Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter and My Favorite Garden Center!

This is a gardening center back in my home town of Rochester. 
It kills me to not be closer to them, but perhaps its safer for my wallet! 
I'm sharing pictures they posted on FaceBook

 They had a Expo over the weekend and I had to show you's kind of weird but I'm sure the men and the kids got a kick out of it.
Even Captain Jack Sparrow was there!

 Here are some Zero calorie Easter Basket gift ideas!!

 I hope to pick something up for my Mom.

Here are some pictures of the flowers they have ready
for Easter

 I'm sure these will be open and the place will smell
heavenly! Can't wait to get there!

A sea of beauty!
OMG I can't wait to be there!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunlit Sunday

Well today is the last Sunlit Sunday blog party for this year.  I've been joining the party with my other blog but I thought I would toss together some current scenes of my yard where my gardens are still hidden by the blanket of white.

My garden benches are starting to appear again
When I opened the door I could hear the chickadees tweeting their songs- so nice!

We didn't remove all the snow on the deck this winter.  As you can see we've got a ways to go yet but as soon as it's all melted I know the plants will quickly emerge.  We go from a frozen quiet landscape to full speed ahead in spring!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone will be up to this summer in their gardens!

Summer 2013
Watching and waiting!

Summer 2013
I much prefer this kind of view!

Thank you as always for visiting!!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Gardening Humor

I saw this on Facebook 
and had to share this!
This should make you smile!

Winter Highlights

Perhaps spring won't arrive by the "calendar" date but it's coming- I'm sure of it!! 

It's so nice to see the daylight earlier and earlier and the 
days lasting longer before nightfall!

Our area has received 183" of snow since last October.   I'm hoping all this snow has been insulating things and that I won't see a lot of plant loss.

I hope March finds you all well!

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Amaryllis- don't "fence" me in!

I received this pot with Amaryllis bulbs as a gift in early December and I've been taking pictures as they grew.

Around Christmas

I "fenced" in the plant to keep it compact in my room and to provide support for the foliage and flower stems as they grew.   Not too charming but it worked!

February 8th

 I removed some of the "fencing"

I removed all of the "fencing" and let the plant's leaves lay more naturally.  I relocated the bamboo sticks to support the heavy flower stems. 

February 15

I've been enjoying these pretty flowers this past week.   I love the contrast of this colorful flower vs. my outdoor frozen world!
 Thank you again Teresa for this gift!
Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum) come from South Africa.
I found this article on Wikepedia that was interesting. 
I've never had any luck growing these again from the same bulbs, have you?

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Yay the Polar Vortex is gone!

 Hooray the sun is out!
I thought I'd pop in and see how everyone is doing.  We survived last week's "arctic vortex" without any real problems. Goodness it sure got cold!  We were waking up to -5 with a windchill of -25 for a week.  I tell you there was a chill in the house even though the furnace was running.  In the evenings we had the fireplace going to cozy up the living room.
All I can say is I'm glad it's passed.
Last week during the deep freeze my Christmas Cactus was loaded with buds but they wouldn't open.  As soon as that deep chill broke they started to bloom.  It's nice to see some color with all that white background we have!

Sure looks different in the winter around here!!
We've had a total of 89" of snow so far this winter.  It melted down a bit in December and then round two came.  The snow is pretty much knee high in the yard.  Today the sun is out and a welcome sight!  It's been way too gray for too long!
I hope you all survived that deep freeze without any big problems.

I'm joining
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Sunlit Sundays 
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

November frost has arrived!

 We've finally gotten some killing frosts.  Every year is different.  This autumn season has been mixed with lots of rain, some snow and bursts of warm days.  Just a few days ago we were in the mid 60's.

This morning things are frozen hard.  We are promised a warmer day today and tomorrow with no rain so it's become a must to get outside and finish our winterizing.
October was an unusually busy month for us with two trips both around 800 miles one way only 10 days apart.  We caught a small sinus virus and that didn't help either.

I really dragged my feet this year.
Today I'm going to cut back some plants and finish
emptying the dirt from the pots.  

The mums had a nice frost on them but their pretty color is still there.

Happy Sunday 
I hope your week will be great!    

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Lucky us.... we got snow already!!  Really???  This is way too early- good thing it melts as soon as it warms up.  This was our 2nd day of it and a bit more is coming.
I removed some of the plants from their pots but not all of them over the weekend.  I haven't emptied the pots of their dirt yet.  I figured I had plenty of time! 

 I stood at my back door and shot these pictures... I like the virgin snow on the pumpkins and plants - even if I am bummed to see snow so early!

 Aren't the hydrangeas all pretty laden with the snow...

Doesn't the bright orange look spectacular against 
the snow!  I'm sure they're doomed now.

Neighbor's house
Out my office window
I better hustle and get those pots emptied- I have a feeling we're in for a long winter!

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