Sunday, June 25, 2017
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.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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"
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
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|
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
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
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
|Geranium Baby Leaves|
|Robin in a Tree|
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
|Church Marker - All That's Left|
|Last of Woods|
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.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
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
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
|Lido Key - Room View|
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
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
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.