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Monday, March 16, 2015

Blue Bottle Garden

 The blue and white anemones are blooming, heralding spring.
 This year I am determined to do a major re-do in my herb garden aptly named 'Blue Bottle Garden' because I have two blue bottle trees in it ( not shown here ) and cobalt blue glass type things all around it. Two of our grandsons helped me with the weeding and digging, and they really were a very great help.
 These two grandsons have fun together while they work, and that makes it fun for me.
 This little guy weeded a good size herb bed ( with help from his big brother ) that had been almost completely taken over by a weed that disguised itself as the sage the bed was planted with. After choking out most of the sage the weed proceeded into the garden paths headed for the oregano & rosemary. It was a big job and I had to dig up the few remaining sage plants so we could get the weeds' roots. In the background you can see the cage my husband built me years ago for some of my doves.
 I moved the doves to another aviary and we now have 5 parakeets happily living here.
 Parakeets are such active and funny birds to watch.
 On the other side of the herb garden fence, under brown fern fronds, one of my ducks is sitting on her clutch of eggs. She is one of the ducks Ella & Fella ( my Sebastapol geese ) hatched out last spring. Her nest is lined with her down. I only saw her because I was weeding the inside of this fence line. She is well hidden and even my dogs haven't found her.
 Ella is also sitting on her own eggs and I am hoping she is successful in hatching her goslings. Fella guards her faithfully , as he did her and the ducklings she hatched out last year.
On the other side of the Blue Bottle Garden , outside the fence, is the fountain my husband & I bought to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary a few years ago. I can hear this fountain burbling from the herb garden. My husband weeded & mulched this flower bed that is under our living room window. From indoors we watch hummingbirds bathe in the water flowing from under the doves, then the busy flying jewels take a break and sit in the bushes in the sunshine to dry themselves.

All this was done and observed in the last week while we had record high temperatures for this time of the year. The Blue Bottle Garden is finally being shaped into the garden I've wanted it to be for a long time now , the flower beds and vegetable garden are being prepared for spring planting. I am so excited to finish the planting and enjoy even more the time to work in the garden while I watch the new life hatch and grow. I am going to post frequent updates on this garden because I have found that blogging about my gardens keeps me on track and motivated to keep up with the weeding & tending. The garden looks sparse right now , but soon it will be full of the sage, thyme, rosemary, blueberries, and so much more that has grown there for years. Hopefully minus the choking weeds.


Sally said...

You work so hard to make your garden so gorgeous.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Good morning Kathy ~ I know just from these photos that I already love this garden of yours and I look forward to seeing more pictures of it as time moves on.

I love that birdbath, especially because of the two(love)birds on top. Sigh!

Happy Spring dear heart ~ FlowerLady

A.K.W. said...

Very nice! Things are starting to pop up here and the snow is starting to melt here now.


El Desván de la Gata Perezosa said...

Hello from Spain, I love your post, whenever I open my blog you visit. I love the countryside and photography, pasarros on my blog.

Deanna said...

Hi Kathy. I shared your post with my Grand-daughter as we enjoyed your blog.

So HAPPY SPRING is here!!!

Connie said...

Lovely pictures, Kathy. Your garden looks like such a peaceful spot.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Nice to catch up with the happenings on your farm. I had no idea parakeets could be outside. Thought it would get too cold for them. They are happy little birds.
Enjoy, and I look forward to seeing all the progress and news about Ella!

Anonymous said...

We had such a great stretch of dry weather for projects this winter. I love the fountain to celebrate your 40th wedding anniversary. Ella's nest looks so comfie!!

Anonymous said...

So very pretty. Your fountain is lovely. It would be so nice to hear that while working in the herb garden. Very nice of your grandsons and husband to help with the weeding. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Nib's End said...

Having visited that garden of yours a time or two, I can't even imagine that it could be improved on (except with those matching parakeets).

With all of your beautiful garden spots at Cedar Pond, I have often wondered how you manage to keep up with the weeding--it seems almost endless on my little plot. I usually finish sometime in September. I like the idea of working side by side with your grandsons and I will try it with mine.