Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weeding




Four hours of solid weeding and this is what I look like. I'm sure you can see the sweat stains basically everywhere.

We had a lot of rain for a couple of days so I weeded until they were all gone. The weather was cool and I guess I just became obsessive with removing all of them. They'll be back again for another tackle.

I'll be taking some pictures later today but none of the flowers are yet in bloom so it's not pretty yet. A man and his dog were walking around the garden and he asked me "Where are all the Zinnia's? Last year they were so beautiful." I just pointed to the baby green plants and said, "They're here. Just a little too soon just yet." He nodded and off they went. I think the garden is a view point for many who live around the area. I like that.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Canned Flowers

Canned Flowers

Lavender

Nasturtium
Some pictures of our balcony plants. The top I call "Canned Flowers". A few years ago, I started reusing  cans. They make perfect planters and the ceramic pots broke and I couldn't find a replacement - so, Canned it is. Love it.

Lavender. Oh How I love this plant. My plan is to use the blooms to infuse some oils. I only have two and I'm unsure as to how many it will take to really make the oil smell fabulous. Experimenting.

Nasturtium. My neighbor calls them "Nasties"

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gerber Daisy

Gerber?
Not sure but I think this is a Gerber Daisy. I planted a bunch of seeds and one of the seeded 6 packs, grew this plant. Only one but it's beautiful.

The heat is upon us. 95 yesterday and more of the same today. Slight chance of rain and boy do we need it. I have to water my garden by a hose connected to the nursing home. Yesterday after work, I attempted to water but the workmen were using the only water source for some project on the roof. Fingers crossed I can water tonight or some baby plants will not make it.

Stay cool.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Garfield Farm

Garden Fence


 This was a group of Fourth Graders that MADE MY DAY! I hadn't had that much enjoyment in years. My job on this volunteer day, was to lead them through the pastures and talk about the plants. They were all so smart and knew more about some of the plants and wild herbs than I did. With the help of Joseph from Garfield Farm, we answered their million questions accurately.

Phlox by a Fence

More Phlox by a Fence

Shaved Sheep

Tom Turkey

Turkeys

Superbena Highbreed
Garfield Farm is one of the most beautiful places in Illinois. If you ever get the chance, attend something on this farm. Anything. It's located in Campton Hills, IL.

The place is truly a step back to the 1900's. Some of the pastures haven't been tilled in over 100 years. There is an Oak Tree Forest with branches left to naturally grow as long or large as the tree wants. Wild raspberry bushes that had fruit bursting and were almost ready to pick. Wildflowers growing everywhere and the girls running everywhere to pick a new one to add to the small bouquets they were creating. The beauty takes your breath-away. Well... Mine anyways.

At the end of the photos, is a pic of a Verbena flower. I picked this plant up for the balcony. It's so magnificent. How can something grow in a color formation, so perfectly? 

Thanks for stopping by. June is here and the Summer is starting out wonderful!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Urban Farming





I'm taking another class through the Illinois extension offices. This one is called "University of Illinois Extension Cook County's Master Urban Farmer Training" and it's held at "The Children's Farm" in Palos Park. (This place is magnificent)

I think I landed on something big. My all time dream is to farm. BUT farming is so different now and I am realizing that in order to farm, you do not need a lot of acres. Look at the two plots in the pictures. They each produce quite a lot of food and it's just a back yard. Oh - I am in love with this concept.

I only just finished the second week with 10 more to go but I am so inspired. On my drive to work each day, I see so many empty lots and abandoned parking lots that could be covered in food. I want to grow food everywhere. Wouldn't that be so cool? All the lots could grow a season of food.

Thanks for stopping by and in case anyone is interested (or cares), I am still nicotine free.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mayne's Tree

Mayne's Tree
Mayne's Tree In Bloom

Close Up

What We Need More of
Mayne's Farm is a a half a mile from my house. He has this incredible tree in the middle of one of his low lying fields. This tree is magnificent.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tulips Spring

Tulip Sprouts
Starting to Show Color
Blooms to come

Close up

Full Bloom


Rain Drops on Tulips

Tulips are so beautiful and perfect!  See the progression to perfection. Such a site. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Overgrown Shrub

Narly Shrub
Saw this shrub the other day that had incredible depth. I want to see it again once it's in foliage.

Rainy season is upon us.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pictures around the County

Chicken Car

Geranium Baby Leaves

Robin in a Tree
I went to work the other day and in the parking lot was this Chicken Car. Really well made and I think it's a hoot! How fun to be driving around in that car.

My Baby Geranium's are looking good. Spring is right around the corner - can't wait to plant.

Spring Robin staring at me from a tree.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Abandoned Graveyard More

Maggie T

Empty

Church Marker - All That's Left

Jacob

Last of Woods

Tulips Sprouting
The first picture is of Maggie T's Gravestone. Her husband must of loved her dearly. He put her exact age on the tombstone. 22 Years, 7 Months and 14 Days. All I can think is that it must of been a blow to his heart to loose her at such a young age. To document the days - Oh my. He had to have been totally unprepared. I can't stop thinking about it. Why would you put the months and days? It really must of been the death of surprise.  Why? 1873. A hard time period indeed but what happened? Child birth? An Accident? I am haunted by Maggie T. Each time I take my walks, I am drawn to this graveyard and her stone. As I stare at it, I'm looking for answers. Can I research and find out? Maybe.

The "Church of Brethren" bench is fairly new. It sits on an empty lot next to the graveyard. My assumption is the good people buried, were part of this congregation.

The stone of Jacob is a lonely marker. It stands tall and all alone in the plot. I have a hard time making out the years and hope to sneak into the graveyard once it warms up to get a closer look. I feel almost as if I am trespassing so I might just use a zoom lens. Maybe I'm not invited.

The abandoned road currently has lot's of trees and a large plot of land with a small forest. Birds and small critters play along happily. This is all coming to an end as each of the trees are being torn down. On one of the larger corners, they have already flattened and poured cement. This is the last of the trees. What will become of the birds? Where will they fly too? Suburban trees? It's becoming less farm land and more buildings so they must head west.

The last picture is of some tulips I planted last year. A friend gave me some potted yellow tulips and I saved the bulbs. Hope they make it. It snowed today and Tulips are not too happy with a frost. We will see.

Thanks for Stopping by.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Work Trip Denver

Denver Airport
I just returned home from a work trip to Denver. The Airport is about 40 minutes away from downtown and out in the middle of nowhere. This is what you see when you come up to it. It's cool and weird too. The white peaks look like fabric up close and inside they are ceilings of white and metal. Strange but unique. The building on the left is the Westin Hotel and it looks like a pair of lips when you drive in. I'm not sure but maybe it's wings?

Denver had beautiful weather the week we were there. High 60's during the day but upon arrival, the wind was intense and the sky was all brown from the dirt blowing all around.

Glad to be home and I'm ready to work in the garden. Well... Not quite yet. The temp is 18 with a high of 30. SOON! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Abandoned Gravestones


Here's more snaps of the abandoned grave yard. I am so curious as to who they were and if they still have family around here.

I think my next trip past, I'll try and sneak in and take some close ups. I have a feeling there are more stones flat on the ground that could be of interest.

My birthday is tomorrow and I decided to stay home from work to prepare. 56 - Can't believe I'm this old. I feel 25.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February Thaw

Lido Key - Room View

Morning Visitor

Closed Road

February Thaw
Some snap shots of my past few weeks. Bobby and I once again traveled to Sarasota for one of my work trips. This time the weather was absolutely fabulous all week.

The shot of the "Closed Road" is were the abandoned road comes into play. When ever I have time on my walks, I take this short cut. They just recently cut down all the trees on a portion of this road so I am not sure how long it will be private. We'll see.

The last shot is behind the office building I work. I take noon walks and there is a creek that runs along side the path. Is February too soon for a warm up? I think it is.

Still Nico free but lately I've been counting a lot. What I mean is when ever I have a craving, I count to ten.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Geraniums

Geraniums - These flowers last all the way through to frost. I plant them from seed each year and they have beautiful blooms all summer long. I have a variety pack so I never know the color until they bloom. Once, there was a yellow bloom.

I have spring fever and spring is still a few weeks away. I've started my flower seeds indoors and quite a few have sprouted. Cute tiny bright green leaves are everywhere in my spare bedroom.

Thanks for stopping by.

Still Nico free!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

MicroGreens - Grown Indoor

Swiss Chard

Cabbage
I might of mentioned growing Microgreens indoor before but it's worth repeating.

They grow very fast and are packed full of nutrients. Just snip and toss in your salad or on a sandwich. The Swiss Chard you can let grow until it has 4 leaves but the others, snip at will. I grow, Turnip, Beet, Mustard, Radish, Chinese Cabbage and what ever lettuce seeds I have. Use regular potting soil and wala!

It was 60 degrees here yesterday. All of Chicago was outside and of course, wearing shorts. Crazy weather.