Welcome to the Neighborhood


I’ve been noticing a lot of new followers here so I want to welcome everyone to my little slice of earth. You’ve come at a good time for a few reasons: I’ve been neglecting my gardens for a while (we won’t go there), and now I’m ready to get back to it; and I’ve been neglecting my blog (we won’t go there either), and now I’m ready to get back to that too!; and I have a beautiful new addition to my outdoor joy. Her name is Finlie and you will be seeing a lot of her helping me in the gardens.

So, this is what’s going on here in Northwest Indiana. It’s been a rough spring around here. We had a lot of flooding and a major levee break on the Kankakee River, actually a few breaks along a 2 or 3 county stretch. The fields are just now drying up, so farmers are only preparing the fields for planting, and only some of them. I hope we have a looong fall. Along with the the excessive rain, the temperatures have been fluctuating between summer and winter ranges, not kidding.  One day it’s sunny and 75, the next it’s snowing, then we get 3 days of 40s and rain. blech!

My flowers are coming up, but they have had a tough time deciding if they should bloom or not. My daffodils sort of bloomed, but were very wilty because we had a frost or two after that…and maybe some snow. They are finally in full bloom and standing tall!

Sheesh, I have to relearn how to move my pictures around. Instead of just a few daffodil pics, you have a variety of views in my yard. My chives are coming up next to my greenhouse and already need a cutting, and the big bare spot in the trees is just a shot of one area I need to work on this year.  A big chunk of the tree fell over in a wind storm last year and the rest is encroaching on my mailbox garden. That will be fixed this year if I have to get the chainsaw out myself and do it.

Thanks for visiting today and come back to see how I’m progressing and maybe I will have learned something to pass on….maybe.



What’s Blooming in my Garden…..


Flower Collage May 2017Double Pink Columbine; May Night Salvia; Allium – The columbine in my yard are all from my mother-in-law. She’s a great flower gardener and she gave me some dried heads from her yard and I just scattered them around. I have several different colors popping up here and there.  The allium is also from her. I love the tall purple flowers of the May Night Salvia, but it smells like a litter box so they don’t cut and put into flower arrangements.

Irises May 2017Irises – I have several varieties of irises in my yard. These are the ones that are blooming right now.  The giant peach one on the right is from my Grandma’s house.

Begonias May 2017White Begonias – These were part of the flowers I picked out for myself for Mother’s Day. They are in a very shady spot, mostly under a bush where not much of anything grows usually. I hope they work out this year.

Pansies 2017Pansies – A gift from my son and his girlfriend for Mother’s Day this year. Thank you, I love them!

Honeysuckle 2017Honeysuckle – It has crawled up the trellis and taken over the corner of my deck. I just love how  this smells.

Amy Roses      May 2017Amy Roses – I’m sure that there a several varieties of roses here, but they all bloom a gorgeous pink. They usually bloom in June, but we’ve had such a mild winter and spring they are early. They are also lasting much longer than usual. I am not complaining one bit.  I call them Amy Roses in memory of my cousin, Amy Rose, whose favorite color was pink.  The blooms were always iffy on these plants until my sweet cousin died in a car accident. Now they bloom like crazy and this year they don’t even have black spot. Thank you Amy Rose for helping my garden grow.

Rhododendron May 2017Rhododendron – This is the best that my rhododendron has done in 18 years here.  I don’t ever recall it having this many flowers and the last few years it has only had a handful. I am thoroughly enjoying it.

20170523_115205I don’t know what this is called. I have never taken the time to look it up, but I just love it! It looks just like grass with little white flowers that bloom. It spreads through the yard, mostly in the shady areas, and when they bloom it looks like I have a field of flowers.

That’s what’s blooming in my garden today. What’s blooming in yours?


Happy Gardening!



%d bloggers like this: