Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Now that you mention it

I do have bats in my neighborhood, and I could really use more of them in my garden.  For years I have been thinking of picking up a bat house at one of the bird shops, but never really found one that I liked.  So since Jeanne posted about bats, I thought I would look again.

I found this great site that has free plans for bat houses.  Since husband is a good woodworker (when we are not prop building) I thought I would share these with him and see if he is up for the task....and I will share them here with you if anyone is interested in building their own bat house.

This is is the one that I am interested in.  I am a bit picky with ascetics - I want to help the bats....but I want it to look good too :D

I will keep you posted if this makes it into the project list this year.


The Frog Queen

The Year of the Bat

"Together with Bats"

2011-2012 was been deemed The Year of the Bat. The United Nations Environment Programme has joined with various other world agencies to help celebrate the Bat. The only flying mammal in the world. 

Bats are mysterious and maligned but they are essential to the environment. They assist with night-time pollination, distribute seeds, and are aggressive in the area of insect control. 
Please join with us and help celebrate this denizen of the night. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And the award goes to.....

Recently we received the "You Make Me Scream Award" from Paul at The Cobwebbed Room. A most awesome award. Thank You!

Now I would like to bestow this award to the following two blogs ~
Pumpkinrot - A blog that is a veritable feast for the eyes.
Twisted Cartoons - A blog full of cartoons featuring the not so ordinary. 
Be sure to hop on over and take a peak at these good reads!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Varieties for 2011

New Varieties for the Haunted Garden

I just received my copy of Birds and Blooms and they
have a list of this
year's 10 favorites.

I saw two that I want to try that are perfect
for the Haunted Garden.

Both are Perennials.

Spring is right around the corner! I can't wait.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The "You Make Me Scream" Award!

We've had an award bestowed upon us! Yes! Our own little Haunted Garden Blog has been given the "You Make Me Scream" award, from Paul over at The Cobwebbed Room.
Go check out his blog to see some pretty scary things, and some posts that will make you trip back down memory lane. .like the Ghost Castle game that my kids used to play! 

Thanks so much for thinking of us Paul! What a fun award!!

Now we are asked to share this award with 10 other blogs that really make you scream with joy, scream with excitement every time they update their blog and of course because you think their blog is most excellent. 

But because we are a co-op blog, with four other exceptional women, I think that it would be fun for each of us to award two.  And since I'm springing this on them, I'll let them all award first, then I'll add my two!  

Thanks again Paul! This is a very nice surprise!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I just love little seaside villages

While we were in Cornwall we went to a small fishing village called Mousehole - pronounces "mowzel" not "mouse hole" - don't mess that up :D

This sleepy little town (at least in November) is popular because of a story written in 1995 - based on a local legend, called "The Mousehole Cat" (If you have "wee ones" (young children) and/or a cat person, this book is a must for your collection and worth the cost.)

It is an absolutely adorable Christmas story...our driver who took us around let me read his very worn version of the book.  The art is equally enchanting.  So you can imagine at Christmas time this city is insane.  We were there when they were putting up the Christmas lights and our driver said that they bring people down here by the bus loads to see the village all lit up with lights shaped like the characters from the stories.

So what does that have to do with gardens. 

Oh, yeah, because I cannot not take a picture of flowers....I took these pictures of small potted garden in the town.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Since I have been such a slack

blogger on this blog I am going to post a few pictures of the graveyard of Saint Just of Roseland Church in Cornwall.  BEFORE I put them on the Frog on the Pumpkin blog :)

Not sure if it is haunted, but it has to be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful church yards in Europe.  The Church dates back the the 13th century and was built on the site of an old church on the banks of a small creek.  Because of the climate a 19th century vicar brought in many of the tropical plants that are there today.  As the description on the website says the combination of the waters edge and the wonderful flowers makes this one of the photographed churches in Cornwall.

It is amazing.  If I could take you all there to see it in person I would.  But I cannot, so here are just a few of the pictures of the cemetery - you will see it even looks beautiful in winter.  Can you just imagine the view in the summer?

I will do a lot more on my blog at the end of the week.  I will be sure to stop by and let you know when there are there.

I promise that this is also the frog queen turning over a new leaf (I just had to say that) and I promise to be participate more in this blog - I do so love gardening and really miss chating about it with all of you!