Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Birds and Blooms

Sunflower seedling in our garden.
Willow tree Robin's nest. This is the third year in a row that they've nested in this spot.
Our Tree Swallow couple is back. They're setting up housekeeping in our garden bird house. We're hoping they have a successful nest this year!
Tree Swallow coming in for a landing.
Jackmanii Clematis

Monday, April 28, 2014


The pink dogwood tree on the edge of our property was especially pretty this year. I took these pictures last week and am just now getting around to posting them.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden 2014!

This past weekend we finally got our garden planted. We finished up on Easter Sunday. Thank the Lord for the beautiful weather that we had. Our backs and knees were sore, but it's going it is always worth it.
 I got this cute garden sign at Hobby Lobby with what was left on my Christmas gift card from sister Kay. (Thanks sis!)
We planted tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cantaloupe, squash, peppers, pole beans, lima beans, cucumbers, okra and lots of sunflowers.
We got these beautiful hanging baskets at Chuck Johnson's Nursery in Cookeville.
I redid my iris garden this year. This past fall I separated all the iris bulbs and replanted them. I didn't think they would bloom this year, but lo and behold they are.
We also added a new jackmanii clematis vine and climbing flower vines to our Iris garden. We ripped out all the plastic lattice last year and Terry built this awesome new fence on either side of our garden entrance.
Tomato plants.
Got these colorful sun catching wind chimes at Hobby Lobby as well. They are really pretty when the sun is setting.
"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." ~ Abram L. Urban
"Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it." ~ Author Unknown
"Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration." ~ Lou Erickson

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Cats are in Bloom

IMG_7277Our cat, Libby, sleeping in a flower pot on our back porch. I found her curled up in the litter box in the garage a few days ago.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

IMG_7222Our willow tree with a little Orton effect thrown in.

Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich or the Orton Effect, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo. It was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980's.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

IMG_7201Our forsythia is gorgeous this year! The yellow is beautiful against the deep blue sky today.