Saturday, June 6, 2009

Plant It and Watch It Grow



Thanks to all for making today's garden party a success.

Mike Jenkins, from Elm Creek, shared a wealth of information about the importance of soil testing and how is leads to healthy garden practices.

Mike showcased some great new products and I look forward to trying out a few myself. He will create a display area at Elm Creek with all the products showcased. Please remember to pay a visit to Elm Creek.

Remember Phosphorous runoff is a leading cause of vegetation growth in our lake. Choose a fertilizer with a ZERO in the middle number of the NPK label.

To help us take the morning chill off, Coffee Talk 505 Clare, MI, sponsored our coffee and tea service and even snuck in a few fabulous pastry treats!!!

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Five Lake gardeners came with something from the kitchen, yummy, and something from the garden and left with some new friends, a flower container pot and something new for their perrenial garden.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...




Since the last post, my purpose has been spring cleaning the garden... However, these blooming beauties deserved a photo op.



These have a beautiful fragence that make checking the mail a treat.


I loved the way the light illuminated this Michigan Cranberry bush.



Just the tops of these Iris on the hill were hit with morning sunlight.


Poppies waiting to unfold in the morning sun...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday at The Lake

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For the last 8 years I have been participating in the Zoo-de-Mack bike ride. It is a 51 mile bike ride from Harbor Springs, MI to Mackinac City where we ferry over to Mackinac Island spend the night at the Grand Hotel. The ride is beautiful. The lake is the left and the woods filled with spring Trillium is on the right. The route is one of the ten most scenic rides in the nations.

Thus, summer on the lake begins.

Here is what is blooming in my MI garden today.
Walt Whitman's "Dancing with Daffodils" is one of my favorite poems. I love the Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis) peeking out in the back ground of this morning sunlit Daffodil.

I really appreciate a white garden...White Daffodils with spring flowering Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

A note about my garden at the lake: I have been coming to this lake since I was a young girl. Three summer's ago my wonderful Vern purchased the little blue house cottage on the peninsula complete with garden. And, it gets better my sister and her husband are right across the street. My mom and dad are 8 doors down the road. And, my mom's sister is right in the middle.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Summer Sweet Summer I Can Hardly Wait!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

December Garden

This past December I was fortunate to spend a week at the lake. Spending time next to a warm fire while watching the snow fall over the winter garden reminded me how important it is to rest. Not the type of rest where I fall asleep rather the kind of rest where I move from a human"doing" to a human"being." Deep within, the garden, in silent stillness be.