Monday, July 9, 2012


I haven't seen a dragon fly in the garden before. I suppose the are around even though I don't see them. This one was resting on an unripe raspberry.

They say (on the internet), "the meaning of a dragonfly changes with each culture. The main symbolisms of the dragonfly are renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Dragonflies can also be a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. Also, as a creature of the wind, the dragonfly frequently represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has - which is a lesson for all of us."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

First Bounty

First raspberry taken on June 30th.  This is about two weeks later than last couple of years. I think due to the rainy and cold June that we've had.

The first blueberries also, taken on June 30th, from only one bush. I don't remember which kind of blue this is ... but it's one of the ones planted 2 yrs ago. The berries are big. The other 3 bushes have berries still in the making.

Today it's about 79, fair, breezy at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Reuse and Recycle

Today, I bought some plants to help extend the season and bring more color to the garden. Got home and realized I didn't have the right size containers to pot up the plants as I had envisioned. Looked around and decided to reuse and recylce to make do. The containers aren't the prettiest, but they work, so they are good enough!

I used a cardboard box, and plastic crate, wrapped them both in leaf bags, and voila! just the right size pots!! I put the bags into the crate and the box - like liners.

 I cut holes in the bottom of the bags for drainage. Cut off the excess bag length. And taped the bottom.

Before potting, I put rocks in the bottom to help with drainage. I rumpled up a brown paper bag to take up some  of the space, as I thought it was more than needed for the plants I was putting in.
And there you have it - the wrapped box and crate as planters.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tulip Bashing

The tulips are taking a beating with the rain this week. But they are still photogenic.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bulbs 2012

My collection of bulbs this year. Tulips, various daffodils, fresia. I have yet to see the big poppy emerge.
Today was in the 60s, sunny. Tonight, starting to rain again.

Dogwood Planted

Colrigo Pacific Giant
Got the dogwood planted today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dogwood In Waiting

With the gift from my staff members, to honor my dad's life, I purchased a Giant Pacific Dogwood - recommended by the nursery. I wanted white flowers for now, and something that would grow big.

The system doesn't like the portrait orientation. But, lean over and you can see the tree in waiting.

One of the blossoms. It will lighten up.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

After the rain

To date, 7.33 inches of rain this month, compared to an average of 4.5. Been drizzling to pouring for couple days. Had a break and the sun came out!
Daffodils backsplashed with dirt.
A bell flower of sorts.

Daphne odora. First blossoms.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 7 - First Daffodil

Here is the first Daffodil in my yard. Not quite opened up on March 7. Two days later, we've had a 60 degree day and the blossoms are liking it.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Starting to Bloom

A carpet of violets!

Hellebore or Lenten Rose

Spring crocus enjoying the sun!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tree Frog?

Spent some time cleaning up the containers, and also knocking down the comfrey to make way for this year's crop. I found this little critter underneath a planter box. He blends in!