Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bird Juice!!

I decided along with the hummingbirds, I am also going to try to entice orioles to my yard. I placed it in the front yard so I can keep an eye on it from the living room.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Sweet Magnolia Surprise!

OMG....I am so excited...I walked into the back yard check on things that need to be divided and I found a pleasant surprise,....My Magnolia tree is BLOOMING. I have had this tree over 5 years. I have had to move it twice and the rabbits make a feast of it each year. I had almost given up on it ever blooming.  But like any gardener, if its not dead, there is always hope. That hope was rewarded this year.

Handy Hint for Dividing Plants

I have learned a lesson not to let your Iris plants go undivided to long. I had three clumps that had to be moved because I had planted them in the corner of the patio, big mistake. They were starting to get very crowded. I dug up all three clumps and proceeded to try to split them. After trying many different methods..I finally found one that worked. I will be using this method again..for those hard to divide plants. I used a axe and hammer to slip them into smaller clumps and then used my hands to divide the bulbs. I will be re-planting these beauties into a area of  my garden where they will have plenty of room for them to grow.

Spring 2010 Migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

I am going to try to entice some flying beauties to my garden this year. I have had a few over the years venture into my garden without trying. I hope with a little effort I will be rewarded with the flying gems feasting on the feeders that will be filled with the sweet nectar they crave.

Hummingbird Map

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Clean Up

Mike cleaned out the pond smelled so never get used to that smell. I cleaned up the water lilies and placed some fresh gravel on the top. The girls stopped over today..and they had to feed the fish that are downstairs, just waiting to get back to the great outdoor. Also pictured is a firepit I got at Goodwill, for only $34.99. can't wait to fire this baby up..

A pool is the eye of the garden in whose candid depths is mirrored its advancing grace.
- Lousie Bebe Wilder