Backyard

Sharing Our Salvation

Our backyard has become our place of rest and excitement at the same time.  We have several different seating areas so we can never be bored.

The views include the grapes vines and back field, the zen garden with the birds taking constant baths, the pond refuge for the birds, chipmunks, dragonflies and who ever else visits, several eating and cooking areas and a perennial garden along an existing stockade fence.

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Marigolds from seeds from my BFF place.  The prayer mantis is enjoying himself.

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The milkweed pods have blossum.  Created this original natural pond environment to help the bees and butterflies.  So far the milk weeds are growing and multiplying, bees are visiting and a few moths. No butterflies yet.  However, they will come.

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Absolutely gorgeous Daylily showing off her blossoms. imageimage

These trumphet vines are shouting out to the world…hello!!!  Absolutely a beautiful growing vine.  It took a few years to get to this growth.

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Another beautiful lily given to me several years ago by a very special friend who has passed.

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Received a piece of this plant (coreopsis) several years ago by a coworker.  They are absolutely beautiful and in full blossum during the month of July.

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Proud of my baby clematis.  Planted them in a shallow pots 2016 and hoping they will grow into strong plants.  My vision includes having a wall of clematis.

Thinking about transplanting them in deep pots.

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My rose that represents love and friendship of another friend who has passed – Gail.  image

This is one of my favorite plants -mandevilla. I finally brought one this spring 2016 and I’m loving it’s beauty.  I hope I can save it though our cold winter months.

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Ah the tiger lily.  These came from my childhood homestead.  They are stunning and live to be surrounded by each other.

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My prize lily.  Planted the bulb in a container and this is what it produced!  Absolutely beautiful.  Mid June blossum.

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These are lilies I had planted in my moms flower garden.  They multiple and bloom every June.  The same month my mom went to heaven to do to her angel work.

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My hobbit greenhouse.  It’s pretty empty at this time (mid July).  I have a few kale growing in pots and some spinach seeds bursting through. I ordered 2 6ft tables to set up in their for my fall crops.

Iris waking up in the morning - giving thanks

Iris waking up in the morning – giving thanks

Well that’s my walk about at the moment. Hope you enjoyed.

Cheers

Grape Barber

Where I grew up,  there was one type of landscape that appeared in many of the neighbors’ yards – the grape barber.  However, today when I google the term, Grape Arbor appears more often than grape barber.

Back in the day, many of our neighbors had the grape barber located right outside their backyard door.  So it served as a pathway, covered area and refuge for birds.

Another use of the grape barber was the defining of property lines. At my Dads house, the grape barber provided a property line between neighbor yards.

If I could name a few joys of having a grape barber, my list includes:

  • Attracts birds and bees;
  • Provides a beautiful living plant all four seasons;
  • Ingredients for jams, jellies and wines;
  • Provides a spot where neighbors chat;
  • Reuse the vines for wreathes;
  • Provides a resting or hiding place for birds.

I recall my Dad every few years rebuilding the grape barber.  He used cedar trees stumps with heavy gauge wire.  Though the years, he changed over to using fence post and vinyl covered cable.

My Dad is no longer with us; however, his hard work and dedication to the grape barber is still growing strong.

I loved the idea of having a grape barber at our house.

As you can see, our grape arbor has lots of grapes vines.  I believe seedless red, concord, and seedless green are growing.

My Dads had concord grapes. I remember my fingers turning blue after eating too many of them.

I adore the fact that something as simple as a grape barber carries on in my backyard. I hope there is something you in your backyard that reminds you of another time.

 

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Hobbit Greenhouse

So this has been the best year for cold weather crops.  I’ve been picking lettuce, scallions, and  kale for the past month.  It’s wonderful the return you get back for a little effort up front.  I do use my own soil mixture combined with a bit of commercial soil brand. The results reveal success, so I will continue to nuture my seedlings next year.

My peas had a slow start but they are spouting on their own time.

The temperature gauge in the hobbit greenhouse reads 53ish.  The temp outside on this raining day in May 2019 reads 54.  Mhhh not much difference between inside and outside temps.  My hobbit greenhouse is showing its age.  I just love it!  I spend many hours a week cultivating my stock.  It’s peaceful!

Where ever today brings you, my wish for you is to discover what you are passionate about and lean in to it and enjoy!

Hummingbird – Can you See Him?

Hi Everybody!  The other day while walking about my backyard, I saw something that flew in FAST…then it flew away just as FAST!  I was puzzled about what it could be.  So I went inside and sat by the window with my camera and look what it was— a beautiful hummingbird!

According to my source, “Peterson First Guides Birds” I think this is a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

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Can you see the hummingbird? clue – look up at the upper right corner
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Hummingbird – located right above the hosta
Ruby Throated Hummingbird drinking from the bleeding hearts.  He is located just above the hosta and below the bleeding heart.

The trick is can you spot him in my photos?  I think this is similar to the Let’s Find Waldo Game.  He is quite hansom!  I am amazed at what we find in our backyards!

I cannot wait to see him again. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to take better pics.

Enjoy!!

 

Hello to The Finches

I am so excited to have found a spot in our home to view the Finches.  I arranged a café style table with a few chairs in front of the big window.  No matter what the temp is outside, we can view the Finches and even take pictures of them.

The spot to meet The Finches

Our room design feels like you are outside; however, you are inside where it is nice and cozy.  So no matter if  it is raining (that’s all it did during the month of April), snowing or windy, we have a spot to appreciate the simple things in life.

I want to share these pics with  you.  Nature is so amazing and to enjoy all of it is  a gift.  So I invite you into our room, to have breakfast with the Finches.  Hello to The Finches!!

8 Below Burrrrrr

It’s so cold here in the Northeast. When I woke up, the temps were hovering around 8-10 below. The winds are hollowing making it feel like 35 below.

As I grow older, the cold weather just seems to get in my way. What’s important is to push the annoyance aside and keep things flowing. So with that thought, let it be cold outside and I’ll make it warm and fun inside. Need to look for good energy and appreciate the moment.

So I dragged the outside small round table in and dried it off. Then thought about lunch – well my stomach reminded me it’s lunch time.

I looked at what I had in freezer and frig and made a special lunch today for my hubby and myself.

Here are some pics.  We actually had a good time eating at the small table and felt we had escaped the burrrrrr cold today.

Plum tomatoes

Lean bread made yesterday in pizza oven

Sliced and toasted bread with olive oil, basil and oregano

Chopped plum tomatoes, a sprinkle of Parm cheese and a dash of parsley

Added mozzarella cheese for hubby

Hot wings (frozen then baked in air fryer)

Honey barbecue wings (frozen then baked in air fryer)

Cheers!!!! I hope you can make your environment a happy place even if it is only for a while before life takes over.