Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New kid on the block...

This house is being built across from my side yard...
They tore down a small ranch to build this.  
It was actually the first house that was built
 in this neighborhood in 1956.

This is the dirt that they took out
for the foundation and basement.

This is what we have so far...

4,000 square feet,  way too big for the lot!
Notice how it dwarfs the house next to it.

That's progress!!!

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Friday, October 23, 2015

My new compost bin...

Making compost...

This is my new compost bin.
It is made from one of those storage boxes
that you use to store trash cans.

My DBF  added some air vents to each of the sides...

This is a peek at what's inside, so far...

There is a bar across the front to hold the doors closed.
 When I remove that bar,  I can open the doors
to pull the stuff out.

Then I can mix it up real good and put it back in,
or use it, if it is ready.
The top lifts up, so I can also mix it with my cultivator.
I am excited to see how well it works...

I'll let you know...

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Monday, September 14, 2015

A transformation...

This was a very hot,  humid summer here in New England.  It made gardening very difficult,  but I persevered and did get some things accomplished.  This is the area under my old ornamental cherry tree.  This tree is about 55 years old,  has fire blight and is on the decline.  An arborist came around about 5 years ago and wanted to cut it down.  I couldn't bear the thought,  and it has rebounded a bit.  I will have it trimmed again in another month or so and I will keep it as long as I possibly can.  I love this tree.

This area of my garden went from this...

to this!

I took out the scruffy cedar trees that had grown there,  cleaned out the pachysandra that had taken over, and put in tons of compost and mulch.  I like how it looks now.

I'm  looking forward to cooler weather, so that I can work more comfortably out there.  The garden will be put to sleep again for the winter before we know it.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean  

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 4th of July...


(Cake and cupcakes that I made for the 4th,  3 birthdays,  and Belated Father's Day...)
              Happy Independence Day to all!
                               'Til next time,  
                               Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Garden Views...

It's a jungle out there!!

(Click on pics to enlarge them.)

'Til next time,  
Love ya,  Jean

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Baby Quilts...

I made these charity baby quilts in the last few weeks...

Baby Boy...



Multiple boy things...

Bugs & dogs...

Silly farm animals...

These are so much fun to put together!
'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Monday, June 15, 2015

Flower Carpet Amber Rose...

This is a small section of my backyard.
My daughter gave me the rose bush a few years ago.
The yellow below the rose is a sedum.

It is loaded with roses and blooms for a long time.

It is interesting because the yellow-orange flowers
change to pink as it (the flower) matures.
It is a "Flower Carpet" Amber Rose.
This rose comes in 9 great colors,  too!

I love this rose.
And what's better is that,
it doesn't even get any bugs on it.

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean