Yard Pictures
2016

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Christmas is approaching and we spent the day decorating.

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(18:12:2016)
We had seen footprints in the snow, but this morning we spotted this fat racoon having a drink from the water we keep out for the birds. He spotted Allan with the camera and scuttled away, but didn't disappear before walking gingerly across the deep snow that he was sinking into.

(12:12:2016)




The first snow for 2016. Well, almost - we did have a little snow January 5th. The rest if the "winter" it rained. What you can't tell from the photo is that this snow is a hard crust that does not wipe or blow off. It fell at about 10 PM on the 5th just before the temperature dropped. It will be there until it melts.

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(06:12:2016)
Sheila's "Christmas" cactuses have started blooming early.

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(09:11:2016)

  

Before

After
A small change to the pantry to make space for the new mixer! Only took a couple of hours to shift the upper shelves enough to make the space.

(30:09:2016)
Ah fall! The spiders are everywhere! Some large enough to carry off small dogs!

(10:09:2016)






Top - Our entire apple crop has been picked! Two Honey Crisps, four Macs, and five Spartans. Not counting two or three apples that have already been eaten.

Bottom - That's the two Honey Crisps before picking.

(10:09:2016)
More summer flowers and Flowers from Anderton Gardens at the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!
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(19:08:2016)


More summer flowers!
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(19:08:2016)
Repainting the trim on the house.
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(16:08:2016)


We changed out the 3 three single zone controllers, for this 4 zone one. Less plumbing, and better control - we can set odd days/even days/every other day/days of the week! It even has a rain off function, that as of today we know it at least turns watering off!
(07:08:2016)
The orchid cactus that we first showed in May has been outside for about two months and it is HAPPY. There are three blossoms open now and at least ten buds on the way.

(08:07:2016)


We knew the roof on the garden shed was going to have to be replaced when we bought the house. It didn't look like any place one wanted to climb up and try to fix up. Water leaks had rotten the sheeting etc. So we found a roofer who said they can do it without climbing on the old roof.
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(03:07:2016)
July flowers will grow in this space!
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(03:07:2016)


It's the end of June and new plants are coming into bloom.
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(23:06:2016)
And even more new blossoms!
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(09:06:2016)


MORE new blossoms!
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(04:06:2016)
This time of year the are new blossoms almost daily.
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(01:06:2016)


More blossoms are opening
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(22:05:2016)
Many blossoms are transient
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(18:05:2016)


Flowers in bloom May 11 to 14
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(11:05:2016)

Weeding in the back yard forest. The photo on the right is "before" - a spot we haven't weeded yet. The photo on the left is "after" - it had as many, if not more, baby maple trees. What remains is daffodil and crocus tops and one small forget-me-not. The area is too shady and full of needles to plant things that will bloom all summer.


(01:05:2016)

  

Crocus bulbs. A friend was getting rid of an overgrown bed of crocuses so we went and dug up just a few of them. This is a 15 by 21 inch tub after Allan had removed all the tops. Most of them will be planted in the back lawn.
(01:05:2016)

More of the yard flowers on April 20th.
This is the first spring we have seen the tulips. Up to now either they ran way at night or the deer got them.
That is why you will see the cages around them.

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(20:04:2016)



About 7:30pm on April 12 we heard a big bang in the front yard. We got there just in time to see this lady climb out of the passenger front seat and look back at our yard. in the lower left you can see the flower bed beside the driveway where there had been a gate post with an address sign. The driver (her 16 year old son) had clipped off the Bus Stop sign to the left of our yard and bounced over the rock pile in the flower bed. The blue thing just below the date on the picture is part of the bus stop sign.

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(12:04:2016)

Spring is springing! The big bee is pollinating the sour cherry. Up till this time we had not seen any bees in the yard.
More of the yard flowers on April 10th.


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(10:04:2016)



Last summer someone of our friends 'liked' a picture of a raised strawberry bed in a garden shop. Well it looked like it could be fun to try and this is our attempt at it.

The cost so far has been 6 - 6 foot lengths of epoxy coated re-bar and 12 - 3 inch carriage bolts/nut/washers. Every thing else has been found materials from the shop or garden. The original setup used welded re-bar, but not figuring Allan could obtain a welder as a new tool as part of the project, the cross supports are 3/4 plywood.

There are two steel wire braces from the bottom of the outside supports to the top of the center support to stop the lateral sway inherent to the re-bar legs.
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(04:04:2016)

Spring is springing! More of the yard flowers on April 4th.


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(04:04:2016)



The first rhododendron blossom opened March 31st. Within 24 hours there were several more. They are about two weeks earlier than the past two years.

(31:03:2016)
The blossoms are also starting to appear on the bridal veil spirea.

(31:03:2016)


A wind-catcher ornament given to Allan for his birthday by Heather and Steve.

(31:03:2016)
Lettuce is growing and has been moved from the basement to the back deck.

(31:03:2016)

More spring flowers are blooming all over the yard.

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Gardening is happening too.

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(04:03:2016)

There have been blossoms in the house as well as outside.

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(04:03:2016)

We have crocuses all over the yard. These are in a flower bed near the street but there are also many coming up through the grass..

(24:02:2016)

We got a flag to fly for "pink shirt" day!

(24:02:2016)

We had another visit from one of the hawks who keep an eye on our siskins.

(19:02:2016)

Azaleas grow outside here, but this one lives in a pot and comes indoors in the winter. It sits in the dining room by the glass door and has decided that spring is on the way. This is the first of many blossoms as there are many buds.

(23:01:2016)

Another new visitor to the back yard. Looking for a feast of Siskins. Looks like a Barred Owl (but they are not supposed to live on our side of the Rockies). Watched while we took pictures and then moved on to better pickin's.

(22:01:2016)

Rite of spring! Collect maple sap.

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(18:01:2016)

A new visitor to our yard.

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(12:01:2016)

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