Tag: garden

finished!!!

I know you all are on pins and needles, waiting patiently for pictures of the kangaroo and her joey. You can now breathe…here she is. I am thrilled she is done although I’m feeling a little bit out of focus right now. I’m going to take a break from the studio for a couple of days…time to get some things done around the house.

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stuff

It’s a rambling blog today. I have little ability to focus, driving is hazardous, and my husband has been super helpful lately since I told him I am trying desperately not to descend into the morass, which he has helpfully renamed the molasses. One foot in front of the other and soldier on…

Enough of the whining, you’ve read it before, no sense in dragging it on.

Because my concentration levels are so low, this is going to be a photography map of what’s going on in my life…come for a walk with me…

In the studio you will see that the joey is almost finished and I couldn’t resist placing him in the pouch temporarily just to see whether they look good together…the answer is yes!!!

unfinished joey in unfinished mama's pouch
unfinished joey in unfinished mama’s pouch

I won’t tell you why, but earlier today I could be seen taking a picture of a bulb of garlic. You will just have to be patient to find out why.

photo op
photo op

In the garden you will see a late pollinator called a digger wasp or blue winged wasp on the native goldenrod. I was thrilled to see it for more than one reason, not only is it cool looking but the mothers feed on Japanese Beetle grubs…I hope they eat lots of them during the winter. They made a mess of my garden this year.

late season pollinator
late season pollinator

Otherwhere’s in the garden, a volunteer yellow cherry tomato is hiding under the echinacea…I just picked some and have yet to eat one but will report in a future post, if I remember.

behind the echinacea
behind the echinacea
hiding
hiding

And finally, here is proof that at least one monarch visited my garden this year. I had a whole bunch of tomatoes in my hands so I didn’t dig around for the fourth wing. One can only hope that the eventual death of this butterfly happened after the eggs were laid for the next round.

proof
proof

well traveled musk ox

cold, rainy, and other-wordly
cold, rainy, and other-wordly

This is a picture from Glacier Bay National Park. You can see the Glacier on the left…the small dark dot next to it is the big-ass cruise ship that has chugged up the Bay to give its 2,000 guests a closer view of the Glacier. This picture shows the typical blue/gray/white landscape that we got used to seeing every day, rain coming down here but not there, blue sky up ahead but not behind and fog on the left but not the right. (I mean port and starboard naturally.) The next few posts will take you closer to the glacier and show some details that are really cool.

In other news, the musk ox came home last week! I have been waiting ever-so-patiently for him to return, I feel like my sculpture garden is complete…at least until I get the kangaroo finished. It has been beastly hot and HUMID and welding is not so much fun in those circumstances, despite the AC that I have turned on. So, for now, we will enjoy the musk ox’s return. I have placed him at the bottom of the hill from the kitchen door so that I can see him first thing in the morning and when I sit out on the patio to eat or read. He seems to be quite happy down there and Izzy has already welcomed him home, in her own way. You might notice the difference in the colors between the previous picture and the next ones…it was quite a shock (and a pleasure) to come home such lush surroundings.

If you or someone you know (and like) are in the Baltimore, MD area and want to come visit the animals, give me a call! The gardens are open by appointment. Just hop on over to my website to get all the information…

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rejuvenated

10 hours

one eighteen year old

one 51 year old

an ATV and cart

a wheelbarrow

shovels

rakes

a pitchfork

and various other

gardening implements

two beautiful sunny days

(one sunburn)

pulling weeds

mulching

transplanting

and the barn garden

is rejuvenated

for another year.

I can now walk by it

and revel in its beauty

instead of wincing.

BEFORE:

what a mess
what a mess
needs cleaning desperately
needs cleaning desperately
sweet pea taking over
sweet pea taking over

AFTER:

yes, there is a path!
yes, there is a path!
milkweed is in this section
milkweed is in this section
care to take a stroll?
care to take a stroll?
dry creek bed with no weeds
dry creek bed with no weeds

ice

Heavens girls, how exciting! We awoke to an icicle wonderland which, sadly, had taken the power out around 3 a.m. The generator was brought from its place in the garage for the refrigerator, the radio and our one guilty pleasure of watching an episode of … Continue reading ice

Butterflies!!!

This has been a wonderful year for seeing butterflies in my garden.  They are loving up the Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower) and I have been enjoying standing amongst the flowers and taking their pictures.   Occasionally I use the manual focus, but they are so fast that it is difficult to take the time to make sure that everything is clear…so the automatic button gets used a lot. My camera can focus way faster than I can and most of the time it picks the right thing to focus on.  In fact, it’s almost obscene as to how good the picture can be, I almost feel like I am really a small part of the photographic equation.

There were two types of butterflies this morning. The first was a very friendly and lovely Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.  There was a plethora of them hanging around and they didn’t seem to mind me and my ugly metal thing that made clicking sounds very close to them while they were eating.

The second type was the Monarch which is one of my personal favorites.  I have a lovely memory of them hanging out in a small garden outside the laundry room of the house when I was growing up.  I am currently reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book Flight Behavior which is quite informative about them along with being a good story (not surprising coming from her) and so to find one in my garden this morning was a special treat.  Funnily enough, it was much more shy than the Yellowtails.  I wished I had my longer lens so I didn’t have to get so close…it kept flying away just when I was ready to get a picture.  I wondered if the Yellowtails had safety in numbers since the Monarch was by itself.  Who knows?

I have seen a third butterfly lurking about recently, the Black Swallowtail, but it wasn’t in evidence this morning.  Perhaps I will get a good picture of it in the next couple of days.  I will also work on getting some of the smaller critters, the moths and bees and wasps.  There’s a gorgeous indigo blue wasp on the bronze fennel that I’m hoping I can capture on film, it will have to be in sunlight as that is when the blue shows up, otherwise it looks totally black.  Wish me luck!

And for those of you who read my last post, the studio tour was not very successful, no landscape architects came out to see my sculptures and gardens…alas. It was a good idea but evidently I need to tweak it a bit.

spring garden

This is one of my favorite times of year, the time when the peonies and iris come out in profusion, and I am able to start putting flowers in a vase again. There is something so wholly satisfying about being able to clip flowers and eat veggies that you grew yourself.  In true human fashion, my ego says that it all because of me, but I really know that it is the miracle of the garden, you put a seed, a rhizome or a cutting into the earth, water it, feed it and you get to enjoy the literal fruits of your labor.  It’s so cool!

I have a tendency to be drawn to color, but also to different textures and interesting leaves.  While the iris, rhodies and peonies fit the bill for color (and smell!), I love the variegated geranium for its delicate flowers and its wonderful leaves.

Now you all get to enjoy the mass of color and texture that is my garden.