Too sunny too blog!

•June 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

With the great weather we’ve been having who has time to blog?!  Spring busted onto the scene and I have been playing outside ever since. 

Along with the flowers many different birds are back as well.  Steve built a new house hoping to attract some purple martins.  We already have some birds nesting in it.  Unfortunately they are sparrows.  Lena and I don’t mind so much but Steve is a little disappointed.  I thought it was great fun watching the sparrows the day they moved in.  The checked out all three “units” finally deciding on the middle house.  Here they are trying to make up their mind:

new neighbors

We also have a robin who has made her nest along our back fence.  Steve found it when he walked too close to the fence and she flew out!  When we tool a peek in this is what we saw:

Robin's egg

Two days later I went back to check and see how she was doing.  She was doing well.  It was a beautiful day for sitting on a nest watching the world go by.

mama bird

She even let me take her picture.  I noticed that I was focused on the fence a little more than her.  I changed the settings on the camera and looked up to take another.  Without making a sound she had left!  So I took another peek inside.  I was surprised by what I saw!

baby eggs

Three more eggs!  I can hardly wait for them to hatch out.  I will try to get a good picture of the babies without upsetting mama bird.

Tomorrow is the last day of school for our kids.  The forecast is sunny and 79.  It looks like summer is knocking at the door.  I, for one, can’t wait!

Adorandus Canis

•April 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Adorandus Canis. 

No, it’s not the name of a new flower I have discovered.  In fact it has nothing to do with gardening. 

Yesterday while it was snowing out our doggies went out for a quick frolic around the yard.  Our lab is the younger of our two dogs.  She loved her run around out back so much it was hard to snap a quick photo.  This was the best I could manage of Miss Grease Lightening:


And then there is our older, more petite pooch.  She wants so badly to be big like her “sister”.  She wants to run through the snow and not get slowed down by short, little legs.  Yesterday the wet, heavy snow was just too much for her.  She gave up and came back in.  I took a quick photo and decided she must be called ‘Adorandus Canis’.

Adorable Dog.


Who couldn’t love a face like that?

Ready for spring!!

•March 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday I was out in the garden poking around.  I am ready for spring to get underway.  Unfortunately, the weather has other plans. 

Here in Central MN spring has a way of taking too long (for me anyways).  I’m sure that we are right on track with what is normal  but each spring i am convinced it is taking longer than the year before.  As a result I have decided to track the happens of what exactly is going on in our backyard.  I am sure that my husband and son will help with posts too, as they love to take photos of the different birds they attract to our yard.  Not to be left out, it will be fun to see what kind of posts my daughter my write our her view of the yard!  In fact, last year she received an award of merit ribbon at the county fair for a beautiful butterfly picture she took in our back garden! 

First, let’s take a look at what  was happening in the yard yesterday:


Ground cover sedum


Little purple crocus starting to bloom!


Our everbearing strawberries made it!  Last year we planted these and we had no idea what we were doing.  I am so happy to see them growing back!  Yippee!


These are some of my tulips yesterday.  Here they are today, the last day of March:


What a difference a day makes!  I keep telling myself, “It will be warm again, it will be warm again!”

Until those warmer days come I will just try to content myself with seed catalogs, planning a new raised garden bed, and watching the snow melt (again)!

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•March 31, 2009 • 1 Comment

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