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.



Early Herbs

So I harvested my  first batch of chives yesterday.  I had two BIG bunches.  I love fresh herbs and I love growing them.  I was a little late with this first batch of chives and they had already flowered.  I hate wasting anything so I pulled out all the flowers and buds and filled two vases.  My daughter told me I couldn’t keep them in the house because it would smell like onions and that wouldn’t be good.  Psssh, what does she know.  At any  rate, the vases are outside on my  deck  and they look great! The picture in the middle doesn’t begin to show how much is actually there. That bucket is a good 10” deep and 14” across.  That’s a lot of chives!

Chive FlowersChives 1st batch 2017Chive Flowers  2 2017

I also planted some of the herbs that I started from seed.  Mostly tarragon and Greek oregano now with some sage and rosemary.


More little plants are waiting to be planted as soon as I have time.  I have also been planting some flowers around, as well as giving some away. More to come on that in another post.

Happy Gardening,




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