Archive for May, 2013

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Today is May 21st, 2013 and as promised I am sharing with you my deck garden that I have described in recent blogs.  Now be nice to me, I am not a professional photographer nor do I have an expensive camera; just enjoy what I am trying to share with you!

Gardening on your deck is possible as these pictures show.

As you can see I am lucky to have two decks; one I have arranged mostly my tropical plants which I keep inside during the winter months and some flowers to add color, and my larger deck which houses my strawberry upside down container, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, herbs, green beans, and various flowering plants.

Note, that the cucumbers have only been planted in the last few weeks but are growing.   The strawberries have been out on my deck for several weeks now and as you can see they are flourishing in their upside down containers with small strawberries growing already.  I have planted beefsteak, yellow, grape, red, and cherry tomatoes and some of the plants already have flowers on them.  My lettuce and green beans are doing great for just a few weeks and I have, as already mentioned used some of the green onions in a potato salad I made two days ago.  I have two different chives growing and oregano which has decided it wants to reach for the sky.

My red dahlias are beautiful and so is my english daisy which is on my table.  Other flowering plants such as my petunias are starting to flower and the yellow petunias are out in bloom but the black petunias are just starting to bloom.  I have added red geraniums and sweet peas to both decks to attract the humming birds.  There are some flowering plants that I started inside that I now cannot remember what they are!  Anyone that can help me figure out what the plants with the big round green leaves are please leave me a message!

I am hoping that in a month or so my decks will be colorful and edible.  I already know that my deck is attracting beautiful birds and I cannot wait until the hummingbirds return!

Enjoy the pictures and I hope in a month or so to send you more pictures showing the progress.


Continuing Spring Saga!

English: Icterus galbula (Baltimore Oriole)

English: Icterus galbula (Baltimore Oriole) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A rope tornado in its dissipating stage, Tecum...

A rope tornado in its dissipating stage, Tecumseh, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my last blog I spoke of spring and the beauty that spring brings to us all in the new plants rising from the ground to the colorful birds that come to visit.  I mentioned that I had two beautiful orange Baltimore Orioles sitting on my tomato cages and how I enjoyed watching them look at my little deck garden.

With beauty also comes tragedy and sadness on how cruel the world can become so quickly.  A few days ago I was able to see one of the Baltimore Orioles again and at a very close distance.  Although I will never know exactly what tragedy took the life of one of the pair of Orioles I got to see alive on my deck, it was so sad to see one of them dead at the end of my driveway.  The Baltimore Oriole is such a brilliant orange color that this bird is still striking even in death.  It was a very sad event to see.

The next day I saw the other Baltimore Oriole sitting in a tree not too far from my deck whistling and not knowing better I could swear that this bird was singing a sad song for his lost friend.  I am just glad that this Oriole is sticking around for me to enjoy.

Tragedy has not only struck my Baltimore Oriole but has taken the life of a neighboring mother rabbit.  Left behind are two baby rabbits who are managing to strike it out on their own after their mother’s death.  Of course my neighbors have been feeding these baby rabbits and keeping an eye out for them as they have nested under their front porch stairs.  I caught a glimpse of one just the other day as they were hopping around the yard; so cute.  I have to wonder if they will make it to adulthood with all the predators in our neighborhood.  I hope they do.

It seems tragic events have occurred elsewhere as the recent tornadoes have taken human lives.  I am a firm believer that with beauty comes cruelty.  We appreciate the beauty and measure beauty against tragedy and that is how the world turns.  This is a fact of life as one dies another is born and so life continues on.

It would seem cruel to leave my readers on such sad tales so to cheer you up let me say that my flowers are blooming, my cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce are growing quite nicely and I have already eaten green onions.  My strawberry plants are fantastic and I took some pictures which hopefully I can share with you soon.

A macro photo of a cluster of sweet pea flowers.

A macro photo of a cluster of sweet pea flowers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Finally, I have confirmation that spring has indeed arrived.  On my two decks I have flowers blooming, tomato plants growing, strawberries growing, cucumbers getting new leaves, lettuce and green beans sprouting out of their boxes.  My dahlia has already produced a beautiful red flower with the anticipation of my flowers to come as the buds get bigger.  My petunias are growing, although they have not flowered yet, but I have pansies, and english daisies with beautiful flowers to enjoy for the time being.  I can see my sweet peas growing and other flowers that I have planted from seeds are coming up and growing.  My hibiscus has several beautiful pink flowers and I am sure that it will be producing many more during the summer months.  The addition of all this color to my deck and the smell of my tomato and strawberry plants are drawing the attraction of some beautiful birds that I have had the pleasure of seeing up close.

English: Floral arrangement of petunias in Col...

English: Floral arrangement of petunias in Columbus, Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of drawing my attention to the dove cooing from on top of my air conditioner in my bedroom.  As I was watching TV I heard this cooing that did not seem to be coming from the program I was watching and for a moment I wondered what was going on until I realized it was coming from outside my window.  Looking for the bird in the nearby trees and not seeing anything at first, my attention was drawn to a dove watching me from on top of my air conditioner.  Cooing at me as if to get my attention and when my attention was finally caught this bird gave me a look as if to say “well its about time you noticed me”!

Mourning Doves Cooing Backyard Birds

Mourning Doves Cooing Backyard Birds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mourning Doves Cooing Backyard Birds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday was a day full of surprises as the lonely dove was just the beginning.  As I was walking past my deck sliders later in the day, I noticed two doves walking on top of my deck railings looking around at my flowers and vegetables as if to say, gosh this seems like a nice spot.  Within minutes I had an extra special treat as two birds with brilliant orange chests sat on top of one of my tomato cages looking right at me.  They looked so tropical that for a moment I wondered if someone lost their pet birds; their orange chests were so vibrant that I was stunned at the beauty!  I tried to find out what kind of birds they were and the closest I could figure out was that they were Baltimore Orioles, although pictures of this type of bird did not do justice to what I just witnessed.

I cannot wait for the hummingbirds to come as I know they will with all the colorful flowers and the feeder that I have put out for them.

Yes, spring is a wonderful time of year with the promise of color, wild life, and warm weather!

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