My neighbors Goldenrod…

I watched my neighbors yard a lot this past summer…They are selling their home and the lawn care was sadly mistreated, but wonders are lurking underneath an abandoned piece of land..

Springtime,

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Even though when these little snowballs burst scattering the seeds all over the neighborhood, it’s really a beautiful thing to witness a yard full of these dandelions. I watched the bees happily tending to these flowers this past spring…

Summertime,

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Even Thistle can be beautiful as long as it’s in the neighbors yard…..

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I think this is a giant goldenrod, and this pair looks as if they are dancing side by side in the wind.. I wish my picture turned out better so you could see the bright yellow flowers atop these two plants… It’s been fun watching the neighbors back yard all spring and into the summer.

Wintertime, last year…

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Brought three deer to the neighbors backyard… They would jump with ease over the fence and graze on the evergreen cedars…

Fall,

Is a just 5 days away, can you believe it? How fast time flies by ~ almost in a blink of an eye..

Stay tuned for Fall colors when they arrive, as they are very late this year.. usually by mid-August I see the trees beginning to change, as the nights would chill… But, not this year the average temps in the evenings have been mild..

But… yes Fall will arrive and the chill in the air will begin to hang around and you can smell the wood burning in the fireplaces with the smoke circling in the cold evening sky that appears so much brighter in the Fall and Winter..

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Until next time

~Laura~

 

Standing Guard

I had to wonder if this bird was watching other birds, or perhaps me sitting in the garden watching it. I raised the camera slowly not actually thinking I’d get a good enough picture to see it properly, but after taking the picture into photo shop to lighten up the picture I could see it more clearly.

I bet this pretty little bird had no problem at all seeing me…

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Until next time

~Laura~

Little Miss Muffet

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I was sitting next to my rain barrel filling up a watering can and looked over to my left ….

I let out a yelp!

Then looked around to see if anyone heard me…

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Even Black Bears in Vancouver B.C. need cooling off

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Courtesy of :

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/bear-beats-summer-heat-by-taking-a-dip-in-backyard-pool/55889/

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Today and Tomorrow’s Heat

July 12th & 13th

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One good thing is the humidity isn’t sitting at 100%

I suppose that’s a plus…

Looking on the brighter side of the heat…

My vegetables are loving this warm weather in my Permaculture beds..

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I can report that my test with not watering the permaculture beds is working out great. We’ve had very little rain last month, and the beds have held on to the rain that we did have. I’m not even worried when it does rain hard and fast, because the permaculture beds drain off the extra rain water ~ Holding on to what’s needed for the garden and the plants roots.

Now I have been somewhat tempted to water the beds this summer, because of the drought. But, I’ve stood steadfast to run this test from the information I’ve read on this type of gardening. So, far I am amazed and very happy with the results so far. All appears to be true from the many articles I’ve read on permaculture gardening.

With the new water meters just put in over last winter we pay for every drop of water used… I truly understand we need to conserve our water usage for the planet, but I was worried I’d have to give up gardening all together because it would no longer be cost efficient.  Nature sure does know how to survive and permaculture gardening is as close to nature as one can get, for me anyway….

Another way to save money on the water I use from my own taps in my kitchen ~ I bought two sink size tubs for washing the dishes in and rinsing.

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(If, you’re wondering why I don’t use the sink stoppers to hold the water inside of the sink, it’s because during the day I need access to the sink for filling pots to prep dinner or strain water off of cooked noodles and the like, so I can remove these handy dandy tubs to the side counter out of my way… )

The rinse water goes out with me every morning from the night before.. I water the container plants with this saved water, and some of the soap from rinsing the dishes the night before keeps the bugs down as well I’ve noticed… I thought I’d have to give up container gardening because lugging the water up the stairs from the yard where my rain barrel is was getting too difficult last gardening season…

Problem Solved!

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I know it sounds a little crazy, and a lot of effort but it really is not much of either and I am saving money in my pocket for a rainy day ~ grinning… and we all need that don’t we?

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Until next time

~  Laura  ~

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My pup and I wish you a wonderful day

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