Posts Tagged ‘Glade’

We Have Roses in Bloom in Our Yard!

August 16, 2022

This is probably the most frustrating year we’ve had for growing roses since we moved here 20 years ago. In addition to the weather — extremely high temperatures, too little rain, too much rain — we’ve had continuing problems with the deer that live in our area (where they are protected).

Deer seem to think that roses make delicious meals and they wiped out every bud on the plants in our yard twice this Spring. The things we used to keep them away in the past (Liquid Fence and other repellents) didn’t phase the hungry critters at all.  We were able to move some container roses onto the deck where the deer didn’t bother them, but the roses in the yard were one big buffet table.

In desperation we connected a garden hose to a motion detector and turned it on each evening, leaving it on until morning. Once we saw a young deer walk into a flower bed; the detector picked him up, the water came on, and the deer beat a hasty retreat. We’ve also seen deer making a wide detour away from our yard, which is fine with us.

We finally have some roses in the yard in bloom! An added bonus to this method of deterrence is that the roses often have water droplets on them, like the droplets on Wildfire in the picture above.

It’s so nice to have roses in bloom!

Fragrant Cloud

July 7, 2022

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We’ve had a big problem with deer this year — they’ve eaten all the buds and new growth from the roses in the front yard twice so far this year.  We’re just hoping they don’t come back for a third helping!

Fortunately we had some of our roses in containers on the deck and so far they have avoided becoming meals for our resident deer.  The first rose to bloom this year was Fragrant Cloud, has a fragrance as wonderful as her looks.

By the way, all of our container roses are now on the deck.  We don’t have much room to move around, but we’re beginning to have several roses in bloom, which we are enjoying.

Periwinkle — A sign of Spring

March 22, 2022

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When the periwinkle in our yard starts to put on a show, we can be fairly confident that Spring has arrived.  We may still have a few days of cold weather ahead, but these beautiful flowers mean better days are coming.

After the Storm

January 18, 2022

After several days of clouds, rain, ice, snow, more clouds and more snow, the sun came out today and the temperature got above freezing. Much of the snow was gone from the trees when I went out to the mailbox, but the trees still looked beautiful against that brilliant blue sky. January 18, 2022.

Bejeweled Trees

February 23, 2021

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Old Man Winter returned to our part of Tennessee last week with more snow than we’ve had in several years. We also had freezing fog and ice which left the trees and bushes with glazed with ice.

We unfortunately did have much sunshine and blue skies during the week. This photo was taken a few years ago when the trees were similarly bejeweled

 

 

 

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

January 12, 2021

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It’s been a while since My Beautiful Bride and I forced ourselves to get up before dawn to walk the back nine of the Druid Hills golf course, but we’ve talked about getting started again. Not only is the exercise good for us (and allows us to be socially distanced when out of the house) but the scenery is often absolutely gorgeous. This picture was taken on a January morning a few years ago. What a magnificent way to start the day!

Autumn Leaves

November 3, 2020

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We’ve had our first freeze warning of the season, but before Old Man Winter comes for a prolonged visit I thought I would get in at least one more autumn photo. The vacant lot adjacent to our house has some sumac bushes along the road, and I got this picture of the leaves a few years ago. I think the color of the leaves is beautiful and speaks of the glory of autumn here on the Plateau.

Unexpected Vistors

August 11, 2020

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I was working on our container roses along the driveway last year (2019) when I suddenly noticed I was not alone — I had a ‘helper’. We usually don’t like deer to be among our flowers, but this little fellow was so cute that I didn’t mind his presence.

He (or she) was obviously very young; somewhat unsteady on his feet, but he did manage to get around without too much trouble.

My young visitor went into the grass near our bench and checked up on an even smaller young one. It was a younger brother or sister.

By this time I had gotten Betsy out into the yard with me. There is a vacant lot next to our lot, and we thought perhaps Momma Deer was in there, but we couldn’t see her. While I was looking for Momma, the littlest deer seemed to be asking Betsy if she was his Mommy.

We decided that the only way Momma Deer was going to come and reclaim her little ones would be if we weren’t around, so we went into the house. Later we checked and there were no little ones around.

Throughout the rest of Spring and early Summer we would occasionally see a female deer with two fawns on the golf course behind our house. We like the think that those were ‘our’ little ones just checking up on us.

A Hike Along Daddys Creek

March 3, 2020

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In early November, during a visit from Betsy’s son Mark, we went on a hike with Mark and Robin along Daddys Creek here in the Glade. The trail is one of several in our area, and this trail descends into a gulch and follows the creek bed for some distance. The total distance of the hike on this trail is just under two miles.

We didn’t have much autumn color in our area this past year, but there were still some evidences of color along the creek.

Daddys Creek is shallow, but fairly wide. The water is crystal clear and we could easily see the rocks on the bottom.

In areas where the gulch widen we were treated to beautiful reflections in the quiet waters of the stream. All in all it was a beautiful hike which we hope to do again in other seasons of the year.

A (Late) Homage to Spring

May 21, 2019

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I realize that I’m a little late in paying homage to the beauty of Spring around our house since the Cumberland Plateau is now experiencing summer-like temperatures. But Spring is a beautiful season and we love seeing the yard come alive with color.

Crocus are the first Spring blossoms to make an appearance. Since crocus are also a favorite menu item for the critters around here we don’t have many left, but the ones we do have are always welcome.

Daffodils come next, and since the critters don’t like them very much we have quite a few different varieties showing off in our flower beds.

The white Mount Hood daffodil is a favorite, and is always beautiful.

We’re never quite sure what to expect with tulips. Every critter in the area seems to love to snack on them. But we have had several flowers bloom, some with unusual shapes but beautiful colors.

Others have a more traditional shape, but are just as beautiful.

Sometimes the interior of a tulip blossom is as pretty as the exterior.