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MASCOT UPDATE: Saying good-bye to the gardens

Mama Buzz took up gardening when they moved to Alaska six years ago. I used to love gardening, but it’s been many years since I was well enough to indulge myself in planting, pruning, and yanking weeds. So Mama Buzz’s garden was my vicarious garden too and she always kept me up to date with lots of pictures from spring to fall.

This is the last Alaska garden. I feel kind of sad. She’ll plant again as soon as they get settled in their new house, which is all reserved, yay! It looks a lot like this one on the outside, but is bigger inside, since they didn’t have Bootz when they moved to the north country.

Anyway, this week-end, Mama Buzz and the kids tidied up the Alaska gardens, got them pretty for the next tenants, and gave some flowers for remembrance to friends they’re leaving behind. (She always kept a pretty planted pot on the utility cover, but that pot is going with them.)


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Laboring Week-End

Dearest is working on our Casa Hyphen beautification project. I just love watching my man work!

2017_09 03 D digging

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MASCOT: Alaskan Summer

The season may be short, but the flowers love the long days. And Bunny loves the flowers. 🙂

2017_08 09 Alaska Summer

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Welcome to my garden

I do most of my gardening in containers — flowerpots in the window boxes, planters on the porches and deck — because this is Wisconsin, and sometimes you have to be able to move your plants quickly… such as when a late spring frost (or an early autumn one) threatens to kill everything, or when hailstorms and/or severe winds are in the forecast. Problem is, once my morning glory vines are established, I couldn’t move the things if I wanted to. So I just have to pray that nothing will come along that might damage them.

Here’s what my deck looks like right now (click images to enlarge):

The morning glories seldom bloom earlier than August, and it’s hard to be patient through June and July when I’m just working on getting the vines to grow up the vertical posts and then across the horizontal ones. It’s a LOT of work, because the vines will not do that naturally — they want to just turn around and twine around themselves — so I have to keep after them all the time until I get them growing where I want them. If I didn’t love morning glories so much, I would never have the patience they require. But when they finally do bloom, the payoff is spectacular.

Along the top of the second picture above, you can see a little bit of the spirea hedge that runs along the edge of our back yard. It doesn’t look like much now, but back at the end of May it was gorgeous. Spirea have a very short bloom time, and if you blink, you miss it. Luckily, my husband got some good pictures of them this year:

The garden shed you see in the middle picture is the same one under which we had baby foxes living four summers ago (you can see pictures of them here). Right now there’s a groundhog living underneath it — a groundhog with an unfortunate taste for coleus. I had a couple of really nice coleus plants out there, one on either side of the shed door, and they got nibbled down to stubs. Fortunately, he doesn’t mess with any of the plants that are close to the house. 


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Mascot Update: Bunny helped in the garden

2017_06 02 Bunny helps in garden

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Gardening and Spirituality

Plant Gardens & Eat Their Fruits – Watering [4:02]

Plant Gardens & Eat Their Fruits – Fig Tree [2:58]

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Springtime in Western Wisconsin

Here are some pictures taken in my yard recently.


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Farewell to summer

Autumn is here, and the flowers of summer are just a memory. But I wanted to let you all see what they were like when it was still summer.

These are the window boxes that surround the screen porch on the east side of my house. There are eight of them, and each one holds five flower pots, so it takes a lot of plants to fill them up. This year I filled them with browallia, marigolds, and globe amaranth.

The deck on the south side of the house is where I put things that like a lot of sunshine. The petunias certainly liked it there.

The morning glories grew quickly and formed nice thick vines, as you can see in picture above, but then they took forever to bloom. Usually if I plant them at the beginning of June (which is the earliest you can safely plant here), I can expect to see flowers by August, or late July if I’m lucky. For some reason this year they didn’t bloom until September. But as always, they were worth the wait.

Here’s a kind of artsy photograph my husband took of a couple of my morning glories.

He posted it on his Facebook wall, and my brother, who is an artist and an art teacher, thought it looked like a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe. He asked for a print of it, which he then framed and hung in his house.

It’s kind of nice to know that even though the morning glories are gone, their beauty still lives on.




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Mascot Update

Buzz and Bunny are making the most of Alaska’s short, but very bright summer. 2015_05 Mascot Update Mama Buzz loves to garden and quite possibly loves even more to share her garden photos with her avid-but-homebound gardener mommy. 2015_05 29 Begonias male and female Begonias grow male and female flowers on the same plant. I did not know this! The male is the one on the left with the yellow stamens.

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Baby Birds at Casa Buzz

[Texts that Mama Buzz sent with the photos.]

2014_06 14 and 22 Nest in pot

July 4, 2014: I managed to slowly water this pot around the edges so I can get the plants but leave the nest dry. The parents seem to know I am not a predator!

2014_07 04 Dark eyed junco nesting

July 4, 2014: I noticed the lighter belly on the male while he was in the tree today, which allowed me to finally identify them.

2014_07 07 Hatching

July 7, 2014: LOOK!!! I got pics while the parents were out getting food. They came back and I got chirped at, so I said my congrats and came inside ;).

2014_07 18 Flying lesson

July 18, 2014: The parents are super protective these days, flying around and chirping at me. I am nervous to back out of the driveway. I saw a squished bird in the road :(. I hope it’s not one of ours!


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