She’s back! This darling fawn took a nap in my garden weeks ago but I wanted to share this sweet picture!
June 4th, 2013
Above, this fawn was born Saturday morning under my girls swing set and was just hours old when mama deer returned to feed her. The tiny thing, about the size of a small cat, wobble over to meet her…it was soooo adorable!
Below, this robin’s nest is locate in the Rhododendron, just outside my bedroom window. The picture on the left is obviously before they hatched. Now that they’ve hatched, we can hear them cheeping happily every time mama returns with breakfast, lunch and dinner…too cute! The picture on the right (dead center) show them with their beaks opened wide…it may be hard to see 🙂 Happy Spring!
May 18th …Spring has sprung!!!
Spring is finally here and I am THRILLED!!! It’s been raining for the last 4 days but I honestly don’t mind…all the rain is doing wonders for my garden…YEAH! I haven’t lost any plants due to this winter’s harsh weather and I’ve been keeping ahead of the deer and other varmin, with Liquid Fence (my favorite deer repelant …I can’t recommend it enough!) This year, the garden is already looking very full and lush. I’ve been gardening my 1/2 acre lot for the last 9 years and it finally seems to be coming together. I hope you enjoy the pictures…happy gardening!
It’s been a while since I posted about my garden as all my attention (hard to believe) has been focused on my recent doll making flurry. I have been vigilant about taking pictures of the wildlife in my yard though and, now at the end of the year, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures. 1. a picture of a “piebold” deer, really a normal white tailed deer but with abnormal spotting. Cool to look at but unfortunately makes her an easy target for hunters. 2. I finally got a picture of that elusive fox I’ve been trying to see in my yard…only he was able to outsmart me! I took this picture of him sunning himself on my neighbors front lawn!!! 3. I added this picture because my girls insisted… see all the tiny yellow dots collected at the point of this armillary? All those dots are thousands (and I mean thousands!) of tiny yellow spiders…WOW!!! 4. This is just anoher shot of the adorable family of squerrils (one on the left limb and one peeking out of the house) that took up residence in my garden this year…SOOOO sweet! ENJOY!
For those of you who tend to lament about your cramped living conditions, consider that this adorable family of 5 (mom, dad and 3 siblings) seem to do just fine in a square foot of space! I just had to share these pictures of the family of tiny red squirrels that have taken up residence in one of my fancy birdhouses. The adult size of these squirrels are about the lengnth of my hand. These babies, now weened, are about the size of a chipmunk…TOO cute!!!
Well, it looks like spring is finally here! Just a few weeks ago things were barely pushing through the soil and now it seems that everything is coming up all at once. The leaves on my Hostas are fully extended, my Bleeding Hearts look glorious and every day, the morning dew does a sparkly dance on my Lady’s Mantles! Even the Japanese maples made it through the winter unscathed!
I have been very diligent at keeping up with the Liquid Fence deer repellent. I was sooo determined not to let the critters get the upper hand this year, so I’ve had very little, if any, nibbling and the garden already looks lovely. The birds seem to be returning right on schedule. It seems that the difficult economy has even affected my fine feathered friends as the House Wrens have decided to take up residence in the smallest bird house instead of the large “Mansion” they dwelt in last year. It’s such a joy to watch them select their home and then promptly go about filling it with small twigs and moss to create the nests. Once their eggs hatch, it’s amazing to see how these tiny creatures seem to find food just as quickly and easily as I do when I stop at the grocery store. She flies out of the bird house and almost immediately returns with something yummy for her brood. I can stroll through the garden for some time before I spot a cabbage moth or worm and yet mother bird seems to see something at every turn… proving once again that the Lord provides for even the smallest creature!
This Mother’s day my husband, Jonathan, gave me a wonderful “Lutyens” bench. Named for the well-known gardener designer, Sir Edwin Lutyen, it’s the traditional bench seen in many English gardens (see pictures below). I’ve had my eye on one of those for years so needless to say, I was THRILLED! He also took it upon himself to do some weeding. I must admit I was stunned at first… thinking he may have fallen victim of the body snatchers as he has never shown any interest in my garden or gardening at all for that matter, before. Over the last two summers, though, he has commented that my garden was really coming along and looked great. Maybe he’s finally coming around to seeing that gardening not only adds beauty to one’s home, it offers a wonderful respite after a long day’s work as well. Happy Gardening!
P.S. The sweetest thing of all…baby squerril’s have taken up residence in one of my bird houses! See picture below:
I had a thrill today as I made breakfast for my girls…a fox dashed across my garden! I hear them calling through the surrounding trees all the time but this was my first sighting of one. What a perfect addition to my “English” garden! It’s a glorious 62 degrees as I write this. I hear it will be up to 70 tomorrow at which point you may actually hear me shrill with joy!!! My neighbors are all strolling about wearing shorts and even flip-flops excited that Spring is finally here… but not me. I tend to be more cautious…it is only March, after all!!! Although this “heat wave” may last just a short time, I’ll take it just the same.
As I poked around the crusty, fallen leaves, I saw that my bleeding hearts, lungworts and ladies mantles are already popping up as well as the ubiquitous daffodils and crocuses. Many of the perennials I planted last year are spreading out, filling in nicely. After eight years of hard work, the garden is finally starting to look full. Maybe now I can actually sit back and enjoy the scenery once in a while instead tending to it all the time! Fat chance…a gardeners’ work is never done!!!
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The ardent gardener in me feels this month has gotten off to a dreary start …what’s with that groundhog away way?!!! Several inches of snow continues to fall as I write this, with more on the way…UGH!!! As much as I’d love get out there, clear away the dead foliage and see what, if anything lurks beneath the muck, I realize that the good Lord intended for winter to be a time of contemplation and renewal. I find that there’s still much beauty to be appreciated in the winter garden landscape; the serene stillness after a snow fall, deer quietly picking though trees without complaint, the awe of a simple snowflake…how much thought went into the design of something almost imperceptible to the naked eye!
For the plants, this is a time to spread their roots and cover ground (underground, that is!) to later awaken with stronger growth and fuller coverage that will delight us when the warm weather finally arrives. We gardeners are to use this time wisely, too. Perusing gardening magazines for inspiration, adding a few project to your husband’s “honey do” list, or curling up with that book on “The life and Times Gertrude Jekyll” that you’ve been meaning to get to. For me, this is prime time to really get into those plant catalogs that have been piling up. I always order early to get first dibs on the latest new plant discovery….yes, I am that plant crazy!
With all my gardening tools in cold storage…literally AND figuratively…in the shed, I find that my attention goes to straight to the birds! I work at the table by the window of my kitchen where I can fully enjoy the wonderful activity that goes on at the bird feeder. The frenzied gathering of titmice, dark-eyed juncos, nuthatches and chickadees and the occasional blue jay…he may be striking to look at but I find him quite the bully. Then, of course, there’s the occasional squirrel to throw a bit of excitement into the mix! This is how I choose to “renew”! I know that when spring finally arrives, I will be ready to take on another new and exciting gardening season! Until next month!!!