Saturday, May 8, 2010

Garvan Woodlands Gardens


Tom and headed over to Hot Springs this morning to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens. We probably should have gone last month when the azaleas and daffodils would still be in bloom. It is a very nice woodland garden that has streams of water and waterfalls. Max really enjoyed finding the large Koi in the Koi pond. They are doing some construction. I want to go back to see the Rose garden that P Allen Smith designed. It too will have some water features. We really enjoyed the train garden also. The weather was so gorgeous here today we were so glad to spend it in such beautiful surroundings.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Great Turtle Hunter


For those of you that know Max, you know, he is pretty happy go lucky dog. We tease him at times calling him a city dog! Schnauzer's don't do well when it gets hot and they start to shiver when it gets cold. We tell him he would never make it on the farm, but he keeps trying to show us that he can! He has added the box turtle to his lists of successful hunts. He has killed a baby rabbit, a senior citizen squirrel, a mole, and now he has captured a turtle and even ran around in the backyard with it in his mouth. He wasn't quite as successful with a rooster that lives out in our woods, although he did manage to get it to flee for its life! Sometimes he thinks he is Tiger from Winnie the Pooh and chases and jumps after bumble bees. He is constantly taking a safari trip in the front landscaping hoping to someday catch a salamander. For now he has graduated to being a southern suburbinite, keep trying Max if you catch that rooster, so we don't have to listen to it early in the morning, we will finally admit your the farm dog you aim to be.
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Well, I recently came across a natural sweetner called stevia. The plant grows well here in Arkansas, so I decided to make it my experimental plant this year in my small kitchen garden. I have two plants started and can't wait till it gets big enough to harvest some branches and dry the leaves and grind them to a powder and do a taste test. It claims to be three times sweeter than sugar cane. Time will tell!
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My garden was getting kind of thirsty last week so I am so thankful for the rain. We are also thankful that we didn't get bad storms. I am really proud that my sum and sustance hosta is getting big, I have been babying it since I brought it here from MO almost three years ago. My roma tomato plant is really putting on the fruit. I also planted six strawberry plants. They are pretty much finished producing and starting to send out runners. The berries we did get were very juicy and and tasted good so I am hoping to have enough for a strawberry shortcake next year. They still have to survive the summer heat.
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