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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Friday, April 17, 2015


I ventured in the yard with the camera to take a peek at how things looked garden-wise. I have so much work to do because I didn't cleaned my flowerbeds last Fall as I was very busy sorting out through thousands of ceramic molds, paints, glazes and supplies for a couple of months.

With the heavy snow we had this winter, everything is flattened pretty badly. I'm not sure if my flowering bushes have survived.  They are pretty tough but they have their limit.
These photos are but a small sample of my flower beds.
To take a closer look double click on the pictures.

The snow is almost all gone from my daylily flower bed and the bush by the road has suffered a lot this winter. Thank goodness I cleaned that big one last Fall but the narrow daylily flowerbed by the driveway has not been cleaned.

Here's a shot of my large Peonie.

The Hosta  bed next to the Peonie

Things are starting to grow but the bed needs cleaning before things grows more.

My daylilies poking out.

Snow in the frontyard

The St John River is on the rise and has just opened up this week.

The plow has torn the sod and deposited in the snow bank.

Squirrel #7 has been caught and released.

Maple trees are budded.

Thanks for your visit and I love your comments.
Have a super weekend.


  1. yay for melt-off and being able to see your flower beds. :) and yay for squirrels being re-homed. :)

  2. Good evening Julia, I was beginning to believe that winter would never end...I am looking forward to getting the yard work started...we have a roof that needs shingling and a house to paint...it never ends...Thank goodness the days are getting longer...Sending greetings from Maine...

  3. Still have a bit of snow. I talked to my daughter and she said they were getting lots of snow.
    Our beds look bad too. I hope we get a chance to get them looking better before the open house. We did get them cleaned out in the fall because of showings. Wondering if this will ever end.
    Tress are blooming here and the daffies. It was 74 today. It was a good thing on a not so good day. Hugs

  4. I'm always so pleased to see you in my Bloglovin email! Yay for the snow finally receding, you've been rather bombarded this year. I do hope that your bushes have survived and are able to come back to their former glory. Is it usual for you to have snow that late in the year or was this a one off??
    Seven squirrels is an impressive coup!!!x x x

  5. I hope all your plants will survive the winter and I can you have a big space. Yours is a lovely garden.

  6. You have your work cut out for you, but soon it will look like the garden of Eden there.

  7. Our Dogwood trees are in full bloom along with Azaleas. So beautiful and with the rain we have had - so green. I will be so happy for you when your flowers begin to bloom!

  8. I am sure you are thrilled to see signs of Spring! The plow always tears up our frontage, too. I am glad they keep the road clear, though. I got my beds cleaned up, but now the weeds have free reign! Ha!

  9. I am sure you are thrilled to see signs of Spring! The plow always tears up our frontage, too. I am glad they keep the road clear, though. I got my beds cleaned up, but now the weeds have free reign! Ha!

  10. I am so glad to see spring at your house! It looks amazing! That river is so pretty, but I always dread it the snow melt for you in the spring.
    I think it all looks great Julia. So glad you caught squirrel number 7

  11. What a beautiful piece of real estate you live on and bet it will be gorgeous when everything is in full bloom.

    Since I didn't get ALL my yard cut with the push mower the other day, thought I'd go out and finish the rest before it got too hot outside. The riding mower won't start and it isn't just the battery as last fall it was back firing and sounded like an explosion. So all I have now is the push mower and the power wheels have stopped working so it is truly a push HARD mower. Got one side of the yard cut, came in to cool off and will go back to hopefully finish the other side of the yard.

    Good riddance to the damn squirrel!

  12. Sweet Julia I am so happy for you that almost all the snow has now gone. Glad you trapped hopefully the last of the naughty squirrels. I bet you will have those flowerbeds all looking beautiful in short order. You always have such lovely flowers. Enjoy the spring sweet Julia. Love and hugs!

  13. I was in capri pants today and burned up all day. Spring is way here...along with all the allergies! I've had a sinus infection and stomach virus all in the same week, so spring isn't being very kind to me!

  14. Oh how glorious to see the dirt again. There was so much snow this winter. I look forward to watching your gardens bloom, they're so colourful & beautiful. I've planted peonies, well roots of them last fall, so I'm excited to see how they've weather through the harsh winter. It's good seeing the buds on the trees, soon they too will fill with leaves. This is one of my most favourite times of the year, the other is Fall. The life & times of our seasons are truly a miracle & stimulating to our senses, visually & spiritually. Don't overdue the yard work Julia, slow & steady to make you fast & ready! Your days are so full now with your farm & keeping up with all those duties. I don't know how you do what you do but I do enjoy visiting your blog. I still chuckle when I think about the first time I was reading your blog & you were 'Marilyn Monroe' in a birthday cake. lol Love you sense of humor!
    I'm hoping that river stays tame, water can really cause damage & inconvenience daily living.
    I'm heading east to my cottage in 26 days! I'm hoping it will be dry by then, muck is so messy. lol

  15. Julia-- it won't be much longer before all your trees and flowers will be budding. The winter was long and hard for us all-- it feels so good to be crawling out into the sunshine. I'll look forward to photos of your beautiful farm this spring!!


  16. Yeah! Welcome Spring to Julia's world at last! I didn't realize how close you lived to the river. Your plants will survive. I never clean my beds until Spring and they do just fine. Hostas and daylilies are very hardy. I hope all the rest of the snow goes away quick. It good to see trees budding. We're getting a bit more green every day. I may plant peonies this year. I have a good spot for some. Thanks for the idea! Take care...I'd say "don't work too hard" but I know you and that is just your nature and necessity of farm life.

  17. Hi,
    I did not know you lived so close to the river. How lovely. As you know, I love rivers. :-))
    I love your photos of Spring. It feels so good to see a new season start for all of us.
    xx oo

  18. My flower beds are looking bad. I'm scared to pull anything out because I'm not sure what anything is. I hope you are past any flooding worries. One thing I notice this year is that there are tons of robins in my yard. I've never seen so many

  19. It looks like Spring is arriving at about the same time where you live and where we live. We have a little way to go yet, and I'm getting anxious.

  20. Spring is emerging, won't be long and we'll be seeing your lovely flower gardens again. I need to get out and clean up my flower beds - I get so distracted with this beautiful sunshine that all I want to do is ride my horse.

  21. I'll bet after your winter you are having a great time smelling the dirt. Yes, there is a lot of work, but knowing you, it will be blooming and in order in no time at all.

    Have a great weekend.

  22. Julia I know how hard you work and remembering your beautiful blooms from the other summers that your gardens will be gorgeous as always.
    I know its silly of me but I am always amazed when I still see snow this late in the year.
    I am so glad you came by and left me such a sweet comment about Christi's wedding. It was really nice and I was so filled with joy for her and Paul. He is such a good Christian man so I am delighted.
    I think of you often and hope your taking care of yourself.
    I am doing my best to watch my diet and take my pills.
    Take care honey and know I love you