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I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish all of my GG friends a Happy New Year!! If you go out tonight have a fun but safe time! Many blessings to you all in the new year.
I've been so lax in writing in my blog here in GG! One of my New Year Resolutions is to write a post at least once a week. It won't always be about gardening, but at least my blog won't feel neglected!
If I don't make it back on here for New Years Eve, I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year. May 2012 be very good for all of my GG friends! Happy New Year!
Sadie had a good Christmas!
I've found one plant that is loving this heat and humidity! The Rose of Sharon have been in full bloom for a few weeks with no sign of stopping. I was photographing something else that I put in the plant id section of the forums and decided I should get some photos of these beautiful flowers this year.
I really should go back out there with the macro tubes and get some really detail close-ups!
Is everyone else's Rose of Sharon doing exceptionally well in the heat this year?
I came home from church today and the first thing I just had to do was go out back to check the garden! Of course I did!!
We have had a couple of overcast days with gentle rains which we needed badly. I was curious how the vegetables responded! Needless to say they soaked it all up :o).
Finally one of the bell peppers is turning yellow. Yay Rah!!!!
The cucumber vines are continuing to vine out over the old dirt/compost pile. And still producing lots of fruit!!
And tomatoes galore!!
This was one of the best decision I've made. An actual garden in my yard :o). Even with this horrendous heatwave we all have had, the garden has responded well!
Since you asked, a few more vacation photos! I have to share Casa Loma with you.
I had a nice paragraph all typed out and 3 photos already saved, and poof it was gone! I'm not going to retype it, you can look online and find all of the info on this wonderful place :o)
The front and entry
The conservatory doors. $25000 when he had them installed (per door), over $125,000 not if they had to be replaced
The conservatory alcove, yes I loved this room!
The conservatory domed ceiling, beautiful!
A couple of HUGE flowers. I put my hand beside them to show just how big they are.
nd I saved the best for last :o). The back of the castle. I wish I had all night to upload photos and show you so much more. Its just TOO time consuming! I hope you enjoy these!
I was a little afraid the garden would suffer while I was gone from lack of care and lack of rain. I don't think I needed to worry about that at all. What do you think?
31 cucumbers and one fully ripe tomato! There are 2 more tomatoes that will be ripe either tomorrow or monday. I didn't have any more zucchini, but I did pick two just before I left.
Sunbury Chic, we got gas in your town on our way to Niagara! I thought you were closer to Cincinnati for some reason. Imagine my surprise when I saw your town on the sign!
I'll post more vacation pics in my blog tomorrow. Its been a long day driving home from Port Huron this morning. But the laundry has been started, suitcases and clean clothes put away, the dog picked up and loved on a lot, and the flowers and garden watered! I'm pooped!!
We spent a wonderful weekend in Niagara Falls with friends from all over the US and Canada. What an awesome experience! Memories that will last forever.
We then went to Brantford, Ontario, Canada. I just had to see the town square that is dedicated to Joseph Brant who we found out through a genealogy search that we are descended from. My great grandmother was a Brant. That was very cool. I don't have those photos loaded to Photobucket yet, but I will share them once I get them uploaded.
Now we are just north of Toronto. Trying to plan our route for tomorrow to see some of the sights. This city is HUGE! Our hotel is just north of Toronto in a suburb, and the suburb is HUGE! Its so interesting to see such a different place and the way people live. There are many different cultures living in this area.
Anyway, here are a few pictures to share of Niagara!
One of the first group meetings. Some had just arrived and we saw each other in the parking lot. I'm the second one from the left. In this photo we represent New Mexico, Indiana, Vermont and California!
gara lit up at night. We went down for the fireworks show, it was awesome!
The view from our hotel.
A couple of fireworks photos. They were RIGHT THERE, so close!
>A friends daughter got a balloon hat at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville when we went for dinner. She is so cute!
(This is not letting me add any more after this photo for some reason. I'll be back at another time to add photos of the rest of our trip!) Miss you all!!!
I hope everyone has fun plans for the long weekend, with family and friends!
We're getting ready to go on vacation in another week and I found out a good friend is flying in from New Mexico to travel to Niagara with us! I'm so excited. I'm getting to meet a whole group of great friends in Niagara, then the hubby and I are traveling on further north in Canada.
Before that I have lots to get done!
In the meantime I thought I would share a few current photos of the flowers and garden.
I bought this lilly on clearance for $1.00 several weeks ago. I wasn't sure it would even make it, but it bloomed! It's not yellow like I thought it would be, but I do like the peach color.
I have lots of these baby cucumbers. LOTS of them. If they all grow at once I could open a cucumber market :o)
I have two, yes TWO baby zuccini so far! Lots of blooms, but only two zuccini so far.....SO FAR :o)
Tomatoes galore. That is a GOOD thing!
>And last but not least. I have lots of baby yellow bell peppers. That aren't yellow yet :o) These are cute!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
It has been so busy lately I haven't had much time in GG!
My vegetable garden is doing wonderfully. I've gotten several radishes, but the heat got to them and they haven't done as well as I thought they would. I have enjoyed what has grown, and pulled 4 more tonight.
The cucumber plants have tiny little cucumbers growing. At least that's what they look like. We'll know in a week or so for sure. The zuccini have lots of little blooms starting on one of the plants. The other one is a couple of weeks behind.
And we will have lots of tomatoes I think. There are still blooms galore and LOTS of baby tomatoes everywhere. There is nothing like a home grown tomato!
I don't have any current photos of the vegetables, but here are a couple of photos of my most recent blooming flowers.
We're going to our granddaughters birthday party tomorrow. Its a family cookout! I can't wait, I love family gatherings, and a cookout is even better! I hope you all have a great weekend, I will try to catch up more later!
I know to all of you seasoned vegetable garden folks this will seem like no big deal. But I am so excited, I got my first radish from the garden tonight! It probably could have stayed for a few more days, but they are crowded so I decided to go ahead and pluck the little one out of that dirt! It was plenty big enough to eat, once I washed all of the muck off of it!
As fast as these are growing I'm going to have as many radishes as I want, and soon!
Does it look good, or am I just plain silly with excitement?
When I was out back weeding earlier today I noticed one of my bushes had finally got the spring blooms that I look forward to every year. While I was photographing the little blooms I had an unexpected visitor, so I just included him/her in the photos. I actually got a few good ones!
A photo of the bush so you can see how small these blooms really are.
I copied this photo twice by mistake and can't delete it now. Bear with me I'm having to learn all over again how to post in this blog on my laptop! It works differently than my desktop, not as user friendly, but I am conquering this thing!!
A macro shot of the group of blooms
A little sweat bee, the wings are irridescent!
A little sweat bee again, I took lots of photos :o)
A close-up of the sweat bee collecting nectar.
Our weather has been beautiful if not interesting the past two days. One minute its sunny and then the clouds roll in. It rains for a little while, then the sun comes back out. Since the rain chased me back in the house a little while ago I thought I would just take a break from weeding and write in my blog.
My vegetable garden is behind our back garage so I can't see it from the house. I go out there every evening after work. Every morning on the weekends, every evening on the weekends, and sometimes many times in between :o)
I've wanted a vegetable garden for so long. Can you tell how excited I am about this little garden that I have this year! Next year I will have a couple more of these little raised gardens to grow even more vegetables in!
I went out back to dig up the weeds that sprang up in the old yard waste pile beside the new garden. I was so surprised at how much everything had grown in the garden just since yesterday! Some days are like that, its like they grow right before your eyes. I was VERY excited to see my cucumbers have now popped up out of the ground. There was NOTHING there yesterday. NOTHING!! So I was really surprised at how fast they grew, literally overnight!
Here'a a few updated photos of my garden. This is true wonder and excitement with each plant!
One of my yellow bell pepper plants got broken off somehow. It started a new sprout out the top!
Cucumbers coming up.....
This is what its all about. This is a little sprout just starting to poke its head up out of the ground. This always makes me smile!
I had to include this picture. This little guy kept coming back to the fence watching what I was doing!
My supervisor I guess :o)
I went flower shopping with my daughter and mother on Saturday. Its an annual event for us and we have so much fun. I think between the three of us we just about bought the store out, well ok, we cleaned their shelves quite well but didn't buy them out :o)
I got a few planted yesterday along with all of the vegetables in the garden, but saved the rest to do today. Wouldn't you know, it has drizzled rain ALL day today. Thats ok, I was out there anyway. I knew these plants would just love the gentle rain that God sent down to us today.
Here's a few pics of the new plants. I bought almost all perennials. Its usually the other way around!
I had to replace my Clematis that didn't survive the winter for some reason. I tried to get one as close to the one my daughter got me last year. Here are a couple of pics of the new one.
And a photo of the bloom all the way open
This is a Dwarf Garden Phlox, I can't wait till it opens all the way.
I had to buy this plant! Its perfect for out front where I just took a bush out, plus I love the name. Its a Eupatorium and the name is "Chocolate"!!
I bought 6 miniature rose bushes. This one is called "Blushing Mate"
Another miniature rose bush, called "Cupcake"
I can't find the tag from this plant now and I don't remember what it is!! If anyone knows please tell me :o)
This was a bargain off of the clearance rack. I LOVE bargains :o). It is a Harebell
And a photo of everything I bought that wasn't planted on Saturday. I should have taken a photo of everything!
Besides the individual photos above I bought:
4 other miniature rose bushes, Dianthus, 2 different color Daylillies, Mexican Evening Primrose, Torenias (annuals), Viola's, a BRIGHT orange Asiatic Lilly, 6 wave petunias, and a 6 pack of flowers that the flower part look like brushes. I need to take a photo of those. Another one I don't remember the name of.
I did get my garden planted too, along with some zuccini that I planted in the flower garden next to the house.
Here's the planted garden. 6 tomato plants, 2 rows of red radishes, green beans, cucumbers, and yellow bell pepper plants. (I can eat yellow bell peppers like they are candy!)
That was my busy weekend, and I enjoyed every minute of it!!!
My family knows me well! I think I had the best Mother's Day this year. I had my whole family here for lunch and our Son and DIL came to church with us instead of going to theirs.
And to top it all off, they knew just what to give me. Garden stuff!!! I don't expect gifts, just having them here is gift enough for me. But it was a nice surprise.
From my daughter and SIL. This is solar powered and glows a bright blue at night.
A miniature rose bush from my son! (I love these)
A wave petunia from Church :o)
And the biggest surprise came from my hubby. He said it was from Sadie. How sweet is that!!
I think I'll get a white flower to go in the bird planter. Do I have to go to work??? Can I just go flower shopping instead???
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