Tag Archive: plants

Nov 21

Wisconsin’s “Up North”

Our traveling has been somewhat limited this year but we did manage to go for a 3 day trip ‘up north’. Those of you in WI know just what that means J  We drove through some great little towns since we took the back roads. On the way up we stopped at the Horicon Marsh  to check out this guy!!  All made of rebar.Mammoth

We wound our way on to Wautoma to see this Ghost House!!  DSC02198

Our friends in Wausau have a lovely old farm with a barn that just lends itself beautifully to photography don’t you think?  DSC02234

Wausau’s Monk Gardens are a work in progress and offer a lovely series of meditational pathways along with some geocaching. DSC02247


On our way back home we visited the StevensPoint Sculpturepark  .  How nice to be able to enjoy nature and art while you walk!  One of my favorites was this Swift Nesting Chimney. DSC02274

Oct 04

Pumpkin Time!!!

We grew these just for fun….



Jun 07


I thought about writing a Haiku the other day. What is a Haiku and how hard is it to write? Pretty simple:

the trick is to remember “3 lines, then 5,7,5”

3 lines

  • 5 syllables
  • 7 syllables
  • 5 syllables

As an exercise I decided to try my hand at a few…. some turned out better than others of course. Try one yourself! Pick a subject you like and then write!

(whilst in the garden last week…….)

Poking through the dirt
Soil and sun make the seed sprout
The cycle endures

straw flowers



Oct 19

Harvest time……….




It’s fall harvest time and that includes our little piece of the Wisconsin landscape. This years potato crop was amazing…. 4 different varieties; one of them a BLUE potato! Makes great steak fries but sort of off-putting as mashed 🙂  Maybe kids would like purple mashed spuds though?



Jul 26

Farmers Market Fun

Last weekend we went to the local farmer’s market. So much to see there – the place was hopping! In amongst the usual vegetable and fruit stands we found these unusual items for sale. From far away I thought I was seeing framed art … some type of floral subject manner  On closer inspection we found these incredible living pictures! Succulents tucked into a wooden boxes and then surrounded with a lovely vintage frames! How clever  🙂  You can find these creations sold by the Bemis Upland Springs Floral growers team. visit their stall at the West Bend Farmer’s Market <OR> their greenhouse in Adell Wisconsin!


West Bend Farmer’s Market

Jul 23

Mother Nature

How does she do this? Every year the flowers come up and have the most wondrous colors of blooms. This orange iris is one of my favorite new plants this year!


And these smell like dark chocolate…… just heavenly! i divided them and they had the best blooms ever this year.


And who doesn’t love a nice cluster of daisies?


Jul 20

Where is the time going?

I always seem to run out of time to write a little here. So much happening. Lets start with the spring planting…. (yes – I know its not spring anymore 🙂  Many hands working to plant the onions. Nothing like the smell or fresh dirt and the birds singing in a cool blue sky! So watch for more garden pics!


Oct 09

Whoa… What happened to September??

Wow – the summer is over and we are plunged into Fall. And it has been C-O-L-D too! We already had a killing frost but somehow the garden perseveres.One fine day we went to the Farmers Market in Madison and then over to the Allen Centennial Gardens. Just beautiful! Who knew this place was tucked away near the Campus. I love to see what clever things people do to make gardens interesting. The house itself is an old Victorian that is being renovated. I would love to have seen the inside. I thought these resin planters all lined up looked neat! The second photo shows how they arranged slate on its side and then put succulents in between the pieces. it almost looked like ribs of n animal skeleton. How clever!