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  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler|Jun 19, 2024

    As perennial flowers bloom out during their season and others wait their turn, there are blooming annuals for a quick glimpse of color. Even then, there are times when looking out my kitchen window that the greens in the garden take front stage. I’ve just trimmed the spent iris and peony pods. Looking out my window the hostas are well leafed out. I’m a hosta fan and I’m fortunate I have shade for them. There is a variety of them in the flower garden and they put on quite a show. I don’t know th...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler|May 29, 2024

    We've all heard it, April showers bring May flowers. For Nebraskans it's May showers that have helped kick in the May flowers and we hope this just continues. We sure don't want more storms. We've lucked out where I live that iris stems stand tall and the winds haven't caused any damage. Others haven't been so fortunate. I guess that is why when a flower bud opens, we better enjoy the show. I look out my kitchen window and realize what a blessing it is to be able to view the flowers. Not only...

  • A garden bucket list

    Bev Wieler|Feb 21, 2024

    It still looks like winter out my kitchen window but I’m totally admiring pastel colors and cute little bunnies on everything I seem to look at the past week. Is this just because I’m tired of the gray winter scene outside, or is it because we are in Lent? I’m researching plants for the garden, shuffling my seed packages and asking friend gardeners if they have started seeds indoors. With another birthday being marked off, I find myself thinking of my garden bucket list. The bucket list chang...

  • Seed starting despite the outdoor weather

    Bev Wieler|Jan 11, 2024

    It’s a new year which leads into new garden ideas. Visions of growing, blooming plants come to mind while a coat of snow coats the backyard as I look out my kitchen window. Garden seed catalogs have started arriving and flipping through to favorite categories I can’t help but notice the price of seeds has not come down. Will that stop us? Probably not. It means reading more and being a bit more careful when placing those tiny seeds we plant. The first step to planting seeds comes before we pur...

  • Outside my kitchen window

    Bev Wieler, Columnist|Oct 26, 2023

    I’m anxious these days to get in my vehicle and drive. It’s time to stop looking out my kitchen window and look upwards at all the beautiful fall trees with leaves of golds and reds. Taking a drive with my husband, I was treated to a spectacular show of Mother Nature’s painting skills. In my area of Northeast Nebraska the trees are dotting the landscape in gold, burgundy and deep red. Along a mile stretch of a country road, three acreage driveways and groves are filled with trees that are flood...

  • Garden babies are growing

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Jul 20, 2023

    July in the garden brings on another pace for me. I sort of slow down and look at what is blooming out my kitchen window. I've hustled through the previous months planting, watering and weeding. The weeding and watering doesn't stop, but on this particular morning, the chores don't seem as demanding. Sitting under the patio awning I'm placing flower blooms on the paper of phone books. It's time to preserve some of those special blossoms. Pressing flowers is an old art and I'm hoping an...

  • May Day is welcoming Earth's flower season

    Bev Wieler|May 4, 2023

    It seems like I've been waiting for months for this. Now it feels so good as I open my front door and feel the heat of the spring sun on my skin. I know that the soil in my garden, too, is feeling that warm touch of sunshine. May, I welcome you into my world. So this week I celebrated May Day with not only my great-grandchildren but also friends. Small containers were filled with treats and, out of tradition, taken to their houses. The original tradition I learned, leaving the treats on a door s...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Mar 2, 2023

    It's February and to no one's surprise, I have a severe case of spring fever. It didn't help that the Cuming County 4-H Extension assistant presented on the topic of basil at our recent garden club meeting. I can hardly wait to watch basil seeds sprout in my new seed-starting system and then to smell the fragrant leaves of the plant. There are so many ways to use basil. The herb isn't just for adding flavor. It can be used as medicine, an aromatic, spicing up food and yes, even for it's...

  • Outside my kitchen window

    Bev Wieler, Columnist|Jan 26, 2023

    As I look out my kitchen window, I’m not only day dreaming in color for spring and summer, I’m also enjoying the fluffy capping of white as the recent snow covers the landscape. What a fun site as birds are fluttering around the bird feeders and winging their way to the bird bath. Mother Nature gave us this beautiful winter setting, although I know it also makes for a lot of extra work for farmers and road crews. My visions and dreams of color have been spurred by the seed catalogs that hav...

  • Out my kitchen window

    Bev Wieler|Dec 22, 2022

    Christmas can be many colors and styles. There is traditional red and green, then comes gold and silver. There’s a plethora of color schemes to decorate your tree. I change mine out every now and then and this year is red and gold with traditional ornaments. Ninety-five percent of the ornaments have been gifts. I recently had surgery and knew I wouldn’t be able to decorate the Christmas tree as easily. One of my daughters and a granddaughter helped me with the project three years ago and off...

  • Out my kitchen window

    Bev Wieler, Columnist|Nov 10, 2022

    Sometimes I need to look out my front door rather than out my kitchen window. Today was one of those moments. What a show I was gifted with. The sunrise was a ribbon of colors that would be very hard to duplicate. I snapped a photo of the sky, streaked with golds, oranges and blues. There were little puffs of clouds that looked like very stiff whipped egg whites spread across the sunrise. Perfect! There isn’t any more that can be said to describe it. I’ve said goodbye to my colorful view out my...

  • Travel provides eye candy for gardeners

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Sep 29, 2022

    Looking out the kitchen window, there is still a lot of color in the flower garden. Flowers just aren't as vigorous as they were a few months ago. I was fortunate to recently view some wonderful flowers that were still in their prime as I traveled on a bus trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan. Located in Lake Huron, the trip didn't disappoint with eye candy for flower lovers. I'm thinking the waves of humidity from the water is a breath of moisture each day for the flowering plants. Never have I...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Aug 25, 2022

    Looking out my kitchen window I see there is a change in the August garden. It's rather gradual but it's there. The first noticeable visual is the green tones. Don't get me wrong, the flowers are still blooming brightly, with hydrangeas showing off their stately white blooms. The zinnias are sporting round pallets of color and alyssum is setting on new purple and white blooms. Petunias seem to have reached their peek bloom and vincas, oh I can't brag enough about the vincas that are bursting...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Jul 28, 2022

    Lantanas are blooming their little hearts out. They love the hot, humid days of July in Nebraska. Humidity occasionally fogs over the view out my kitchen window but, as it slides off, we are delighted to again see mama turkey by the flower garden. She was standing as if on guard this wet morning. On guard she was, as to our delight, we spotted a young turkey nearby, busily pecking away for bugs in the grass. Summer out the kitchen window includes, not only the turkeys, but also bright bursts of...

  • Out my garden window

    Bev Wieler|Jun 23, 2022

    I love the sound of a sprinkler on the garden. The spit, spit, spit of water lets me know the day will warm up, corn will continue to grow in the fields and my garden will also thrive and surprise me with new blooms. It’s summer in Nebraska. Looking out my kitchen window, I can’t help but gaze a bit longer at some head turners. Pops of flowers, when in full bloom, are head turners. As the month of June unfolds, there were not enough peonies in my life. The early head turners are done and it’s ti...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|May 26, 2022

    I started my day looking out the kitchen window at the spring green of grass, iris, peony plants and the leaves on trees. May offers such a pretty green in the landscape. The early iris are blooming including an orange toned flag iris and a light peach iris. Buds have formed on others and the peonies are budded too. Two little bushes, little Henry sweetspire, haven't shown their leaves yet. If they don't soon, they will have to go. That will mean back to a nursery to find something to fill in th... Full story

  • Out my kitchen window

    Bev Wieler|Apr 21, 2022

    The sun is shining and the temperature is above freezing. As I look out the kitchen window things are slowly greening up. A pot full of happy little pansies were added recently and they are showing off their faces on purple toned petals. A variety of birds are fluttering about the garden, traveling from feeder to feeder and landing on the bird bath for a quick drink. Oh, spring in the garden. I'm watching the garden as tulips and daffodils sprout up and shoot blooms. I'm anxious to hit the garde...

  • Out my Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler|Mar 17, 2022

    March can be a gray month. The grass is still brown and crunchy. No flowers sprouting. Occasional sunless days. When the sun does shine through my kitchen window, I get anxious for spring planting. The realization of how March affects the garden world brought to mind that the month definitely spurs the love affair we have with pansies. I can hardly wait to shop for pansies. Years earlier I would love shopping for the early blooming plant as a gift for my mother’s March birthday. I wanted the b...

  • My eyes were twinkling with reflections of love bouquets

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Feb 24, 2022

    As I look out the kitchen window I can't get excited about a Ground Hog's prediction. It is February in the Nebraska garden and it is cold and, except for birds at the feeders and cats playing in the backyard, it's pretty bleak in the garden. Despite the lack of color, I did get my fix of fresh flowers on Valentine's Day. I was asked to be the driver of a fresh flower delivery van. The day started early and when I entered the flower shop, it was a blur of activity. The three flower designers...

  • Outside My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler|Jan 13, 2022

    Kicking off the new year in one degree weather, looking out my kitchen window was, truthfully, “warm” as I went from the window to a recliner and sat in front of the television, watching the Rose Bowl parade. Those floats made me dream of a flower garden filled with colorful blooms. I won’t be plucking petals to make a float, but I am thinking ahead to a certain flower arrangement. In 2021, we traveled with friends to Cape Cod. Yes, we saw some cool gardens. We also saw a few lighthouses which...

  • Enjoy winter color indoors and...

    Bev Wieler|Dec 23, 2021

    I never get tired of watching birds out my kitchen window. At times, there's a large flutter of blue jays, yet other times, I catch a glimpse of red from Mr. Cardinal. Equally as pretty is Mrs. Cardinal perched on the edge of the bird bath. If you like watching birds you need to feed and water them just like any pet. Keeping a bird bath open in our Nebraska winters calls for a bird bath heater. In our case, as in probably most, you also will need an outdoor extension cord. The few extra cents a...

  • Trip to Colorado offers colorful view

    Bev Wieler|Nov 25, 2021

    A recent trip to Colorado gave me time to enjoy the fall colors before a hard freeze zaps the show from shrubbery and trees. The burning bushes were an intence blazing red while many trees dotted the landscape with gold and rust tones. It was breathtaking and we were traveling west, not into the eastern United States known for the fall show of colors. Arriving at home and looking out my kitchen window, the temperatures had dropped enough while gone to drain the last color from marigolds and...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler, Journalist|Sep 16, 2021

    It's 55 degrees this September morning and I'm greeting the day with a cup of hot cocoa. I'm a cocoa fan rather than a cup of hot coffee. Despite the cool temperature I have my kitchen window open as I peer outside at the flower garden. Crickets can be heard singing a serenade which I hope is their goodby song. Of course their song also means goodbye to the bright, warm summer days. The plants are transitioning into fall as some of them have lost their growing vigor. Yet others seem to blend in...

  • The emotions of flowers are right...

    Bev Wieler|Aug 12, 2021

    Did you realize that there are flowers that evoke different emotions? Looking out my kitchen window, I usually smile as I look at my flower bed. When walking in the garden, I smile too, unless a weed catches my eye. Early in the mornings is my time to clip a bouquet to bring inside and keep that flowery smile going throughout the day. Currently, I have a bouquet in a vase with the printed verse, "Friend You Make Me Smile. "I have clipped and placed in it what I think of as the happiest of...

  • Out My Kitchen Window

    Bev Wieler|Jul 15, 2021

    Looking out my kitchen window, it's bloom time in the garden and I want it to continue all year round. The only way to do that in Nebraska is by getting out the camera. It also means being patient as you sit in the garden on your favorite bench. You have to wait for when there isn't a breeze, when the sun goes under a cloud and then, move and move fast to get that perfect picture of that gorgeous bloom. Snapping those photos is a challenge as who doesn't want the perfect photo? I head to the...

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