Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Hello my Tuesday friends!!!!
It's been another busy week here.....
lots of rain and sunshine all in the same days.
So the gardening has been done in spurts and not enough time to get what I wanted to do done. It will all eventually get there. :) 
The tomatoes are loving the straw bales and growing very well. Three weeks ago they were little 4 inch plants sticking up out of the bales. 
 I set the 16 oz soda bottle there to show how big they are now :) 
The potatoes that are planted in the bales are looking great too.. the ones in the ground  don't seem to be doing so well. Could be too much rain ?  

Just another view of other bales and some of the garlic. 

I have one lonely little strawberry ripening but I really didn't expect berries this year as it's a new bed. Next year should tell if this super raised bed is going to work or not. 
Here is a group of flowers and herbs that are still waiting to get into the ground.... darn all of that rain :( 

The 4x4 ft raised bed that is full of tiny pepper plants that should really take off when it warms a bit more. We have had unseasonably cool weather this spring and they do love heat. 

The one small bed of potatoes in the ground that is doing well. The 3 long rows have nothing to show yet :( 

Mullen going strong :) 

A tub of Chocolate Mint that was pulled from the driveway flower bed....
It's taking over this end of the driveway flowerbed so a whole lot more of it will be pulled up today . There is actually a half whiskey barrel in there that you can't even see for the mint :) Some of the mint will get transplanted in the back of the property and some will get dried and used for tea.  

The Day Lilies are starting to bloom :) 

 The last of the Iris...
... and another mullen that showed up in the driveway flowerbed. I don't pulled them when the show up...I may relocate them... but the Goldfinch love the seeds and the butterfly love the flowers and I use the leaves and roots in different herbal meds I make myself. This part of the flowerbed hasn't been weeded and mulched yet :(  

Garden art from the granddaughters :) 
 The Echinacea is about to bloom !!!! 
 This Live Forever Sedium has been thinned and ready to go...on the left of the horses head is some volunteer Clome' that will get relocated to the Butterfly garden as it will get WAY too tall for this flowerbed. 
 The Purple Poppy has formed a seedpod and has about four more blooms about to open. Those will get deadheaded so that it might bloom again later on. Always iffy on that. 
My fish pond is in a sad state for sure. Usually by now it has been totally cleaned out and the fountain up and running. The poor fish are still in the basement in a tank.
 The frogs however are very happy LOL! 

A bright spot in the green pond...

I have managed to clear out one small patch next to the pond....  
 ..we have this horrible "Creeping Charlie" that is taking over everything in the back. I've fought it for years and usually keep somewhat controlled...but last year with my injury it took over...EVERYTHING! 

There are flowers under there :( can almost tell...'s going everywhere and is extremely hard to get rid of :'(  
 I'll be fighting it back here all summer. 
I had to run back outside and take a photo of my drink of the day...My coffee :) 
...and while there I noticed I also have a little bitty tomato already!!!!  
Today's Random Thought's

Friday, May 22, 2015

Paint Party Friday

Hello my Paint Party Friday Friends!! 
So glad to be here again this week and want to send a big THANK YOU to 
Eva & Kristin
for keeping this event alive and well. 
Last week I was out of town for a small family vacation and High School Graduation Celebration. 

 My oldest grandchild :) Isaiah with my daughter Shannon. A very proud time for all !!!
We had a great time and I have tons of pictures but that's for another post later. 

 I did actually manage to get some art done in the past two weeks.
 An acrylic on wood fun bird...
 ....a 5x7 in card for the graduate...

...a 5 X 7 in. note card in watercolors ... ACEO on wood ....

...a fun  5 x 5.5 inch mixed media on wood...

... and lastly a WIP in my journal.
I thought U had taken a photo of the start which was just smears of left over paints  from the little bird on wood  painting..I can't seem to find the picture though so you just get where it's at now. 

The wisteria is blooming and smells heavenly and everything else is growing by leaps and bounds :)  

Today's random thought...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Paint Party Friday

♥ IT'S RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥
It's a good rain too...steady and not too hard so it's all soaking in and was so desperately needed !

I love to take pictures of flowers with rain drops on them :) 
It's Iris season here and they are stunning ...
This is what the circle drive flowerbed looks like when the Iris are in full bloom... can you here me singing "HAPPY" and see me doing a little HAPPY DANCE ? 
The art has been a bit slow this week... 
...I did finish the journal page and....

These two  note cards. 
I put a background on a 5x7 inch canvas board....
... and that's all she wrote :( Inspiration has left the building :( I drug out several other backgrounds that I've made over time and have them laying and hanging around waiting for something to reach out and say finish me..... nothing yet. 
So I guess I'll go back outside and play in the wet garden and try again later :) 
 The rain has brought the fungi back to the straw bales... 
 My super raised bed strawberry bed is ready to plant bending over for me to harvest those yummy berries :) 
.... and the tomatoes plants are loving the straw bales and growing super duper fast in them. 
Random thoughts for this week...