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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For the birds!

(Just a quick note for the summer splash blog hoppers...the link you are looking for is in the previous post!)
It has been a busy week over here! While we are giving the veggie garden a break this year, we are busy working on turning the soil, the kids are planting giant sunflowers and wild flowers to enjoy as the season goes on and I am busy doing some much needed maintenance on my flower beds. In the process of which, I found the most lovely surprise: 
Aquilegia canadensis
better known as the wild columbine! I had to look this one up...and I am thinking that since I most certainly did not plant it, the birds must have had a hand in this one. Absolutely lovely!
Here's a few other nice things from around the garden:
see the busy busy bees? 
I love having the honey bees around. In my experience, they are by far, the least aggressive and most useful insects one can have helping out around the gardens. Diligent and efficient workers, bees remind us to stop and enjoy the sweetness of life and the importance of community and working together for the greater good. Sure, they have the capability of stinging, but these little guys would much rather get their own work done than bother anyone who isn't bothering them ;) 

The top picture is our patch of chives...and wow, were the bees busy yesterday! We just moved the raised bed that these were planted in, but I thought maybe I would just leave these where they are till they are done for the season. The bees and butterflies seemed to be enjoying them and they are almost waist high! The iris's are also in full bloom here, as you can see. I was surprised to see two varieties since I only remember planting one :) 

Today I spent the morning working on a garden project for my Aunt... will post some before and after pictures when that's done...but I had to tell you about the surprise I got while I was working over there...
neighbors ginormous and super-adorable puppy! 

Look who decided to pay me a visit? Haha - that's her neighbors dog...who apparently escaped from their garage and managed to sneak past the invisible fence to explore the area... he hung out with me for a good hour before I walked him home. It has definitely been one adventure after another over here this week!

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Happy Gardening!!!


  1. pretty flower garden dog reminds me of mine i had long ago called him sugar under carol roberts

    1. Thanks Carol! That dog was such a sweetie. He hung around for awhile before I figured out where his home was:) Sugar is such a cute name for a dog too!

  2. Thats pretty funny you didn't plant that flower and it came up. A similar thing happened to me this summer. I was like- I don't recall planting several different things in my front waterful gardens (they tier into each other) including foxglove. I dont have the slightest idea how it could have came into my garden because I thought it was something you had to plant the bulb of. I dont know much about gardening. I put things in the ground and water them and hope they grow but thats the extent of it.

    1. It happens here a lot. I have some other flowers that jumped flowerbeds too - not sure how they made it across the way, but there they were one spring... those ones are a tuber-kind too, so I am not sure how that happened! .And i am the same way with my gardens...I plant what i like and hope for the best. Just kind of let most of it run wild the way it wants too, weed and water when I can and let nature take care of the rest of it. :)