Monday, August 3, 2015

Goldfinches Passing Through

They'll be here a few weeks, seems like they never stay long.





Friday, May 8, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Chicago Botanical Garden - Finding an Old SD Card

We visited the Chicago Botanical Garden in 2012, but I apparently misplaced an SD card and was happy to find it today!
juliedonnelson's Chicago Botanical Garden album on Photobucket

Thursday, April 30, 2015

First Iris of the Year

I used to be obsessed with trying to find variety names of all my iris, but not so much any more since most were "inherited", and it was a guess on many.  My first non-dwarf iris of the season has bloomed.


I did find the name of the next Iris:  'Rare Edition'









Monday, April 13, 2015

Early Spring Flowers



Yellow Poppies (Celandine)

Bleeding Hearts




Snakes

Caught one of our garter snakes out on a cool day.  He was a little slow, so I had to redirect him away from the dog.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's Spring Tilling Time!

After a week of rain, it finally dried out enough to till the vegetable garden.  I was able to get the peas, spinach, and onions planted before the next rain comes through.  It will be a few more weeks for the potatoes to go in.  Nice to get things going!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Pond of the Week

Another from a pond tour in central Iowa.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pond of the Week

I've been on several garden and pond tours over the years. Not too often do you see the front entrance of a home require bridging over a pond to get to the front door.  The dry creek bed serves as overflow control, diverting the water around the house to the back yard.  I would think this would be a necessity.









Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bird Feeder Raid

Guess I'll have to wire this together better!  They may be cute, but they don't need to empty my feeders so easily.  There's plenty to go around.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Black Squirrel

One of the things our area is known for is black squirrels.  They are cute, even if ornery at times.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Blast from the Past

I'm currently in the process of going through all my old garden photos and transferring them to a new server.  It's been fun to see all the crazy gardening ideas I've tried over the years.  This one pops out as one of my favorites, although not financially logical to do year after year.  Now I grow vegetables in this area, but it was pretty awesome back when you could buy a flat of annuals for $6.