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First Blooms 2009

Category: Village Square | Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:01 pm

The blossums are beginning to show themselves in my garden. Thank the flower gods.




Azalea ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






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First Rose ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






Mediterranean Pinks ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






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Welcome spring!

Category: Village Square | Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:18 pm

Yum, yum. Our box garden is coming along well. More photos to follow.


Box and trellis ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






Spinach ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






Lettuce ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






Peas ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






Leeks ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






My garlic jungle ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






New Dicentra ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )






Clematis ( photo / image / picture from gardengater's Garden )





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I can't stand it anymore!!

Category: Village Square | Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:22 pm

Well, I gave in today and just had to plant some seeds. I hauled out the seed trays, cleaned up the grow lights and sorted out a few select seeds, making sure I kept some back to plant later. Among the group was Asparagus beans, Cucumber tyee, peas, Perpetual Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Stawberries, Shallots, White Hollyhocks, Purple and Yellow Datura. They are occupying the top of my refrigerator until my heat mats arrive.
The Lowes is looking promising and have put out some lovely looking climbing roses. Of course I had to bring one home, a pretty coral called Tropicana.
My gardening craze has leveled off some temporarily and Charlie is busy building more boxes for our veggies.
Countdown to outdoor planting:
74 days
9 hrs and
15 min.

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vegetables

Category: Village Square | Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:02 pm

My new seed order includes:

Spinach, Strawberry
Spinach, Tyee
Tomato, Stupice
Tomato, Pineapple
Tomato, Black Krim
French Beans, Fortex
Pole Beans
Napa Cabbage
Cauliflower, White Crown
Cuke, Socrates
Cuke, Tyria
Cress
Choy, Mei Quing
Joi Choy
Ice berg Lettuce
Cippolini, Red Marble
Cippolini, Gold Coin
Peas, Caselrode

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Winter visitors

Category: Village Square | Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:41 pm

I went to examine the blooms on my Camellia the other day and was amazed to find a bee in every one. Then there was a sulfur butterfly in my Pansies. I'll never get used to the changes in climate here. We'll have 26 degrees tonight and then four days next week expect temps upward of 70. The self-contained boxes are producing. We've had Collards and now the Broccoli is heading. We're like proud parents and plan to expand to many more b oxes next spring. There are also some greens left in the ground. Little by little we're learning what will grow here and it's fun!









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Our Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

Category: Village Square | Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:23 pm

We recently spent a few days driving through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in our state. Here are a few of the veiws.







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First Results

Category: Village Square | Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:50 pm

Having just returned from a trip to the mountains, we were happy to harvest the first results from the Waterbed Box, Pac Choy, grown in less than 4 weeks.






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Our Future Gardens?

Category: Village Square | Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:35 pm

Charlie became interested in a new type of gardening when I asked him to make me some soda bottle pots. He researched for hours as usual and came up with self-contained planting boxes.
We have Pac Choy, Broccoli, Collards, Lettuce planted. This has been a fun experiment.




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Summer memories

Category: Village Square | Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:01 pm

Ever wonder where the term "Dog Days" comes from? The ancients believed that when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose at the same time as the sun, they should sacrifice a brown dog to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the very bright star was causing the hot, sultry weather. No offence to those with little brown dogs.
I was perusing some nice old summer photos named "Summer Grannies" and started to remember the things I used to do on my Grannies' farm, long ago.
I loved her spankin white geese that lived in the yard, and helping her feed them.
I loved the thick featherbed we slept under.
I loved the flowers in her yard and making "dancing ladies by turning the Bleeding hearts inside out.
Try it!
I loved the walk up the dirt road, past the scary bull to the neighbors' because at the end of that test were home made cookies and milk.
I loved sleeping out in the tent with my cousins and getting scared at the night sounds.
Oh, the joys of a childhood summer.


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Home and Travel

Category: Village Square | Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:11 am

These photos are from my stomping grounds and places nearby. Charlie and I love to visit the rivers and woods that we live by:

This river empties into the ocean and dolphins migrate here to have their calves. It is so cute to watch a pod, parents and calf swim together.




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