Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Pileated Woodpecker and a toad . . .

The most exciting thing I saw while working outside yesterday was a pileated woodpecker. It was pretty tame too. My digital SLR doesn't have a long enough lens so I grabbed my point and shoot with the 10x zoom. This giant Woody Woodpecker never fails to thrill me. He is huge and almost prehistoric looking. His call is pretty crazy too. He was attacking an old tree stump on the ground.

Pileated Woodpecker

I finally have a resident for my ceramic toad house.

Group of Jack in the Pulpits.

Chives about to bloom.

A very large antique cement herb marker for Rosemary.

I haven't been to the garden center to buy any plants yet this year. Still weeding, spreading wood chips, getting out pots, hooking up hoses, putting out chairs, etc. It is nice to be outside again after the long winter. I seem to be doing most of my photography at the end of the day too.

That's about it. Enjoy your Sunday. Thanks for stopping by. ♥Rosemary

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Random photos after the rain late on Friday . . .

I went outside with my camera last night just before the 6:30 nightly news. The afternoon rain had just stopped.

My lone tulip.

Wisteria just beginning to bloom.

Jack in the Pulpit in the woods.

Skunk cabbage in the wetlands.

Dandelion puff ball.

Pink geranium.

Ladies mantle.

I love taking photos on overcast days and if there are rain drops or dew drops I am twice as happy. The trees are really beginning to fill in and all the flowering trees are so beautiful.

Have a great weekend and enjoy yourself whatever you do.

Thanks for stopping by the cottage. ♥Rosemary

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Just one tulip this year . . .

Five years ago I planted lots of these tulips. Each year fewer and fewer come up and this year I have only one. Boo Hoo. They always get eaten just before or just after they bloom. I guess I will just have to be satisfied with daffodils from now on since nothing seems to bother them. How this beautiful flower escaped being nipped in the bud this year I'll never know. I am just happy it did.

I went to a garage sale last Saturday just around the corner and the lady had a big bed of the most beautiful tulips imaginable. They were right at her back door and she had a small fence around them. Maybe that's the answer.

I just keep experimenting until I find things that are trouble free, lazy gardener that I am.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Feed me, feed me, feed me . . .

Webster always closes eyes when he's licking something particularly delicious.

Full house at the feeder. Go away...all the perches are taken!

I usually don't feed the birds after the weather gets nice but this year is an exception. I saw one lone goldfinch trying to find a seed in the empty feeder recently and immediately filled it up. I had almost a whole garbage can full of sunflower seeds left from the winter. I actually stopped all my feeding because the seeds were attracting mice. I got one in the house (two actually) and nothing distresses me more than knowing those creatures are running around inside. After I stopped feeding the birds, I had no more mouse problems.

I am hoping mice don't want to be inside in the warmer weather. After this can of seeds is gone, I will stop feeding my feathered friends. I hope they will stay anyway and I know they will. It is so wonderful to wake up each morning to their singing. The peepers (tree frogs) are quite loud too.

Thanks for stopping by the cottage for a visit. Stop again soon. ♥Rosemary

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Make your own flower and garden seed starting pots from recycled newspaper . . .

Pot Maker

Use yesterday’s news to start tomorrow’s flower and vegetable seeds. Tear or cut newspaper into 3½" x 10" strips and wrap around the wooden form. No glue needed. Fold the ends under and press the form into the base to make a biodegradable paper pot for seedlings—put the pot right in the ground when it’s time for planting. Makes an unlimited number of starter pots. A fabulous way to demonstrate the regenerative powers of recycling! Use gift wrap to make special snack cups.

I wonder if you could also make cupcake and muffin pan liners using parchment paper?

Every year I say I am going to order one of these wonderful gardening tools and this year I did.

This is sold as a children's toy but it has a place in every household. It is a wonderful thing to teach gardening to children at a young age. The site has many more items too. Click on the photo or link below it to enter.

These would be great for your school and garden club projects. Give one to your mom for Mother's Day and order one for yourself while you're at at.

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Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 76 + 77 . . .

...To be continued...

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wild violets in my grass . . .

I have lots of wild violets in my lawn now. I can't bear the thought of mowing over them. What should I do? I don't want to commit a violet murder.

Enjoy your Sunday. I have been so busy trying to get a jump on summer. It was very hot here yesterday and they are predicting record heat for today. We'll see how it goes. I guess I will have to get out the fans. Webster has requested one pointed right at him. Full blast, straight on, with no oscillating. Perfect for a hot dog.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Spruce Up Your House for Spring . . .

In addition to saving pictures ripped out of magazines, I can't resist saving photos of cottages like the ones below to my pc. Once I blog about them, I can erase the images and let Google save them in cyberspace. Two tasks are accomplished and I've shared something with you too!



I was really impressed with this relatively simple cottage makeover. The overhang was extended and widened with the pitch built to complement the roofline. The old iron supports and railing were replaced with wooden posts and pickets. Shutters were added to three replaced windows and the trim was painted on the double windows to pull everything together. I am assuming that the windows were replaced but maybe they weren't. They look bigger but that could just be an illusion. I like the addition of the mullions.

Doesn't the home look bigger? I think the end result stunning. This project probably wasn't terribly expensive but it added great value to this delightful cottage. Love the hydrangeas too.

We are supposed to have record high temperatures today and tomorrow. I have been busy trying to beat the heat so I can sit outside and simply enjoy it. My goldfinches are back and those yellow wild canaries are making me happy. The chirping outside is unbelieveable and it's so nice to have all the windows open.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. ♥Rosemary

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