Proper gardening weather!

So the snow has gone. The ice has gone and within one week it has turned into the perfect gardening weather. The little nubs of spring flowers, carefully peeping out and hoping for the best, have sprung into full action.

Front island bed. Just awakening

I am so happy to be ‘working’ in this garden. It’s in the country…I keep wanting to say it’s quiet, but it really isn’t…but that’s not a bad thing. There are so many birds around. It’s a noisy peace and tranquility…if that makes any sense!!

Originally looking at the garden. I thought I could spend 3 days getting it ready for the season…baring in mind, when I’m weeding and added soil, my working days are about 4.5 hrs long, if I did more, I would be achey and sore, so I know my limits. I soon realized that I wasn’t going to get all the way round in 12-14 hours. And that’s okay. I need to know I’ve done things properly and not rushed through it to get to the next job.

The front garden bed needed amending, so I added some triple blend to give it a boost. Not sure if it was that that spurred everything on, but I added the soil one day and returned 4 days later and things had shot up that I never even saw 4 days earlier!!

The Bleeding Heart (front right in photo below) was tiny furry fronds just poking out of the earth and now all of a sudden it’s a ‘bush’!!!

There’s phlox dotted all over and I’m not sure if Janet wants it all or not. We’ll have a chat and see now that everything is well on its way.

Chinadoxia. Flowering happily.

Lenten Rose – Hellebores.

Can’t wait to see what has come up next time I visit…watch this space!!

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Let’s play a game….

Guess what month it is…

Spring right? Must be April?

What about this…

Errrrmmmm. Either January or February I’m guessing?..

Well, if you reverse the images you would be right!!! The top one is February. The second one is April 16th!!!

My Sister and my niece came to visit in February. See some snow. Take part in winter outdoor activities. Do some snowboarding! Well sure. If you like snowboarding on ice. But if you haven’t been snowboarding for 6 years, you kinda need the best conditions to get your confidence back. Our visitors were here for 17 days and we didn’t get one snow flake in that whole time. It was sooo warm…16 degrees one day!

Fast forward to April 14, 15 and 16. Ice, snow, high winds, freezing temperatures!! It was just nutty!!! And I still can’t take the wintery stuff outta my pots!!! 🤯

Our Poor maples took a beating. Lost 4 big branches from various trees. Look at this one. So pretty budding out! Unfortunately, that branch is hanging on by a thread and will have to come down!!!

Good grief . What’s next? 🤔

Patiently waiting…

I suppose I tempted fate…I went to buy spring bulbs and pussy willow yesterday. The forecast said it’s going to be warm over the next few days. No night temp frost and I believed them!!! I’m so ready to plant up a few planters. But the forecast is changing – has changed…

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It’s snowing again. Not much I know and it’s not sticking but it’s not warming up either!!! I still can’t get the winter stuff outta my pots!!! 🤪 it’s now showing snow into next week!!! Yikes!!!🤷🏻‍♀️

Spring gardening

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Treasures under the winter debris.

I know! This isn’t a very glamorous picture. But it was a sunny, blue sky day and I can’t resist the garden when it’s like that…even if it is still chilly…and there’s snow in the forecast!

But look what I found. It’s like buried treasure for us gardeners. The first signs of life in the garden.

I like to tidy up where I can without disturbing the goings on under ground. I do this in the Spring rather than the fall, so the brave animals and birds have something to hide in or eat if they stick around in the winter.

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Early Spring Pruning

I cut down all the Rudbeckia, Echinacea, and Liguria. But I have left the leaves on the  ground as I know there’s still freezing temperatures around for the next week at least. Just helps to protect the new shoots a little longer.

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Cleaning up

The above photo shows after the perennials have been chopped down.

Even though the ground is still frozen, On nice sunny days it’s nice to get wrapped up and get outside after being cooped up for months. Take in the fresh air and do a few jobs around the garden.

Chopping down the perennials is a good start. You can also take off the hydrangea heads. Read up on your hydrangea type, as to how much to cut off. Some varieties only need the dried head taking off.

If you use protective plant coverings, such as burlap, you can remove that. Add a top dresser of compost once the ground is thawed and press back any perennials that have been heaved up by the frost.

Don’t get too carried away, just because it’s a nice day. You know how unpredictable Spring is in Ontario. But Even doing a few jobs on  a sunny day will get your garden ready for it to put on its display. In a few weeks. It will go from a mucky, damp mess to a colourful oasis that you can hopefully enjoy!

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Lady in the Garden

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Dandelions and daffodils 🌼!

A word of caution. If you are in southern Ontario like me. We are in the midst of a severe weather pattern bringing heavy gusts of wind. It’s not sure if it should rain or snow. We’re getting bits of both! But I’d say. Stay out of the garden today. Make a list or read your gardening book to get you in the mood for a less volatile day!!! 😳😊

Till next time. I’ll say, Hold onto your hat!!

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Hold on to your hat!!

 

What the heck!!

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Ruby is waiting for the Easter bunny!

Well I don’t know what to tell you…I’m sure I usually make some profound statement at this time of year. Something like, ‘I thought it was spring’ or ‘What weird weather’ or ‘WHAT? it’s Easter and it’s snowing’?!!!

BUT! It isn’t snowing and it hasn’t snowed for quite a while. The weather has been quite plesant. I’ve even been out cutting things down and tidying dead bits of ‘stuff ‘ from the garden. But it’s all so strange! It’s been sunny, we don’t have snow but it’s still freezing. I still have dead evergreens and winter paraphenalia stuck in my outdoor planters. It hasn’t warmed up sufficiently to pull any of the offending things out of the soil.

Hence my side entrance ‘display’… the bicycle with a basket of daffodils strapped to it. Well I had to! We were having a celebration and I didn’t want to still look like winter when it was Spring and it was Easter and it was a mass gathering of friends who don’t come together often enough. So I felt the need to be fresh and colourful instead of half dead and faded out….which is actually how I felt the night before everyone was coming to visit!!🙄

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Hydrangeas with primula and spring bulbs

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Quick and Easy Easter lily arrangement.

This lily basket was a last minute thing. I had the Lillie’s, I had a basket, I had a feather boa. Plonk the Lillie’s in the basket, throw the boa round the top. Ta da! How long did that take. 1 minute? It works for Easter…think fluffy bunnies, baby lambs…anything fluff and babyish!!!

I managed to brighten myself up for our guests. The food came together as it should. The flowers and plants made everything look festive and ‘happy’ and it was a truly lovely gathering. Can’t beat a load of long time friends getting together to celebrate.

HAPPY SPRING!

Ruby at the farm.

What a weird winter this has been!…do I say that every year??

It was so warm in February…well here in Ontario it was. I don’t think it snowed very much at all. Which is quite annoying when you love winter and all it’s sports…well skiing. I like skiing and snow shoeing and I just like winter to be…winter!!

And now today. The first day of Spring and definitely looks like Spring. But it’s still a tad chilly. Don’t tell anyone. But I’m hopeful that we will get more snow before it’s all done!! 😃

Its still too early for Spring planters yet. My Christmas ones are still frozen in place. But here’s a little taste of Spring from last year! 😊

It won’t be long. But we might have to go through some unpredictable weather first.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Stouffville Holiday Homes tour 2017

The creation of Gwendolyn

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A practice run to see if this is doable in the time I had left.

When I was asked to take part in the Stouffville Holiday Homes tour, I knew in my mind that I wanted to make an Evergreen “lady”. I first saw one on Pinterest that ‘The Dusty Victorian’ had made and I think she makes a new model each year…and why not?

The tour is early.  November 3rd and 4th this year. Greens are not readily available to me. I have to rely on the wholesalers, who don’t have a plentiful supply right now.  Everything I order they don’t have. I have to wait a few days and then I have to drive an hour each way to pick up my order, when really, I should have been working on creating for the tour. I return home. I’m ready to start my first container.They have packed the wrong product! 😤😖 Fast forward a day. I have the right product. There’s a hail storm. Gale force winds and rain. It’s all happening, but I’m out there fighting the elements as I’m now behind. I’m tired and cranky and stressed out!

I get a text from my friend Christine. “Let me know if I can help with your decorating” I take Christine up on her offer.

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A saving grace…Christine to the rescue!

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she was the perfect helper! I had done a little test run to see how fiddly it might be and did we even have time to build our Lady. We talked about what she might look like, how her bodice was going to be dressed and I left Christine to create Gwendolyn.

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she's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so thankful to Christine for coming to my rescue and for her talent.

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say…because I know Christine will be reading, The Creation started as Judy, when I saw her almost complete she became Gwendolyn to me. But Christine added a little edgeyness to Gwendolyn and she became Medusa! Unfortunately, it's not evedent on this photo why she morphed into Medusa….It was SSSSSOOOOOOOO windy. Gwendolyn/Medusa fell over. Some of her necklace broke, her feathers were slightly ruffled and I had to tie her to the light fixture. I used the snake like 'tails' that came out of her necklace to hold her upright!!! The snake like tails that prompted the name Medusa!

Oh The trails and tribulations!!!

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