the last garden.  But it still helps to look back.

Last year I started my vegetable garden out in the field and I actually missed having to tuck some of my veggies in among the flowers.  If you look at the picture above you should spot romaine lettuce, purple cabbage, and thyme growing with the flowers and adding to the cottage garden style.  I plan to continue that practice even though I now have ten acres to play with.

But the extra space means that I can now grow some fast spreading ground hoggers, like sweet woodruff, that I used to love, but gave up on.

It's great to plan, but when spring comes, I wonder if I will have any time to garden, after keeping the animals looked after and going to at least three markets a week with our coconut oil.

I'm sure I will find time, because my soul needs working in the garden just like my husband's brain needs coconut oil.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Is Pond Weed Good for the Garden?

When we first came and viewed this property the pond was low and there was a white lacy looking substance on the ground around it.  I realized later that this was dried pond weed, and I wondered if it had any use.

Whenever the grandkids came over for a swim they had fun with all the tangled green stuff.  I got them and their dog to drag some of it to shore, and between us all, we left a small pile to dry in the sun.

Then I forgot about it.  Until today.

I was down at the pond checking the level, when I noticed a spot where the grasses were still green, and flourishing. 
The rest of the pond grasses were pitiful by comparison.  And right at the foot of the super grass was our pile of pond weed.

 I guess I'll be harvesting pond weed next year to use as mulch.

If anyone has experience with this stuff I would love to hear about it.