Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A long slow summer...

I know, I know, your iris and columbine are long gone.  Well sorry, but mine are just starting.  So while we slowly swing into summer, I will help you relive spring.  I'm a little pokey posting as my older sister came out to visit for the weekend.
 These little spiderworts were in a load of topsoil.  They have thrived up here in our climate.
 This photo doesn't do justice to all of the blue iris blooming in front of the house.  It won't be long and my peony will be joining them.

 I make it a point to smell the yellow rose every day.  She only blooms once and I don't want to take it for granted.

 My wild little geranium just thrives despite all of the neglect I give her.  Below is a Hawaiian Coral peony I am peony sitting for my little sister.  Sooner or later it will go back to her.   Hopefully, leaving an eye or two.
 I just saw the name of this black iris, and now do you think I can find it?  After lots of searching in my garden journal, I found the name ~ Before the Storm.  
 My moss roses are stellar this year.  The colors are so vibrant.  Below is my favorite seat on the property.  The sun hits that spot perfectly.  After a long winter, I sit there and soak up the summer sun.  My sunflowers in the washtub are making good progress.

 My ever loving husband found another wheel for the vegetable garden fence.  All I need is one more large one that I can use as a gate.  You see old abandon wheels everywhere.  Nobody cares about them, until you mention you are interested.  Then suddenly they are like gold.  My greenhouse is thriving.  The pumpkin is almost out the top.  The peppers are amazing.  The lettuce is peaking.  I love having a greenhouse.  I like the shot below.  It is an angle I don't think I have ever used for a photo.

I have been eyeing this rust colored bird bath for awhile.  Finally, it went on sale and was the last one left.  I took the plunge and bought it.  Kelly and I took out as much of the old rotted pine stump as we could.  Then I set the bath on top of what was left.  It isn't going anywhere.  It looks a tad crooked.  Guess I will fix that tomorrow.

Etain Violas are my all time favorite flower.  I always have them potted up on the porch, so one can enjoy their beautiful scent.  If you look closely, you can see it is sharing it's pot with a moose.

I am enjoying every moment of this summer.  Like the inchworm above, I am taking it in a little at a time.  My friend from college is coming out to visit with her mother this week.  I am thankful for the time I am able to spend with friends and family.   There is nothing better than a long slow summer on the porch with my husband, family, and friends.  I hope your summer is as pleasant.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

More visitors and the yellow rose...

This week's visitor is more welcome than last week's visitor.  She wanders by once a day on her way to somewhere important.  I'm hoping she has a nest nearby and soon will parade by with some chicks.  
 The yellow rose is blooming.  It is so beautiful!  It is easy to take pictures of them.  I wish I could convey the fragrance.  It is too bad they only bloom once a year, but it is certainly worth the wait.
 These iris also have a strong smell.  I love the color as it matches many other flowers.
 I could take photos of these all day long.  I believe the true name is Harrison's Yellow.
 Ok, last one.  I probably have a hundred photos like this.  It is almost an addicition.
 This little fellow is a wild rose.  They are everywhere on our property.  They also have a wonderful scent.
 I got a nice close up of this moth.  I tried to get photos of the swallowtails, as they are everywhere.  They are too fast for me, but I haven't given up.
I'm afraid that is all that is happening.  It won't be long and my garden will be in full bloom.  Right now I just piddle around pulling weeds, fertilizing, and making a few tweeks.  What are you doing in your gardens?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Always interesting...

For the first time in a few years, we heard a distant drumming this spring.  I love hearing the grouse drum.  One year we had a grouse that drummed night and day.  He was awesome.  He found love and my husband and I were lucky enough to see him find a mate and watch them dance.  Things had been pretty slow on the grouse front since the Atlas blizzard.   It is great to have them back again.  I made it a point to do a photo safari and get some photos of our forest musician.
  He is winding up for the drum roll.
 Here I am ladies.
 King of the forest.
 One more time, in case my music was missed.
I hope he finds a date, as he is a handsome fellow. 
 My iceland poppies are popping.
 Unfortunately, the weekend wasn't all summer fun.  While sitting on the porch enjoying the day, I caught sight of this fellow coming down the road.  
 I grabbed Ella's collar and tried to get a few photos with my phone.  I was shaking and afraid I would be like that guy that was killed by bears and the dummy took photos the whole time the bears came after him.  I texted my husband in the house and told him to look out the window.  The lion watched Ella and I for about five minutes before ambling off into the woods.  Ella didn't see it until it moved into the woods.  She hasn't left the yard without one of us right next to her.  It is always amazing to see these creatures, but it is also pretty unnerving.  I am again sidelined from jogging.  Luckily they tend to roam, so I'm sure it will move on in a week or two.  Hopefully, sooner as the does are about to drop their fawns any day.  

Are there any monsters in your woods? What was your scariest experience?  Do you have grouse?  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Garden Art...

 I love art in the garden.  Bought things or something old is new again, it doesn't matter.  If it catches my eye it is in the garden.   I don't have a lot going on with flowers right now and it was way too cold this weekend to do any projects.   This post is focused on my eclectic garden decor.  

We got this beautiful wind chime when we were married.  Words cannot describe the music it makes.  This year I moved it from the porch to the woods, where the wind would hit it.  I don't regret that decision.  It almost makes the cold wind that has been blowing for days bearable, almost.

 I don't remember where I got the turtle, but I have had him a long time.  He has many scars. Last year while shopping with my niece she showed me the little metal lady bug below.  She has one just like it.
I love adding quotes to the garden.  The shovel was an old shovel left behind from firefighters deep in the forest long ago.  The board came from an old barn where we used to hunt.

 The decoration to the right is a slug trap.  It has never caught a slug, but it is pretty.  Below is an old stump we found on the property when we were building.  

 I made this bumble bee house probably 20 years ago.  Can you tell?  I've hauled it around and it looks worse for the wear.  Like the slug trap it has yet to see its purpose fulfilled.  

Below, an old NO TRESPASSING sign finds a kinder purpose.  The quote has always held a place in my heart, as my husband and I are together for all seasons in a mountain greenery.
 An old shell, with a round rock placed inside brings brightness to my little shade garden.  Below I found that bench deep in the woods when we brought the property our cabin is on.  I carried it out to the road, a quarter of a mile through the understory.  The red box on it was another find.  It is filled with sand and rocks from the beaches in Denmark.

 I actually have a theme by the greenhouse.  I have tried to keep everything around it metal.  The old washtub holds my tea garden.  The watering can holds the parsley plant that made it through the winter in our kitchen.  Below is part of a windmill given to my by our wonderful neighbors.  The box was found at an abandon farmstead.

 The plane above was too colorful to ignore.  The washtub below was tossed in a junk pile.  My dad couldn't figure out why I was excited to find it.  It works great to corral wayward wild strawberries.
Below, old chimney liners (I think that is what they are) work great as a butterfly attractant or planter.  Your choice.


I love the weathervane.  It is store bought and I'm afraid not made the best.  My arrow seems to have issues.  Still I love the blues.  I'm trying to find ways to add more stained glass in the garden.

Below was a challenge from my in-laws.  They brought two cow waterers and challenged us to make something with them.  Lo and behold, a combination bird bath, bird feeder, sign post, and trellis for vines.  

 I missed some things.  I hope some of the decor gave you ideas for your garden.  Old or new as long as it is something that catches your eye and brings you happiness is all that matters.  What type of art do you have in your garden?  I hope your Memorial Day weekend was warmer than ours.  I am thankful for all of the veterans who sacrificed for our freedom.