Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pictures As Promised

A few more changes in the yard begged for several snapshots to be taken.  Seeing as how I have quite a few shots to show you, I'll keep the words short.

Some time out to lie in the grass....

And gaze up the sky.

Watching the marigolds grow.

The ninebark in bloom and watch out for the swarm of bees as you walk by.

Another nest.

This one belongs to this pretty mama Killdeer

Goutweed. So much prettier than its name.

Hostas are having their best year yet.

Lamium looks gorgeous among rocks

Calabrochoa looking gorgeous as a greeter to the fire pit.

A peaceful evening walk. A long day of strong winds led into a perfectly calm night.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Never Complain About The Rain

Rainy days always get me down, in a good way. Rest is what I need and with the outdoors being windy, rainy and the heaviest of greys, it is easy to allow myself that rest.

Oh how I love that pair...

The photos I'm sharing today are ones snapped yesterday.  I've been busy planting and I can hardly wait to show you photos in July when all of the annuals I've put in have filled out.

Blooming right now are the irises, of which I'm growing two types - Japanese and Bearded.  They are short lived, but oh so lovely. I adore the blooms on the Bearded type while the foliage of the Japanese lends itself better as a backdrop for the entire growing season.

Coral Bells are great in that they keep to themselves.  They stay compact, do not spread, and their foliage is lovely.  Most are better suited to dappled shade, but the type I'm showing here does very well in full sun.

Ninebark, you gorgeous thing...I love you in all your forms. I have several of these shrubs growing in my yard.  The close-up I'm showing you is of a flower bud and this particular specimen is covered in them, ready to put on a spectacular show, (more photos later).

The hops are going to have their most successful year yet.  They are growing like mad!!! In front of the hops which are crawling up the fence, are sem false spirea, and wedding veil spirea.

This rock bed, I finished this year, and it is unlike the other flower gardens I have in my yard in that it is mostly rocks, which my son recently said make the best perennials. I would have to agree, but just to add interest, I tossed in a few plants here and there.

Off on a walk, less than 1/2 mile from my home, I caught sight of this lovely family.  Mommy was making a lot of noise, so we didn't linger.

Scaring the pants off me the other day, a lovely specimen of a female mallard duck took off from the daylilies right behind my greenhouse. It takes a lot of noise to lift that robust, little body and she waited until my back was turned to give the scare its full effect. Upon closer inspection, I did learn that she has decided that the daylily patch was a great place for her nest. Oh Dear. I will try my best not to disturb her and keep my big, nosy dog out of there too.  I do hope this story will have a happy ending. I will keep you updated.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pumpkin Day

It's the big day!  Pumpkins, gourds and squash are going into the garden. In fact, I'm nearly done. It is the perfect day out there, 20 degrees C with a nice breeze, and I'm just in for a short tea break. Here's a little reminder of some of what my patch produced last year.

Also, I nearly forgot about this little guy. I took this photo in the early Spring. He is a tenacious little fella. His persistence to get rid of the magpies from HIS tree paid off.  I watched many an altercation before the birds decided to move. He's still in the general area and in fact might be the little stinker that ate all the sunflower seedlings in my greenhouse.

I hope you are enjoying your Wednesday or whatever day it happens to be when you are reading this. Thank-you so much for visiting and especially so if you leave me a comment.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gardening Time - And It's About Time

I'd like to share with you today photos of what has been taking up all my time lately. Pretty much everything you see growing are perennials. The annuals will all go in this week and next. I'll be transplanting petunias, dusty millers, snapdragons, portulaca, marigolds, globe basil, coleus, begonias, hens and chicks, osteospermum, sage, sweet potato vine, and sunflowers. Most of these, I've been taking care of since I started them in April. I can't tell you how pleased I am how well have everything is growing this year.
Most of my vegetable garden is in.  I'd show you photos of that, but right now there are just sticks in the dirt marking the rows. But I did put in several rows of flowers among the veggies this year, so that will keep things interesting.
I add more rocks every year.
2 little fish in an ocean of creeping thyme.

Beautiful creeping phlox.

More thyme.  I just love how it crawls over the rocks.

Nothing like chives for early color.

Pink chives.

My lovely rows of trees.

 My constant and faithful companion.

Ok. My mystery plant. It is growing in my greenhouse. It is little, cute and doesn't seem to be spreading. Any idea what it could be? I could really use some help here.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Cherry Blossoms

Hi there everyone!  I am writing this feeling like myself again.  The weather has been wonderful and has been keeping me busy in the yard. Lots of planting, transplanting and of course weeding fills my time between cups of tea.
That little rascal raccoon from my last post made it down sometime during the following night.  He had to have been up there for 16 hours. What a place for sleeping! I was so glad to see him gone the next morning. Clever little guy managed to elude Bear.  My dog is not vicious and is usually the one that ends up injured when he gets involved with the wild critters, so I was very happy that there was no "meet and greet."
Quite a while back, I participated in Stephanie's mug exchange, and it was my job to send to Little Wren in Bangkok, Thailand.  A long story made short, I am very glad that it has finally arrived and that it was good condition.  You can see what traveled all the way from Canada to Southeast Asia HERE. Thank-you Little Wren for writing such a lovely post.
I think everyone's favourite thing about Spring is the blooms. Our cherry trees are nearly in full bloom and the bees are oh so busy buzzing about. The sounds, sight and scent are invigorating.
I hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Up A Tree

I woke up to this sight out my bedroom window this morning. Poor little guy must have scrambled up there after catching a sight of our dog.  He's still up there as I'm writing this over 6 hours later.  I hope he's comfortable, but I doubt it. 
I'm sure I have been feeling much like this furry fella lately. Stuck.  On the couch is mostly where I've been the past month.  The past several days have seen much improvement to my health.  Nasty chest infection with more drugs than you can shake a stick at. I still have a minor cough, but all else seems to be good.  
I hope everyone is doing well, and I plan to catch up over the next few days.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Cute and Colorful

On several of the blogs I visited today there were pictures of sweet kitties, so I thought I would share one I took just this morning.
I usually see a lot of great ideas on Pinterest, but rarely do I have to jump right up and get started on something.  These little wood houses were an exception though.  The ones on either end are pretty much copy cats of what I seen online, art by Saskia Obdeijn, but the four in the middle, I came up with myself. My sister commented that I was getting an early start on my Halloween decorations this year, and although they will fit in well with October's décor, I did not have that theme in mind at all. No, these wee houses mean much more to me than a passing season. 
All over the countryside where we live, are abandoned houses.  Usually, they are in the middle of a field surrounded by a few trees.  These were the homesteads of 100 plus years ago. I find them both inviting and lonely, and I know they hold many memories for the folks that still run their farms around them.  That generation is nearly gone though, and so many of the houses are being torn down and the old yard sites are being bulldozed.  I will miss these buildings and the stories they conjured in my mind and often in conversation.
Here is another piece of art that is just meant to be fun and to add some color to my garden. It will likely find its way to a fence or garden shed very soon.  I used to doodle vines like these until an entire page would be filled.  Many a dull lecture was spent this way.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Green Tree Trunks

We've had some rain here lately, and its the kind of rain that thoroughly soaks everything. Now, I've lived near poplars my entire life and I don't ever remember noticing this.  Just look at those trunks! They are the brightest shade of green. As they dried, they turned back to their regular white. I pointed this out to my husband, and he had never noticed this either.  Now every time it rains, I will be checking to see if the trunks are green.
I did nothing to these photos.  They are just straight shots, no special filters or enhancements.  Actually, I think the green was a little brighter than this when looking at it, but here you go.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring 2017 Mug Exchange

It's time for the big reveal!  It seemed like no sooner had I signed up that I received my package in the mail.  Marina was quick! And as it turns out, I had sent her a package back in September for the Fall exchange. I was very eager to see what goodies had been sent my way, but I took my time and savored each little gift, starting with a pretty card - 

Next came the gardening gloves and seeds.  I need new gloves every year and I am looking forward to planting this little mixed packet designed to keep our bees happy and healthy.

Now for the treats!  Marina, how did you know how much I love those cookies?  Maple cookies, specifically Dare maple cookies have been a favourite of my since childhood.  I'm writing this the day of receiving the package on March 23rd, and I'm sure they will be long gone by the time this is published.  There is a lovely selection of chai teas that all sound so delicious, I'm not sure which one to taste first. What's tea time without pretty napkins? These are printed with lovely, bright photos of tulips.

I love to write, so I was very pleased to see this colorful little journal.  It will be perfect for garden planning, or taking along on road trips.  Maybe I need to start a journal on the gardens I visit.  This would be great for that!  See?  Inspired.
Those wee metal frame embellishments have more charm than you can shake a stick at.  I have no idea where I'm going to use them yet, but I will use them!
And then, there is this lovely, mini cookbook.  I love the art throughout and the recipes look very interesting. As I try them, I will write about them here and let you know how they turn out.  They are very different than recipes I am used to and may take some ingenuity on my part to make them work.

And the mug!  Simple. Elegant. Indulgent. I have never owned anything monogrammed with my first initial before, so this is a very special treat. I love it so much.  Thank-you to my new friend Marina!


Another very enjoyable exchange and thank-you so much again to Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for putting it together.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Cheer On a Gloomy Day

Today is windy, rainy, cold and all around gloomy. So, I thought I'd focus on the brighter side of things, my indoor Easter décor.

Have a very Happy Easter everyone!