Daisies & Ducks


My daisies are blooming. Daisies have always been my favorite flower since childhood. 



The pink roses are continuing to put on a show. As one fades, right next to it will be a perfectly curled up bud just waiting to take its place.


Charlie isn't familiar with the sounds of cucks. Apparently a resident at some point in time raised some ducks here. 

And if they go somewhere in the wintertime, they come back. Although they say some ducks stay where they are if there is a big body of moving water.

I can hear them in the alley. I understand the maintenance man is not happy with them getting in his pool.


Rusty, the deputy rooster, is confounded by them too. What are ducks doing on his watch?


The two fairy gardens I planted last weekend are growing nicely. We got some rain. And flowers and plants are very happy after it rains.




Are you planning on being in the garden today? What is your favorite flower to plant?




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  1. Daisies are my favorite flower too. I carried daisies in my wedding. I love their fresh, crisp look.

    I too hope to work in the garden today, but the heat will dictate my activities.

    And, I wouldn't mind some ducks - I had a pet duck as a child.

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  2. I was in the garden early a.m but it was my neighbor's garden. Sister's MIL...working some peat moss into her heavy clay soil. Every year my brother-in-law rototillers it up and puts mushroom manure in, then they cover it with black plastic after they plant.
    This year he had knee surgery. I can't dig up her entire garden by hand ( shovel ) but I did about a third of it last week. It's awful...heavy and clay-y / hoping the peat will help. After it dries out some more I will keep playing with it so that she can still have some tomatoes and peppers this year : )

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    1. Be careful. Don't overdo and hurt yourself now!

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  3. Gorgeous photos, Brenda. I have lots of flowering desert shrubs, but the blooms tend to be small or delicate. I'm trying to grow roses. I want to grow some sunflowers too.

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    1. It's so funny. I can't seem to get sunflowers to grow. But the birds can!

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  4. I would LOVE to see a photo of the ducks in the pool!!! Probably keeping that pool monitor busy. I can imagine they are making little Charlie crazy.

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    1. He can't understand what that sound is!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful photos! You are such a gifted photographer. Daisies were my wedding flower for my first marriage. So simple and lovely. I had a ring of them woven in my hair!

    We have had a pair of ducks come back to our backyard for many years now. Very amusing to watch. I do think Mrs. Quack is a little bit on the bossy side! My cat loves watching their antics!

    Gardening season is just about here! I also want to grow a few sunflowers!

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    1. The duck couple just returned to our backyard a few minutes ago! So excited!

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    2. If those ducks came over the fence, I can't even imagine what the dogs would do!

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  6. I love your fairy gardens and that cute little red trike. I'm spending the day in the lanai with the ceiling fan whirring. Knock out roses are at the top of my favorite list this year! I want some lol Hugs!

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    1. I wish I had yellow roses. Hard to find.

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  7. It is raining today so no time for the container garden. My sweet neighbor planted some wonderful flowers so when I arrived home the duplex look so happy!!

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  8. Brenda, Wish I was sitting out with you on your patio garden . I love all your cute things and how nice they are growing. Blessings for a great day, xoxo,Susie

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    1. I hope it's gorgeous gardening weather in your neck of the woods.

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  9. I am so glad you have a nice area with good backdrops to grow your plants. Everything is looking good! Gardening works better than high price therapy!

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    1. Absolutely! No stroll through a store with a credit card could come close.

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  10. I was out in the gardens yesterday and I was excited to see my sunflower seeds were sprouting. Last year I was loving my zinnias and took a gazillion photos. My Knockouts are growing like crazy and have lots of buds. I have a few blooms already. The Salvia are all blooming. All the flowers are really looking good and I'm loving it! It's hard to name a favorite for I love them all. Your flowers are really growing fast and looking pretty! Happy gardening!

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    1. It's so exciting to walk out there on the patio and see what has bloomed every morning.

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  11. It's a good thing Charlie can't see the ducks or he would probably really go bonkers..lol..As for favorite flowers I have too many to list..I am another one who is putting in Sunflowers this year..along the edge of the woods I think..which is close to the house....all colors and sizes..

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    1. You'll have lots and lots of happy birds, Charlotte.

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  12. Your daisies look so pretty Brenda...I love how you lined the soil with shells!

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    1. I covered the soil in that pot because the daisies were wilting mid day in the heat. The shells help keep the moisture in.

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  13. Peonies, yarrow, sunflowers and although not a flower, fountain grasses are among my favorite plants to plant.

    Your garden looks like it's going to be a thing of beauty in a short period of time.. It knows you love it and will reciprocate with beautiful colors and vines.. Do you talk to your plants ? I do.

    I would feel like I lived on a farm hearing ducks around me.. I'd love it..

    I hope you're having fun on your patio today.
    Charlotte

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    1. I did. And I hope you have many gardens and get rid of more and more of your lawn. Who needs grass?

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  14. Brenda, your containers are thriving beautifully. I too like how you lined your pot with shells. I couldn't possibly name a favorite flower. I love them all. Whatever is blooming is my favorite at the moment. I have a pinkie climbing rose that is blooming its heart out as well as my knockout roses. The columbines are blooming a pretty purple and we have a red and yellow one also. I go into the gardens several times a day and check on everthing--we saw a large bunny this morning and I'm sure he is going to spot the green bean plants and squash. I must go into Mr MacGregor mode. Have a lovely afternoon. ♥

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    1. For some reason I have blooms on my columbine but they aren't flowering out.

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  15. Love the daisies too, wish I could be outside today but it's back to painting and sewing for me.

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    1. You'll have your own fun in there doing that I'm sure.

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  16. My daisies aren't anywhere near ready to bloom yet...but I love them! I worked in the yard today, splitting some hostas that needed dividing and putting out a big planter in the front yard...my old 1/2 barrel had the biscuit - so it got replaced. Things are coming along nicely, but just wishing the weather was a bit warmer here in Ontario!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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    1. It's strangely still cold here at night. Usually not that way at this point in May.

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  17. I always love your pretty garden photos, Brenda! My favorite flowers are zinnias...I think they bring back memories of the zinnia flower beds around my childhood home...

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  18. Some lovey garden pictures.
    Have a great week.
    Denise

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  19. Love to plant white allysum by seed, they sprout quickly & fill in bare spots in pots. They also have a lovely sweet scent!

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  20. My dad always had rose gardens wherever we lived and so I would love to have a rose garden so I could cut them to fill vases. xo Laura

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  21. I love daisies. I have some planted from many years ago that have spread, and now come up almost like a wild flower.
    My favorite flower is carnation. I love their clean scent. My next favorite is lavender. I keep lavender essential oil nearby for it's calming effect. I often need it.
    I was hoping to get outside today, and putz a little with some Spring clean up, but it looks like rain. Well, as wet as it has been we truly need rain so I won't grouse about it. However, my fingers are itching for some dirt.
    Both of my uncles always said you never plant until Memorial Day so at least I'm not behind schedule. Yet.

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  22. I don't have a garden, but I did spend a good deal of time in nurseries over the weekend. I bought some impatiens to plant in a hanging pot for outside our apartment. Also bought some geraniums and tuberous begonias, which I'll pot and place indoors. We don't have a nice patio like yours where we can do some real planting. :) Next year, when we have our own home with a fenced yard to keep out the deer, we'll have a garden. I love lots of flowers around me. So happy to see your beautiful blooms, Brenda. They make me smile.

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  23. We had 4.5 yards of mulch delivered last Thursday and we got the flower beds all weeded beforehand so we could mulch once it arrived. So glad that is done, and it really does look nice. I have been plant shopping twice now and all of that got planted over the weekend. I have a list of all I still need and hope to get out and get some of those things today and tomorrow. It has been cold here at night. We would love a stretch of more than just one or two days of sunshine. As good as rain is, sunshine is also needed. I think the plants as well as the people here would like some sunshine for a while now.
    Your pots are all looking so good!! Love the daisies. They were my wedding flowers nearly 42 years ago.

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  24. I love hosta. Have over 75 varieties in my garden. For flowers I love hollyhocks... dasies but have no luck so far. A friend started some dasies from seed and I planted them at my mailbox but dog owners let their dogs leave their signatures. No more dasies now.

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  25. Your garden is charming! It's first getting warm enough to do some gardening. I'm going to get really busy this week!

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  26. I did not see this until this morning as I was off from work on Monday. I did plant a white hydrangea. I have a big blue one and wanted another. I have the perfect spots for hydrangeas. When I was watering the massive lawn I have, I noticed that my bird feeder had a new visitor. A RAT! OMG. Apparently, he lives in the vinca, travelled up the tree, slid his body through 1/2 space into the bird feeder. When he finished, I removed the feeder far away from the vinca. UGGH. Your garden is so sweet!

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