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Spring is here?

Today could be categorized as a typical upstate spring.  One day it is 72 and sunny, the next it is 34 and raining to beat the band.  The last few days have been the latter.  Not very pleasant and not conducive to gardening.  If you go out for more than a few seconds you are soaked to the bone.

I am reading a book about permaculture in our northeastern climate.  It is very interesting and has me really thinking about our own yard.  I have been working hard on getting it cleaned up over the years (with the help of family of course) and the thought of filling it up again is kind of funny.  Of course the idea is to fill it with edible and useful plants and trees, not weeds and ugly brush.  So the ideas are swirling around and slowly embedding themselves.  I am not sure my husband will enjoy the added work I have in mind, but the end result will be well worth it.

I thought I would share some pictures of our spring day.

This is my kitchen garden.  Last year it held tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.  this year will be the same with a few additions.

This is my kitchen garden. Last year it held tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. this year will be the same with a few additions.  It does need to be worked, if it ever stops raining long enough.

This is my flower garden.  It is looking a little sad right now.  I have a clematis which grows up the trellis, they are beautiful light blue flowers.

This is my flower garden. It is looking a little sad right now. I have a clematis which grows up the trellis, they are beautiful light blue flowers.

This is my bulb garden.  It has crocus, daffodil and tulips.  they have been spreading nicely over the last few years.

This is my bulb garden. It has crocus, daffodil and tulips. they have been spreading nicely over the last few years.

This was the old garden on the property.  It is a nice flat area out of the water but it is too close to the woods and critters who would like to share my harvest.  It does still produce blackberries and my compost pile resides here.

This was the old garden on the property. It is a nice flat area out of the water but it is too close to the woods and critters who would like to share my harvest. It does still produce blackberries and my compost pile resides here.

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This is our lake, I mean backyard. It was almost dried up a few days ago, and then it rained. I would love to make this space more useable but it is difficult because it floods every year.  In the foreground is the remainder of the old chicken coop we had to take down.

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The other half of the back yard.

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My Wegelia bush. It is beautiful when it is in full bloom. It produces reddish leaves and deep pink elongated bell flowers. The best part is they are deer resistant. It has grown considerably since I purchased it years ago.

I hope you enjoyed the partial tour of my water logged property.  Hopefully soon I will be able to post pictures of a more productive area.  Happy planting!

Knit doll clothes

Today is a chilly, rainy day. It feels more like fall than spring. Plans for putting the plants outside are on hold til the forecast looks more promising.

Today, I thought I would show you pictures of the two outfits I finished for an “American Girl” size doll. I love the way they came out. They were made using free patterns I found online. The little sweater I did modify from the dress pattern. I used thinner yarn and a size smaller needles. It was perfect. I also changed the waistband on the pants from the original pattern. They made belt slots for a 70’s look. I changed it by ribbing. Very fun and different project.

Emma's outfit photo(7)This is a view of the ribbing I used to alter the waistbandEmma

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Just for fun, I thought I would put in a picture of the sock yarn bear I just finished.  He was a fun project which I am glad is done.  Sock yarn, in the round, for a small project can be tough on the hands.  My little guy loves him so I am thrilled.

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Happy crafting