January 2007

January 2007

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What do you do when you can't garden outside?

Last year when I had extreme cabin fever, my daughter, Aunt, and I took a trip to Watson's Greenhouse in Lafayette, NY  http://www.watsongreenhouse.com
It was a wonderful afternoon spent wandering around their lush plants. One of their specialties are fairy gardens. I fell in love with them!  My daughter and I purchased a few small plants and then found some old wash basins at an antique store. Picked up some potting soil and started creating our own indoor fairy gardens.

This is my daughter's garden. We picked up small items at a craft store and I went through my craft supplies to see what we could use. She used broken tiles for the path, made a birdhouse out of heavy paper, and we each made a birdbath out of some wooden shapes I had. Our arbors are made out of redwood twigs. The fairies were purchased at a dollar store. Do you see her cat near her wood pile? It looks just like her calico cat. (who, by the way, loves to get into her fairy garden. I think a barbed wire fence needs to be put up.) Notice the little red wagon - very cute!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

get your personal blog listed

Do you have a personal gardening blog you'd like to bring more traffic to? Kathy over at Cold Climate Gardening has a Garden Blog Directory. You can send her a request to add you to her directory at

She has a great list of bloggers if you're looking for other bloggers in your area.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

World Garden Carnival - New Year Gardening Resolutions

My new year gardening resolution (as is every year) is to spend more time on my gardens around my father's pond. This is always a challenge because the soil is very wet, heavy clay. I fill each new planting hole with good soil and compost. I add mulch every year, much of which gets washed into the pond during heavy rains.  I must try to find more plants that enjoy wet feet.  My other obstacles are the hot summers we've had. After working a full-time job, I don't have the energy to garden in the heat. Also, the goose poop! Lots of it! One more obstacle, or frustration actually - the horsetail weed has taken over this garden and I have never found a solution to getting rid of it.  It's quite annoying to spend hours weeding only to come back a week later to find the horsetail back. But I will try to fulfill my resolution again this summer and take back my garden.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beautiful winter day

Last Saturday was a beautiful winter day, although I consider sunny days in August with green grass and colorful flowers to be more beautiful!  Having said that, living in my part of the world that has winter weather from November until April, you have to find ways to enjoy it. My husband and I got out our cross-country skis for the first time this winter and headed to Battle Island State Park, which is actually a golf course.  The sun was shining bright against the blue skes, making the pure white snow sparkle. Not many people were out so it was quiet and peaceful. Niether one of us fell - good thing!


This hill is a little bigger than it looks. I was surprised there was no one sledding on it. When my kids used to ski here with me, they enjoyed skiing down this hill. Cross-Country skis were not made to go downhill!

This is a narrow bridge you ski across at the end of the trail, I always get nervous, there's no room to fall and the approach from both ends is a slight downhill. Now, younger people probably think nothing of it, but as I get older, the fear of broken bones gets stronger.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January thaw

My new blog photo was taken in January of 2007. We are currently experiencing a January thaw, the temperature today is 50 degrees and it's raining. Much of our snow has melted. Although the snow is beautiful, I prefer driving on bare roads and not shoveling. So, here's hoping the snow stays away for awhile, although I doubt that will happen. Wishing everyone a very happy new year with gardens full of flowers.