05. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

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05. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

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Just in time for the holidays, Sloggers has revealed a new style of Pansy Print garden shoes that are sure to make everyone’s wish list this year! Available in black, cream and turquoise patterns. Click here for details.

02. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

So we all know how fun it is to have a pup, but sometimes they can be more like pests in the garden.  Whether it’s creating a hole where you really don’t want one to driving you crazy when you are trying to actually garden, Dogs can really test your patience.

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Our pup Jaxx is no exception.  Trying to get anything done with him as my shadow is very counterproductive.  I swear little horns pop out of his head as he tries to undo anything I actually accomplish.  Luckily he’s cute, it’s what drives me to overlook the chaos he can create in a very short time.  If you are nodding your head, than you know what I mean.

 

The thing that we all need to realize is that to spite their frolicking and mischief that can make us a bit crazy, there are true dangers that lurk out there for our furry friends.  Here are just a sampling of the plants that you may want to remove or guard carefully for your pet’s sake from the ASPCA site:

Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

Yew
Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.

Amaryllis
Common garden plants popular around Easter, Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia and tremors.

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Autumn Crocus
Ingestion of Colchicum autumnale by pets can result in oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage and bone marrow suppression.

Chrysanthemum
These popular blooms are part of the Compositae family, which contain pyrethrins that may produce gastrointestinal upset, including drooling, vomiting and diarrhea, if eaten. In certain cases depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.

Kalanchoe
This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.

For a comprehensive list and photos of pet-safe garden plants, visit the Animal Poison Control Center at www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants.

The following list from http://www.1stinflowers.com/articles/poisonous-plants-for-dogs.html  also tells us many plants to avoid with photos.

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Flowers and plants that cause upset stomachs
(Vomiting, diarrhea, and gas)

Flowers and plants that cause organ damage
(Kidney, liver, stomach, heart, etc.)

Danger These Flowers and Plants can Kill Dogs Flowers and plants that cause death

I hope this helps you become more aware of the dangers that can be right in our own back yards.  Please visit the site links I provided to get all the facts to make the best choices for your garden and your pup!

25. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General · Tags: , , , ,

 

It’s finally time to retire the old adirondack chairs.

 

I have had them almost 3 years now and when I found them on the curb discarded with the trash I didn’t think I could get one year out of them.  They were so delapidated, but thank goodness my husband has the same vision as I do when it comes to vintage stuff.  He was able to patch, replace and repair until he wouldn’t or should I say couldn’t do it any longer.  In his words “the paint is all that’s holding them together”. The chairs had seen their day and I had to accept the reality.

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So when he took the rotting, broken chair to the curb, I held on with all my strength to the other one, while protesting loudly that he should find a way to replace the rotten pieces of the one in his hands as it crumbled to the touch where it had broken.  The other chair I carried safely to a corner that doesn’t get too much use.  It looks good, and after all isn’t that all that really matters?

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New ones can’t compare to the classic lake charm look of the old ones. They just don’t make them like they used to. But alas I had to begin looking for new ones because my yard just doesn’t look as good without them and it’s our favorite place to sit when we exchange the events of the day in the evening.  

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By chance, Home Depot had just two left of their inexpensive Adirondack chairs.  We snatched them because they were A. inexpensive (like $38 each) and B because it will take time to find some really cool ones that were built long ago and are still keeping together or at least replicas that look that way, so I need some to fill the gap until then.

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After several coats of shiny red paint they didn’t look half bad.  Of course, they aren’t as comfy or nearly as sturdy as my old ones(in their prime) but they would have to do.

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We need a place to relax and enjoy the show which is our life.

 

 

 

 

 

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     ~”A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. ” ~May Sarton

19. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General · Tags: , , ,

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Today was another hot and humid day with plenty of sunshine that made it feel even hotter.

 

 

But that did not deter my friends and I from visiting a local daylily garden that belongs to some folks that live nearby.

 

 

 

 

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We had visited there two years ago (see daylily extravaganza post) and wanted to return to enjoy the beauty of their gardens as well as to buy more of their beautiful lilies.  Web lilys 078   

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Norma and her husband have been growing these for years and their property is filled with fields of daylilies.

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Many they bought but some they have pollinated themselves to create some unique flowers.

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 I was overwhelmed by the colors and beauty to spite the overwhelming heat we endured to see them. 

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It was a fun day~ hot temperatures and all!

 

~”Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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15. July 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: General

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Garden Blogger’s Blooms Day is here and I have actually remembered to post for it.

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The heat this year makes me want to be lazy.  I love summer time but the humid temperatures do not make me want to run out there and sweat for hours in the yard, but somehow my garden draws me out.

Everything is so colorful and lush with all the rain and high humidity we have had over the last several weeks.

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My hydrangeas are happy, producing giant balls of flowers in all shades of pink, blue and purple.

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The clematis has been unusually covered in flowers for quite a bit of time and now the day lilies are showing themselves.

6After 7 summers here in this house, it’s as if the plants are finally settled in and not looking “just planted” anymore.

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  Of course I can’t help but want to move things and divide things but mostly all the plants are where I want them, until tomorrow when I decide to change something again or add a new bed.


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 Then once again I will delve in.

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~It’s a gardener’s prerogative to change her mind.. or is that a woman’s prerogative?  

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Either way I am covered.

 

 

 

Visit May Dreams Garden To see other Garden blogger’s Blooms Day posts!

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~”Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”  ~Sam Keen

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24. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

Went  strawberry picking with my sister in law Valerie,photo(23)  on Friday.

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 We had so much fun.  there wasn’t a crowd so we were all by ourselves in our very own strawberry field.

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It wasn’t too hot and there weren’t any bugs so we chatted and picked.  Great fun!

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Then it was home to make a couple of pies and can some jam.  My first time ever!  It came out so well if I do say so myself!  I am officially hooked on canning!

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Plus Val had a  great pie recipe that I tried~ and loved. So I will share it with you. :)

~”Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”  ~Anthony Brandt

17. June 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: General

 

The weather report in our newspaper yesterday actually said gorgeous as the description for the day.  I don’t think I have ever seen that before.

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  It is amazing how a word can affect our impression of something.  Sunny would have been a good word but instead gorgeous really jumped out and made you want to run outside to see what kind of day was shaping up.

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Gorgeous is exactly the description I would have used to describe the weather yesterday.

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I was out in my yard most of the day enjoying the perfect weather.  It was sunny and warm, but not too hot and the air was crystal clear.  A few puffy clouds in the afternoon made the sky even prettier.

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The “gorgeous” weather made my flowers even more vibrant and colorful.  After all the rain we have had lately it was so nice to be able to be outside and enjoy the garden.

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  I love when  many plants are all blooming at the same time. I know as most gardeners do, that we have to take in the blooms while they are here because most perennials aren’t in bloom for very long. I wish my entire garden could be in bloom all at once, and last for the whole season.

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Now that would be something to see.

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I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.  And I find sufficient purpose for my day.  ~Robert Brault

 

 

 

09. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

Christmas in June!!

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I recieved my sample shrubs from Proven Winners!  What a thrill it was to see what was in the box.

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I feel so lucky to have been chosen as one of the bloggers who gets to “test drive” their new additions.I spent the time last Saturday to plant them even though it was around 90 degrees and really high humidity. 

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I just couldn’t wait to get them in the ground so I can see them grow and see how they do.

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There were 2 spireas~ Glow Girl

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There were 2 hydrangeas~Let’s Dance Rhapsody Blue

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2 Viburnum~ All that Glitters and All that Glows

 

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and 2 arborvitae~ Filip’s Magic Moment

 

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All of them were extremely healthy and packed very well by Whiteflowerfarm

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 Thank you Proven Winners!

Let the growing begin…

 ~”How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli

 

29. May 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: General

    My friend Linda and I have a favorite nursery we visit in Hamden NY.

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The Green Thumb is always one of our favorite road trips when it’s planting time.  We head there each spring to see what plant treasures we can find. They have beautiful healthy plants and their green houses are full of more choices than most places we’ve been.  Add to that their hospitality and of course their cute dogs that greet us, it’s a favorite trip every spring.

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Hamden is a tiny little town about an hour and a half away from where we live. There is a quaint farmers store as well as beautiful old homes and inns.

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It’s located near the West Branch of The Delaware River and the Cannonsville Reservoir where the water that feeds NYC is held.  It’s beautiful country side that surrounds The Cannonsville watershed’s drainage basin which is 455 square miles.  The mountains surround what looks like a huge lake.  It was a very nice to drive by on our journey home.

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Needless to say we bought a lot and I mean a LOT of plants. But as long as it can all fit in the car for the ride home, all is well.  We couldn’t resist a second stop at a local nursery that we hit every year as well.  There we added a few more plants to be sure the car was filled to the brim.  The only thing that bothers me is that it was so rainy and cold by the time we got home, I never got my plants in the ground.  Darn weather is not cooperating at all.  The next day was so windy and cold, again I didn’t dare put them in for fear of a possible frost that night :(  You can guess where my Memorial Day was spent…right in my own backyard.

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So many plants, so little time :)

 

 

 

 

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  ~Gertrude S. Wister