Friday, April 24, 2015

Early Morning

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."
Henry David Thoreau

The early bird searching for the worm...

Melting frost in the rising sun...

First flower on frosted strawberries...

Momma robin roosting in her nest...

Blackie looking fiercely at the winged invaders...

Buds finally sprouting from the thorny locust...

Happy Friday!

May your weekend be blessed.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Better Late Than Never

Homeschool life lesson for today;

"Better late than never."


For some reason, I've been putting off starting our garden seeds.

I've had a plan drawn up since late winter, when the snow was still falling.

The seeds, starter kit and soil have been patiently waiting.

I decided today was the day.

Right after breakfast, I cleared the table and got out our supplies.

We filled the starter cells with soil and misted it down.  

This was dear son's favorite part.

He misted some more....


We put three tiny seeds in each "cell" and I labeled them with plastic knives.  
(I broke off the sharp edges.)

We won't have enough garden space this year for all these, so I'll likely do pots for a few of the plants.

More soil to cover the seeds, more water and then placed the lid on top.  

We thought the warmest place for them right now might be by the fireplace where the pilot light stays continually lit.

The packet says they should start sprouting in 7 - 10 days.  The last frost in our area is usually around Mother's Day.  

We are hoping to set up our next bed this evening.  I have onions (red and yellow) to get in the ground.  I think we'll go ahead and plant the lettuce too.  If we get a threat of frost, I'll just cover the plants.

Are you doing any gardening this year?


I'm linking up with Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for her weekly link-up and Angi at the Homestead Blog Hop.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thoughts on Monday

"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
Author unknown

Have a blessed Monday!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Creeping Phlox and a Robin's Nest

I'm happy to report that my creeping phlox has weathered the winter.  It's showing off it's petite lilac colored flowers and bringing a smile to my face.

You never realize how much work a yard is until you start from scratch.  Our lot was vacant farm land before a developer bought it.  Now, I'm trying to domesticate it.  


It looks like our mother robin has decided to come back again this year.  Last year she built her nest on one of our window sills.  This year she constructed her "home" in one of the "cedar" trees.

It was up a little high for me to peak in, but I held up the camera and hoped for a few good shots.

Her nest is nice and deep and a first glance it looked like she had three eggs.  

But wait!

From a different angle, it looks like she has four perfectly blue eggs.

We'll see what happens.  Last year we think a hawk got the little hatchlings.  Hopefully she's hidden her nest well enough to bring on the next generation of robins.

"The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off.  Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it."
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Springtime at the Zoo

For my birthday, hubby took off work and we all went to the Cincinnati Zoo for the day.

I so enjoy going to the zoo this time of the year.  The tulips are in bloom and the flowering trees are starting to show their springtime beauty.  

The birds were sweetly chirping in their colorfully adorned perches.

Shades of pink were a sight to see in both flora and fauna.

A proud papa...

showed off his new cub.

The Lion wasn't the only beast showing it's pride.

This peacock was all show with his elegant feathers.

I tried to get a good photo of the red panda, but he was camera shy.  

Or, perhaps just admiring the flowers like the rest of the guests.

White monkeys were hanging out enjoying their view and taking a rest from their play.

The tulips and flowering trees really were the show stoppers though.

Hubby and dear son gave me a new zoom lens for my camera.  I had fun playing around with it today and experimenting with different shots.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Cincinnati Zoo.  

You didn't even have to put on your gym shoes.


Take care!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Strawberries and a Naughty Dog

The strawberry plants are starting to grow and we are all really excited about them.  It's our first garden together and we are hoping for a bountiful harvest.  

I keep envisioning biting into a fresh juicy strawberry ripe and warm from the sun.  Or, the first strawberry shortcake of the season (with whipped topping of course).

But the dog, I call her the dog when she's done something to upset me, keeps pulling the plants out of the bed!

She pulls the plant out, shakes the dirt off and eats the plant, roots and all!

So, I got out my trusty square foot garden companion book to look for a solution.  

Found it! 

Hubby and I built a cover for "pest control".  
Now, when the book refers to pests, I don't think it was thinking of domesticated animals, but it seems to be working so far.  

It's not the prettiest thing in the yard, but it will be worth it come June!

The strawberry plants are growing great!
(Minus a few that "the dog" ate).
Hopefully, we'll be rewarded with bowls full of lush red berries.

I hope your Monday is going well.
It's a beautiful day here!

Toodles my friends,