My first Fairy Garden. It's a
Fairy Farm, which cultivates mushrooms.
The Azalea was in full bloom. Most
years, in the past, the bush would bloom,
and we would get a frost hard enough to make all of the blooms fall to
the ground. Not this year!
One of the FIRST flowers in the spring...
My Potting Bench.
Now we head between the house and garage.
the front door on the left...the garage door on the right...
That's a 52 gallon water barrel, which collects rainwater. It's great! It gets
it's water from the downspouts. It worked so well, I got another...and then decided to make myself four
more to use for all my downspouts.
So...every rainfall...I can gather over
300 gallons of FREE water for the plants! Nothing better
than rain water!
the door to the outdoor shower. It's my reward at the end of the
day...Especially after a hard day of playing in the dirt!
there's nothing quite like taking a shower in the rain...or during an
early snowstorm...or by the light of the moon and under the stars!
Our Tomatoes. Most of our yard
is in the shade. The only reason our tomatoes grow well there is
because they get the reflected light bouncing off the garage walls.
So...walking around the
shower toward the back now...heading to the fire pit.
Corn Shock Bottle Tree covered with Morning Glories
Looking back at the
The Fire Pit GREAT
place for roasting marshmallows...or telling scary stories under the
stars! Sometimes the Owls will sit in the trees above and argue
with each other.
That is a sweat lodge at the edge of the woods.
And...The fire pit is a Potawatomi Fire...their sacred ashes were mixed
Indians were a member of the "Council of the Fire" here in Wisconsin...and
were chosen as the "Keepers of the Fire". That is what
The Potawatomi fire upholds a tradition that has been ongoing for
thousands of years.
Made a new
birdhouse...put it up and
the Finches moved in that day! I think they liked the Siberian Iris!
A view from the roof.
from the fire pit now...around the day lily garden...heading over
toward the pond.
Walking back up toward
the house again...the pond is on the right now. That's
the day lily garden on the left. There were yellow pansies in the wash tubs
The Lilies are in full bloom.
The Kousa Dogwood was spectacular this
He's thinking about it..
. Heading to the pond now...It was a nice
rainy day then. The plants loved it!
Our Herbs are always so happy.
All of them go inside the house over the Winter, so we have fresh herbs all year long.
But...they really thrive over the Summer!
These are photos of the pond over the
The fall colors around the pond.
The kiddies are getting big! Some of
them are over eight years old.
They all have names...and will eat out of my fingers.
Looks like that would be a comfy place to
The Koi have been "frisky" lately...
and the pond has a lot of baby fishies to
The pond has over 40 varieties of
This Calla Lily just loves getting it's
"feet" wet in the pond!
Each spring, I remove all the fish, frogs, and snails and pump
all of the water out of the pond to clean it. I then refill the
pond, re-pot and re-arrange all of the pond plants (I have over 40
varieties) which survived the Winter, and put all of the fish, frogs,
and snails back in the cleaned pond. Although the pond is a lot to
maintain...it's one of the best places in the garden to relax with a
cool Sapphire and Tonic!