Friday, December 31, 2010

Amaryllis and Paperwhites update...

It's been 9 days since my last post, and I am pleased to see these flowers coming along so quickly....
At 31 days my paperwhites are flowering and the Amaryllis is just about there....

While I enjoyed watching them grow I'm not sure I will try this method again.  Can't say that I am fond of the total look achieved with these tall cylinder shaped glass vases...but for next to no effort I shouldn't complain too much. This method would be terrific in a limited space too, or at a desk in an office. Perhaps a wrap around the bottom with burlap or any other cloth would have been a nice addition. 
You can see how tall they get and that is the reason for trying the tall cylinder shaped vases- helps to keep them from falling over.  Although I think I would prefer a grouping in a shallow pot next time.
 The Amaryllis is a couple of days away from opening up...but I sure didn't get the vision I had!  I planted three bulbs, the same day and they all came up at a different pace... my vision was that all three would grow evenly, be the same height and bloom at the same time!  Hmm...what's up with this picture!  LOL.... Nature, can't control it!

  Dec. 1st

 Dec. 22nd

A visit to a nursery yielded me this pot of Cyclamen...couldn't resist!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Amaryllis and Paper Whites

Well this is the 22nd day these bulbs have been planted.  Not going to bloom by Christmas, but that's just fine.  I look forward to seeing their pretty faces in January!

 Who told these guys to grow like that!  They were supposed to come up the same and bloom at the same time!  So much for planning! is it those bulb companies get theirs to look so darn perfect! 

 I tucked some moss around the bulb just to give it a more natural look...
Can't wait to smell these!

I suppose it will be the 2nd week of January before I have blooms!  Tapping fingers..... HURRY UP

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Turkey in the Straw?

Well, not exactly...but we did have a surprise visit the other day...These turkeys roam around the area...sometimes we have to stop to let them pass on the road...
 Sorry these aren't better quality, I took them with my cell phone..

 I was walking out of the house, locking the door, turned around and "wow" I pulled my cell phone out and snapped a few pictures...they weren't even bothered by me...Lots of seed had fallen to the ground because of the recent snow storm we had....
Look at the size of those tracks next to the footprint!  
(the rainbow coloring is cause by the cheap cell phone camera lens)


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Amaryllis update...

Well it's been 14 days since I planted the bulbs.....
 They are starting to grow fast now...
 ..and can you see the Paper Whites in the jars behind?  They are just getting going too!  
 I have more paper whites to plant and I'm going to add some tulips to have a nice cheerful boost of color to add some cheer for the winter blues....

 I tossed these pictures in too, the stocking holder was found in a clearance section and I had to have it.  

The Swiss Rescue Dog is from a Coffee Mug set my son gave me from his recent trip to Switzerland.

As you can see it's definitely winter outside my window!  


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Listen to Songs and Birds

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Goldfinch's Move In

Remember you can click on a picture to enlarge and see them better...
Yesterday I noticed the Chickadees weren't jumping back and forth from the feeders to the bushes like they usually are... I took a better look at the feeders and realized the birds on it weren't moving off of it- and for Chickadees that's very unusual....I took a closer look and realized a group of American Goldfinch's had moved in!  

We have all our bird feeders on one post, which serves as a feeding station. 

The reason it's all on one post is because the squirrels and raccoons are very  creative about getting on the bird feeders.  We had to find a spot that wasn't convenient for them to "drop" from trees onto the feeders.  I love nature but when you start putting out 50 to 100 lbs. of sunflower seeds and most of it's going to squirrels or raccoons, you have to draw the line! 
I hope to get a great shot of the male cardinal that visits too...they are very wary though and just opening the door could scare them off!  Chickadees are so friendly they will just about land on you and the Goldfinch's are pretty comfortable with hanging around too!
As you can see the "domes" above the feeders really help keep the snow off of them.  I need one to go above my little platform feeder now. As you can see we've gotten a lot of snow already! 
It's going to be a long winter!
Remember to Feed the Birds!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag

Mary Poppins:
Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she call,
"Come, buy my bags full of crumbs;
Come feed the little birds,
Show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
Feed the birds," that's what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies

All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares
Although you can't see it,
You know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she's calling to you
"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag"

(tuppence is the sum of two pence)

Hello everyone!  I trust you are keeping up with the bird feeders and will help keep our fine feathered friends fed so they can keep strong through the winter. 
Today we found these neat pre-packed bird rings (kind of like a bundt cake)  They came in several seed combinations, but I went with this one because it had their favorite black sun flower seeds as the primary ingredient. They cost a bit more than "two pence" but we feel it's worth it to feed the birds!
We topped off the arbor with a set of lighted holiday bells.


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Quiet Garden

December 1st and we have our first snow!   The garden is quiet now, the outdoor sounds are hushed, the chill in the air has a way of rushing you back indoors, and now it's time for fussing around indoors!

I planted my amaryllis today, very late, but today was the first of December so I can keep track of how many days it takes until it blooms!  I'm anxious to see how quickly they will grow!  I planted all three in one pot...they are from the a collection supporting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation...these are called Blossom Peacock....
These should be real pretty in the unusual shaped green flower pot I planted them in...

This is my Amaryllis from Christmas was quite a beauty...only problem is it grew 38" tall and was very difficult to keep upright!  It was stunning though...
Happy December to all!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Spring into Summer 2010

 I took a steady amount of pictures this spring and summer of my gardens.  I put this video together from some of those pictures I captured.....turn on your volume and listen to the music too!

This is so compressed it's best viewed this way rather than full screen....
This was created by using pictures I took with a digital camera and applied them to a program called iMovie on my iMac computer- the quality is much better than it shows here, blogger compresses it so much it's a little fuzzy looking. 
Music is from a CD called Garden Thyme, song title is Heartline

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

The wind down....

Just can't help but take more pictures....It's been a great season and this fall has been beautiful...these are the last of the pretty colors around here...

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

I received an e-mail from a local bird supply store...I thought this was some great writing and worth sharing...this is an except from it that I liked...
Tom Ford, Wild Birds Unlimited's Naturalist, shares his thoughts on nature happenings in our area this month.
"A chevron of geese honk their way across a blustery gray sky. They pull behind them the imaginary curtain that closes the autumn act and when the curtain reopens, we find a new season"

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


It's been a wonderful year in my gardens...this is the view in the spring and in the fall .... quite the contrast...

A nice quiet morning in the spring, listening to the birds singing, watching them feed from the bird feeders...thrilled to see life emerging and ready for the summer ahead...
Here we are these many months later with everything winding down and ready for it's dormancy....  

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Putting the garden to sleep...

I've begun the process of putting the  flower pots away for the season....we've been hit with frosts and things are dying off...
I still had some healthy looking plants, but I also had some that had been hit hard and were all shriveled up...I always find it very difficult to do this, but I know from experience that in no time we will be getting the cool rainy weather which then leads in the the "S" word...
 No one told these impatiens how cold it's been!  This little corner near the fountain is well protected...
 Turned the fountain off today we battle leaves for a little while longer...
 My Endless Summer Hydrangeas are still blooming!  It's been a crazy year for me with these plants...I've sure enjoyed them!  I highly recommend this hydrangea if you've ever had trouble growing them, this one will not disappoint!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mums and Scarecrows!

I found these Gorgeous Mums and a then I had a Scarecrow attack!

I popped out my annual flowers from my tall planters by the garage and planted these beautiful mums.....

The gardens are winding down...we've had a frost that hit some of the plants...kind of messy right now with all the leaves falling, but you can see all the hostas are yellowing and ready to go to sleep for the season....

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