Archive for August, 2009

Put Out a Little Seed… Get Gold

August 31, 2009 0 Comments
Put Out a Little Seed… Get Gold

I have been noticing the goldfinches are really starting to hit the birdfeeders again.  I don’t know if it is the cool weather or all of the babies have fledged and are now flocking to the feeder with the family.  I counted 7 last night at our feeder before I went to bed.  (Actually, it […]

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A Request For the Honor of Your Presence

August 21, 2009 1 Comment
A Request For the Honor of Your Presence

   The Fall Harvest Festival will be held at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  If you have never been there, you should try to visit.  If you haven’t been there in awhile, you should go back.  There is always something to look at.    Each year the community gardens take on a new […]

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A Community Resource

August 17, 2009 0 Comments
A Community Resource

I think my love of gardening was started at an early age.  As I have mentioned before, I loved to get outside and “play” in our vegetable garden.  But that isn’t the only education I had with gardening.  In Middle School, our science teacher took us on a field trip about three miles south of […]

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A Doozey of a Wind

August 14, 2009 0 Comments
A Doozey of a Wind

Because I had to work for Mark on Monday morning, I had Sunday off.  I was trying to balance the checkbook when the weather radio went off…. again.  A Severe Thunderstorm Warning had been issued for portions of several counties, including northern Benton.  The automated voice said that the storm would be in Urbana at […]

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The Caterpillar: One Long Stomach

August 10, 2009 5 Comments
The Caterpillar: One Long Stomach

I have been waiting anxiously for the Swallowtail caterpillars and the Monarch caterpillars to make an appearance.  I have been looking every day for over a week at my Butterfly Weed and our parsley.  The Monarchs eat away the Butterfly Weed and we found out last year that Swallowtails love parsley.  We planted a lot […]

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Farmers’ Market Week

August 7, 2009 0 Comments

National Farmers’ Market Week is winding down, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go to the market any week this summer.  Most run through at least September and many run through October.  You can usually find information on an area farmers’ market in the local newspaper or you can check online.  Here are a couple of […]

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“Free to Good Home”

August 6, 2009 1 Comment

I would love to have a water feature at my house, but our budget doesn’t allow it.  The water flowing down our slope in the yard would attract lots of birds and the little pond at the south end would have koi in it.  Unfortunately, that is not to be.  I got really excited when […]

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More Blooms

August 5, 2009 0 Comments
More Blooms

I like to go out to the garden before I head to work each day.  It’s a little difficult when I fill in for Mark, but I make sure to check out my “babies” when I get home in the afternoon.  Every day I see something new.  On one of my “walks” I found that my […]

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I Love County Fairs!

August 4, 2009 1 Comment
I Love County Fairs!

I love going to county fairs!  I know that many people, myself included, go to the fairs for the food.  Funnel cakes are among my favorites, as well as pork burgers.  Every year I go to the Johnson County Fair and every year I take a sack with me to bring as many of the […]

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How Does My Garden Grow….

August 3, 2009 0 Comments
How Does My Garden Grow….

Our butterfly and hummingbird garden has certainly gotten a reputation amongst the bee population.  We have a lot of bumblebees this year.  They are on pretty much everything in the garden.  They seem to be enjoying the Russian Sage, the Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susans,   and anything else in the garden. This is the part […]

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