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Today is a glorious day! The temperature is comfortable, the skies mostly clear, and it is a day off! Our roof repair was slated to be finished before the rains come in, and life here will return to normal. Being the early bird, I head out early this morning with camera in hand. Spring has sprung here although winter is not quite over. It seems like just overnight buds started to break offering a bounty of beauty in my own back yard! So as the sun rises, camera in hand, I head outdoors! Coming with me?

Daffodils that were not there yesterday were showing their sunny faces today and I just have to get close up to see the lovely curls and swirls of their cones.

Daffodil ruffles

Daffodil ruffles

I notice that the Vinca has a profusion of flowers. Their centers are so lovely!

Vinca

Vinca

As I stroll along the yard I see little purple/lavender flowers carpeting the ground. I lay down on the ground to capture the beauty I found in this weed. Check out the red in the center!

Beauty in a weed

Beauty in a weed

The oleander is close by and I can see the brown of last year’s seed pods. Let’s take a look at what remains close up.

Oleander seeds

Oleander seeds

Ah, and look over there! The Daphne is in bloom and boy does the air smell sweet! Let’s go and check out those blooms!

Daphne

Daphne

Next door to the Daphne is the helleborus. It is loaded with flowers whose heads droop. Getting on the ground again, I discover this beauty!

Helleborus

Helleborus

In the vegetable garden I find that I have a load of broccoli to pick. Here is one cluster that is in bloom.

Broccoli

Broccoli

In the fruit orchard the apricot, almond and plum are blooming. Check out this lucky find within a plum blossom!

An ant on a plum blossom

An ant on a plum blossom

I head back in and write this post for you! I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the late winter/early spring blossoms! Have a wonderful Sunday, and thank you for visiting today!

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Flowers are just glorious! They surround us for most of the year giving us their glory! Again, I am participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers And, this week’s Challenge is: Flowers! Let’s take a walk through some flowers, shall we?

Let’s start with this beautiful begonia that I found when I was strolling around town.

Begonia

Begonia

There is nothing prettier then a field of lupine in the spring!

Lupine in the spring

Lupine in the spring

And, this photo was yet another winner of the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge!
Audience Choice Award - Challenge #17

Audience Choice Award – Challenge #17

Except for a rose after the rain!

A rose after the rain...

A rose after the rain…

Or maybe an almond blossom after the rain?

Almond blossom

Almond blossom

I love the textures on the emerging buds of the bachelor buttons.

The bud of a bachelor's button

The bud of a bachelor’s button

When my husband and I were strolling along the beach in Hawaii, I found a dropped plumeria blossom looking quite striking against the lava and broken pieces of coral.

A plumeria blossom on the rocks

A plumeria blossom on the rocks

Am I boring you yet? No? Great! Here is a photo of a most unusual flower that I found. It is in the anthurium family. I love the spill on the flower!AntheriumAnthurium

These cherry blossoms really popped against the white clouds in the sky in this next photo.

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

One final photo of a very adorable flower. It is called the Astro Flower!

The Astro flower

The Astro flower

I hope that you enjoyed this blog and look forward to your comments! Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other entries by clicking here! Now go and have a great day!

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When we moved into our house, we had an area between the driveway and the house that was a huge weed patch. Located within the weed patch is our french drain. This being the case we had to get inventive with the area. Planting was out of the question because of the drain. A water feature too was not an option. So what did we do?

My husband, having an avid interest in trains. Having a number of pieces for the village for the trains to travel through, he suggested that we use the houses and create a little village in this area of our garden. And this is what we did! We brought in some river rock, created a “lake” using crushed blue rubber, and set the buildings around the “lake.”

Here are photos of our village!

Our little village at Green Acres

More of the village

The village has a windmill

We have a bit of repair work to do, which we will do over the winter. I hope that you enjoyed our little village!

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It took months to get to today. There was the hard work of planting seeds in the trays and watering and watching them sprout. Then it took a number of days to do the back breaking work of building the lasagne garden and getting it planted. Then more watering and playing the waiting game! Today I finally was able to harvest the “fruits” of my labor as my first vegetables were ready!

My first harvest!

In this photo you see the wax beans, broccoli and just a couple of the early raspberries that survived the birds!

Wax beans

Broccoli

Raspberries

I got the veges together for steaming.

Into the steamer basket

These gems were being paired with these gems!

Marinating Ahi Tuna

And this gem!

Coppola Pinot Grigio

When all was cooked and served up

Served with Ahi Tuna

we enjoyed the tremendous flavors of the vegetables from our garden!

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They look so cute, what with that little mask of theirs…

Raccoons – Photo by Gary J. Wood

…yet they can wreak havoc in your garden, around your house, in your house…

My concern was discovering that they have been in my garden rifling the strawberries. The fruit has not ripened yet, and the unripe berries have been pulled from the plants and were found laying on the ground surrounding the berry patch.

I looked all over the internet for information on how to keep these little cutie pies out of my garden. What I found was this:

**Dog hair – brush your dog and spread the hair around the area of fencing that circles the garden. We will do this shortly as Astro is losing his winter coat by leaps and bounds.

Astro’s hair

**Stinky socks – one site said that if you put the stinkiest clothing that you have in the garden it will deter the raccoons.

Stinky socks – Cartoon from SodaHead com

**Attach at the top of the fence, chicken wire. But you attach it at the top of the fence in a way so that when they climb the fence, it moves out from the fence so that they cannot go over it as they are hanging from the underside of the chicken wire. I do not have enough energy, or chicken wire to do this tonight.

**Cinnamon, and black pepper. And in another article it was cayenne pepper.

So, what did I do? I rifled my husband’s dirty laundry hamper and hung my husband’s underwear and socks all over the garden!  He was not happy… 😦   OK – only kidding, but it does give you a funny picture doesn’t it?  What I did was combine equal parts of cayenne, cinnamon, and black pepper in a shaker. I went down to the vegetable bed and shook this mixture around the strawberry patch, and all the new plantings.  I will let you know tomorrow if they returned and foraged.

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I should be in bed right now, but I wanted to you to see today’s discoveries! I hope that you enjoy these photos. I got home today and found that I had taken 274 photos. It is hard to go through all of it in a short period of time, so I picked out a few and may post more later! Give me your hand and I will take you through a bit of the Hawaiian garden that I discovered today!

Hawaiian Avacados

Mangos

Honeybees on Hibiscus

A graceful native

Big Leaf Philodendrum

Papaya

Plumeria

Red Ginger

Seed pods of a native vine

Next post: Geckos and the Jackson Lizard!

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