Are We Walking to Alaska

Are We Walking to Alaska
Are We Walking to Alaska - A True Story

Monday, August 3, 2020


A few miles south of us there is a Polo Club - we see the sign every time we go to our favorite farm stand in LaConner.  I need to look up some information about when they play polo - I'd love to see a game, or even a practice.
 There are dozens of beautiful horses in the fields and we stop and take photos almost every time we pass.

 These were in a different field a bit down the road - they were enjoying a snack off that big bale of hay.

 Such pretty horses.
I've only ridden a horse one time - and it decided to lie down against a bank and my leg got painfully squished - have you ever ridden a horse?  I love to see them when they are running through the fields.  My lifelong dream is to see wild horses running free.  

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Gardening Update

Bachelor's Buttons are so dark blue - but the color didn't come through on the camera.  One of our wooden crows like to sit in the shade of the flowers

Since the lockdown we've not been anywhere - except Don goes to do the grocery pick-up about every three weeks - and we've taken some nice rides - otherwise it is stay at home - and we've been enjoying it a lot.  Don is working full time from home, it is good to have him here every day.

I decided that since we couldn't go to the nursery to get plants for the deck, that I would plant some seeds.  Some I ordered from ebay - so many choices and good prices - non-gmo and organic seeds easily available.  Some are seeds I've had for several to many years - some from even before we moved to Washington in 2001.  But everything sprouted really well - and it seems these plants are growing far better and much faster than the plants I used to buy from the nursery. 
 Yellow Pear Tomatoes - these need potting up into much larger pots this week
 One of the Yellow Pear Tomatoes has little buds on it
 The Cherry Tomatoes have flowers - soon we'll have some tomatoes setting

 I planted two pots of Dwarf Sunflowers - from seeds that are over 20 years old
 And they have big buds already.

 Can't wait to see the flowers!!!
 Two pots of pickling cucumbers
 One plant had a blossom yesterday morning and last evening there was a teeny tiny cucumber!
 I ordered some wild Sweet Pea Seeds from ebay - they have sprouted and are beginning to climb their little stakes.
 Fireweed - seeds from ebay - those seeds are super tiny and you don't cover them with soil, just place on the soil and water - and they sprout amazingly well.
The Marigolds are growing into trees - these are the ones with large orange and/or yellow flowers.  Several of the plants have buds and I expect flowers any day now.  The crow is keeping watch to make sure the squirrel stays out of the flower pots.

Are you doing any gardening this year?  I'm really enjoying the plants.  I garden on the deck in pots because we have families of deer that roam our neighborhood and especially love flowers.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Some Things We've Seen

Taking a nice ride is one of the things we can still enjoy during these trying times - we do have masks and gloves at the ready, in case there is an emergency - but so far it has just been fun - and beautiful.  Just wanted to show you some of the pretties that we've seen on our rides.
 These pretty hollyhocks were growing in a little patch alongside the road - near farm fields - must have been planted by some friendly birds - no other garden or flowers in sight.  I love the pale color!

 Daisies and lavender - perfect early summer flowers.
 And one day, while sitting on our deck - these interesting clouds came scudding across - the trees are in the woods across the street from our house and most are well over 40 feet tall.
 Taken from my comfy chair in the living room - a Flicker sits on the support for the feeder - they love the suet cakes.
 An old barn in a freshly cut hay field.
 Orange Lilies - such bright colors.
 And some bunnies in the grass - nibbling and playing games.

California Poppies - one of my all time favorites!!!!!  Do you have a favorite flower or two?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Where Have I Been?

Where have I been - what have I been doing?

I've been around - I've been doing stuff.
 I've planted a few vegetables this year - along with the flowers I always grow on our deck.  The first harvest of lettuce was enough for a dinner of tacos.
The fresh taste of newly picked lettuce just can't be beat.

I also planted cherry tomatoes - Yellow Pear Tomatoes, two kinds of cucumbers and chives.  No - the cherry tomatoes on those tacos are not from my plants - the are still growing and it will be a while before we get a harvest.

We did have some chives the other day in our salads - wonderful.

I've been around - I've been doing stuff - what have you been up to?

Monday, June 8, 2020

Snowball Bush

My Snowball bush is blooming this year - not lots of blooms yet, but more than last year.  It is one of my favorites.
What is your favorite shrub in your garden?

Friday, June 5, 2020

Mandavilla Vine

A lovely Mothers' Day gift from our oldest daughter and her family.  It is a subtropical plant and has to be overwintered indoors in our climate.  It has wonderful big flowers - and such interesting buds.  And can grow to ten feet - I'm going to try and train it along the deck railing.
It sits on the deck and I can see it from my chair in the living room - the hummingbirds love it, but I've not been quick enough to get a picture of them at the flowers yet, but I shall.
I had never heard of this plant before - but I'm so happy to have one.  Have you seen or grown one before?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hummingbird HIgh

We have a pair of hummingbirds that are nesting high up in a tree.  Every day the male comes out and sits on a leafless branch.  I spotted him from our deck across the street and half a block away.

 A close up - as close up as I could get from that distance - of our sweet hummingbird on his branch.
These two trees are 40 or 50 feet tall, the nest seems to be in the tree on the right - near the top.  That is where we see the hummingbird flying in and out for most of the day.  I'm so happy I spotted him on the branch and now can watch him every day.  I tried close ups of the tree, but the nests are so tiny I couldn't make out anything that seemed to be a nest.