Thursday, October 30, 2008

Aerogarden: my attempt at gardening in the winter

One day during the summer, I saw that Amazon had this Aerogarden as the deal of the day. I had been wanting one to use to get my winter gardening fix, so I bought one. Last week was our first freeze, so I decided now was the perfect time to set it up. You just add water and a fertilizer tablet to the machine, pop the seed pods into the hole and it is an instant garden. I am trying the herb garden that came with the machine. It seem to be doing well and growing quite fast. Should be a fun toy this winter. I'll post an update in a couple of weeks.

I also try to bring in some of my tropical plants for the winter. They usually last until Christmas when lack of light or white fly usually finish them off. This year I only brought in two. I hope they make it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hiding Hawk

I spotted this hawk hiding in a tree above my bird feeder. I think he was looking for breakfast.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oriole nest revealed

Early in the summer I had a pair of orioles around all the time. I even saw the female gathering twigs for a nest. Now that the leaves are coming down, I can see their nest high up in one of the trees in our back yard. Speaking of leaves coming down we are under a wind advisory, so I am guessing all of the leaves will be down shortly. Even a chance for snow flurries tomorrow. Winter is coming earlier than I would like.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

More from the Zoo

Here are some more pictures I took at the zoo today. Beware of the rare pumpkin snake.

Trip to the Milwaukee Zoo Today

I had a fun time playing with my camera at the zoo today. My daughter and our exchange student enjoyed the outing as well. The weather was nice and it was not crowded like it can be in the summer.

More Autumn Images

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Beautiful Autumn Leaves in Hartland

I took a walk around the town of Hartland today. It was beautiful! The leaves are really starting to turn. I just love these big old trees.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Winter Birds

It was 35 degrees here this morning with patchy frost. I did see one lone hummingbird this morning all puffed up to stay warm. I've just started filling all the seed feeders for the winter birds. The nut hatches and blue jays are enjoying the grub.

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