Monday, October 15, 2007

Trying To Be Green

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

Today is blog action day. It's a day for everyone to write about the environment. I've been thinking all week about what I should write about. There are so many issues that it would take more than one post. So I decided I would write about the little things we do around here and provide some links to some interesting sites.

We have been recycling for over ten years now, I started composting last year and now I have 2 compost bins. We replaced some of our light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs and this year we are giving them to the kids for Christmas. I joined Freecycle last year, I always try to buy our food locally , and whenever we buy a new appliance we always get one with the energy star.

There are other little things we do like trying to conserve water, growing our own food, and turning off the lights when we are not using them. And we never litter, I think it was those sad commercials we watched when we were kids.

I've been interested in green building for about 3 years now, ever since I read about a straw bale house in Mother Earth News. I've found quite a few different types of homes on the web like this earthship made out of recycled tires and this cute house in Wales. I would like to learn more about green roofs,solar water heating and using graywater.

Maybe someday we will have our dream house on our dream land and we will grow and raise our own food and have solar energy and live off the grid:) A hybrid car would be nice too. But until then we will just have to do what we can to make our environmental footprint smaller,one step at a time.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

 


I was looking out the window this morning and saw this pretty rose, so I grabbed the camera and took a walk around the yard.

 


I saw a lot of weeds and trees that don't belong, and here and there little flowers to make me smile:)

 


Next year I must plant more Dahlias around the yard.

 



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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sunday, September 30, 2007



Perfect time of year for Pansies:) They were my great grandmothers favorites according to my grandma so we always have some around the yard here and there.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

 
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My baby got married last week. We had the wedding down in Derby at my dads. I decorated the house with twinkle lights and flower garlands everywhere. Michael wore a tux to match his dad and Baileigh was in a pretty white dress just like her mama. After that wedding we went to 3 more, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. It was pretty hectic and now I must take a nap;)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007



My birthday was Saturday so instead of staying home by myself with no car I went with HB to Minneapolis for his Army stuff. On the way there I heard over the radio that we were going to have a frost. Oh no! All my house plants are chilling outside with the container plants! Not to worry sometimes children can be useful;) I called them up and they put every plant inside, even the dead ones:) I'm gonna have to make them some homemade pizza soon to thank them.



When I got home there was no damage to any of the annuals so I don't think it was much of a frost here, but in Minnesota we had to use the ice scraper on the windows.Other than being quite chilly on Saturday the weekend was beautiful.



This weekend I went to see the Minnehaha Falls. We went for a walk and found a whole bunch of pagans celebrating the Earth. There were lots of different people young and old if HB hadn't of been there I would have joined in but he's not into being different and I wasn't dressed for dancing, so I just made him sit and listen for a while with me and then we went out to eat at a restaurant called Sunsets, it was very nice,the atmosphere was calm and relaxed and the food was mmm good.



On Sunday I went to the Ren Faire and spent some time listening to music, chasing fairies, and talking to vikings. I had never been to one that big before but I did manage to see almost everything before I had to go pick up HB. Next year I'll wear a costume and really have fun:)

Monday, September 10, 2007

One Down - Four More To Go



Congratulations! Mr & Mrs Richardson, I hope your having a wonderful Honeymoon;) The wedding was beautiful,the food was good and the dancing was fun. See ya soon:)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

A Little Trip




Last month I went with HB to Minneapolis, it was raining so I didn't get to do much. I went to a farmers market and bought some white phlox and honey. It was wet and cold and I didn't think to bring a jacket with me, took me the rest of the day to get warm again:(



The next day was a little nicer and I found my way to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. It was really nice, there is no admission fee all they ask for is donations. I went through the zoo first watched some polar bears that were lounging around, and found a sloth sleeping in a tree. It's a good thing I went outside first because as soon as I got inside it started pouring rain.



The Conservatory was like heaven to me:) Each room has it's own special atmosphere. One room had about 12 bonsai trees in it, one of the trees was 45 years old. There was a fern room and a room with spices.



But my favorite room was full of flowers. Once I found that room I just sat down and started breathing in the wonderful smells. Listening to the water trickle, somewhere I could hear a bird chirping. The upper windows were open so you could see raindrops leaving little ripples in the water as they slowly dripped down.



There was a lot more to that park that I didn't get to see because of the rain, so I'm going to go back and finish my visit sometime soon. I also have a few more gardens on my list and another farmers market. I sure hope it's not raining next time:)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day



It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I didn't miss it:) Starting from the front and working my way to the very back of the yard. I have the following blooms.



Cheap Lily from Walmart, Delphinium, Coreopsis, Perennial Verbena,



Balloon Flower, Blackeyed Susan, Phlox, Calendula,



Dianthus, 1 lonely Daisy, 2 Butterfly Bushes, Rose of Sharon,



Augastache, Impatiens, Perennial Sweet Pea,



Dahlias, lots of Begonias, Stella De Oro Lily.



The Hibiscus doesn't have any blooms today,it's been blooming like crazy for 3 weeks now. But today it must be shy.



Well that's it except for some mystery flowers and a few petunias, I hope I have a bigger list next year.

Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more about Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Sunday, August 12, 2007



I don't know what kind of flower they are,but they sure are pretty:)

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

A Morning Stroll Through The Garden



A little bit muggy this morning, not as bad as Tuesday. I walked around the yard this morning making a mental to-do list. And taking pictures for this months. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day



I found a few flowers in between corralling Michael and Austin. Hey they only tried to make a break for the street once. Michael enjoyed some Lantana and Austin contemplated splashing in puddles.

I have been trying to keep up with the garden and the blog, but 4 babies are taking up quite a lot of my time. Since they won't be babies forever I guess I'll not fret about it and just sit back,relax and enjoy.



Finally got all the mulch I need, just waiting for free time to get it done.We got rid of a huge Flowering Quince and I have some plans in the future for this spot.



We dug out the yellow rose bush from the Moon Garden and now I have to figure out what will grow there. It has to like getting a bit wet at times and it's mostly shady there. Maybe I should paint something really cool on the side of the neighbors shed. Something with a moon and a white picket fence.



The Secret Garden is full of weeds as usual, but there is actually a plan now. There are some perennials back there amongst the weeds. Some Phlox, Russian Sage, Butterfly Weed, Daisies, Columbine, a few Stella De Oro Lilies and some struggling Iris.



The old gazebo is at the East end of the garden waiting for something to climb it. Once I'm done laying out the mulch I will begin to make my paths.



The one that will lead to the playground area will be a hopscotch path. I'm thinking of having some kind of tunnel too;)



I have been trying to catch up on all the garden blogs. I have so many favorites now that it takes a long time. I missed Garden Bloggers Muse Day at Sweet Home And Gardens Chicago, Garden Bloggers Book Club at May Dreams Gardens, and quite a few Green Thumb Sundays..

Dear Blog, I'm sorry I have been ignoring you. I promise to do better:)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday




Tomatoes! Yummmm! I have 6 plants this year. I moved them closer to the house into some fresh new dirt. They seem happy:)




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Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Good ,The Bad, & The Ugly - In My Backyard

When you have a lot of flowers it's easy to find some good, even though this year most of my yard is bad & ugly.



Like Old Roses I do not have a plan where my flowers will go, they just find a spot and live or die. This year a lot of them decided to die. I still have the tried and true, it was the new ones that got hit the hardest.



Last Fall I started a big project and a little one that became a big one. So I have been working on them. I have decided to work on the paths, walls, and beds before I plant any more perennials. Needless to say my yard is a mess and with half my flowers gone it's been hard to blog about it.



Out of four Clematis I only have one that is thriving The Jackmanii.



My Henri has some serious clematis wilt and I am removing it:( It's been struggling for 3 years and this one was the worst.



For the bad I have a confession, sometimes I take close ups of the flowers because that's the only way I can make them look good.



This bed is bad but it's only a temporary thing. I'm thinking strawberries might be happy here.



Other than that Clematis I'd have to say the ugliest thing in my yard right now are my lilacs. I finally got a chainsaw and I've been pruning them hard. I've been doing it a little at a time, because it's hard for me to make things ugly on purpose.



Visit Colleen at In The Garden Online for more info on The Good, The Bad, an The Ugly.