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I Love my Yard!

I live in one of those neighborhoods where the houses are close together and the yards are small.  I was worried I wouldn’t have room for a garden, but I found a yard that’s on a curve (so the backyard is a bit bigger) with an empty field behind it.  Also, I have a row of stones, boulders really, between my backyard and the adjacent field.  It is cozy and just right for my garden.

Basically, I don’t have too much grass to mow, and I have my own little wooded garden area to play in.

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The vegetable garden is looking a bit scraggy, but I guess that’s what happens when you hang out in your hammock too much. I’m still getting peppers at least.

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Hammock Anyone?

And of course, I get lots of visitors.

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Hawks (Couldn’t get too close)

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Frogs (hiding from the hawks)

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Lizards (Guarding my door)

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Stowaway in my Coleus (Hiding from the Lizard)

And the best visitors this time of year are the juicy oranges just ready to pick.

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It’s Wabbit Season!

My garden is growing, but unfortunately so is the rabbit population in my neighborhood.  This little pest has decided he likes my grape tomato plants:

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Where’s Elmer Fudd when you need him?

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Image courtesy of Looney Tunes Fanon Wiki

Oh well, time to move the tomato pots inside the gate.  Waskly Wabbit!

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Get it While it’s Hot!

Last weekend was nice here is Charlotte.  I spent the day working in the yard and got the vegetable garden planted.

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My wife is especially excited about the spinach.  I can’t let her have too much of it though or she might go Popeye on my butt.

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Of course, a nice day outside isn’t complete without a fire.

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I’m not stirring up that fire for my health.  The pan on the bench in the background is the smores fixings.  They’re not quite Reese’s Cups, but they’ll do in a pinch.

Speaking of fire, this is the last day of my red hot book sale on Amazon.  Head on over and get my Kingdom of Haven series for a great discount price.  The Order of the Wolf is still free until the end of the day and the rest of the series is discounted.  Free is good, but a discount isn’t bad either.

Ahem, after last weekend, I need to buy some more marshmallows.

 

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Garden In Winter

Winter Garden Crop

The only thing sadder than a garden in winter is no garden at all.

 

 

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Citrus Galore

I’m up to 4 citrus trees now.  Below you can see the Meyers Lemon is having a bumper year, but the lime tree in the background didn’t do much.  Of course, the lime tree lost its leaves over the winter, so I’m happy that it recovered. Also, it’s growing season seems a bit off.  It is starting to produce flowers now.

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The Meyers Lemon tree is drooping with fruit this year.

My orange tree produced more than last year.  I’m not sure if this is its normal or if it will continue to increase yield each year.  Also, I picked up the mystery citrus tree on the left for $2 from a nursery this past spring.  It had been sitting on their yard since the previous year, and they didn’t know what it was.  Neither do I.  Maybe it’ll produce something next year.

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Oranges coming soon!

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What Do You See?

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I walked outside the other day to check on my garden and this is what I saw.   He was actually closer when I walked up on him, but I didn’t have my glasses on and it took me a bit to find the camera button on my phone.  Even then, I wasn’t sure I got him in the picture until I went inside to get my glasses.  Yep, getting old is a bitch.

Luckily, he preferred to munch on the honeysuckle growing on the boulders in my yard instead of my garden delights.

I showed this picture to my wife, and her reaction was: Ahh, how cute.  Yep, cute, just like the bunnies that hippty-hop through my yard and munch on my flowers.  She see’s cute bunnies, squirrels, and deer wondering through our yard as a wonderful display of nature’s creatures.  I just see a bunch of free-loading riffraff who sneak around (usually at night) and eat my plantings.

What do you see?

 

 

 

 

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Flower Power

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My wife received this White Amaryllis as a gift from Belks two years ago for buying her favorite perfume.  Well actually, I bought her the perfume for Christmas and got this flower as a gift.  It did well the first year, but didn’t bloom last year.  I guess the third year is the charm.  It probably helped that I actually gave it some fertilizer this year.

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