Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our World Tuesday and End of the Month View April 2013

Welcome to my world!

The Hummingbirds
The first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird arrived on April 13.
Now at the end of the month we have about 20 birds.
Standing in the shadow of the porch and shooting towards bright sunlight created this silhouette.
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The Vegetable Garden
I built a new bamboo trellis for my pole beans.
It was thoroughly inspected and approved by Big Jay (a cat scan!).
In the background you can see the place I am preparing for tomatoes and peppers.

40 Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans planted on April 15.
The germination rate was 80%, I planted the gaps on April 26.
Marigolds are supposed to ward off insect pests.
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We have been picking lettuce for our salads for a couple of weeks.
This container was sown with lettuce, carrot, and onion seeds on February 18th.
Subsequent plantings in March are growing very slowly.
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The Wildflowers
The native wild ferns are unfurling their fiddleheads at the edge of the woods
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Of course, Thistle is an undesirable plant. Look at all those sharp thorns!
We mow them down after they bloom.
Even wildflower enthuasists find them difficult to love.
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But I am sure everyone loves these tiny wildflowers - Violas!
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The Flower Garden
The Iris are beginning to bloom
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We have been blessed with April showers - just a fraction over 7 inches (18cm) this month.
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The Wisteria has recovered from last month's freeze (lost all its first buds),
and is producing the most amazingly fragrant flowers.
The butterflies and bees love it!
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The promise of things to come - Azalea buds!

Happy Gardening!

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25 comments:

  1. That looks like a great garden - beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables! I love the Hummingbirds - which we don't have here in Australia - they make the whole garden space perfect!

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  2. The cat scan line made me laugh! Nice picture.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  3. How I'd love some hummingbirds in my garden, lucky girl!
    Your garden looks very well organised, well done.

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  4. I haven't been gardening as long as most, but does everything seem really late. My iris finally is blooming but my first experience with them.

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  5. Yay for hummingbirds. I just put up my feeders after seeing a hummingbird try and feed off of a boxwood!

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  6. Looks like your garden is off to a great start. We're still getting snow every couple days here. I'm hoping it'll turn to rain soon, so I can plant.

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  7. Beautiful photos! I like the way you plant lettuce carrots and onions together. Sounds like a good idea, will have to try it. ;)

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  8. What a well-tended garden! I've got to re-plant a few things in our little patch.

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  9. Your irises are lovely, the first to flower in my garden is in tight bud. And your beans look so healthy and raring to go. Thanks for joining in this month

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  10. These are all gorgeous flowers. Your camera lens put justice on this picture as it was nicely photography. Great job on putting trellis on your garden

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  11. Amazing to see so much in flower that is still only a dream over here!

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  12. Beautiful photos. Your crops wouldn't like our weather, as it's getting cold and snowy tonight and tomorrow.

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  13. Your bean trellis is wonderful. I like how you designed it...very well done.

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  14. Amazing...walking through your garden to see the latest blooms was such great fun.

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  15. We woke up to pouring rain.

    Eeek, my enemy the thistle.

    Beautiful garden and flowers.

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  16. Wonderful pictures! I am so envious of your hummers. Here in Memphis we haven't had any yet. Last year the first sighting was the last week of March. I guess it's because of the cool weather; hope they come soon. Happy May Day!

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  17. Enjoyed your EOMV Lea. Glad that the bean trellis is to Jay's liking. Love the irises :)

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  18. Well I must say, I'm impressed with that Thistle - the thistle is our national flower here in Scotland and they certainly don't look as good as that does!!
    Love your iris and your hummingbirds - WOW!!

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  19. Looking very impressive, great to see your garden in all its glory, spring is a lovely time :-)

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  20. Beautiful series of photos. You have a beautiful garden.

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  21. Congrats on having some beans coming up. I planted a few cold-tolerant wax beans so far but they are not up yet, though the peas are. I have tomatoes in the ground under tunnels, though I don't see them really getting going yet. Lovely flowers! The only iris I have seen is a mini.

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  22. had to come comment again, because this morning I finally saw a hummer at my red honey suckle. Yeah! Love the silhouette picture.

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  23. We enjoy the hummingbirds so much. Your Irises are so pretty, love their lovely colors.

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