Saturday, April 29, 2006

It gives me a headache, but I love the smell of lilacs. Posted by Picasa

Rock Soapwort. Posted by Picasa

Columbine Heidi Pink Posted by Picasa

My view from the back porch. Posted by Picasa

The lilacs are blooming. Posted by Picasa

A different point of veiw. Posted by Picasa

Phlox subulata Atropurpurea Posted by Picasa

Strawberries yummmmm... Posted by Picasa

I don't know the names of my tulips. I just call them pretty:) Posted by Picasa

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Happy Earthday

Today is Earthday so I'm going to be spending the day planting and cleaning and I'm going to start my compost bin. I'll also be planting my replacement Endless Summer Hydrangea in the front yard.

I've been thinking of the 3 R's quite a bit lately. We recycle most of our cans bottles and boxes. We buy used stuff but I'm sure we could do better. Right now we have to decide whether to buy a new more energy efficient dryer or fix the old one or buy a used one. If we fix the used one it won't have to go to a landfill. But I don't know if it can be fixed this time. A more energy efficient dryer might be better in the long run. In the meantime we will just keep going to the laundromat.

I found a few websites to go to. Check out and find out about the Climate Change Solutions Campaign. Kids, teachers and parents can go to The Wilderness Society and find some fun things. To learn about the history of Earthday and find out if your community is planning anything go to Envirolink.

Even the Army has Plans for Earthday. So get out from in front of your computer and go outside and enjoy this great big beautiful day. Plant a tree, pick up litter at your favorite park, or just go take a walk and smell some flowers. Have a nice Earthday. I know I will:)

Raindrops Posted by Picasa

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White Parrot Tulips Posted by Picasa

Flowering Almond in the rain. Posted by Picasa

A flowering redbud tree is on my wishlist. Posted by Picasa

I enjoy dandelions. Posted by Picasa

Friday, April 21, 2006

It was a beautiful day today. I finally got to spend a little time just enjoying the outdoors. Grandma's Crabapple tree is blooming. It smells so sweet I just like to sit underneath it and breathe while tiny flower petals rain down on me. I'm going to Waterworks Park this weekend to see the Crabapple trees. It's something my grandma did every year. Someday I would like to donate a Crabapple tree in her name there.

It seems that everything is blooming at once. My camera can hardly keep up. The Flowering Almond is looking real pretty right now. And the top buds on the lilac bushes are opening. The tulips are looking real nice this week too. The Pella Tulip Festival should be just around the corner.

Yesterday Austin and I went to the Fort Des Moines Park. We saw some geese and some ducks. Lots of flowering trees and something a bit strange to me. Is it common to have a chair in the pond or are we just unique here?

Saturday, April 15, 2006

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First Tulip This Year Posted by Picasa

Creeping Phlox Posted by Picasa

Busy Bee Posted by Picasa

Last of the Daffodils  Posted by Picasa

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