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

19. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

I can’t believe it’s already mid may!  Time has been flying by for me lately.  I Finally got some flowers and veggies planted!  Of course Gracie helped!

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Slowly but surely things are shaping up.

I hope its growing well in your garden!

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Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a
garden.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Using a rain barrel is a great way to conserve water and keep your garden watered for free. 

 It saves one of our most important resources and making a rain barrel is really not that difficult.  With just a couple of simple steps you can make your own.

You will need

 a plastic barrel

 a drill, a hole bit (the size of your spigot)

 2 spigots

 a short length of flexible downspout

 2 hoses

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and a jigsaw.

First you need to find a plastic barrel.  (We were lucky enough to be given a large plastic barrel that is used to store milk on a farm.)

Drill a hole about 6 inches from the bottom, (bring your spigots to the hardware store and find a drill bit to match the size of it)

Insert the spigot and seal it with PVC glue.

We also suggest installing a second spigot about 6 inches from the top – that way any overflow can go into a hose directed away from the house. Rain barrels fill up surprisingly fast.

If you like, put a coat or two of paint on your barrel (suitable for plastic).  Choose a color that makes it blend in well to your background.  Then you will hardly notice it while it works for you.

After you select the site for your rain barrel, cut your house downspout  about two to three feet higher than the height of the rainbarrel.     (plus the hight of the cinderblocks.)

Cut a hole in the top of the rain barrel that fits the flexible downspout.

 (*You could of course place your house downspout straight into the rain barrel if you can fit it in without being flexed a bit)

Place the rain barrel on top of a couple of cinder blocks to enhance the power of gravity for hose pressure.

 Insert the flexible downspout into the barrel and then fit the flexible downspout onto your  house downspout.

Next connect your hoses.  (We chose to put a soaker hose on the bottom spigot  so it automatically waters an area under our pine trees that is often untouched by rain.  We also added a regular hose to the top of the rain barrel spigot that will direct any water that overfills the barrel to another location that hardly gets any water.)  Or you can choose to let it fill up and use the water when you need it with a watering can or attaching a regular hose when you need it.

Now sit back and get ready to collect that free run off water that usually ends up washing away down the sewer.

*This is really an easy project but if you are not a do it yourself type of person, there are many rain barrels on the market that aren’t very expensive and you can set up easily.

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“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  ~Roger Miller

 

 

 

My Granddaughter Gracie and I planted some seeds this week.  The weather was actually pleasant so we headed out to the back yard and got our hands dirty.

She is finally old enough to participate in gardening this year so I am excited to see her reaction to the seedlings sprouting.

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 Patience is the first lesson in gardening and 2 1/2 year old children don’t have a lot of it. ~(Heck I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for plants either)~ But that’s what she will learn about while she is waiting for her seedlings to appear.Web IMG_0472

Kids in the garden are so fun.  She was way more interested in digging in the dirt and getting her hands dirty than picking up tiny seeds and trying to place them in the tray.

Sounds like she is a natural to me!

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~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns

13. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

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It’s Easter time and most of us picture bright sunny spring days filled with  birds chirping and flowers blooming.  Not this year in the North East. We have had gloomy skies for the past several days filled with March winds and flakes of snow whipping by.

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But all is not lost because we can get through these last days of winter weather in the spring by taking in the little things around us, like daffodils in the grocery stores to bring home and pretend I have just picked from my garden, and a few brave bulbs beginning to emerge from the cold ground. 

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A Christmas cactus that thinks it’s an Easter cactus and old Easter cards that I found in a box. 

 

 

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These are what hold me over until the real thing comes along.

 

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That and the knowledge that in a few days we will be heading to Florida to sit ocean side in muuuch warmer weather than we have here. 

 So I’ll keep on smiling because we have made it this far and the worst is behind us now

 

…it just has to be.

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  Happy Easter, I hope it’s spring like where you live!

 

 

 

 

 

26. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: fun projects to make with kids

If you are looking for a fun way to keep the kiddos busy on a gloomy afternoon, just get them to make an easy bird feeder.  This is a very easy project that you can even do with two or three year old children.  It’s a great way to involve them with wildlife and your garden. They will enjoy watching the birds (and squirrels) enjoy their creation.

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 You will need only a few simple items.

  • A pine cone or toilet paper roller (or both)
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Ribbon or twine (approximately two feet long or so)
  • A spoon
  • Some paper (to cover your counter or table)
  • A paper plate (to put them on when you are done)

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  • Lay down parchment or wax paper
  • Pour some birdseed into a good size bowl 
  • Give your child a spoonful of peanut butter to eat. It’s best to just get that out of the way, Trust me, this will save you the trouble of trying to keep them from eating it later when they have birdseed stuck to their fingers ;)   A teaspoon full to lick will usually satisfy them.

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  • kids bird feed 1Start with tying a ribbon around the end of the pine cone or cardboard roller.  Tie a knot so it won’t come untied and leave plenty of ribbon on each end to tie it to the bush or tree.  

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  • Next use the spoon or fingers to cover the pine cone or roller with peanut butter.  Make it thick enough to be able to hold plenty of birdseed.  For
    ounger children you may want to do this for them.  Be warned that this can be a bit messy.  
  • Now it’s time to roll the roller or pine cone in a bowl filled with birdseed~ this is the fun part for the kids.

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  • Next lay  them on a paper plate and you are ready to carry them out doors.kids bird feed5
  •  Find a sturdy branch that can handle their weight.  I find it best to hang it on one with other branches close by so the birds can perch and enjoy the delicious peanut butter and yummy birdseed.  Be aware that squirrels love these as much as birds and will quickly devour most of it as well as knock it to the ground.  The good news is they are fun to watch too.  Have fun!!

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~”You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” ~Franklin P. Jones

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17. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General

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Time to dust off the garden tools and think spring.birkis

This should include being prepared for the first nice Spring day by knowing which shoes, boots or clogs you will slip on to greet the new year of gardening. Some folks may prefer an old pair of sneakers, flip flops or just plain old barefoot. puddletons That may work on a beautiful day if there’s not a lot of hard work to do, but what about a muddy or cold day.    Sneakers and flip flops don’t control the temperature of your feet or protect them from sharp tools or rocks…. And barefoot, well I don’t even need to explain that one.   Klogs Great clogs, waterproof, rugged with with an aggressive sole.  pretty too!

Any of those choices are not safe, healthy, or comfortable, not to mention the pedicure issues you will face.

Warm feet that are dry and safe make it easier to stay out there long enough to accomplish whatever task you need to do, no matter what the outside conditions are.  So whether you prefer clogsboots or shoes,there are so many to choose from at Garden Shoes Online.   

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Your feet and back will thank you for it. :D

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