Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Grove - A New Website for Nature Lovers

Michigan, my Michigan -- how I love it, but not the weather lately! We just can't seem to warm up and get into spring. The good news is that nothing will stop it, and it will arrive on it's own good time! In the meantime, I'd like to tell you about a new online nature lovers community that was introduced to me. It's called simply, The Grove. The Grove is a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to encourage people to plant trees in their yards, neighborhoods, and communities, in order to protect the tree canopy in America. It's a wonderful web site where you can go to meet and chat with other nature lovers, like yourselves. You can share your landscaping and gardening stories, photos, and glean much expertise from certified arborists and staff members from state and national agencies; and they are always available to answer your questions. Joining this group is free and easy -- I've already done it -- and you can also sign up for the state you live in and get more detailed insight to your particular area and the trees that grow well there. I'd love to see my Michigan blogging friends at Michigan Grove. I hope you'll take a minute to check this out; you can find me listed there as Jane Marie. After stopping by The Grove, I'd appreciate it if you'd come back and give me your feedback. May Spring come soon and may we have many happy planting days ahead! Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring 2011 !

Check out the countdown calendar on the right. It's finally here. Spring has sprung, well -- on the calendar that is. Today in my part of Michigan, we had 36 degrees, overcast skies with rain, snow, and grapple! The wind is very strong, also, so the cold seems much worse than it is. All that said, the robins are here, and the bulbs are breaking ground.

I went to my new house today to see the yard without snow for the first time. I was surprised at the gopher hills. Yikes! We have a lot of work to do.
I see that there is a garden along the driveway; I can start from there and then put my own stamp on it. My hope is to post pictures of the yard now and then continue on as we create our daylily garden and vegetable garden. Both will be much smaller than before even though the property is larger. It's time to cut back a little, but I still want to get my hands in the dirt.
Posts may be few and far between as we work on the new house; cleaning, painting, hanging curtains, building, etc. I hope you can stick around, as I go through this new phase of my life. I'm looking forward to taking you on my journey.

Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs.