Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween - What happened to Summer?

Well here I am at the end of 2010 and as you can see I posted no garden pictures for the Summer of 2010. I dug deep in the vault of pictures and NOTHING. Well, no need to throw in the towel yet. I have some really wonderful outside shots for this month (October). Kelly and I go all out decorating our yard for Halloween so I'm adding those pictures here since the heavily feature the yard. 

I have a few weeds now lingering in the Front Window Garden area, but it adds to the creepiness of Halloween, and that is the excuse I'm going with :)  If you look closely to the right you can see the pine tree totally browning up. This is not supposed to be happening, especially in October. The pine trees at the front windows definitely have something going on with them. It's a good reason to pull them up. 

Check out our AWESOME green pond, lol. Also not done on purpose for Halloween, just a crazy spurt of algae growing. I actually added a bail of Barley? Hay? ummm yeah, one of those and it cleared right up. Learning curve here, learning curve. Also, my cat Pookie made an appearance :) She is cute! This is her first year in this house. I had her shipped over from NY hahaha.

I added this picture because in the back you can see the new bed Kelly put in. I love it and it will make a great addition for the 2011 planting season. I can't make promises that I will have pictures and proof of that growing season, but I sure will try.  The next few pictures are added just for kicks. Grown adults dressed up for Halloween that have no kids!! What is wrong with these people, lol? 

Gotta love this. Kelly loved dressing up as DRACULA, what a hoot. Blood anyone? Maybe a dead one tree?

Stay tuned for updates. Hope to get more pictures up soon...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stormy Weather and Sanford and Son...What?

Today we had a pretty strong storm rip threw here. It was not a Tornado, but it packed some serious high winds. Several branches in the back yard came down so Kelly took advantage of it and did some additional trimming as well.  We also had a eye sore spot where we had piled some junk in the back yard and it was time to get it cleaned up.  As you can see I have containers and birdhouses just piled around :( - Not a good thing.

In the picture above you can see the old bird bath just filled with ORANGE water? That bird bath is going to turn into something pretty soon! It is actually a broken fountain, but Kelly has a wonderful idea about bringing it up front and planting in it. I think we are going to go with it. 

On to the other cleaning we did that day, below. Check out this mess. I am almost too embarrassed to post this here, but it does get cleaned up and needs to be shown. I hear the Sanford and Son music playing in the background when I look at this mess, lo. Maybe it will shame me enough never to do this again!! It was beginning to look like a junk yard - GAHHH.


So much better, ahhhhhh. This needed to be done so badly. Now this area is not done and there is still a lot more that needs to be done here, but this is a great start! 

Can't ask for more than this! Now at least Sanford and Son won't be moving into my backyard any time soon.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What, you have a pond now?

All I can say looking back now is, "darn it"!!! For this year we did a raised garden bed and a pond, and all my pictures of these processes apparently went to the birds, because I can't find them. I'm too sad to think about it, but what I can do is post some pictures of the new items and just hope one day those original pictures magical show up. It was a lot of work for Kelly to dig this pond out, and it saddens me to think the pictures of the process are lost.

Here is the completed pond. We never had one, so this too is a learning thing for us too. We kind of just went with it, hahaha. I think it looks pretty good and Kelly loves it so that is all that matters! I love this statue that sits by the pond, slightly creepy, but cute lol.

Please do not judge me on this part. This is a FAKE lily pad. Yes, you heard me right ...FAKE. I have always wanted real lily pads, so I will have to see what I can do about that. I need to do some reading to even see if this type of plant is growable in such a small pond as this one. I didn't want anything too big, just a water source for the birds. Future research will be needed to determine if this FAKE plant stays or not, lol.  I can say one thing though, my photography skills are starting to improve greatly.

Spring of 2010 is just around the corner. I do not have any plants up yet for this year, so we are cleaning up from the yucky winter and getting ready. Kelly also added this awesome new planting area near my walk way.  I am not sure what I will put there yet, but something fun will be headed to that spot soon.

Kelly worked extremely hard today, but one thing I can say is I am really starting to love doing outside work. It is so nice to finally have a real yard.  Kelly is cleaning up some stray gravel from out drive. It's not in the best shape, and one day we hope to have it redone.