Thursday, April 19, 2012

Staying Home

 Since Rachel's visit, I've found that traveling is a little too expensive these days so when you live somewhere you love, why not just stay home!
Unlike my little baby Bluebirds that flew the coop shortly after this photo was taken! He's giving me the eye!!
 This mom can stay close to home, so I guess I can too!
 The Summer Tanagers have arrived and the woods are full of
Robin-like songs of tweetle-dees and tweetle-dums.
 The papa Cardinal is ever chirping a warning call.
 Last year I planted wildflower seeds over my septic tank since it's difficult to mow there. This year new flowers are coming up that weren't there last year! It's such a wonderful surprise!
 I also planted this Rue and a Fennel for butterflies to munch or lay their eggs on, hopefully!

 I want a pond in my yard. Since I'm not financially ready for that I put a galvanized pail here last year and tried to grow pond plants.
I mostly grew algae, but the water was clear and this year I added a few "feeder" goldfish. I don't have any real good pictures of them yet, but I think they like their home in the bucket over the store!

 My beautiful Bottle Tree is growing. I've got some clear bottles that will be replaced eventually but for now, the pink bottle from Deb in Helena is taking the top spot.
Thank you Bette, for my beautiful Tree! It is a wonderful focal point in my yard!
Here's hoping that if you are having to stay close to home, you're world is full of beauty and nature!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Where Have I Been? Helena, Alabama

 Well, you know, every year Spring sets in, and in some places it comes a little earlier than others! This year we had a very early Spring and of course who can do anything but go adventuring at this time, be it on the road or in your own back yard! This Spring I finally went to visit Deb at Deb's Garden in Helena, Alabama. Rachel was here visiting from chilly NY and she, Morgan and I hit the road for a garden adventure, which was just splendid!!
One of my favorite things about Deb's Garden is the abundance of detail. Just enough of the little things that make you smile and want to sit a spell.
 Each item has a story and that's really what having a home garden is all about, isn't it! All the hard work mixed in with the experiences along the way.

 You can read all about this lovely garden by going to Deb's Garden and find out why I was so drawn to it and why I am so glad I found Deb! Click on her blog name to go there and enjoy!
After our garden tour Deb took us to lunch at a fantastic Pizzeria, Papa Saia's where we enjoyed the view of the river and the sound of running water from the deck.

 And after our delicious meal we walked the river and just enjoyed the wildflowers.

 Helena is a beautiful town and voted one of the top places to live in the States!
Thank you so much for allowing us to come and visit your beautiful home and garden, for the great lemonade and wonderful company!
We had such a good time!