Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mid-July in Spy Garden

It's the little things about gardening that I love

It’s the little things about gardening that I love

We see this groundhog often in our backyard

We see this groundhog often in our backyard

Yellow echinacea

Yellow echinacea

A beautiful cabbage; yanked...too many bugs! Most brassicas are quite susceptible in my experience. Kale and kohlrabi seem the least so.

A beautiful cabbage; yanked…too many bugs! Most brassicas are quite susceptible in my experience. Kale and kohlrabi seem the least so.

Deer in the backyard (and out of the garden, for the most part)

Deer in the backyard (and out of the garden, for the most part)

This picture is a good representation of whats going on in the garden; lots of weeds (hopefully!) winter squash, marigolds and weeds

This picture is a good representation of what’s going on in the garden; lots of weeds, (hopefully!) winter squash, marigolds; and the tan blurry stuff in the right corner is garlic that needs harvesting!

Demonstrating how to check the leaves for squash bug eggs

Demonstrating how to check the leaves for squash bug eggs

Very yellow fungus/mushrooms on a log in the woods

Very yellow fungus/mushrooms on a log in the woods

So yellow!

So yellow!

A great gardening outfit haha

A great gardening outfit haha

Super saturated daisy

Super saturated daisy

A snake skin

A snake skin

Brought to Forest School to show off!

Brought to Forest School to show off!

Purple echinacea

Purple echinacea

"Fancy" haha; she fashioned a bandana thing into a pencil skirt; fancy indeed haha

“Fancy” haha; she fashioned a bandana thing into a pencil skirt; fancy indeed haha

Baseball season officially just ended! Here comes football! Aggghhh! (he is ready but I don't think I am!)

Baseball season officially just ended! Here comes football! Aggghhh! (he is ready but I don’t think I am!)

July in the garden

July in the garden

Aren't these little onion seedheads so photogenic!?

Aren’t these little onion seedheads so photogenic!?

Little fireworks

Little fireworks

One more!

One more!

In our canoe!

In our canoe!

My brown chacos match the water! haha

My brown chacos match the water! haha

That's how far we made it (you can see the dam toward the top which is where we started)

That’s how far we made it (you can see the dam toward the top which is where we started)

Though we were paddling up river there is very little current on the branch. As you can see it would be possible to canoe around this island (which would mean canoeing out in the Missouri River; WOAH! Scary! (Maybe not yet with the kids).

These guys were headed to go around the whole island. (and note the long walk from the parking lot to the levy/dam)

These guys were headed to go around the whole island. (and note the long walk, complete with hill, from the parking lot to the levy/dam)

Here you can see where we put in (we went left!!!) I was nervous about avoid getting sucked over that thing, but it is easily avoidable if you are careful)

Here you can see where we put in (we went left!!!) I was nervous about avoid getting sucked over that thing (AGGGHHHH!), but it is easily avoidable if you are careful)

On the dam looking down river

On the dam looking down river

This silt is like the glueiest, stickiest slimest thickest mud ever found!

This silt is like the glueiest, stickiest slimest thickest mud ever found!

Muddy, yet pretty

Muddy, yet pretty

Not pictured: a beaver! haha

Not pictured: a beaver we saw! haha

A heron

A heron

This was a fun little adventure though we are still eager to take the canoe to a nice clear river on which we would not be horrified/terrified/traumatized to swim in HAHhaha!

Hope you all are having a nice week!

Best in Show

I was thinking today of doing a post, another set of plant close-ups and maybe a few shots of the kids looking cute. Redundant…repetitive, I know. I haven’t been posting too often and in that vein I was going to write a post called “Bare-Minimum Gardening” because that is pretty much the theme of the garden this year. The other themes of the garden are “Only the Strong Survive” and “Hopefully We Get Some Pumpkins” and “Herbs, Weeds and a Few Other Things”. You get the idea. Anyways, those taglines pretty much sum up the “Bare-Minimum Gardening” post I guess. Not exactly groundbreaking (though it was meant to be encouraging to would-be gardeners); so the topic may resurface…stay tuned (but don’t hold your breath- ha!)

Anyway today we decided to go to Purina Farms (mostly to pet the bunnies) and I almost didn’t bring the camera.  We’ve done the cow milking there, seen the cute dog show (and pet the bunnies/pigs/chickens) and I’ve posted the pictures. It’s a nice easy place to walk around (and we live close to it) but again…redundant. I love a good re-run but I didn’t plan to take pictures…I mean, we don’t have to go do something new just because I want new fresh content, right?!

And then we stumbled upon this…

This ppodle loooovvvves gardening!

This poodle loooovvvves gardening!

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The elusive...

The elusive…

Unicorn

Unicorn

HAHAHAHAhahhahahah

HAHAHAHAhahhahahah

Some more traditionally groomed dogs

Some more traditionally groomed dogs

This whole scene was just like being in that hilarious movie Best in Show

This whole scene was just like being in that hilarious movie Best in Show

Look at the hat and the handcuffs!!! Dyyyying

Look at the hat and the handcuffs!!! Dyyyying

But I mean seriously; this is unreal!

I mean seriously; this is unreal!

We have marigolds like this in Spy Garden! (see? EVERYTHING goes back to gardening hahaha)

We have marigolds like this in Spy Garden! (see? EVERYTHING goes back to gardening hahaha)

Serious business

Serious business

Waiting in the wings

Waiting in the wings

#Attitude

#Attitude

This one was my favorite

This one was my favorite

!!!

!!!

No words

No words

I really wish I could've taken pictures of these guys frolicking around a field like this hahahah

I really wish I could’ve taken pictures of these guys frolicking around a field like this hahahah

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Hahahhahaah

Hahahhahaah

Ok so I know I’m yukking it up but these groomers were obviously really hard working and talented people; so more power to all involved with these dog-centric arts!

We had never been in this facility before; it is very nice and huge!

We had never been in this facility before; it is very nice and huge!

A cool chandelier

A cool, Purina-red chandelier

Labrador Topiary

Labrador Topiary

Early July in Spy Garden

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Boom!

Boom!

Sparklers are my favorite

Sparklers are my favorite

Pre-fireworks entertainment

Pre-fireworks entertainment (me and my dad juggling)

Waiting for dark to start the fireworks!

Waiting for dark to start the fireworks!

We had a great visit; Nana & Pop! See you soon!!!

We had a great visit; Nana & Pop! See you soon!!!

Onion seed pod

Onion seed pod

So many scapes!

So many scapes!

Two peas in a pod these two

Two peas in a pod these two

Echinacea

Echinacea

What's this?!

What’s this?!

A...

A…

Mushroom!

Mushroom!

Bunny

Bunny

Trying to sneak up on a bunny

Trying to sneak up on a bunny

Zinnea

Zinnea

In the garden looking up towards the house

In the garden looking up towards the house

Echinacea

Echinacea

Cardinal

Cardinal

One of the smaller snakes

One of the smaller snakes

They seem pretty used to us; we got quite close to this one!

They seem pretty used to us; we got quite close to this one!

This wildflower reminds me of dogwood

This wildflower reminds me of dogwood

Ahhhhh I love the forest

Ahhhhh I love the forest

Weeeeee

Weeeeee

Flowers to go into the flower press

Flowers to go into the flower press

A pressed flower (pressed into some paint!)

A pressed flower (pressed into some paint!)

Painting

Painting

Mixed media

Mixed media

Wildflower

Wildflower

Beading

Beading

Demonstrating how tall the dill is (and how to mix prints)

Demonstrating how tall the dill is (and how to mix prints)

So many details on this little pansy

So many details on this little pansy

Running

Running

Happy Fourth of July! Hope you all are having a great summer!