Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Photos from Geddesburg

The nice thing about spring is watching everything come to life again after a cold gray winter. The trees are starting to bud out and the Dogwood and Redbud trees are blooming everywhere.

I also noticed that the Japanese Cobra Lily I planted last year has made it through to it's second year.

The plant actually dies completely back to the ground during the hot summer months, so it has been awhile since I had actually seen it.

This means that I didn't kill it and the deer didn't eat it. I was really excited about this. With all the deer around - I'm learning to live with small garden victories. And this is one I'll take gladly.

I love having a few unusual plants sprinkled throughout the garden. This little oddity is planted among some more common hosta.

The deer are actually fighting me on the hosta. Apparently they think hosta are a tasty treat that I plant just for them. Every single host I have was eaten to the ground last year. It looks like many of them are coming back already this year. So now I have to try something to keep the deer away. Any suggestions on deer deterrents?

Another item of note is that there are new colors for the Project Spectrum assignments. The colors for April and May are pink, green, and yellow. So most of my time went to searching out things of those colors for pictures. I knew there would be no shortage of green because of the spring weather. I was actually surprised at the amount of pink and yellow that was out there too. I put this mosaic together from the best pink, green, and yellow shots of the day.

Oh, and if you are wondering what Geddesburg is, it is actually our house. My husband has always been a big fan of assigning names to things. So when we started building our house several years ago, we had to give it a name. The name we came up with was Geddesburg. The name has stuck - for us. We are the only ones that call our house by name. There aren't any signs like you see at fancy beach houses. But if you are listening in to us talk and we mention Geddesburg, now you'll know we are talking about our house. Do you name things too?

12 comments:

Bezzie said...

I think that's a great name for your house.
I used to commonly refer to Texas as "Hell" but I don't think that's what you're talking about ;-)

Gorgeous shots! Love the mosaic!

As for the deer. Hm. I don't know how to keep them out of hosta. Now, trees I've heard of hanging bars of soap on the branches to keep them from nibbling. Maybe sneak some bars under the hosta leaves???

gilraen said...

Paradise lost! Beautiful pictures :D

Sue J. said...

More gorgeous photos! Thank you so much. I used to have hostas in Wisconsin. The bugs and slugs ate mine, but a good deer, squirrel, fox repellent was one great big dog with freedom to roam the back yard. The only problem was most of the eating occurred at night.

eusebius said...

Lovely! I really like the Japanese cobra lily. I wonder if those would survive a winter up here in the frozen north ...

Monika said...

Beautiful pics, as usual. Hmmh, I don't think we name things around here, but pets and humans have more than one name for sure.

Mom said...

For Deer - ask the nursery - they had me use cayenne pepper for some problem animals in the veg garden. And it's either bone meal or blood meal (I think it's blood) that keeps dogs/cats out of things.
Cobra lily is looking good for a second year. Hope you don't frost again like we are this month.

Stacie said...

I like the nick name!! i swear, i need to move a few hundred miles south!! Too cold and wintery here still... lovely new colors. our house is pink, so it is of course, the Pink House. or Camp Fun...

Zonda said...

I love your "home" name! Gorgeous, fabulous pictures!!!

angelarae said...

Beautiful pictures, Shannon:)

Ang

Mintyfresh said...

Geddesburg! I love it! Great, great photos.

Christy said...

That cobra lily is so cool

Bobbi said...

Gorgeous pictures! No naming here, maybe if I liked my house better...