Part Of My Backyard Garden

Part Of My Backyard Garden
July 25, 2013

Friday, November 20, 2015

End of the Season Color

Doe munching  near a snow covered rock

Looks like this snow, our third of the season will end my garden for the year. But I like to watch it snow and enjoy the contrast of the dying fall colors and the new white snow. 

The Lakeshore Drive Narrows

Brimmer Point

Buck on a  hillside

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Last Plant Standing

Not as active on this blog as I had hoped to be this summer. Must have been too busy in the garden. Actually I have been busy getting my fifth book ready. This one is a book of Christmas, in the west, stories, looks like it will be available from Amazon as a book or eBook by this Friday - For those who are interested here is the link to my four books. Thanks for looking. 

Well, it took a while but it looks like cold night time temperatures have finally won the battle against my garden. It was a pretty good season this year, started late but no frost until the 15th of October and not a really hard frost until this week. I took these photos this week (November 3rd) of the last plants standing and some fall color.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Garden Update

What started about four months ago is begining to wind down. No freeze in the 10-day forecast so looks like we will get to the middle of the month and maybe into October with this years garden. We are picking tomatoes and strawberries every day and cucumbers and onions whenever we need them. Love this time of year, lots of great fresh vegetables and flowers all over the yard.

Last year, we were nearly through the month of October before we had a killing frost. Great weather, long falls are my favorite time of year.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wyoming Garden Flowers

I love this time of year - garden produce time.
We are well into radishes, peas, green and wax beans, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. I also dug my two hill potato crop. Have eaten a few strawberries, they had a tough winter but am still waiting for raspberries that also had a bad time last winter. Looks like we will have some late ones.

All and all I am happy with my garden this year, the flowers have been especially nice and my lawn is staying green on its every other day water.
But this year it seems to be mostly about the flowers.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wyoming Garden Update

Gardening can sometimes be tough in Wyoming. But if we are patient and try real hard it is not so difficult. One year I grew nearly 200 tomatoes in my Laramie backyard, now 3,000 feet lower its a piece of cake or maybe a piece of a veggie.
Have been eating these cherry tomatoes for a couple of weeks
Coming soon - pickles
Beans are terrific this year
I like the way our wildflower mix came out this summer
Back garden view

Growing up in Nebraska I just must have a garden every year, but I leave the corn to my Nebraska gardening friends. Hope your summer is growing well (play on words) happy gardening

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wildflowers on the Hike

Seems late in the year for wildflowers but with the abundant rainfall we are having they are still looking great. 

Wonderful hike in Guernsey State Park this afternoon. It was cool, a great day for a long and rugged walk. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

All for the Want of a Phone

Seven pages of forms to fill out for a new phone - wow! Is it really that big a deal?

Seems as I get older that life is getting more complicated, maybe it's just me. The  first phone I remember, in the 1950s, we picked up and an operator would say, "Your number please," and we would tell her. Then she would connect our line to who we were calling, seemed to work okay when I was a kid. Now I fill our seven pages of forms, pay a small fortune for a phone and it takes me a day or two to load all of my, I can't live without apps.

Seems to me that most of my life I made it through each day without checking the weather every few minutes or checking the GPS as I travel to a place I have been a dozen times. No more.

I also need to rest most of the day after mowing the yard. When I bend over to pull a weed in the garden I stay there and look around for something else to do while I am down there. Once I get back up, I might not want to go back down again - that's a lot of work.

We are getting ready to paint the house, that might be interesting. If we get started this week we might be finished, oh - around Holloween.

Well, life goes on, hard to believe that I have been retired for more than three years and 70 years on this earth is only a few away.

The garden is growing, needs a bit of weeding, but looking good.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Early June and the Garden is Doing Well

So far so good. I love this time of year when the perennials are looking super and the annuals are growing great or thinking about flowering. The veggies are also up and growing. Love this hot weather. Growing weather.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Old Time Flower

Although they are a bit short lived, nothing beats the sheer beauty of the old fashioned Iris.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Help in the Garden

I have a new helper - here he/she is trimming back my hollyhocks.

Seems to be woking out pretty well, doesn't expect any pay and makes the garden more fun. Not sure when it grows up, right not looks to be a pound or two, and can't eat very much.
Here - a bit of a trim in the berry patch 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Garden Set Back

Might be a few days before I can do some more planting. We had nearly two inches of rain followed by a foot of snow.
Back Deck
But, here in Wyoming, we are not complaining, we needed it.

I may be out of the garden and off the golf course for a day or two, but this will help.
Peas up and growing - 6-8 inches high in this photo. Don't they look wonderful?
Bluebird loving the snow
Wonderful moisture and I have only run the sprinkler system two times so far this spring.
Onions, looking good, but a might chilled. These are in rows, don't look like it here