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Shade garden taking shape

Category: The Garden | Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:11 pm

The boys are at their dad's house this weekend. Gives me time to do things without constant interruptions.

On Saturday, Andy (my other half) and I went to the greenhouse and browsed through 4 acres of plants. From there we went out to his Mom's house to get rocks and then to the local home improvement store for mulch. That took up the whole day! By evening, we crashed on the couch to watch a horror movie.

Today is rainy and cool but we had about an hour of dry this morning to get the pathway set in the shade garden. I love watching each step of a garden take shape. Monday is suppose to be better weather so I hope to get the plants in the ground.

The rest of today will be spent cleaning house and working on the online business. The first 4 HD DVDs are in stock and ready to ship but no one knows we have them yet. Need to get them added to the store.

Maybe I will have Andy do that so I can attack the house. It is amazing what a whirlwind of messiness two boys can be.

I guess it all depends because today is also a great day for a nap!

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Ever changing and never finished

Category: The Garden | Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:25 pm

Our gardens are a place of peace and tranquility. Something we can do to help us slow down, take a moment to relax and realize that there is beauty all around us. From one moment to the next, a garden is ever changing and never finished, an on-going project that can last a lifetime.

Yet most of us do not place our lives in the same category as our gardens. Our lives are to hectic with work and errands, much to full of hustle and bustle. Not to mention the ugliness that springs up all around us. Have you heard the neighbors yelling at each other lately? What about watching the late night news telling of the latest crime spree? Then there is that traffic jam you were just stuck in for over an hour.

Have you ever looked at your kids and said something like... "the older you get the more of a monster you become!"? They are ever changing, different from one moment to the next.

Honestly, our lives are exactly like our gardens. Always changing, never finished and forever ongoing yet filled with beauty at any given moment if only we take the time to look. Exactly the same as our gardens.

Shade garden project started in fall of 2005. Lots more work to do here.

The basic downspout project will start this coming weekend, soon to become a self-watered rock garden.

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Those beautiful little Hummingbirds

Category: The Garden | Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:19 pm

The Hummingbird feeder, shown in the picture of the previous post, goes up about mid-April. Usually, by months end, or the beginning of May, those darting little birds start migrating northward.

The fresh feeder in an empty garden help them on their journey and encourages them to stay awhile while we wait for the full bloom of the garden.

I actually have seen them as far north as Sault St. Marie Michigan, located in the UP of the state.

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The beginnings of a new season

Category: The Garden | Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:25 pm

Gardening is what I do to get away from everything for a little while. I find it relaxing and enjoyable. Even better, the kids are afraid I will put them to work weeding so they stay clear!

Here in West Michigan, spring is finally here. Although cold nights are still the norm, the warmer days make it perfect to go outside to start working in the gardens.

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