Monthly Archives: May 2016

May in Spy Garden

Bright white moth

Bright white moth

A big fat skink

A big fat skink

Love in a mist about to bloom

Love in a mist about to bloom

Neon weaving (by the Spy)

Neon weaving (by the Spy)

Yellow wonder wild strawberries (these are smaller than regular strawberries but much more flavorful)

Yellow wonder wild strawberries (these are smaller than regular strawberries but much more flavorful)

Me and Baby (the resemblance is uncanny!)

Me and Baby (the resemblance is uncanny!)

Red polka dots (some type of fungus or bug eggs?)

Red polka dots (some type of fungus or bug eggs?)

I added two big lilac plants to the garden; the smell is heavenly!

I added two big lilac plants to the garden; the smell is heavenly!

I heart ladybugs!

I heart ladybugs!

Pitching

Pitching

Wind up

Wind up

Wind up

And another

Like a pro!

Like a pro!

Baby's class had a presentation on their "Animal Project"

Baby’s class had a presentation on their “Animal Project”

Part of her homemade camo gear (used to hide in the forest to spot animals!)

Part of her homemade camo gear (used to hide in the forest to spot animals!)

Art in the classroom

Art in the classroom (the Forest)

Baby and her bestie on the playground

Baby and her bestie on the playground

Loads of strawberries in the school garden

Loads of strawberries in the school garden

And check out this cool composting set-up; complete with instructions!

And check out this cool composting set-up; complete with instructions!

All the new editions in the garden made possible by Gateway Greening!

Kid-made wind chimes/bird deterrents

Kid-made wind chimes/bird deterrents

Lots of native wildflowers on the playground

Lots of native wildflowers on the playground

Turtle-saving (from the road)

Turtle-saving (from the road)

Very red lettuce

Very red lettuce

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is much easier (in my experience) to grow than cabbage and you can eat the leaves just like cabbage or kale

Kohlrabi is much easier (in my experience) to grow than cabbage and you can eat the leaves just like cabbage or kale

We did a good job of checking the asparagus patch regularly and getting a good harvest this year. Now just a few spears here and there still popping up

We did a good job of checking the asparagus patch regularly and getting a good harvest this year. Now just a few spears here and there still popping up

Dexie chased this guy up a tree

Dexie chased this guy up a tree

Groundhog, far from the ground!

Groundhog, far from the ground!

And look who's back! Tonguey II (I believe this is the male; haven't seen the female yet; she is even bigger!)

And look who’s back! Tonguey II (I believe this is the male; haven’t seen the female yet; she is even bigger!)

Good climber (and good camouflage)

Good climber (and good camouflage)

The garden in some golden light

The garden in some golden light

Happy weekend all!

Springing Deux…And a Maiden Voyage!

I heart dogwood blooms

I heart dogwood blooms

Pretty purple blooms; and  a lovely tilled patch of dirt (kind of a rarity in Spy Garden at the moment!)

Pretty purple blooms; and a lovely tilled patch of dirt (kind of a rarity in Spy Garden at the moment!)

Remains to be seen if these two (one of two pictured) banana plants will come back

Remains to be seen if these two (one of two pictured) banana plants will come back

Purple and green

Purple and green

Hanging out in the yard with Spy Sister

Hanging out in the yard with Spy Sister (note Babt literally hanging upside down in the Eno hammock!)

Unicycle practice! (It is hard!)

Unicycle practice! (It is hard!)

Baby does all sorts of tricks with this Eno hammock

Baby does all sorts of tricks with this Eno hammock

Face off haha

Face off haha

A gooseberry already! (seedlings were started indoors)

A gooseberry already! (seedlings were started indoors)

Leaping

Leaping

Hardy kiwi vines coming in strong (still need to make a trellis for these and the grape vines)

Hardy kiwi vines coming in strong (still need to make a trellis for these and the grape vines)

Hawk

Hawk

I spy a skink! (but no snakes spotted yet; we are wondering if they spent the winter in this tree again)

I spy a skink! (but no snakes spotted yet; we are wondering if they spent the winter in this tree again)

Dogwood

Dogwood

Unidentified woodland bloom

Unidentified woodland bloom

More blooms in the woods

More blooms in the woods

A mossy perch

A mossy perch

In her element

In her element

Hanging at the playground at baseball practice

Hanging at the playground at baseball practice

Enjoying the clover (rather than weeding it, ha!)

Enjoying the clover (rather than weeding it, ha!)

There’s a full spring load of weeding, planting, tilling and building of support structures to do yet! But enough about the garden…We took our canoe on it’s maiden voyage!!!

Smoochie and I taught Baby's school's kindergarten class about water safety.

Smoochie and I taught Baby’s school’s kindergarten class about water safety.

It was so fun to pull out all our old raft guide gear and show it off!

Raft guide gear bag from Unicorn Expeditions (where Smoochie and I met as raft guides!)

Raft guide gear bag from Unicorn Expeditions (where Smoochie and I met as raft guides!)

All the kids got to take several canoe rides around this lake (in Cuivre River State Park)

All the kids got to take several canoe rides around this lake (in Cuivre River State Park)

Dexie entertained the kids while they waited their turn!

Dexie entertained the kids while they waited their turn!

Dexie also enjoyed swimming of course

Dexie also enjoyed swimming of course

Catching tadpoles

Catching tadpoles

Happy camper

Happy camper

Who doesn't love a canoe ride?!

Who doesn’t love a canoe ride?!

Drizzly but serene

Drizzly but serene

We are going to call this canoe the SS Unicorn (after the rafting company we worked for)

We are going to call this canoe the SS Unicorn (after the rafting company we worked for)

After all the kids/parents left we all piled in for our own ride…

Aaaand we're off!

Aaaand we’re off!

Being on the water is always so rejuvenating (even on a cloudy day!)

Being on the water is always so rejuvenating (even on a cloudy day!)

And check out our new high tech canoe rack! lol

And check out our new high tech canoe rack! lol (a foam roller cut into pieces, $14! and it worked like a charm! We had straps on there too obviously!)

Little girl, big paddle!

Little girl, big paddle!

We are excited to explore other waterways in our area (the Black River and Current River are on the top of my list)! Hope you all are enjoying spring in your neck of the woods!