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

40 Variety Fruit Tree

This you tube video is so interesting. Watch and experience how someone grafted a 40 Variety Fruit tree at www.youtube.com/watch (leave site).

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Plant Pollinator Week

hi Everyone – I’m passing along this information so I can show my support to Pollinator Partnership efforts and it is Pollinator Week!

here is my space that I thought I register but then I have other spaces also that I like.  Maybe I’ll just share with you my readers for now.

Happy Pollinator Week Everyone!

Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge! Every human interface with a landscape can simply have areas reserved for the environment.  When you plant for plants, pollinators, people, and the environment all benefit.  Get involved and register your landscape by visiting http://www.pollinator.org/mpgcmap

Pollinator Week

In celebration of Pollinator Week, I found this app that works within your zip code.  It is amazing to help identify plants. I’m not benefitting from this share – our future generations will.

BeeSmart TM Pollinator Gardener App – Plant a garden that butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees will love as much as you! Get your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators spruce to your area.

The Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!

It is available on both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod)

https://www.pollinator.org/bee-smart-app

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.

Grape barber in summer time. The grape are starting to firm their clusters. The birds use the arbor as a protected area😌

As you can see, our grape arbor has lots of grapes vines.  I believe seedless red, concord, and seedless green are growing. (I will post a pic in August)

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.

 

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!!