Gardening, with a passion, everyday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Alot of new things have been happening around the pond.  One new thing is we ordered some bullfrog tadpoles and trapdoor snails that will be here today.  We dont like using chemicals in the pond and this will be a great natural way to keep the pond clean.  The bullfrogs will just be a great thing to watch for our grandchildren, and us of course!

Our potmen have finally made it to the pond and are happy as can be with there new hair!  They make a great addition and focal point for any visiter to our pond area.

My little pond guy relaxing at the edge

This is my new bigger guy with his spiked hair

We also put up a new solid fence in the back to make it more secluded.  I love to be up by my pond and relax by myself away from the nosey neighbors and kids who try to throw things into the pond!

The monarch butterflys are early in our area this year, probally from the unpredictable weather we had all winter.  We didnt see any until July last year.   The milkweed is just big enough to lay thre eggs on.

Monarch butterfly eggs on milkweed

Butterfly/hummingbird garden

I will update as soon as my snails and bullfrog tadpoles are in the pond and moving around...Its very exciting here, around the pond!

Friday, May 18, 2012


Mays weather has been unpredictable to say the least.  Its still a bit chilly most days to keep plants out even though I have managed to keep my cool weather veggies growing and my over wintered geranium happy to be outside again.

The pond has the overwintered spikes planted around it now and the cattails in the back are getting big.  The honeysuckle vine next to the green house is ready to bloom.  The dog under the vine is checking out the little birds nest built there.

A few pond lily pads have finally reached the top of the pond

My container cabbage and broccoli are growing great


And my radishes are finally ready to eat

I also put in a small potato patch and they are growing great in the cool weather too.
We cant forget the geranium....

I find myself really busy now with the extra gardening and yard work so I don't blog as often but to me that's a good thing.  Hope every ones gardening is going great too!
Enjoy the spring!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Things are looking up in the garden....finally!

Finally things are starting to warm up a bit and I was able to do more outdoor gardening.  My seedlings had gotten so big in the house, that even thought it might not be as warm as the plants like, I had to stick a few in the ground.  So far so good, they are holding there own.  I am also hardening off a few in the green house.

My planter radishes are almost ready to eat.

Coleus cuttings from last October, they got huge!

Hardening off the tomatoes

One of the overwintered geraniums

My helper, Rudy





Hope everybody is enjoying there gardens too!