Friday, February 22, 2013

Majestic Old Maples

Saddly, this is the year that these giant 100 year old Silver Maple trees have to
come down, (on Maple Street), before they fall on a house or someone walking by, which
has almost happened  this past year, so the city needs to make sure they are not a threat, and
they have to come down,
Neighbor to the left of me, 100 year old Silver Maple


Neighbor across the street to the right of me,
another 100 year old Silver Maple, the upper limbs were cut off the
week before, so now just the extra length and trunk to take down,
One of the branches fell across this front yard last summer, just missing the corner of the
porch roof, it took up the whole length of the front yard, all of we neighbors thought a car
had crashed into someone's  front porch, I went out to check mine, and eventually saw this massive
 piece of this tree laying over their yard, full of bat droppings, yes bats had been living in the tree,
This tree also shaded their whole front yard, sure will be a hot summer for them this year,

Fascinating watching the process, the worker would cut a section, tie it off
and then actually shake or slide it off the top and the rope would catch it
it would swing out and then the worker on the ground lowers it,

Here the final section is down and they are sawing it into shorter pieces,
the fork puts it in the trailer to haul away,
We are now in the midst of a massive snow storm, I wanted to get out and take
final pictures before the city workers came to grind up the trunks, however they are now
covered in 4 inches of snow, 
Spring is just around the corner, right? 
Take care out there!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hope Springs!

I have been receiving seed catalogs in the mail!
It makes me sooooo happy, because this means spring is on it's way and I can
dream of being out in the gardens, and it gives me a fun
distraction from the cold and snow!  We were so fortunate here to
not get the massive storm that recently went across the states, oh,
we did get a lot of snow and schools were cancelled and I did have to
shovel my way out of the driveway, however I was able to get down the road.
Here in Michigan we have had very mild winters for the last 10 years,
could be why our lake water levels are so low,
So back to my dreaming of digging in the dirt with the sun on my back,
I can feel the warmth now!!
Last summer's Zinnia's, these I do not need to order, I always harvest the seeds!
Happy Dreaming!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mid Summer's Day Dreaming Of!

 I have been saving the avacado pits as I use the avacado, to plant in the  garden this spring.
I usually plant at least one every summer, and they do grow tall and leafy, however the
season is so cold and short here in Michigan that of course the avacado does not form, but
it is fun to see the pit take root,  sproat and grow ! Last year it got about 4 foot tall,
I will have to get a picture this year.

This picture is of Jerusalem Artichokes I found at a friends house. They are very invasive and
I guess a prehistoric plant.  I did remove them from this area last year and will be removing
them forever because they just keep on coming up. These got 6 foot tall, they were very pretty,
like giant Daisy's, but would have taken out all my other perennials if I had left them there.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Welcome to the Season of Imbloc!

Imbolc honors the Goddess Brighid (or Brigit), the fire goddess, the Bride.
It may be as old as the Tuatha De'Danann, pre-Celtic dwellers in Ireland-the
folk of the Fey.

Imbolc is an ancient festival of the misty Isles, the Celts and pre-Celtic
tribes, celebrated to bring in longer days, greater light, the coming of
spring and, originally, the lactation of the ewes.

Its sacred direction is east; it is celebrated to bring warmth and
prosperity. Its colors are purple or red; it is a festival of morning,
spring, and waxing moon.

Imbolc celebrations are associated with the Hill of Tara, center for the
Tuatha De Danann and the pre-Celtic Kings of Meath, and location of the Lia
Fail, the Stone of Destiny. Imbolc is associated with Loughcrew and the
Mound of the Hostages as is evidenced by the alignment of these sites with
the Sun. Since ancient times, Imbolc has been celebrated in Wales, Scotland
and Ireland. It is a festival for predicting the length of winter or the
coming of spring-the people watched to see if serpents or badgers came out
from their winter dens--a precursor to "groundhog day."

Imbolc is honored with fire and purification, dedicated to Brighid, goddess
of poetry, healing and smithcraft. She is a triple goddess, associated with
holy wells, sacred flames and healing. Lighting sacred candles and cauldron
flames represents the return of warmth and increasing power of the Sun-the
blessings of hope and prosperity.
Ceremonial ribbons blessed by Brighid have powers of healing and protection