I’ve grown a bit tired of seeing that sappy post heading up my blog, as I’m sure many of you are as well.

Aside from the challenge I face every night I work, things have been great.

There are many happenings here at the homestead, all of which I still need to document with photographs.

Here’s a peek at a current landscaping project, though these pictures show it in its infancy.  It’s all grown up now and ready to face the world.

Derek is back to his robotic ways now that he isn’t working 29 days every single month, and absolutely loving it.  Add to that the golfing, and he is one happy man.

And HA!  I’ve got proof.  He actually posed for a picture with me, and I do believe that’s a hint of a smile on his face.

I hope to go walking around the yard soon wielding my camera so I can follow up with more pictures.  Right now I’ve got a midterm due.  You’d think I’d learn and give myself a break from school now that I am a REAL professional, but do I?  No.  Someday….

You’d think I know what to look for…but I really don’t

We’ve been battling poison ivy for the past week in our household.  I knew that it was in the woods, and was very careful, just as I always am.  I’ve been very unlucky over the years when it comes to poison ivy, and have learned my lesson many times over.  My husband, however, was certain that he was immune to it.  That very well may be the case, but it seems that he came into contact with it at the same time he got a nice cut on his leg.  He is covered in it.

Anyway, being the way it happened, I ended up with a few patches of it on my legs as well.  Go figure. 

So, now the hard part comes along.  The whole issue of trying to rid our property of the pain in our you-know-what’s.  I know it won’t be easy.  I don’t expect it to be.  But the fact that I cannot for the life of me, seem to identify the plant, isn’t going to play well on that end.

This is identical to the plants I doused in poison ivy killer the other day.  Green stems, some were four or five feet tall, and they were everywhere.

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Here is one of those that is already wilting from the killer.

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Derek pointed out these as I was taking pictures.

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That little guy in the middle threw me for a loop.

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And this.  Let’s just say that the chance of this being poison ivy is unlikely.  Otherwise, we’ve got a twenty-some foot poison ivy tree in our backyard.

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I am pretty sure this one isn’t.  You can’t really see, but the stems are prickly and kind of furry looking.

I’ve found plenty of pictures, and none of them seem to have helped my vision of what is should look like.  Can anyone help?!

Where it started

I had this whole plan to take a bunch of pictures this weekend of the house and garden.  That didn’t happen.  Instead, I spent all Saturday morning cleaning and then went out to the farm for the rest of the day.  The vet came out to give all of the horses their spring shots, and we did a little riding.  I was pretty beat and didn’t get home until late, so spent the rest of the evening lounging on the couch with Derek.  Today was spent out at my aunt’s house for a Mother’s Day celebration.  While I still may have time right now, it’s been raining nonstop all day long and I don’t think it plans on stopping anytime soon.

Aside from all my excuses, I will begin with some pictures that were snapped by my mother last weekend.  This little garden was my very first one.  Being the daughter of a gardener extraordinaire, it was only a matter of time before I decided to try it out.  I too, am addicted!  So, this little garden started with a sprig of creeping jenny and a small bleeding heart that my aunt had given me for my wedding shower.  I should probably mention that this garden addiction tends to run in the family.

The bleeding heart loves that corner there, the stella d’oro daylillies came from another aunt, the iris in the back and the violets came from yet another aunt. 

Here is a closeup of the violets looking out toward the road.  Those violets are so frustrating, because I always have to pull them out to keep them under control.  But, I just love how they look against the rocks.  That massive structure in the background is my cherished viburnum, which I will take pictures of as soon as it stops raining.  It’s blooming right now, and it’s simply gorgeous.

After I had planted this garden and tended to it for a few months, I realized how much I enjoyed gardening, and have been doing it more and more each year since then.  So, there you have it.  My first real garden, and it’s still my favorite.  The rest will follow soon.

Hopefully I can keep that promise

I know, I am falling behind.  I’m working on it.

This weekend was really busy.  Now that school is finished, the work that needs to be done to the house is in full force.  Friday night, we actually went and looked at a house, but luckily it wasn’t the one for us.  We are just going to wait until our house sells, and then figure out where we are actually going to live.  Saturday, we attended a graduation for one of Derek’s good friends and then went out to dinner.  Derek and I spent the rest of Saturday night working around the house.  Sunday, a bunch of my family came over and we got most of the painting done around the house.  We also went to Block’s, a favorite nursery of ours, and stocked up on flowers and plants for this spring and summer.  I can’t wait to get to the planting.

I am officially done with classes for a while.  I was planning on taking one this summer, but it isn’t one that is required for the Nursing program.  There is only one class I am able to take before the program that is required.  I may just take both of them in the fall.  This summer seems to get busier each and every time I think about it.  My cousin is getting married in August, which I am standing up in.  My sister-in-law is due with her second child in the middle of July.  She is the one that lives in Florida, so we have to plan a visit down there sometime.  Sometime in June, my mom and I are going down to Florida for a few days to bring my grandparents back.  So, it should be a busy summer.  It’ll be fun!

So, that’s it for now.  I promise to update more than I have been in the last few weeks!

An escape

In an attempt to bring some warmth to this cold, snowy winter we seem to be stuck in,  I decided to post some pictures from the botanical gardens at the University of South Florida.  We really enjoy visiting here when we go to Florida because it is a community project, so there are touches of different styles of gardening.  These are from our last trip there over the holidays.

Those first three were some of the only flowers blooming this time around, and I just really like that last picture because the clouds look so neat in it.  That’s all I’ve got time for tonight.  Now, back to reality….