Monday, December 7, 2009

First major snowfall of 2009/2010

We just turned off the waterfall a couple of days ago. It is so odd to go to my office and not hear the sound of the water. It is eerily quiet in my backyard now.

I'm not sure if I like the kaleidoscope of colors in the summer or the more monochromatic colors of the snow in the winter in my little corner? Both are beautiful.

View through my office window.
Viburnum Berries.

I love this photo! Hebe has a hat and stole to keep her warm!

God's little creatures leaving the paw prints on the pond.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bush Clover - Lespedeza thunbergii

Connie, the beautiful purple weeping plant is a bush clover or lespedeza thunbergii. It starts blooming in late July or early August and will bloom until a hard frost. I really wasn't impressed when I bought the plant because it looked like skinny twigs but it took off over the summer and grew into this wonderful bush that weeps into our pond. Each spring I prune it back to about 4 inches and by late summer it looks like this!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Finally able to snap a few photos of a couple of my furry friends who love all the 'hiding' places in the garden. Witchy-poo, who I have enjoyed for 12 years, is the black cat and the siamese kitten is Ying. My other cat, named 'Grey One', is just too bashful to have her picture taken.

Where have the hummingbirds gone?

You can certainly tell that fall has arrived in my garden, even if the temperatures are still in the 80s and 90s. I like to enjoy my morning coffee at 5:00 am and watch the hummingbirds dive-bomb each other and me as the morning sun peaks over the foothills. But this week the hummingbirds are all gone. And each morning I am greeted by the most beautiful clear night sky! My first thoughts are of Van Gogh's Starry Nights and then Don McClean's tune Starry Starry Night begins playing in my head. Not a bad way to start your day!

I have started looking at my garden with an eye towards all the wonderful projects I can plan over the winter for next year - new raised vegetable garden, a greenhouse, a new water feature, an arbor, etc. I think I will wait awhile before I share any of my ideas with my husband though. He might not like the idea of a greenhouse in place of his outdoor kitchen/BBQ he was planning.

I would like to enlist the help of my blogger friends in identifying the bird in the picture. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to identifying our feathered friends but this fellow is just too beautiful not to know what he is.

Thanks Kim and Victoria, our wonderful next door neighbors, for identifying this fellow as a Western Tanager!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Purple Cherokee Tomato

This is my first year to grow Purple Cherokee tomatoes. Most heirlooms I have tried in the past take so long to ripen I end up with fried green tomatoes instead of ripe tomatoes, but not so with these. They started ripening around the first of August and are still prolific. They are so sweet for a tomato. I made a sweet and sour tomato and onion salad that my family goobled-up in one meal. Definitely will plant a few next year.

A follower on Garden Stew suggested I try Giant Belgium tomatoes next year as well. I'm not familar with them but they are on my list for spring. If you have any information on them please let me know.

I planted a Pineapple heirloom tomato this year but I am disappointed. The plant had alot of blooms but only one tomato, which is still very green and hard. We still hopefully have another 4 or 5 weeks of decent weather so maybe it will ripen.

Mirablis jalapa - Ohhh what a wonderful fragance

Four o'clocks are one of my favorite late summer bloomers. I like the fact that late in the afternoon when my other flowers are looking tired they are beginning to open for the evening.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Next Project day 2

Finished pulling the rest of the vinca out of the flowerbed. Hopefully tomorrow I will get the opportunity to till this area.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bless my husband

We have had Hebe, waterbearer to the Gods, for six years. We just hadn't taken the time to buy a pump and make her work but Pat dug the hole and connected her yesterday. What a nice sound she makes with water running from her pitcher. Now I have the fun job of deciding which plants I want to use around her.

Finally Hebe has running water

Monday, August 10, 2009

Next Project?

It rained for 2 1/2 days last week, the first time it has rained since June, and we had record low temps. Today we are back to normal but it is still rather humid for Idaho. With all the rain I thought it would be a great time to pull up weeds and vinca in a bed that I am going to replace. Still not sure though exactly what I want to do in this area. Water feature, a little patio, another flowerbed?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Morning Respite

It has been a very busy week for me and I am looking forward to some down-time today. I was up at the crack of dawn, poured my morning coffee, then headed to my backyard. The first thing to assail my senses was the sweet smell of my honeysuckle bush climbing up the trellis by my patio, followed by the perfume of my datura. As daylight arrived the two hummingbirds dive-bombed their way to my raspberry delight salvia and goldfinches attacked the feeder hanging in my neighbors yard. A squirrel ran across the top of my fence and leaped in the aspen tree. Sometimes it's hard for me to believe I live in the middle of a huge subdivision when I am surrounded by so much nature.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Post-Pond Tour Blues

Went to a free pond tour this weekend of ponds previously on display. All ponds were very nice but I am pond-toured out this year. Still have one more in a couple of weeks which we show our pond again but the hot, dry summer has taken its toll on my gallardia and other flowers. My husband and I will have our statue of Hebe ready for this tour though. Yeah!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pond Tour

This weekend we were part of the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society Pond Tour. Turned out to be the hottest weekend of the year so far - over 100 degrees both days but over 100 souls braved the heat to view the 9 ponds on the tour. It was alot of fun but I was glad when it was over.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Share your thoughts and suggestions for fellow gardeners

I am creating this blog as a way to share thoughts or suggestions about gardening, especially for those of us in the intermountain west.