Saturday, May 2, 2009

Welcome May And Black Flies….


   May is here and with it brought some beautiful weather and those fiercely biting, blood sucking black flies! I spent just a few minutes outside yesterday and got nailed by them! I was hanging up two new bird feeders and they surrounded me. At one point I thought maybe they would just lift me up off the grass and take me to their people…or should I say head bug in charge. Spring is a wonderful time of year but those bugs really know how to spoil it. One of my gifts from my husband this year at Christmas time, was this gorgeous Victoriana calendar above. I love it. It is made by Cynthia Hart and her artistry shines through on every page. Each month is made up of collage layers of antique paper ephemera, elegant fabrics, garlands of ribbon and lace, jewelry and flowers for an effect that’s nostalgic. She apparently does scrapbooking workshops and has some books out there too. This calendar was a 20th Anniversary Edition and came packaged with a special gift: a scrapbooking kit with four sheets of decorative paper and 100 self-adhesive embellishments. On top of that, the last two pages of the calendar give you scrapbooking tips and it describes the items used in the collages each month. They are old die cuts from 1895 and 1900.may2 An old advertisement for Pope Bicycles…may3 Bicycles built for twomay4 from old catalog pages…may5 Really cool old things that she threw together like this moon face, girl with umbrella and an old piece of jewelry. may6 The pictures are lovely that she chose.may7 It has been my absolute favorite calendar I have ever had and he has gifted me some nice ones. What a joy it is to see all these old Victoriana items each month when I flip the page. Cool huh? Thought I would share with ya’ll!!

   Let’s see….what else goes on in May here on Blueberry Plains? Well….probably next week, I will be calling a local farmer to come by with a dump truck full of cow manure that has been wintered over. He usually brings about 5 to 6 yards of it and dumps it into my garden. It’s a little bit stinky so it needs to sit for a while before I get another farmer to come and rototill it into the garden. I am expanding my garden a little bit this year too so that will take some time. He tills it for me and then I have to dig and rake all that grass out of the area he has tilled. I’m not sure how big my garden is but it’s a good size for me and I enjoy it so much! Here are some pictures from my garden of 2008…………….

corncosmos             crazypurplevine                                                                                                              crazytomatoes

corn&cukesMore to come at another time. I am off to walk through the black flies once more. Happy May to all and remember to buy some fly dope. It helps for a little while! :)


Kathleen said...

Debbie, you really have a green thumb, what a beautiful garden. I am not that handy when it comes to plants, and flowers. I am hoping for succesfull flowering baskets to hang on my porch. Black flies? Oh don't you just hate them! And those giant mosquitos...they really make life miserable. I hope you are having a great week-end! Hugs, Kathleen

dawn said...

Your garden looks wonderful! I'm putting one in this year, I have the time since we are done building the house. (four years) Anyway, I thought the flies HAD me lifted! Ha! They are awful and are here for at least a month. We were out all day, I have to fence in my garden, to many critters. Mine is 30 x 45, it looks big!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful looking garden you had last year! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a neat post, Debbie. Your garden last year was beautiful! I will miss having one. Maybe next year..but..somehow it would surprise me. Thanks for your sweet comment.

Anonymous said...

And, thank you for your wonderful story and photos ... Love, Geegee

Debbie said...

Kathleen...Oh of course you have a green thumb!! It's just like cooking, you have to follow directions. You can do it!
Dawn...Sounds like you have a really nice garden too! You must take pictures. Working on a house for 4 years? Not much stress there huh?
FSOF...Thanks Far Side! That's something coming from you!!
Wsprs,,,Thanks...why won't you have one?
GeeGee...Almost time for tomatoes Alice!!

Shelia said...

HI Debbie! What a gorgeous garden you had last year! I do love home grown tomatoes! Everything looks so healthy!
Thanks for popping in to visit me and Stella!
bE a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

Your garden is absolutely beautiful. Love the brainiac mushroom, too.

My family and I spent four wonderful years in Brunswick, Maine, from 2002-2006, and loved every minute of it!

Oh how we miss the rocky shores, the trees that seem to go on forever, and the people!

One of these days, after my husband retires from the Navy, we're going back . . . for good. Chicago is not the same! Oh how we miss that beautiful place!

Ok, so not the brown-tailed moths and black flies, but everything else in between . . . definitely!

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