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The garden measures about 16′ X 24′ I have flowers mingled inside with all the veggies as well.  Bring the birds, bees, dragonflies and butterflies to eat the bugs and pollinate was my plan.

I forage for greens each morning with my coffee and JT she is never far from me.  I go back out again to get things for my dinner though I better start adding chicken or eggs to my salad or I will loose all my muscles, which I will need come the end of the season, to put this place to bed.

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Radishes, Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas with Raspberries were my fixings that went in with my Rainbow Swiss Chard and Spinach Salad.  We are in a drought here but that soil I bought is amazing just the perfect amount of compost makes all the difference.  It is light and fluffy still.  I wish I had grown one of everything.  I have beets, carrots, string beans,corn and spaghetti squash yet to show up but they are growing like mad.

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Always have extra help when I go inside the gate.

I have been painting a bit too, here is one of the last three I have been working on.

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We got heavy rain for a bit tonight it was glorious and the earth soaked it right up.

Hope you are all having a wonderful and safe week, this world we live in is going crazy so glad  I have these things to keep me away from TV and more bad news.  Pray for Peace on our beautiful earth xo

STRANGE WHAT I SEE here in the yard as I garden.

STRANGE WHAT I SEE here in the yard as I garden.

BE HAPPY

BE HAPPY

Monday Morning Garden

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This makes for lots of HAPPY BEES

 

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I am hoping for some yummy goodness from this plant the flowers are Beautiful

 

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Even these are so pretty if you can get in real close boy I wish I had not lost all my MACRO ability in my camera but hitting re-format😦

 

 

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Safely behind the garden fence where hungry Turkey and Bear could easily get into but so far have not.

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Finally something for all my effort.

 

 

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Shortest Corn on Earth

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Sad looking Sunflower too much rain and clearly not enough Sunshine.

 

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Not only does the cat enjoy this beautiful plant but the Bumble Bees and these Hummingbird Moths seem to love it as well!

 

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Can’t get a great Macro with Easy Share will have to see if I can get a local camera shop to fix what I have done to it.
You can get an idea about what is happening here in my yard just before Aug.  We have frost that arrives in Sept. and Oct. so I hope this garden starts taking off SOON!

 

Have a wonderful day!

So Busy Doing Nothing At All

Do you have times in your life where you seem to be very busy but are really doing nothing at all.

How did my life get so simple?

I used to blog everyday.

I made Jewelry every week.

I walked the beaches all winter long and early summer mornings and captured the Sunrises along the Atlantic.

I went away in March and came back profoundly changed and at peace. So much so I don’t do much of anything really.

Yes I wake after 4 or 5 hours of sleep and have two cups of coffee, fresh ground. I eat a simple good for me breakfast as I answer emails play a game of words on Facebook all the while tossing a toy to JT. Then I wash up the few dishes sweep the floors and make the bed. I shower and get dressed and grab my camera JT grabs her Frisbee and off we go to walk the property. Playing catch and snapping photos. Not much plant wise happening here. so much rain, nutrient’s washed away and plants are stalled. I have yet to have the Monarchs show up good thing end of July and Butterfly Bush has yet to open as a way to welcome them here.

My food garden is sad. I have had two cucumbers, one tomato lots of basil and some lettuce. Tonight I snipped Dill for our Tuna fish sandwiches.
Corn is only just over my knee and I am short.

All those pretty shots you saw the last year have either rotted or refused to bloom so I have been busy with Dragonflies. They have been so willing too. I have them all on My Portfolio blog and re-blogged to 20 Lines or Living and Lovin. I am sure I will lose the bloggers I have on my list of followers but truly what should I write about. I have changed so much I hardly even know me.

I joined a Gym can you imagine. I am also in PT for left shoulder. I am still going to Weight Watchers though I do want to quit as I think I can save the $40 a week and do it on my own but then I think I need to get out of the house as winter will soon be arriving and all that damn shoveling once again so I need to be healthy.

With Meditation I have learned to relax but sadly I LIKE that A LOT!!!

So I will try to add some color and interest to this unexciting post the best I can.

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This is one of the Garden Club Lilies in Bloom with a pretty insect .  That’s right when it is not raining I spend an hour with a water can watering all the clubs plants.

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After I pick fresh berries with the pup and her toy and my camera I make a plate with Greek Yogurt and delish berries.
Yes my kitchen had red counters hard to bounce the flash properly when hungry and tired and no tripod set up.

 

 

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He kept telling me to come get photos of the last clutch for the year, her third.  He then found a baby dead on the stairs below this nest.  Lousy photo as I did not want another to be lost and the next day the nest day was empty.

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As he worked in the back yard all spring and summer he got to watch them grow then fly away and she sat on more.  This is right over the entrance into the beautiful barn I have  in the back yard.  As someone would approach the Mom would bolt to the trees beside the barn and then he would make sure he always closed the door so she did not fly in and die inside while her little ones went without and would die as well.  He is learning to live as one with nature here for which I am very happy.

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Black-eyed Susan just before opening.

 

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Yes above is Dill I have begun to mess with my shots out of boredom🙂

 

More later.  Tomorrow rain maybe I will play with my Polymer since the floors are clean, dishes done and I will not be WEEDING

Have a great night everyone

I need some SUNSHINE waiting on Sat.

Who I have been spending a lot of my time with lately. I love them as much as it seems they love me and my buggy yard🙂

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A beautiful Dragonfly that chills with me as I work the yard and gardens stirring up bugs lol food for him.

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Flash Flood Warning

Yes this is now my yard remember my blogs from winter or from the floods?
We are truly jungle like these days. Warm and humid and tropical rains and now we are under the gun for some serious Flash Flooding! It is when the river will rise up and over their banks and can destroy roads and yards.
Can you see this Green Growth?  Soon there will be blooms, dragonflies and butterflies all over this yard of ours.
I hope we still have bats in my bat box because this afternoon it was so hard to get these shots as I was constantly swatting mosquitoes!

I have grown Tiger Lilies along one section of this river that is the southern property line

Tiger Lilies

I am trying to find out what kind of green weed is on the front right that is taking over our yard. Do you know what it is called?

 

Taller than me!

These are growing so fast with easily 10+ inches of rain this spring plus the 100 inches or more of snow we had this winter plus the river as it comes us and goes back down.

Wildflower or Weed?

Wildflower or Weed who knows,  not me till it opens!

I have more that are open rain and all(sorry for all those who need the rains so bad parts of Canada and all of New England will truly give you some of ours)seems these things that call my yard home are LOVING IT!

Yellow Bloom with company

Tiny Yellow flowers so you know how tiny thins little bee was!  So tiny I never saw it till I went to share it with YOU I love nature in MACRO!

 

soaken wet beach rose blossom

So many blossoms are gone before their time hope there will be plenty for our honey bees if and when the sun shines again.

 

Before they open

 

Beach Roses before the buds open and in the background the Rose Hips wait to ripen.

Good and close bugs are too!

Happy Hour!  Free Drinks!

 

Time for a drink

 

Pretty male Finch just before he was ambushed by a Baltimore Oriole  bullies!

 

 

Baby Pears

Baby Pears are covering the tree we pruned in early spring yes we lost some possible fruit but I could not pick it that HIGH!  Rotten squished fruit attracts too many BEES and remember he is highly allergic.

 

Gotta go

Well gotta run my little girl wants me to play catch with her AGAIN!
My beautiful tree is loosing all her lovely blooms TOO MUCH RAIN!
Maybe I will sell MUSHROOMS!

Guarding The Garden.

This is a link for a story done about a nasty beetle found out in WY and we now here in NH are seeing more borer types attracting trees in the Northeast.  Keep your eyes open to protect out TREES!  Please

 

http://mag.audubon.org/articles/climate/fight-club-ragtag-crew-races-save-disappearing-trees

David is a friend of my son Mike.  You can LIKE  David’s page on Facebook       The name of his page is in the article

 

Having just been Earth Day it is a good time to be reminded to LOVE OUR PLANET EARTH  oh and EACH OTHER!!!!!!

 

Kay's Musings

Quite a while ago I wrote a post about having discovered that corn meal would get rid of ants.  We had an ant problem on our patio in Hawaii so we put a few mounds of corn meal in the problem areas as well as by our desert rose where ants were constantly infesting.  In a matter of days they were gone.  We wondered if it was just a fluke, but the ants haven’t come back…….. so far.

Art’s sister, Kay told us that they were suddenly having a terrible problem with tiny black ants that seemed to swarm over the kitchen counter and floor whenever they seemed to smell food.  I was shocked to see so many ants even under their dish rack.

I remembered the corn meal cure and Kay decided to try it right away.

I didn’t see the ants hauling the corn meal away but within…

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Wind Blown Butterflies

Wind Blow Butterflies

Beetles Everywhere

 

They are

As each flower blooms

They show up

Do I learn to hang traps

or lay poison down to kill them as grubs

I grow everything here with no chemicals

Isn’t there anything  in my yard that keeps them in check.

Years ago I protected the willow they loved but now each Rose that opens there is one or two on each

 

 

Daily visits to this pole

 

I have to stop zooming in they clearing aren’t as majestic this way.

Now I am creeped out!  He comes every day and sits upon the garden stake

maybe it is after what moisture maybe in the wood or worse , he is WATCHING ME

Spider and Skeeter

Well this blog will begin with I HAD NO IDEA what was lurking in the kitchen window.

We go between open windows then closed, with AC on.

All summer it has been beautiful here in New England, well except the many downpours.

I went into start washing the dishes I had soaking while I had my morning coffee and I see this movement out of the

corner of my eye.  It was a huge  skeeter hanging and dangling is a spider’s web.  So what did the spider look like that was going to

eat this catch or could we be bit too?  I have had one bite already and I am all set,  it was horrible pain and bad swelling for 10 days.

So I run for the camera he runs for the bug zapper!

Here is what was unfolding in front of me at the kitchen sink.  I will seal around all windows as soon as the rain stops .

 

 

Ge’ez where do they hunt at night while we sleep?

 

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