Flowers, Gardens, and Whatnot!

By: Ylee , 10:27 PM GMT on April 24, 2014

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Sometimes the results of doing a new blog are different then what I originally envisioned. This particular blog started as the annual "It's Spring!" blog, but then it grew to include gardens and other things that happen during the spring! I think you will find most of them somewhat interesting! :' )



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The Kloster Kamp was founded in 1123 as a Cistercian monastery. An abbey and extensive gardens were built. During the Reformation and afterward, many battles destroyed most of the buildings here. However, monks kept rebuilding the buildings. Between 1954 to 2002, Carmelites operated on the grounds. Now, the Church of St. Joseph, and the Diocese of Münster, are in the process of restoring the monastery.



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From Koinobori-Japan:
"Koinobori", carp windsocks, carp streamers or carp banners, decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children's Day (originally Boys' festival) on May 5.
In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall. The Boys' Festival was an event, expressing hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong like wild carps. During this festival, people set up a warrior doll or a yoroi armor set in the house, and Koinobori, huge carp-shaped windsocks, outside the house.




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From the website:
Scarface Henri, Duke of Guise, built in 1578, the Chateau d'Eu. Acquired in the seventeenth century by the Grande Mademoiselle, the French garden in which you can enjoy the panorama live is built on an embankment. The nineteenth century, the castle became a high ideal holiday resort of Louis-Philippe, who moved there with his family. The king embélit park a rose garden and added rhododendrons and azaleas. But the rose has always been the favorite of the park: you can also contemplate in all its forms at the castle: tableware, wood paneling, decorations ...
plantations of old roses evoke them by name in the history of the Chateau d'Eu . And the rose is a metaphorical narrative of the years covered by what magnififique heritage museum castle, thus satisfying both fans of the history of France as beautiful gardens.




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107. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:29 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Ylee has created a new entry.
106. palmettobug53
1:52 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Hi, Ylee!

There appears to be a wedding party at the monastery garden at the moment. I see what looks like the bride and a number of men in tuxes walking past.

I see the bull at the salt block!

In reply to your query, everything did come out all right in the end, with Hubby's procedure! And, boy, is he glad it's over with! Me, too, for that matter. lol
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105. Ylee
1:43 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Bull at the feeder!
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104. Ylee
1:15 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Good morning! Cloudy day so far, with a chance of rain and boomers later! Lots of stuff just to the south of us.

New blog today!

That's cool, Briar! Never saw anyone in the pool before! Chapter #3 will come when it comes, I guess! Night shifts are the best time to write, so hopefully Sunday or Monday night?

Hi, Tony! We don't rake leaves here, we just run them over with a lawn mower a few times to mulch them up!
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103. plapman
12:51 PM GMT on May 10, 2014
Good day Ylee.
It looks like there's a lot of moisture just south of you.
I've arranged to have the 2 grandsons come and rake up the leaves today. That will green up the grass.
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102. BriarCraft
11:55 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Somebody is doing laps at the Lotus Lodge pool.

Sorry that work has been getting in the way of Chapter 3. Just having a few minutes here and there won't cut it. You've got to have some time to settle in, get back "in character", gather your thoughts, and slip into creative mode. One of these days...

I've got WP set up to give me daily notifications of new activity on blogs I follow, so I'll be able to read Ch3 within 24 hours.
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101. Ylee
11:51 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Just some rain and wind here, nothing severe. I have only one more cam to complete my lineup! I'd like to find a new one, but I could also use an oldie but goodie, too!

Be back tomorrow!
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100. Ylee
11:13 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Wab, the last image from the Blumental cam was at 7:34 PM local, or 12:34 CDT. This cam "freezes" the last image taken, and keeps until morning.

Wind's picking up here, but no rain, as of yet. Probably waiting for me to get off work! :' )
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99. whitewabit (Mod)
10:29 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
The blumentalcam is stuck .. either that or thats a stuffed horse .. it hasn't moved since this morning ..
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98. whitewabit (Mod)
10:26 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Quoting 97. Ylee:

Keeping an eye out for stomage, wab! The one storm looks to miss us just by a hair to the north. There are nastier storms with tornado warnings around Paducah that's headed in my general direction, though as slow as it's moving, may rain itself out by the time it gets here!

WTS, some times I think my grass germinates with seed heads on them, lol!


still looking nasty out there by you ..
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97. Ylee
9:23 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Keeping an eye out for stomage, wab! The one storm looks to miss us just by a hair to the north. There are nastier storms with tornado warnings around Paducah that's headed in my general direction, though as slow as it's moving, may rain itself out by the time it gets here!

WTS, some times I think my grass germinates with seed heads on them, lol!
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96. whitewabit (Mod)
8:09 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Careful .. storms down your way ..
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95. WatchinTheSky
7:08 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Wet=clouds=not so hot! That would be good :) I actually took advantage of the cool spell here to give the front yard a trim, I guess you know it's been a while when it produces seed heads!
Almost the weekend!
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94. Ylee
1:48 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
Good morning! And it actually is, for a change! :' ) We're having some light rain at the moment; a wet pattern is supposed to carry on through next week, but that's OK by me!

Cams are still OK, save for Blue Ridge. The plan is to get the Far East cams picked today, then do the new blog tomorrow, and finish Ch.#3 on Sunday or Monday night! All, of course, is dependant on work!

I can empathize, WTS! When the outside temps get in the upper 80s, like it was here the past two days, ambient air temps on the shop floor approach 100! Fortunately for me, it's cooler today!

Hi, Sandi! I imagine supper was super for the varmits! :' ) I too, have been pulled away from WU enough to feel like a lurker!

I'm sorry to hear you had a bad day too, oz! :( Hopefully today will be a better day!
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93. ozgalah
11:05 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
I see deer!!!! Yesterday was not a good day for me Ylee, but that means hopefully today will be better!
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92. sandiquiz
5:57 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
Morning, Ylee - I have been here there and everywhere but not to WU as much the last few days!
Everywhere looks fresh and new on the Blogs .... Even a doe and a fat rascal enjoying breakfast (or is it super for them) !

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91. WatchinTheSky
3:59 AM GMT on May 09, 2014
Well that's unfortunate Ylee, though I suppose without the unpleasant, we have nothing to judge the great ones with ;)
Now we have ch 3 and new blog to look forward to! We have 100 degrees to look forward to here next week :p
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90. Ylee
11:42 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Well, this has been one of the least pleasant days I've had. :P I'm just ready to go home, and get a hot shower, and something to eat.

I did manage to pick out the cams for the Americas and Euro sections of the blog. hopefully, I'll have the Far East section picked tomorrow.

Weren't you complaining about cutting the grass a bit ago, GG? can't have it both ways! ;' )

Tony, thanks, but it didn't work out! There's always tomorrow, though! ;' )

Time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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89. plapman
8:47 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Good day Ylee, Isn't terrible to have work interfere with what you really want to do.
Have a good shift.
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88. GardenGrrl
3:22 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Hi, someone is cutting the grass over at Blumenthal.
We have rain today so am looking forward to cutting the grass as soon as it greens back up.
Have a good one.
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87. Ylee
12:34 PM GMT on May 08, 2014
Good morning! I'll be out searching for new cams, work permitting!
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86. Ylee
11:53 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
I wish work would stop doing this! :P What do they expect me to do, work? LOL!

Oz, Tony, thanks for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow!
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85. ozgalah
10:52 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
The apples are still growing but the mulberries are yummy! Cold morning here and rain forecast for tomorrow and Saturday! Doesn't seem to matter how many days off we have the list of jobs never seems to get shorter.
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84. plapman
5:53 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Your right, I'll get Abbey's galoshes on her now and my rain gear and head out for a short walk.
have a good one.
There's lots of long straight stretches here. The 45 mile trip to Winnipeg from Portage has only 1 curve.
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83. Ylee
3:54 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Good morning. Been away from work the past couple of days. Got some stuff done around the house, but like everything else, it didn't get all the way done.

Computer messed up the other night, so I wasn't able to get back here, but everything's OK now. Still didn't get Ch.#3 done. Who knows when it'll get done. Haven't had time to dedicate enough thought in finishing it, if that makes any sense.

I need to get a new blog up. This one has run its course.

Tony, don't know if I could drive that fast or not! Maybe if I had a long enough straight stretch.

Snake, I had to go to Rob's blog for context on those photos! You had me confused!

Hi, oz! Bonus fruit is always welcomed! Hope it is as good as normal.

Hi, cal! Not finished with #3 yet! :( Maybe this week, but I feel like I've said that for the past month! :P

Hi, WW! Glad you're getting some good weather. It's been nice here, too.
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82. WeatherWise
11:25 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Hi Ylee - Just dropping by to check on you and say Goood Morning! It is a beautiful morning in Virginia.

The May flowers are quite lovely here!


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81. RTLSNK
10:49 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
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80. calpoppy
12:33 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Possibly 8 deer at the feeder! A lot of deer in NC! Or at least at that feeder.

I hope work lets you be so you can finish chapter 3 :))
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79. ozgalah
12:08 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Hi Ylee sounds like your weather has at last warmed up! Ours has cooled down but still very pleasant and we've had rain. We have apples on the apple trees and mulberries on the tree all out of season but a welcome extra treat. Geddy is asleep at my feet so I am hoping to catch up with some blogs, hope you enjoy your day.
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78. RTLSNK
11:29 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
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77. plapman
11:04 AM GMT on May 05, 2014
Good morning YLee.
I once drove a Corvette what a rush. I tried to find the top end but chickened out at 135.:)
Have a good day.
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76. Ylee
1:22 AM GMT on May 05, 2014
Good evening! Last night was a wash, for about everything I had planned! :P Tonight is starting out much better, so maybe I can get out on the blogs, and maybe even do some writing!

Today was one of the best days we've had; topped out at 84, lots of sunhine, and a light breeze! Hopefully, I can get the outside completely caught up by next weekend, when the next chance for rain arrives.

Blue Ridge is still down; Thailand is sunny, but it's raining in Japan! Two deer! Expect a new blog next week; gardens are nice, but I need something more substantial to look at!

Checked the Denali website a couple of days ago; as most of you know, the sled dog puppy cam usually comes online in June, when the puppies are old enough. However, this years' mom-to-be won't be bred until late May-Early June, so it'll be at least late August to September before the pups are put in the pen! :( I'll keep you updated.

Also, there's no action on the Osprey cam at Glacier, either. Don't know if there'll be any action there this year.

Darn work has been annoying, Sandi! Who'da thunk that I actually have to do work here? Scandalous, I tell you! LOL!

I don't know, GG, would you take a dip in a pool, knowing a webcam is trained on you? I might be a little taken aback knowing there may be some guy in Senegal or Kalamazoo laughing at my pasty poofiness! :' )

Bug, maybe those are fruit trees at the Blumental cam? I need to check later in the year to see if there's any fruit hanging from them!

Pros, all I can say is that what you don't get done today, will be there tomorrow! That's how I look at all the stuff I've yet to do! A late starting spring, plus a busier than usual work schedule, has put us way behind on gardening and spring cleaning!

You're absolutely right, wab! We had our grill going yesterday! :' )

Glad you're not too hot yet, cal! I'm not looking forward to our 100 degree heat index days, either! :P

You'll see an assortment of vehicles on the cherry blossom cam; one time, a buus took up almost the whole image!

Briar, the credit goes to Skyepony, who started the background color change, and told me how to do it. OrangeRoses blog is the cutting edge of what can be done visually here; my next blog will have different fonts and stuff on it, I hope.

After a week of warm temps and sunshine, we should be dry enough to plant, I hope! Hopefully, you'll dry out, too!

WTS, I was going to do something in that theme, but I didn't have time this morning! Perhaps on Cinco de Mayo? :' )
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75. WatchinTheSky
1:13 AM GMT on May 05, 2014
Since no one else went there, May the fourth be with you, Happy Star Wars Day ;)
Looks like the weather is generally behaving its self for few days anyway.
Cams are fairly calm, gentle breeze for the carp.
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74. BriarCraft
10:14 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Thanks for getting us all started on changing the background color, especially with the link from your last blog or wherever I saw it (can't remember now). I had to use a hexidecimal code instead of the color name to get it to work, but that's okay. Just about any light-colored background other than white makes this faded font easier to read.

If anybody else needs the link, here it is:
http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_colornames.asp

As wet as it's been for you lately, maybe you'd be interested in going in together for some seed rice to plant in the rice paddies that are supposed to be for veggies. Might get a quantity discount or something. A few days ago, my garden was starting to dry out. Now there's standing water again. It rained so hard it disrupted the Dish satellite TV signal last night. A couple of times today, it came down so hard the water flowed off the roof so fast it missed the gutters.



The Green River may be muddy, but the valley is looking nice with blue sky.
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73. calpoppy
7:58 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Looks like you are as warm as we are!! 81 degrees here and not bad, breeze makes it nice. Though we are dipping to 67 on Tuesday. I nice reprieve from the heat that will start and not end until mid October.

I spy a top of a vehicle on the cherry blossom cam :)
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72. whitewabit (Mod)
4:28 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Absolutely the nicest weekend this year !! temps low 70's .. light wind .. great time for a BBQ later today ....
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71. Proserpina
1:51 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Good morning Ylee. I hope life is treating you well. We are ok here but I have not been on the blogs much. I'll catch up sooner or later. I am headed out to plant some bulbs and seeds. There is so much work that needs to be done in the yard and I feel overwhelmed. Enjoy your Sunday!
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70. palmettobug53
12:47 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Morning, Ylee.

A few folks at the Monastary and Rose Castle Gardens. I guess the weekend holds a better chance to see strollers.

It's a nice sunny day at Milos and the Blumental cam has a number of trees in flower. I wonder what they are?
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69. GardenGrrl
9:58 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Good Morning, it is going to be warm here today. 96f forecasted. What the?
Where are these private resorts where the only ones using the pool are us peepers? Now that would be a nice get away vacation.
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68. sandiquiz
5:54 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Aww, there's a young couple on the cherry cam bridge. The fountains are off in the monastery garden, but it is a beautiful morning.
Good luck with chap 3. It's annoying when work gets in the way!
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67. Ylee
4:07 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Good evening, finally! Beastly night at work up till now. Fortunately, things are pretty much caught up, and should be easier from here on out!

Have a possum with the two coons tonight! Very nice in Japan and Thailand, cloudy in Milos! Blue Ridge cam is down.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to finish Ch. #3 the next couple of nights. Haven't had a chance to work on it so far this week! :(

Hi, bug! mockingbirds are fun, aren't they, unless you're a small animal! I actually saw one land on a groundhog's head that was passing through!

Hope you have a good time at the gathering!

Tony, you may be the most northerly person to post here, though ycd is pretty close! PLP has a latitude of 49.975072N, while Nanaimo is 49.194269N. Of course, I've had lurkers from Alaska, so..... :' )

Hi, wab! You have 100 trees in your yard? Yoiu must live in the woods! At least you had help cleaning up the mess!
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66. whitewabit (Mod)
3:11 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
nicest day this spring up here today .. got bunches done in the yard .. kids came over and cleaned out 2 flower beds and got the yard picked up from the winter .. when you have a hundred trees you get a lot of down limbs and we finished the pick up today ..
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65. plapman
2:46 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Good evening Ylee.
I think I'm the furthest north visitor in North America,
Don't work too hard tonight.
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64. palmettobug53
3:34 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Gosh, Ylee. You're gone already?

Not much going on with the cams. I see some people at Rose Castle Park. It's the first time I've seen anyone on the garden cams.

I discovered a mockingbird nest in the crepe myrtle in the front yard. That explains why he/she was dive bombing a squirrel over there yesterday. It wasn't there earlier in the week.

I thought their nest was in the backyard next door. I was watching them flying in that direction with twigs in their beaks a couple of weeks ago.

They must view me as the harmless provider of mealworms, as they ignored me when I removed the thistle feeder and a hanging plant from the crepe myrtle. I figured it would be a good idea. They wouldn't allow other birds to get as close to their nest as the thistle feeder. Moving the hanging basket would eliminate further stress on them, as it has to be watered frequently.

Gus might want to watch out, though!
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63. Ylee
11:58 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Busy day! GG, Sandi, thanks for coming by! Gotta go now, be back tomorrow night!
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62. GardenGrrl
3:45 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Good Morning,

Neat bunny drawing Skye!

Not much on the cameras. My favorites are dark right now. My yard garden is really pretty though. After I finish breakfast it is outdoors time for me.
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61. sandiquiz
3:31 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Hi Ylee
Found a few moments to get out and about whilst I wait for C to pick up his hire car. Oscar's boot is full of his clobber for the weekend, but the hire car is not quite ready. Being cleaned and refulled.
He is heading up to the Scottish Borders for a concert tomorrow. So I will be foot loose and fancy free!!!! Lol

Edit - now a wonderful sunset over Milos.

Second Edit - moon over Milos now, with reflection on the sea:)
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60. Ylee
2:55 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Good morning! Another chilly start, 43 when I went to work this morning! Supposed to make it to the low 60s later. A warmup will start tomorrow, with 80s for most of next week!

Cams look OK; a girl or woman is running across the grounds at the monastery! Milos looks nice, as usual!

Happy May Day, Skye! "Bunnies Under Mammatus?" :' ) Nice job!
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59. Skyepony (Mod)
3:53 AM GMT on May 02, 2014
Happy May Day!!!

White Rabbits X 3...

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58. Ylee
11:33 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Nice day in Japan and Thailand!

Thanks for the May Day greetings, Briar!

Time to go home! Be back tomorrow!
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57. BriarCraft
8:35 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Happy May Day!

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