Fall planters.

It’s always sad to take apart planters when the plantings still look good…a little tired for sure. But look at the alyssum, petunias and salvia.

But the season has changed for sure and it’s time!

I Love playing in these planters. You can really let your imagination go wild in these. These puppies are 38″ cubes.

They belong to Janet.

Janet has an keen eye for style and more often than not, when the seasons change and it’s time for a new ‘do’, we have a discussion on a rough design idea and colour scheme. This season. She said she was ‘digging Purple’.

Bring in the purple and pink Asters, the pinky purple kale and the…Burgundy??? Mums. To fill in the gaps, I used a Watermelon coral bells. The Ivy has been in the pots since I planted it for Spring…way back in April. And don’t forget the Birch…it’s more a less a staple in Janet’s pots.

The house is grand and demands attention…and it certainly gets it. People passing like to throw out compliments. Commenting that this is their ‘favourite house’. They can’t wait to see what happens in the planters each season and they want to know the names of the plants I’m using or how do I get it to look a certain way. For a quick little second, I refrain from telling them this isn’t actually my house!!!

And even though these pots do belong to Janet. I find myself calling them ‘our pots’!!

Most of the product in the pots is from Tree Valley or Kennedy Greenhouse. Both great nurseries here in Stouffville.

I’m also digging the Purple-y colour combo’.

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Another day at the office

This is one of those jobs where you feel guilty for getting paid!!!

Love my job! ๐Ÿ˜Š…I’ll let you know if I still love it in November when the snows flying, the winds howling and the soil is going to freeze hard any day!! ๐Ÿ˜–

I haven’t been able to snap the butterflies, birds and hummingbirds. They are Way to quick for me. But these fellas. They just took their own sweet time!

Painted Turtles and…maybe a tree frog??

I love my work mates too!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

A summary of summer 2019…so far!

Wet. Wet. Wet! It’s not just the name of an 80’s pop group. It was the weather for May and most of June.

I got a lot of planters done by the end of May….

Only to be thrown a very nasty curve ball of cold and very windy weather for the beginning of June! How cold was it?

Cold enough for me to be dressed like winter on the 4 th of June! Not even kidding! We got frost.

I had to move all remaining plants into the garage for a few days until temperatures rose sufficiently and I could resume planting.

I lost a few begonias and sunshine impatiens as all the wet weather before the cold snap ruined the succulent stems of these types of annuals.

It’s gone from wet to consistently HOT…30+ degrees for the last 3 or 4 weeks now. No happy medium. Cold wet and windy or sweltering hot! ๐Ÿฅต My poor hydrangeas are suffering. They have looked wilted for the most of July!…so tired!!

Trying to keep the containers watered is a challenge. I have water barrels but they are both empty now. We could do with a nice steady full day of gentle rain!!

We also had death and destruction in the garden…

The bloody Japanese beetle…am I allowed to swear?? In this case it’s necessary!

Aaaarrrrggghhhh!! Why didn’t I read that they LOVE Roses and Crabapple trees…amoung many other things…before I bought my new purchases!!!

How do we get rid of them??? Well it’s not easy. I have pulled up 2 Potentilla shrubs and a Virginia creeper as they were covered and there really isn’t a fool proof way to get rid of them.

You can spray your lawn with nematodes in the spring. I have too much lawn so that’s not happening. There are traps but not very effective. So I wear gloves constantly in the garden and have so far managed to keep the numbers down (after removing said shrubs) by squeezing the living day lights out of the ravaging marauders!! ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜–

AND THEN THIS…(WARNING! could cause distress to viewer)….

Sssooo sad. A little pilfering chipmunk got trapped in my tomato plant and died there…I found him just like that. No. He didn’t die hungry. He ate bites out of 3 tomatoes before he met his demise!!!

Sometimes gardening isn’t so relaxing. ๐Ÿ‘น But I still love it!!

Look what we got!!

I had a plan that my very long overdue blog…the first one of 2019, would begin with beautiful spring flowers and nice blue sky and sunshine. But alas…I have admitted before to being a procrastinator, and this week was no exception.

Instead of the nice backdrop to Spring and feelings of rejuvenation and renewal of all things nature. I waited a little too long and overnight we plunged into winter again!

It’s ok. Don’t worry. This will not last long. It will all be gone in a few days. This is what happens at this time of year. So instead of leaving you with winter. I’ll leave you some spring.

Yes. I know it looks as though I’ve made a bunny shape with the positioning of the basket. Unfortunately. It was such a dull day. This was the brightest place In the whole house to take the photo and the door knobs got in the way!!! ๐Ÿ™„ It looked much prettier without the door knobs!!!

My first Spring basket of the year. Made with donations from my singing sisters. To one of our other singing sisters, who has undergone surgery for breast cancer.

I’m sure the basket cheered her up. But she got the best news a few days ago to say that all the cancer has been removed and other cells sent for testing are cancer free!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅฐ. Talk about renewal and rejuvenation. Such good news for such a wonderful lady.

Another Spring basket was for our house. I just needed something fresh.

The little pale Pink hydrangea was from Metro. So pretty.

The little pot of bushy, overflowing, beautiful blue campanula was from Village Grocer. The hyacinth gave the whole house a fragrant smell and what is Spring without some daffy’s…and my Mum loves painting the little bird houses, so I try and have a stash of them on hand.

And Ruby. Just because!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Welcome to Winter!!

We should not be shocked. It’s Ontario Canada and we can expect any kind of weather at any time. BUT! That does not mean we have to like it…and right now…I do not like it.

It’s very early and I have orders for 39 winter planters to fill. It’s November 24 and Wednesday and Thursday of this week was -18. The soil in the planters is frozen solid.

Lucky for me I have the best customers ever!!! They are all on my side. Where possible, They have taken their planters into their homes and garages to defrost them…if the garage isn’t heated. The planters are as solid as they would be if they were outside!!! I have had to go to Plan B and in some cases, it will be plan C.

I can manage to make up a couple of smaller planters in the garage…try not to look at the mess…focus on the lush greens and beautiful magnolia!!

I have been able to get a few done. The list is getting shorter. 14 more that I have to do…and then my own. Of course. There is nothing Christmassy about our house yet. Dare I even say I have a couple of sun loungers still on the back patio!!! ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ I will put them away before real winter arrives!!!

All packed up for Janet’s. Thank goodness we got this done before the big freeze.

Stay warm!

Halloween season

Creepy eh?

It was time to dress up Marks front porch for Halloween. I wanted to incorporate the chair and have ‘something’ sitting in it but didn’t know what. Several visits to several stores, I came up empty! That’s why I should always start in my basement!!! The bag that was supposed to go to the thrift store before the summer, never got there and look what happens with my procrastination!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Guess what else was in the thrift store pile? Old pillows. Perfect for a body and cut one in half for the legs. This guy came together with very little effort. It was all right there…and everyone tells me I have too much ‘stuff’…but look what happens to it. I need that stuff…for something!

For the head, I mounted a bamboo cane on a polystyrene skull head, put a mask over it and creepy guy was finished…oh. The arm. Could only find one. It was a dollar store find.

I have to admit. I had an assistant. It was my assistant, Cole, that suggested putting the mask over the skull on creepy guy. It was way more creepy with the mask rather than just the skull.

Because this is Coles house and a PA day and he wanted to help so badly…but he also wanted to watch Lion king in his Pyjamas…I gave him artistic licence to work on a few areas. He did a fantastic job and he was such good company…he kept popping in to watch Lion king every now and again and probably warm up a bit too. It was a chilly day to be working in your pyjamas but he was way too excited to go and get dressed. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I don’t know what that little skeleton animal is. But I really like him!

Turns out it wasn’t scary enough for Cole. He wanted more monsters and spiders. We’ll work on it for next year. Let’s say they have a growing collection.

Happy Halloween!

Oh what a beautiful…

Wait! WHAT. NOOOO! Too early for snow!!! ๐Ÿ˜–

I still have way too much gardening to do for the snow to start flying. But it’s just a sprinkling!!

Watching the sun come up this morning. S’no problem!

Yeah. It’s early. But it’s still pretty!! Hopefully it’s gone before I have to go to my garden tidy job. Now. Where did I put my winter pants?