The latest lessons with my software lessons. The changes are a bit stark that I am doing so I have a good reference on what they do when I am working with them in the future. I do like what the results were in the flower though.
My project today was to clear 1 garden area to plant some of the irises in I had brought from a friend’s house yesterday. I wound up clearing four areas. Not looking forward to how my shoulders are going to feel tomorrow, but am looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom.
Plants in the ground, all tucked in and ready to shoot into life. We have no idea what color any of these are going to be. So, it will be like Nature’s present as they bloom and unwrap.
And the other areas that were planted before are coming along just fine. I even have some tulips about to burst forth that got planted last year. It will be nice to have colors in my yard again. I let it go for far too long. I forgot how much I love working in the garden.
And the highlight is the tulip about to burst forth next to my Dancers to the End of Love sculpture. I think it is and may always be one of my favorite pieces of art I have.
I must first apologize for the horrible quality of most of the pictures in this post. I had the camera settings way off and didn't realize it until it was too late. So the result was that most of the shots ended up in the trash. And I suppose many of these should as well, but its just too cool of an event not to make a note of it.
This is a spiderweb hanging one of the vendors had. He also makes those little stick in the ground birds and critters for your yards. I told the lady running the booth that he really, really needs to do a spider like that. I would buy one of those!
This is a close up of the spider. He was just amazing! If I had $300 to spend on a wall sculpture, I would consider doing so for this one. Alas, I do not. So, I will just hope he makes spider yard stakes next year.
Again, sorry for the blurriness of the shot. *Sigh* I could shoot myself for that mistake. But, he's a very cute bird!
My Name is Margie-Rosanne-Rosanna-Dana
This is my Artsy Fartsy friend Margie, doing her best Rosanne-Rosanna-Danna imitation!
And They Put There Heads On Stakes!
Kind of like a cartoon version of Game of Thrones where they put their heads on spikes, isn't it?
To Be? Or Not To Be!
Oh, make him a not to be George! Then maybe we can get some peace.
He's Tailing Me
Follow me kid! I know the way out of here!
Now that's my idea of a cool tool crib!
And no garden is complete without Designer Birdhouses!
Its a Horse's Ass
And even one with a Horse's Ass for those really jerky birds that dive bomb you for the good food to be replaced.
The Makings of an Owl
And this was kind of neat. The guy was working on it just before I got there. I would have like to have gotten pictures of him actually working, but the person he was talking to seemed like a friend and that they would be talking for quite a while.
Bawk! Bawk! Do the funky Owl!!!
Lots and lots of people, though it got even busier just before we left.
I know that face. Though it is generally peering over the edge of the warm bed.
And I so love the creative re-purposing of things you see at this show. Teapots and chalices and bowls and any sparkly bits you can find to dangle down.
They went that a-way!
Bauble Bits and Green Things
Ornaments on house plants. How cool is this?
And the Sunlight Pierced Through the Haunted Forest
And thankfully, this one came out beautifully! At least I think so. I do love this tree!
If the Houses Could Talk!
Nooo! We won't talk! What happens in these walls stays in these walls!
Where's the Doctor??
The Doctor is In!
Shiny Baubles . . . Glinting in the air . . . . Shiny Baubles . . . .
Well, I finally got one of my projects off my list for the year. I finished my fire pit!!! And no, that is not a compost fence inside it. Its a steel cage thing my old next door neighbor gave me to keep yard cutting together for burning. Its a mini towering inferno!
There is a very interesting rock that i Place in the lower left that has a hollow out section. Not sure what I will use it for. Maybe a waiting room for the Peeps just before being sacrificed.
I'm thinking I need to add a rebar stand with a cross bar for hanging a cauldron pot over the fire.
Next up, Finishing the Craft Studio. Then digging up the garden areas. Woot!
First day out in the garden for the year. I do need to do this right in the future and take the camera when I go out and take the before pictures. Started by raking up the leaves. Probably could have used them to slide down. Unfortunately, the leaf claws are too small to sit on for sleds.
Next up! Digging up the area for the herb spiral. Okay, partially digging it up. I got distracted a few times and clipped some trees, pruned some bushes and ripped out some berry bushes that wandered into areas they don’t belong.
I did pretty good. Next time, I need to dig up the lavender and the other bushes and put them into buckets until I get the garden laid down.
And I have a very nice start to a lovely fire once the weather dries a bit. That with the bushes I cut back last year and it was too dry to make fires. That certainly is not an issue this year. At least not at this point. It could change come summer, I am sure.
Nice collection of quarry stone for building walls around the spiral. I will have to bring in some soil as well. Need to get the bottom laid down. Hoping the weather will allow me to get a bit more down this weekend.
And I have bulbs coming up already!!! Yayyy!!!
And her Cassieness was just not at all interested in today’s activities. She was when it was lunchtime.
Well, hey there! I guess its time to go play in the garden again. Contrary to mom’s opinion, I think I would be most helpful out there lending assistance to the tasks at hand. I have looked out the window and seen all those feathered and furred morsels, uhm, I mean monsters, that are in need of my eradication of. I am far more capable that mom gives me credit for and just seek the opportunity to prove myself.
Ooooh lookie! Squirrel!
Sometimes the universe just smiles on you and you are heading home from the store and catch the tail end of a plant sale on the island. You pick out a couple of plants and are told they have dropped the price on every plant there. Then they keep handing you more and more plants as freebies. And when you get to the final total for the overwhelming batch of plants, its $5.00. Wow!!! I do love this island!
Tada!!!! The front yard is now freshly mowed. Will save the raking for another day. All I have to say is all that time I used to spend at the gym has NOTHING on all of this! And then there is the additional payoff of the beauty of the land and gardens and your feet in connection with Mama Earth!
That really is a lotta lotta space to mow!
A view looking in. And I am sure that her little flooferness self is looking out drooling all over her ruff and wishing she was out here with me.
See? There really is quite a yard in front as well.
And then there is my tiny forest trail. I think this was one of my favorite things when I looked at this house. I need to do some cleaning and clearing here when I get the expanse fully taken care of.
The flowers are gone, but its still such a beautiful tree. And I love the little cupie curl on the top of it! I will have to take care of that after fall and its bare.
Another interesting thing I am noticing here is that it seems plants with different blooming times are all over. Just when one bloom has ended and tipped its head in a final farewell another one opens up and spreads its petals in celbration.
Need to get some pictures next time round of all the bees that dance around these flowers. The neighbor was telling me that they had not seen many of them a couple of years ago, but they seem to be coming back in force. I wonder if that means that the people on this end of the state have paid attention and stopped using the pesticides that are attributed with killing bees. Would be an interesting thing to look into and see if that is the case.
The BACK YARD!!! Yes it really is that big!!! Oh, and the prodigal son is coming and I have his practice swords. I suppose if he promises to play nice, we can try and play with them while he is here.
The back gardens from the porch view.
Sooo? Was it good for you? Did you bring me a bird? Well did you at least bring me a squirrel? One would think that the least I should be able to expect since I am held prisoner in this place is that I can trust that the visitors will at least be considerate enough to bring me an offering after they have flaunted their ability to wander the wilderness that is denied to me. Okay, well can you at least toss me a treat on your way out?Y’all come back now okay?
May began with a sadness this year. A farewell to one of the most beautiful souls I have ever
had the privilege to know. May your soul fly free now dear Julian, may you dance and sing, may you run like the wind, dive the waves like a dolphin and may what lies beyond be all you deserve for the beauty and light you brought to all who had the honor to know you. And don’t forget to sometimes visit to breath words of comfort into your dear mother’s ear. As she will miss you most of all.
And so mom’s idea of how to deal with the grief is to do massive amounts of work in the yard. Personally, I think she should stay inside and let me cuddle with her, but she doesn’t listen to my floofy wisdom.
Yeah, I’ve decided I really don’t have a need for a gym membership. I figure I will be nicely trim and strong by the time I have this yard to my liking. Plus, there is always the potential for some running spurts in the instance of an unplanned game of eaglescat invaders!
I know, I did’t finish it. But, I got about 2/3 of it done. And a hot bath will be in order at the end of this day!
Its a POTATO enclosure!!!!
And another enclosure for the compost pile.
Yup! That was a lot of work for one day!
Just an interesting piece of driftwood in the front garden. I’ll find some shapes in it another day.
Done already, are you? Well, I am sure mom will be right back at it very soon. Don’t forget the offering dish right over there. Just pull a handful out and set them on the chair here.
Well, it looks like its that time again. When my day gets disrupted and I have to watch from some vantage spot as humans get to run around the yard, giving not a care to the fact that I, the divine princess, would also like to frollick in the sun and maybe catch my own dinner. I think I’ll just sit here in my little cage that frames my exquisite beauty so very well. Have fun!
Okay, pit stop on the way out to look at the lovely colors in the basket on the back patio.
They may be a simple flower, but I do love daisies. They are daisies, aren’t they? Well, I know they aren’t poison ivy or those evil blackberry bushes that keep sprouting up everywhere! You literally have to dig to the root to grab them with out tearing up your fingers!
Its a sphere of trapped fairies crying out for some soul to harness the power of the West wind (or the East wind for that matter) to break them free of their bondage. “Its the Dryads that are into that bondage stuff, not us.” they whisper.
Seems a thistle sneaked its way into the garden. Still trying to decide if I should move it.
Yeah, yeah, I didn’t get it all cleaned out. But, it was covered with plant life before I started. Now I just have to figure out what I will plant here. Maybe corn???
The soon to be home of the new compost pile.
Don’t you just love the way the thready thingie just curlie-cued all around the top of the plant?? I did!
And they were pushing up Tulips. No, wait! Tis the season for tulip rising! Well, that does kinda work. I was never much of a fan of tulips before, but I have discovered the incredible beauty they have. I am a convert!
And the golden tufted crowns strain their heads to listen to the conversations coming from the bed of the more cultivated flowers. Prissy little things they are, and such high maintenance, they thought with much laughter.
Shhhhh!!! Its beauty nap time.
Baby seedlings coming up in the herb patch. And I have identified the big leaf plant! Its rhubarb. Yeah, I know. Most people will find that surprising. But, I have never been a fan of rhubarb, so I don’t have any idea what a plant looks like. Its quite a pretty plant, so that presents the question. To keep or not to keep??
And even more babies coming up. Yay! Gonna have a nice little garden soon here. This will make the first time I have actually had a produce garden. A couple of tomato plants don’t really count.
So many possibilities for this lovely stump. Still trying to figure out how much of that bush to remove. Problem is that it keeps wanting to make new starts all over the place, so its a bit of an invasive plant.
And clearing out at the back of it, I discovered this other plant growing at its base. Yes, there are many possibilities. And there is a rock garden off in the corner as well.
Just screams for a little fairy village under here. Gonna have to give some thought to this one as well.
And the cranberries are doing very well!
And the lovely Hellebores! I will probably have to add some more colors at some time. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. *sigh*
Still thinking about what to put here. I’m thinking maybe the corn is a good idea. I do like corn.
I need to dig these plants up and make them patio plants or bathroom plants. Very pretty.
I think I cleaned it up very well!
“Little birdie, hear my call! Come to me, fly through the window and join me for lunch. Yes, yes, yes!”
Oh Hai! You’re back! No really, it isn’t what it looks like. I was only admiring the little birdies! There are a lot of them, aren’t there? And that is NOT drool on my ruff! Mom just over-filled the water dish. So did you enjoy your wander through the garden? Now, you need to make yourself comfortable so I can perform the ancient ritual dance in your lap of transference of the scent of the wild to my body. Hmmm? Might provide a cloaking device to get the birds a little closer. What? Oooh, that was my outside voice, wasn’t it? Well, I am glad you enjoyed your visit!
Oh Hai! Seems today is clearing and planting day. I hope you don’t mind if I just wait here by the window and get some sun. Naw, we don’t have to worry about that sun cancer thing you humans have to deal with. I have SPF 85 Sun Protection (Silky Protective Fur)
My Bad! I need to FIRST take the camera out and snap some pictures of what I am about to do BEFORE I do it. So, that leaves me this time with only the after and having to tell what the before was. Well, the before on this picture had the branches covering half of the steps going down. I also cut back a lot of the dead underbrush and there is much more yet to do.
Pretty much the same here. The branches were clear out across the steps. Oh, ad the small brown building there behind the bushes? That’s the pain cave. Or, at least the part that involves the larger pieces of electronic equipment. But, there are also speakers in there so I can be a nuisance to the hag. I am willing to bet that she doesn’t have a taste for Nightwish, Garbage and probably not Pink either. Gonna try a few more out before I am done. 🙂
And the walkway to the back porch? Totally clear. Oh okay, I do still have to pull up those weeds at some time.
And here is the front view of it. Nice and pretty, isn’t it?
That’s right! I’m still chasing the sunlight! You would be too if it had been as evasive for you as it has for me. Did you have fun whacking up the bushes? Any chance you found me any tasty birds under there? No? Well, could you at least toss me a couple of treats from the container in the drawer? Its right behind you, remember?
I love this tree! I know, I know! But the blossoms are such a soft shade of pink. But they’re flowers and pink is okay on flowers. I didn’t do any work on the tree today. I just saw it when I was heading to the garage for something and thought it needed having a picture taken of it. I am certain I saw one of the branches wave at me to get my attention. And no, it wasn’t the wind. That was blowing in the OTHER direction!
Okay, two pictures! And she smiled after!
Pretty little purple flower star!!!
Okay, so here’s the first bed that has been planted. We have (lets see how much I can get without looking at the book!) artichokes, beets, cabbage, radishes, dragon carrots, asparagus, onion, and I think I maybe forgot a couple of things.
Same bed, just different angle.
Okay, so here’s one of the herb gardens. I have no idea what that broad leaf plant is in there with the red stalks, but its pretty, so I will leave it for now. Many standard kitchen herbs like dill and fennel and sage and cress and parsley. Couple of healing ones like astragalus, and motherwort. Will be adding more to other areas later. And I also have some inside boxes with some of the same for easy access while cooking and climate control come next winter.
You gotta just love beans when they sprout! They look like little finger puppets that you want to grab hold of and start a conversation in the bean patch with. “Hey you! Over there! Your momma’s a weed and your daddy’s an insect!!”
More babies. Springing up and making me such a proud plant mommy!
And my little pea plants and some other unknown things here. The peas are getting big enough to start weaving them in the fencing. Yay!!
Well, I hope you enjoyed your time. Okay, well, the truth is I am rather indifferent to it. But, I was hoping if I tried that polite thing, you might toss me a treat. I’ll be friendlier next time if you take a seat for a while so I can take a nap in your lap while you dote on me. Think about it, okay?
Hello there again! It’s Cassie, in case you forgot. Don’t listen to any of the humans who try and tell you that I am Missy Floof. I will put up with the little princess as I am sure that will result in the generous offerings of tasty treats. They’re in the drawer in the end table, by the way. Feel free to fish some out and make an offering.Okay, it seems mom has been working a bit in the garden and there are pictures and stories to tell you about it. And no pictures of me at the moment. We don’t need to give mom more evidence to support her theory that I drool on myself. Its really just an odd play of the light. Trust me. Here, let me show you. *lick lick* See? All gone. Uhm, never there! Well, carry on!
Well this little tree has sure perked up and fluffed out from the bare sticks coming out of the ground a couple of weeks ago. One on either side of the door. Guardians and blessings on the comings and goings of the home.
And the morning begins with such lovely blue skies with a bounce of clouds off in the distance. Cloud watching has always been such a wonderful pastime, and I spent far too many years living in an area where there was so little of it. Here you can spend days and days just watching the amazing clouds that play in the skies.
The fairies have been quite busy gathering together this lovely blue bouquet. But it seems there is also a small faction of artist fairies that have painted some Art Nouveau additions they are attempting to sneak into the scene.
And what garden would be complete without a place to hang and dry the hearts collected during the weeks escapades?
Hmmmm? Scarlet darts!!
I don’t think I will ever get tired of looking at these lovely flowers. The stark contrasts in the colors with their white petals vivid yellow stamens. I am a bit proud of this shot as it got a lot of likes on my Google + feed.
As she looks out upon the garden about her and contemplates the world as she knows it.
The sun in me recognizes and honors the sun that is in you!
Whee! New toy! Mom is so very thoughtful in giving me such new and interesting toys and leaving them in places she knows I will find them. Not quite as good as treats, but I do enjoy them!
Oh! Hi there! hehehehehe, didn’t see you come in. No! I am sure mom meant for me to play with these. Why else would she have left them laying on the bed where I could find them? You’re not going to tell her are you? She might not give me extra treats if you do.
Okay, so here’s the mission for the morning. To turn the dirt in as many of these compartments as my energy will allow for. I will obviously not need to engage in any additional modes of exercise this day.
Sometimes I just utterly amaze myself!!! I would have been happy to have completed a couple of those squares. But, I actually managed to get ALL of them done. And I found many large stones in the process. I forgot to take a picture of the fire area, but I made a circle about halfway around it. I figure if I dig up enough stones, maybe I can accumulate enough to make a real fire pit. On the downside, I didn’t find any bones. Ah well! Can’t win them all.
And I have beans sprouting up!!! Though it seems something ate three of the bean types. Those critters need to be bones fertilizing my garden!!!
Ah, you are done? I have spent a pleasant time watching one of my new big screen kitty TVs that came with mom’s new house. Hope you had a fun time. Oh, and before you leave, can you toss me another treat? This sunbathing is hard work and I have worked up quite an appetite. Actually, if you could make that two, that would be great!