Thursday, April 16, 2015

So Much Work To Do....

It seems like it went from winter weather to weeks on end with rain.
We haven't had a decent day at home in a really long time.  Saturday we finally had a clear schedule and sunshine.
But, there's still so much work to do...
I still have some seedlings for the veggie garden to transplant, lots of weeding to do, and several areas I want to set up for entertaining/enjoying.
But, for now, I thought I would give you a garden/backyard update...
The strawberries that we planted last year on the end of the chicken coop are back... the squirrels will probably enjoy those again, this year... haha!
Our koi pond was in desperate need of tlc, so my husband added a new flower pot filled with rocks and moved the center fountain to sit inside of that... it added some height and texture to the center.  We hope to add a lower level later, when time and money permits.
We love our birds... Its so peaceful to sit out back in the quiet and hear the tiny tweets that fill the trees!
Since it was raining for so long, and we were getting cabin fever, the little one and I decided to make them a sweet treat.... large pinecones with peanut butter and birdseed.
I tossed them in an enamel bowl, and put them on the front porch...
They love them!
We also have several hummingbird feeders throughout the yard.  Its fun to see the different types of hummingbirds that visit. 
The butterfly bush has already brought a lot of flying friends.  Karlee loves to try to sneak up to see if they'll sit on her hand... She loves the outdoors.
Her daddy built a new bunny hutch using one of my old windows... I love how it turned out.  Now, we just need to paint it, add some climbing plants, etc. 

I'm excited to see plants from a couple of years past returning... The apple tree has buds on it, the grapevine is reaching to the sky with new growth, and the bulbs I planted in the wooded area of our property are starting to burst from the ground. 
New life in spring is so refreshing!

I used an old enamel bucket and rusty chicken feeder to plant some tomato plants in.  I'm trying out the hanging basket method this year (you may have seen another example - the topsy turvy planter). 
The potato tower is wild-and-woolly.  There are potato vines going everywhere!

The mint and basil planted around the koi pond are doing well.
I've since taken the purple flower off (removing the flower is supposed to help basil thrive), but I had to photograph it before - I think the flowers it makes are beautiful.
And, lastly - I have a knock out rose.  It is new to the backyard.  A sweet friend (Jonell from Like Gramma's House) suggested them, since I was looking for perennials that are easy to care for.
There's still so much work to do.
I'm on the lookout for some bridal wreath bushes (love their white flowers), need to transplant the rest of the veggies for the garden, plant some annuals (probably zinnias and marigolds for pollination), weeding, and work work work.... but, it will be worth it in the end. 
I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Go dig in the dirt, y'all!
"The earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Spring is looking lovely there...I can't wait to start gardening here, too. Love the cute bunny hutch...

    1. Thank you! I can't wait to paint it and mix it in with the garden a bit more. We are in Texas, so summer comes quickly... Some people say that we only have two seasons (summer/winter)... ha! But, we are enjoying the wonderful spring temps and sunshine as long as we can! I wish I could bottle some up and send it your way...

  2. I just found your blog and I enjoyed every bit of this post! Sounds like we enjoy so many of the same things! We used to have a bunny so much like yours, Snowy. He needed an outdoor home so a lady with several hutches gladly adopted him. Your hutch is darling and will look so cute with vines.

    You must be in a warmer climate, things aren't super busy here yet but for some raking and clean up. We have some concrete work happening and once that's done I can start adding more of my favorite plants!! You mentioned the squirrels in your strawberries. I noticed you have them in a planter box. I had a problem with squirrels getting into all my containers (I grow veggies in a few). A blogger said to poke plastic forks in the soil, tine side up. Apparently they don't like getting poked!! Worked pretty well!

    Happy Weekend!

    Jane x

    1. Oh! I bet that would work! I may try it... My poor husband has babied those strawberry plants for the past few years, and hasn't harvested but one berry off of the plants... haha! He couldn't figure out why they would be almost ripe one day, and gone the next. I watched the culprit out of my kitchen window one day... he was having a feast! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment! Good luck with your garden... can't wait to see pictures!