Sunday, June 14, 2015

June is flying past!

Sometimes things don't work out as planned.
My 'quiet' country life has been anything BUT quiet these days!
I'm back to work full time, Little Country Girl has just finished a session of Spring Skate and is now playing soccer. I am busy at the soccer field 2-4 days a week.
Country Boy is working lots of shifts at a local fast food restaurant, as well as getting ready for a summer job with the Pan Am Games coming soon. He is saving for a car and that will surely help loosen the load on Big Country Girl and I, who have been driving him around.
Father has started a new job, and so this means more time away from home.
There has been so much to do around the yard!
The grass hasn't stopped growing, nor have the weeds.
The veggie garden is now planted, and the pool opened.
2 more weeks and Little Country Girl will be on summer holidays.
It might almost be time to slow down a bit!
We had a very wet week, and so yesterday was spent cutting grass, weeding, and planting.
Today was another rainy day and so the housework was done, and I even had a chance to sit down!
I have been snapping photos for weeks, and finally I can post a few of what is going on in my yard.
I finally got the veggie tomatoes, peppers and zucchini's planted, and Little Country Girl talked me into trying watermelon one more time. Now the hard part ... keeping ahead of the weeds!

Our Asparagus patch was bountiful this year and I think we can all say that we had our fill.
Planted a whole lot of spinach and salad greens that should be ready to eat any time now.
I thought this Red Romaine looked good, but so far it just tastes bitter.
The first big weeding out there took almost all day, and filled the wheelbarrow!
Have you ever seen such a HUGE Rhubarb plant?
 I found a new recipe for Rhubarb Cinnamon muffins that everyone seems to like, and we have had stewed rhubarb and rhubarb strawberry crisp. I have also frozen some and given lots to friends. I think this plant really likes the yearly topdressing of manure!
I've been trying to get the back flower beds cleaned and planted up too.
Thank goodness for the perennials, or there would be no color out there. I just haven't had the time to get all the annuals in yet! There are some pretties out there...
Snow in Summer
Garden Loosestrife
 Maiden Pinks
 Flag Iris
The Hosta beds are coming to life, some are getting split 

 The Peony's are starting to bloom 

This week things should slow down for me a little.
Hopefully the weeds don't get away from me before then.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring is in the air!

Oh my goodness, it has been a long time coming!
After a long, snowy, cold winter, spring is finally here!
Winter technically ended for us with the Skating Pot Luck Luncheon and awards ceremony, at which Little Country Girl was awarded Top Junior Skater! Way to go!!
Time to hang up those skates for the summer and lace up those soccer shoes!
So the long winter allowed me to plan out my veggie gardens and one of the top items was to improve the soil out in the plots. I took advantage of our towns compost giveaway as well as neighbors manure pile and spent a weekend working it in. I am now convinced the soil is in top condition for my crops.
I am happy to see that last years new apple tree survived the winter and is doing well.
I added a Plum tree this spring too, I hope it 'takes'. It didn't have too much root.
The last old apple tree had all the dead wood trimmed out this spring and we are being rewarded for our efforts. I do hope there are enough pollinators out and we get a heavy crop this fall.

The old apple tree we lost 3 years ago has sprouted.  A few new 'trees' have grown and been pruned. I will eventually have to decide which one I want to keep and cut the other out. I do hope it grows and produces Apples one day!

Mother Nature is rewarding us for the long winter with fragrance from the Lilac's. They are just loaded with blooms this year!

 I wish I could remember the name of these beauties

These were added last fall - 'China Town'

This is the second season for the Frittilaria Imperialis

Some other pretties

The cold weather crops have been planted and are coming up.We had a frost this week, and there is another predicted for this week. I wont be able to put my tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini in just yet.
I am just so glad I can be out in my gardens again!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hosta eating cat!

I never thought I would have to worry about my cat eating my Hosta's, after all she is an indoor cat.
I bought a few miniatures a few weeks ago and was keeping them in the back room until the weather got warm enough to plant them outside.
'Grand Prize'


And this one called 'Masquarade'

After doing a little research online, I discovered that 'Masquarade' was supposed to be variegated, and that is was commen for this Hosta to revert to all green. While not impressed with my all green 'Masquarade', I discovered that one section had the proper colors.

I decided that I would remove the part with the correct colors when I got home from work, and repot it in its own pot and it's all green siblings in another pot. Then the cat found it ...

Anyone else have plant eating cats?