Transit of Venus

Ok, I confess I pretty much am fascinated with astronomy. It’s just plain fun and interesting.

This week we have an event that is very rare so it seems worth mentioning in case you have not already heard about it.

Here are a few links for more information:

http://www.transitofvenus.org/june2012/where-to-be

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus,_2012

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/transit12.html

View safely and enjoy!

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Plant Companions: Keep good company in the garden

Here are a few neat bits of information about companion planting from Old Farmers Almanac.

I love the easy to view chart in the second link, but you have to scroll down to see it!

http://www.almanac.com/content/plant-companions-friend-or-foe

http://www.almanac.com/content/plant-companions-list-ten-common-vegetables

Happy Gardening!

Say Hello to my little friend :)

Just outside my ‘office’ window (my office is where I keep my laptop on a treadmill desk), we have a gorgeous Bird of Paradise plant that for several months now has been a popular stop for a darling little hummingbird. I fancy that he comes to visit me as well, for sometimes he will hover at the window looking right in.

My favorite thing to see is when¬†the little guy¬†will land on the plant and I am able to enjoy a rare and precious sight of a hummingbird while not in motion! As you can imagine it’s been a goal of mine to capture one of these rest stops on camera, but it doesn’t last long!

Friday the 13th was finally my lucky day. When he landed this time it looked like he was trying to hunker down a bit from the wind and cold that day. I had my phone right there and was able to get a couple of shots with¬†the¬†camera on my¬†phone, it takes good¬†pictures but doesn’t zoom very much.

So when I realized he still looked fairly settled in¬†I got brave, I tip toed away from the window, then RAN for my real camera and tip toed back up to the window….He was still there!!!

Not exactly professional quality photos or anything, but something I was excited to capture and want to share! I hope you enjoy as well!!

Just chillin' out, sitting on the bird of paradise plant.

uh oh, maybe he is getting camera shy. Did I become hummingbird paparazzi?

He's all fluffed up because it was cold and windy that day!

Container flower garden

This was a patio of container gardening that I had the pleasure of refreshing. What fabulous way to spend the day that was!!

When I saw all the old stuff in the planters and the new flowers available to me for re potting I felt like an artist who had just been handed, paints, brushes and new canvas!! The photos don’t quite do it justice, but this space is a lovely oasis of color and fragrance now. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the orchids I helped replant a few weeks later!

Little red aphid eaters!

One of my favorite spring rituals is releasing ladybugs into my garden. I love watching those little guys so much I will continue to buy them even if I don’t think I have an aphid issue! This year I have a somewhat mature but new to me artichoke plant that was in need of those tiny red and black beetles with the big appetites.
Somehow I think I picked the best container of ladybugs ever sold in a store! As soon as I brought them home and opened the carton that evening they were impressive. Sooooo many of them and pretty active. I had plenty for the big artichoke plant, the 2 little ones, some for the roses, the dwarf apple tree…never has one container stretched so far in my experience.
By the next morning I could see why. They were ‘active’ indeed, I bought a carton of breeders!
It’s been a week now and there are still quite a lot of them on that artichoke always at least 6 or 8 pairs at any given time still coupled up. It seems unlikely at this time that I will ever need to purchase them again, pretty sure I accidentally started my own ladybug ranch!
Here are a few pictures of my pretty gardeners helpers.
Rated PG. Hehehe
Happy Spring!!!

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