Friday, April 26, 2013

Straw Bales, Grosbeaks, Moon and more.

I do believe spring has truly arrived here in Iowa. At, least for this week. It was a beautiful spring evening. We went out to supper with friends. No winter coat, no boots. It felt so good. Actually turned the A.C. on in the car. With the sun beating in was very warm. Did I say it felt so good. And to top off a very pleasant evening, the moon came up. It was beautiful. The temperature was still in the 60’s so going out and taking pictures wasn’t a pain. 

Time to start thinking what to plant in the outside flower pots this year. Any ideas for something different, something that blooms with limited sun. I got carried away when we moved here and now have tons of shade. Sure helps on the A.C. bills but limits what you can plant that blooms. Any suggestions welcome.

We are going to try something different this year for the few vegetables we plant. We are going to try straw bale planting. Ever hear of it? I hadn't till I read an article in the local paper. Sounds easy. I think the biggest problem is locating and getting the straw bales to our place. We have found some bales, we think, and now we will have to find a way to get them here.

Have a great weekend,

Spring is really here. Just had a grosbeak land in the feeders. They are only here for a couple of months in the spring.
Rosy Breasted Grosbeak


  1. Glad you have lovely weather there, too!
    I grow a lot of anemone in the shade--it blooms early summer. Also have great luck with lobelia in the shade.

  2. The grosbeak is beautiful! Good luck with your container garden. I adore impatiens. They do well in shade with a bit of filtered sun.

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