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Morning Glories Are One Of My Favorite Climbing Vines

Grow Beautiful Morning Glories! Attract birds, hummingbirds and butterflies.

Morning glories will always have a special place in my heart as one of my favorite climbing vines.  When I was a young girl, I would pass a trellis of morning glories entering my neighbor’s home.  I always thought they were pretty but didn’t realize their true beauty and symbolism until later in life. Continue Reading →

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Look To Nature When Deciding When To Plant Yearly Vegetable Gardens

Look To Nature When Deciding When To Plant Yearly Vegetable Gardens


Look To Nature When Deciding When To Plant Yearly Vegetable Gardens

There as never been a fast and hard rule for timetables for weather.  Each year planting is different and can vary from the past year.  But, lucky Mother Nature gives us signs each year of when that time is.  Look to nature when deciding when to plant yearly vegetable gardens.
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3 Things Gardeners Can Do To Help The Declining Honey Bee Population

3 Things Gardeners Can Do To Help The Declining Honey Bee Population


Want to help out declining honey bee populations?  I have put together a list of 3 things gardeners can do to help the declining honey bee population.
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Its Eagle Season

Its Eagle Season


Its Eagle Season

What does one do in winter to feed their photography need?  Well, in Wisconsin, I enjoy hunting down eagles sitting in the trees and fishing because its eagle season.

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Mother Earth Children Art Prints

Mother Earth Children Art Prints


Mother Earth Children Art Prints

10 Mother Earth Children art prints – soft vintage prints. The Mother Earth Children prints are centered around vegetables and fruits that flourish with the help of Mother Nature.

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Slay Slugs and Snails

Slay Slugs and Snails

Slay Slugs and Snails

At some point, you will have to contend with slugs in your vegetable garden and flower gardens.  Use this simple trick to slay slugs and snails on your container plantings and if you already have an infestation try this homemade recipe on your hostas and flowers.

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Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers

Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers

Use Less Soil in Your Planting Containers

Use these tips to use less soil in your planting containers. We all have those x-large outdoor pots that need to be filled with soil for holding beautiful flower arrangements, herbs and produce.  Over the years I have used several items to serve this purpose.  Some were excellent choices and some, poor choices.

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Garden Bicycle Planter

Garden Bicycle Planter

Garden Bicycle Planter

Garden bicycle planter with planted with an assortment of flowers on an old bike, Paint a wooden sign and wire it to the frame of the bike for visual interest.
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Go Big or Go Home Wheelbarrow Planter

Go Big or Go Home Wheelbarrow Planter

Go Big or Go Home Wheelbarrow Planter

 

Purchase the largest geraniums that you can find and mix them with trailing ivy to fill an entire wheelbarrow for a grand entrance – it is the go big or go home wheelbarrow planter.

Go Big or Go Home Wheelbarrow Planter

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Slugs

Slugs in the Garden

Slugs

Slugs create plenty of damage to fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and seedlings.  What does the damage look like? How can you get rid of these pests in your gardens?

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Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

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All my herbs planted in a small portable container. Make cute signs for your planters by painting extra large craft sticks and 1 paint stick in an assortment of bright colors.  Attach large craft sticks to paint stick with Waterproof Sticky Ass Glue .  Add a cute saying and spray design with Thompsons Water Seal Multi-Surface Waterproofer clear spray.

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Just Humming Along Wagon

Just Humming Along Flower Garden Planter - Feeding garden stations on wheels are so it is easy to pull into the garage in cases of frost. Go ahead plant your flowers in early spring and wheel them in at night.

Just Humming Along Wagon

Repurpose an old wagon into a hummingbird fiesta.


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Paint the wagon a bright, vivid red coloring to attract hummingbirds and add flowers that hummingbirds enjoy. Don’t know what to plant? Here are some ideas to get you started 10 flowers to plant.

Feeding garden stations on wheels are so easy to pull into the garage in cases of frost. Go ahead plant your flowers in early spring and wheel them in at night.

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Old Structures Inside and Out

Old Structures Inside and Out



Old Structures Inside and Out

Photographing and exploring old structures inside and out is exciting.  There is nothing more thrilling than driving up on an old barn or structure that captures my attention. Well, except old vehicles 🙂  Some of my old building finds are located in the country and many times, right smack dab in the middle of a city.
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Do Flies Drink Water

Flies Drink Water

Flies Drink Water ?

 

Why? Why, didn’t I think that flies drink water? After a rainstorm, I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.

Do Flies Drink Water Yep, They DO!
He was drinking the raindrops off my raspberry leaves in my garden boxes. Now, if you have never had the pleasure of watching a fly drink raindrops…run. Do it! Flies are not cute little furry creatures; but. man oh, life are they a blast to watch suck up drops. Whole raindrops, mind you.
 

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Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire

Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire - Attist Print

Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire

For me, I love nature.  Simple and repetitive seasonal change. You know what to expect, but each season is a different experience. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

Today, it was a perfect, white feather floated down from the heavens as the great white egret flock passed overhead.  The feather landed on a spent wildflower stem.  For me, it signals the return of spring.

Learned a few things today.  The birds seem to be ahead of the migration schedule, but the wildflowers are behind. Many years things are in the reverse order.  Although, one thing is for sure.  Mother Nature has her own time table for everything.  Wait long enough and you will see all signs pointing to spring.  Yeah!  Spring is here!

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Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. At age 80, there shall be no should of, could of and wish I did. Pursue your dreams today – big or small conquer them all!. No regrets.

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Old IGA Store in Watson Michigan

Old IGA Store in Watson Michigan

Old IGA Store in Watson Michigan

My husband and I took an extra long motorcycle ride from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula a few years back.  We stumbled upon this beautiful old IGA store in Watson Michigan.

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Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Man is it cold out.  The rain is bone chilling.  I don’t even want to be outdoors and that is saying a lot, coming from me.

I decided last week to go back to making all our meals ahead of time.  It saves me time, energy and money. Today, was the perfect time to start! I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite morning breakfasts. Pressure cooker blueberry oats.

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Fungus Gnat Indoor Houseplant Recipe

Fungus Gnat Indoor Houseplant Recipe

Fungus Gnat Indoor Houseplant Recipe

Have little black flies around your houseplants?  Fungus gnats are what you have.  Mix up this fungus gnat indoor houseplant recipe to kill the fungus gnat larvae in the infected soil.

Recipe Mixture

• One part 3% hydrogen peroxide to four parts water.

Directions

Water the top layer of your plant soil. Reapply as needed.

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Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Grilled Corn

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving.  Can’t beat that.  Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house.  Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Wheels

Wheels Rusty

Wheels

Collection of old vintage wheels, I love to photograph anything rusty, dusty and old.

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Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap Ishpeming, Michigan

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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

You can find red tailed hawks in every eco-system there is.  This raptor will hunt down voles,mice, rabbits, birds, snakes and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields.  Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.

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Safe Solution for Aphids

Safe Solution for Aphids

Safe Solution for Aphids

Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point.  Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them. Let’s find out what an aphid is and safe solutions for aphid removal.
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Hiking Crevice Rock

Hiking Turkey Run State Park in Marshall Indiana

Hiking Crevice Rock

The first part of this hike is a moderate 1.4-mile trail that offers beautiful views of the stone cliffs and excellent views of Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, Indiana.

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Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online.  In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones.  After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below.  If they fail, the postmaster will get them back.
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Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper Butterfly 

 

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The silver-spotted skipper is the largest of the skippers and is most commonly found during the months of June, July, and August in Wisconsin.

They enjoy collecting nectar in open fields of flowers.  The skipper is easy to identify.


It has a brown body, with a few white spots and an orangish yellow band through its wing.

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Thunder Moon

First full moon of July is known as Thunder Moon Buck Moon & Capricorn Moon pictured is an Old Barn Photography prints available

Full Thunder Moon Rising

The first full moon of July is known as the thunder moon across the great plains states because of the violent storms that happen during this month.

In Native American Culture it is Called:

In Native American culture it has been known as the buck moon for it is when the most significant growth of deer antlers occurs.

 

In Astrology it is Called:

In astrology it is known as the Capricorn moon.

It really doesn’t matter what name you happen to call it by.  In the early stages of the night, it was huge, beautiful and I am thankful to have caught it on camera! 

Four Different Shots Expose for Different Elements:

The image is composed of four different shots taken on July 9th in Brown County, Wisconsin. Each frame was centered on a different subject to expose for that element and incorporated into one complete photo.

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How To Pickle Pickled Eggs The Easy Way

How To Pickle Pickled Eggs The Easy Way

How To Pickle Pickled Eggs The Easy Way

How to pickle pickled eggs the easy way.  This pickled egg recipe was handed down to me by my grandmother and I think you will agree they are easy to make and tasty!
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Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already.  Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile.  My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break.  This is not our family, is it?

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Save Money on Groceries

How to Save Money on Groceries

Time to tighten the budget.  How to save money on groceries. I know how to do it. But truthfully, sometimes I find it to be WORK. Just as much work as a fulltime job.  Taking the time to plan out EVERYTHING is a pain. I’m not one who likes to sit down and take two hours out of my week to pre-plan before shopping. Checking store ads, price comparing, cutting and organizing coupons; ugh! I did all that back in the 90’s. Refunding and couponing was a large part of our household back then.  Both are more than acceptable ways to save money.  I just do not have the time and commitment for it today.
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White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin

White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin

White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin

Today’s topic is going to be a little different.  Something I normally wouldn’t write about, nor would I endorse.  And, SOME may even call me a little crazy for exploring; The White Star Psychic Church Brussels Wisconsin. But life is about experiences. Sometimes, walking in someone else’s shoes helps to understand and relate to someone else. We need this in life.  Who knows, you may even gain knowledge, understanding, peace and even comfort in an unlikely place.  Like this church has done for me.

 

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Cardinal Wildflower

Cardinal Wildflower


Cardinal Wildflower


Information: 
The cardinal wildflower is a native Wisconsin perennial. It consists of many bright red tubular flowers. The tubular flowers are arranged in an elongated cluster.





The plant’s stalk height reaches 2-4 feet during the months of July, August and September. It is found in shaded areas along creeks, streams and swamps.

 


3  Facts About The Cardinal Flower

1.) The wildflower was that it was named after the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.

2.) Flowers are primarily pollinated by hummingbirds.  Other insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers.

3.) The wildflower is becoming scarcer due to overpicking in some areas.

 

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St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin

St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin - Rosemary Kennedy was one of their residents. The St. Coletta Institute for Backward Youth in Jefferson Wisconsin most certainly has left an impact on my heart. They cared for children and adults that couldn't do it for themselves in a world looked upon them differently back in the day.

One thing I absolutely love about traveling is that it provides me with a constant source of education.  Over the weekend, I attended The 4th Annual Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with my husband.  Heavy rain prevented me from riding with the group on Friday.  I admit it, I’m a wimp and my dry car provided a comfortable alternative for the day’s travels. I spent some time exploring St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin.

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Palisades State Park South Dakota

Palisades County Park South Dakota

Palisades State Park South Dakota

Palisades State Park South Dakota is located on Split Rock Creek. In the 1870s Split Rock Creek was harnessed to power a large flour and feed mill, and a town called Palisades formed around it. I didn’t see any of the remains of the mill building in the area. Was told there is a small foundation left somewhere from it.

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Butterfly Nectar Recipe

Butterfly Nectar Recipe

Butterfly Nectar Recipe

Butterfly Nectar Recipe – If you want to attract butterflies to your yard all you have to do is feed them. Either by plant or providing nectar for them to feed on.

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10 Wildflowers that Attract Birds to Your Yard

10 Wildflowers That Attract Birds to Your Yard If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds? Wildflowers are native to the United States. They are easy to grow in most soils. They are beautiful and birds like chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, cardinals, blue jays, titmice, orioles and a whole slew of additional birds will visit them during the growing season.

10 Wildflowers That Attract Birds to Your Yard

If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds?

Below are 10 wildflowers that you can plant in your yard that birds enjoy.  As an added bonus, they are all easy to grow because they are native to the United States. Most attract beautiful butterflies too.
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Wash Tub Planter

Wash Tub Planter

Wash Tub Planter

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Wash day?  Nah, planting day.  The old wash board adds extra visual interest to the wash tub planter.  Planted with yellow daisies, trailing vines, coleus and brightly colored pansies.  This space has light shade and all the plants are tolerant of shade.

If you plant coleus, remember they make excellent and hearty houseplants if you need to take them in for winter.

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Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon

Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon

This past weekend my daughter and I went in search of fall colors.  Which meant a road trip.  Darn, I dislike road trips 🙂  A friend told us while on our road trip to check out Paulding Lights Upper Michigans Unexplainable Phenomenon.
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What is Eating My Cabbage Plants

What is Eating My Cabbage Plants

What is Eating My Cabbage Plants

Yesterday, I received a question in my Facebook inbox that included pictures.  It is an excellent question too.  What is eating my cabbage plants?

 

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Wisconsin Birds

Wisconsin Birds

Wisconsin Birds

This page will be a running list of all my small Wisconsin birds.  The birds can be found in your yards, gardens and around the woodlands areas.
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Rusty Goodness

Rusty Goodness

Rusty Goodness

Rusty goodness photography collection. I’m attracted to photographing anything rusty, dusty and old.
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Old Vehicles

Old Vehicles

Old Vehicles Collection

The Midwest is full of old farm properties and what I like to call the back 40. The back forty acres was just a place to store junk. That junk now treasures to few. Old vehicles, trucks, cars, and modes of transportation.

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Raspberry Torte Recipe

Raspberry Torte Recipe

When you think of a summer dessert many people’s thoughts go directly to strawberry shortcake. Growing up with a grandma that raised raspberries, we enjoyed this raspberry torte recipe. I am pretty sure each of the grandchildren has had the pleasure of eating this sweet and tart dessert.

As a tribute to my grandmother – I include the recipe for each of the grandchildren.
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11 Birds that Eat Oranges

11 Birds That Eat Oranges

Birdy, birdy here’s a sweet treat.

Sure to make you tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
11 birds that eat oranges!

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How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder – Reduce the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through the growth of seen, or unseen bacteria that is harmful to birds.
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How To Make Jello Shots or Shooters In Syringes

How to make jello shots or shooters in syringes - Jello shots or Jello shooters as they are also called are all the rage. There are many recipes with various types of liquor and flavored Jello combinations. I will give you several tried and true recipes to try out.

Jello Shots or Shooters in Syringes

How to make jello shots or shooters in syringes. Jello shots or Jello shooters as they are also called are all the rage. There are many recipes with various types of liquor and flavored Jello combinations. I will give you several to try out.

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Getting Roses Ready for Winter

Getting Roses Ready for Winter

Getting Roses Ready for Winter

It’s that time of year again in the midwest time to start getting roses ready for winter. It time to start thinking of the changing of seasons and old man winter will be slowly creeping in. If you want your roses to survive over the cold winter months, you will have to do some planning ahead. Your planning starts toward the end of the summer in the midwest.
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Common Lawn Pests

Common Lawn Pests


Common Lawn Pests

Common Lawn Pests – Disease and grass insect pests can be prevented or cured by following a few basic steps. Be sure to set your low mower height to 1-1/2 inches, have a sharp blade, have the proper fertilizing, drainage and water. Even following each and everything above still can bring on unwanted insect attacks.  So what pest is your culprit?

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Making Your Yard Hummingbird Pleasant

Making Your Yard Hummingbird Pleasant

Making Your Yard Hummingbird Pleasant

Making your yard hummingbird pleasant – How can you get hummingbirds to visit your yard year after year?

It’s not as difficult as one might imagine. If you provide your feathered friends with a reliable food source they will come back at visit you throughout the years.
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Christmas Cactus Not Blooming?

Christmas Cactus Not Blooming? The darn things are fussy I tell you, downright fussy! Here is how to get them to bloom.

Is Your Christmas Cactus Not Blooming?

Is your Christmas cactus not blooming? The darn things are fussy I tell you, downright fussy!  My first Christmas cactus I received as a gift. It met a horrible fate. I swore to stick with poinsettias.

My grandmother’s Christmas Cactus the other hand always had blossomed and bloomed each Christmas.  It thrived.  I asked for some advice. Wanting to give this plant another shot.

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How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces these are inexpensive yet extremely elegant necklaces are made by baking and internally cracking ordinary marbles. Make up a few as gifts or for your next hot seller at a craft fair. Either way you will receive rave reviews and plenty of wonderful compliments.
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Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You

Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You If you're thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you might want to have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down by choosing a garden that is perfect for you. But by narrowing it down, you'll make the gardening experience and work load easier on yourself and your plants.

Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You

If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you might want to have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down by choosing a garden that is perfect for you. But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience and work load easier on yourself and your plants.

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Mason Bee

All about the Mason Bee

Mason Bee

There are several kinds of bees,  The one I love to see, attract and even live in my yard is the Mason bee.  Mason bees are non-stinging bees and valuable to pollinating plants.

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Collecting and Planting Milkweed Seed

Collecting and Growing Milkweed Seed for Monarchs

Each female monarch butterfly lays one egg on an individual milkweed plant, depositing up to 100 eggs daily.  The only food source for the caterpillar is milkweed plants. For that reason, it is important to have a healthy milkweed population. Collecting and planting milkweed seed is a way to make sure we have a future healthy monarch population.
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American Goldfinch Vintage Happy Birthday Card

American Goldfinch Happy Birthday Card


My timeless vintage American Goldfinch image is paired up with textures to inspire this American Goldfinch Vintage Happy Birthday card.  


About the Design:

Wish a special someone a Happy Birthday with this vintage-inspired American Goldfinch Birthday card.

The graphic used is a hand-drawn American Goldfinch bird in a natural setting enjoying the seed of a bull thistle plant.

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy the design as much as I enjoyed creating it! 

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Wisconsin Wildflowers and Invasives

Wildflowers & Invasive Plants

Wisconsin Wildflowers and Invasives

Wisconsin wildflowers and invasives. Most of the photographs were taken while on walks along paths and through the woods. Well, at least I tell everyone I’m going for a walk. Really, I’m just exploring my options for photographing. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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Fields of Sandhill Cranes

Fields of Sandhill Cranes


Fields of Sandhill Cranes and a Stop at the Swamp

Today my daughter and I took a drive to try and find a piece of property I have been wanting to visit.  This piece of property that was looking for was swampland with public hunting grounds and was where my uncles and grandfather used to hunt during the fall.  It was a beautiful country drive with views of fields of sandhill cranes.
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Vivid Tea Kettle

Vivid Tea Kettle Garden Planting Container

Vivid Tea Kettle

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If you can find a tea kettle with a handle they look mighty sweet hanging on garden posts, decks, and fences. Plant flowers of the opposite side of the color wheel as the teapot’s color.  This makes a BOLD visual statement in a flower garden.



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