Monthly Archives: June 2014

I Spy Howell Island Wildlife Area

Friday evening we visited Howell Island Wildlife area. We visited back in November, so here it is in summer!

Looking out towards the levy.

Looking out towards the levy.

Walking up towards the levy, Fick Supply Service Inc. is on the left. Fick’s has compost, mulch, sand, rock and many other things garden dreams are made of…

A big pile of logs at Fick's (seen while walking toward the levy).

A big pile of logs at Fick’s (seen while walking toward the levy).

Bee on Thistle

Bee on Thistle

I am not sure if this is a native or invasive thistle. I think it is a “Tall Thistle”.

Looking east (in the opposite direction of the levy)

Looking east (in the opposite direction of the levy)

We won't be exploring the island today!

We won’t be exploring the island today!

A few people were fishing off the "bridge" to the island.

A few people were fishing off the “bridge” to the island.

We were just “fishing” for some cool pieces of wood. Our friend met us there and she wore her…

River Shoes. Hahaha

River Shoes. Hahaha

We took a snack break.

We took a snack break.

And enjoyed the view.

And enjoyed the view.

Beautiful Sky

Beautiful Sky

Like a Painting

Like a Painting

The Spy is pointing with an awesome walking stick he found.

Pretty Sunset Walk

Pretty Sunset Walk

View from the levy

View from the levy

Sometimes "boring" weeds are so pretty!

Sometimes “boring” weeds are so pretty!

Hope you all are having a nice weekend!

Summer Sights of Spy Garden

Yoga in the...

Yoga in the…

Garden

Garden

For the record, she picked out her own outfit.

For the record, she picked out her own outfit.

Lavender and Stripes

Lavender and Stripes

Lavender and what appears to be more yoga.

Lavender and what appears to be more yoga.

Nice shoulder stretch

Nice shoulder stretch

Love in a mist blooms

Love in a mist blooms

And another

And another

The love-in-a-mist flowers seen from a distance next to the teepee

The love-in-a-mist flowers seen from a distance next to the teepee

Butterfly on milkweed

Butterfly on milkweed

Hmmm...lots of ants on the eggplant

Hmmm…lots of ants on the eggplant

We have lots trillions of ants in the garden. Usually they don’t seem to cause much of a problem but I am thinking of putting down some fake sugar (i.e. sweet and low) as I’ve heard that will kill them. If anyone has any other (non-pesticide) suggestions for getting rid of ants, please leave in the comments!

Super saturated nasturtium

Super saturated nasturtium

Can you spy our little garden statue?

Can you spy our little garden statue?

Cilantro Blossoms

Cilantro Blossoms

And now, a break in the A/C…

Desk and Windowsill in the Spy's Room

Desk and Windowsill in the Spy’s Room

Hahah

Hahah

The Spy's Room

The Spy’s Room

Little Kitchen, Big Kitchen

Little Kitchen, Big Kitchen

Spotted Shark, by the Spy (acrylic on wood)

Spotted Shark, by the Spy (acrylic on wood)

And back outside…

Sunflowers and the corn about five feet tall now

Sunflowers and the corn about five feet tall now

Check out this little guy...

Check out this little guy…

SEE THE ALIEN HEAD?!!

SEE THE ALIEN HEAD?!!

Picking...

Picking…

Mulberries, MMMmm (they taste like blackberries)

Mulberries, MMMmm (they taste like blackberries)

Eucalpytus

Eucalpytus

Weeeee

Weeeee

A Wildly Exciting New Addition to Spy Garden

Check out our wildly exciting new addition to Spy Garden:

See it?

See it?

KA CHOW!

KA CHOW!

Dexie found this in the woods and brought it up for us!!

Dexie found this in the woods and brought it up for us!!

It has a toupee!! HHahaha

Another view

Another view

I find this ornament to be particularly fitting because the deer used to devour our garden until we installed our deer fence…A symbol of our conquest against the pilfering beasts!

We've also installed the new teepee

We’ve also installed the new teepee

The plot surrounding it is pretty bare, but hopefully soon will be full of climbing pumpkin vines.

Garden twine on teepee ready for climbing winter squash

Garden twine on teepee ready for climbing winter squash

In this pumpkin patch...

In this pumpkin patch…

The Atlantic Giant pumpkin plants are living up to their name.

The Atlantic Giant pumpkin plants are living up to their name.

I planted marigolds and dill in this patch to deter squash bugs

I planted marigolds and dill in this patch to deter squash bugs

Garlic spiral; the garlic is still a few weeks away from being able to harvest.

Garlic spiral; the garlic is still a few weeks away from being able to harvest.

There's going to be a lot of garlic to dig up!

There’s going to be a lot of garlic to dig up!

Garlic grows so beautifully

Garlic grows so beautifully

Also among the garlic plants are a few onions that have gone to seed:

This one has a halo!

This one has a halo!

Like white allium

Like white allium

The first of the tomatoes have appeared!

The first of the tomatoes have appeared!

A few leftover Belgian White carrots from last year starting to bolt.

A few leftover Belgian White carrots from last year starting to bolt.

Fungus in the mulch...

Fungus in the mulch…

Or did some little creature chew one of these up and spit it out?!

Or did some little creature chew one of these up and spit it out?!

Electrified veins of Swiss chard

Electrified veins of Swiss chard

Popping the seed "balloons" of the love-in-a-mist flowers is always enjoyable

Popping the seed “balloons” of the love-in-a-mist flowers is always enjoyable

Bird-like Borage

Bird-like Borage

Bees are very attracted to these blooms.

Bees are very attracted to these blooms.