Category Archives: Garden

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!

Spy Garden Spring

Tulip (my favorite!)

Tulip (my favorite!)

Our street

Our street

Root

Root

Yellow tulip

Yellow tulip

Beautiful redbuds and dogwood

Beautiful redbuds and dogwood

Strawberry blossom

Strawberry blossom

Spring blooms

Spring blooms

Baby with may apples

Baby with may apples

Or podophyllum if you prefer.

Love these little umbrellas

Love these little umbrellas

We were searching for morels in the woods this afternoon. We didn’t find any yet but we did spot another…

False Morel

False Morel

I read that false morels (which are poisonous) pop up a few weeks before the real thing, so we will have to keep hunting! While I was hunting for morels, Baby was hunting for coyotes. And rocks…

Rock bed in a little valley in the woods in front of our house

Rock bed in a little valley in the woods in front of our house

Rock

Rock

Doesn't this rock look like a whale?

Doesn’t this rock look like a whale?

Rock

Rock

Ahhhh, the joys of rocks.

Lip-smacking good puddle

Lip-smacking good puddle

Little Violets

Little Violets

Tulips

Tulips

And…

An unruly mess of seedlings

An unruly mess of seedlings

The date of our last frost is usually around April 21st, but I was getting impatient (and it has been quite warm) so I have already planted lots of things; including peppers and eggplants; which I will cover if it gets cold. There is zero rhyme or reason to this year’s planting. Things are going in the ground, that’s about all I can say about it! Spring is a wild time. The weeds are growing like crazy and little seedlings popping up everywhere (and for a time I’m not always sure which is which!). The tiny, fragile seedlings are hammered by wind and hail and pelting torrential rain. It’s a wonder any little plants survive spring in St. Louis!

Missouri River sunrise

Missouri River sunrise

Fall

A park in Clifton Heights

A park in Clifton Heights

Fountain in the park

Fountain in the park

Nice tree shape

Nice tree shape

Clifton Heights, one of the many neighborhoods in St. Louis

Clifton Heights, one of the many neighborhoods in St. Louis

Dolls in windows, spooky or charming?

Dolls in windows, spooky or charming?

Spooky house!

Spooky house!

Entrance (looking out) into a small community vegetable garden of raised beds...

Entrance (looking out) into a small community vegetable garden of raised beds…

...inside the garden; these magenta beans were very striking.

…inside the garden; these magenta beans were very striking.

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

The main reason for me wanting to stop and snap some shots in Clifton Heights are these beautiful large (birch?) trees…

Birch

Birch? …as seen

Bark

Bark

Bark

Bark

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Tree Trunk with watercolor paint

Tree Trunk with watercolor paint

Reminds me of paint by numbers

Reminds me of paint by numbers

Paint by Numbers

Paint by Numbers

Paint by Numbers

Paint by Numbers

Bark

Bark

Baby...Getting tires rotated: SO FUN!!! hahaha when you're 3 (and 32)

Baby…Getting tires rotated: SO FUN!!! hahaha when you’re 3

Walking stick and balloon

Walking stick and balloon

Golden leaves

Golden leaves

Sledding hills coming soon!

Sledding hills coming soon!

Edge of the woods

Edge of the woods

Woods

Woods

Dexie watching a documentary on bears.

Dexie watching a documentary on bears. haha

Garden "Living Room"

Garden “Living Room”

On the coffee table

On the coffee table

View from the couch

View from the couch

Leaves falling on the garden

Leaves falling on the garden

Golde leaves

Golde leaves

October ghost dog photo

October ghost dog photo

Looking up in garden living room; trees over Spy Garden

Looking up in garden living room; trees over Spy Garden

Looking north in the garden

Looking north in the garden

Knockout Roses

Knockout Roses

Spy Garden 10.23

Spy Garden 10.23