Rain, Rain, go away…

Bbbbbrrrr! It’s another cold, chilly, windy and rainy day. What the heck’s going on around here? I’ve heard that we’re heading for an el nino summer??? One person told me that means hotter and sunnier, another said, lots more rain and cooler. I’ve just checked the long range forecast and it’s pretty much anyone’s guess how it’s all going to turn out! We’ll just have to wait and see…it’s kind of nice to know what to expect, but we can’t do anything about it anyway.

On the weekend, it was the last weekend of skiing at Blue Mountain in Collingwood. It has been a record breaking season for them. The only reason they are closing now, is so that they can get set up for the May long weekend. Apparently, it takes them 3 weeks to make the changeover from Winter to Summer.
Anyway. We had a blast on the mountain in the last hooray of the winter we’ve all been complaining about. It was a weird phenomenon. All the snow on the 4 or 5 hills that remained open and if you didn’t look down or turn round, it looked like winter. But in the village, there were people walking, biking, roller blading and sitting enjoying the sunshine. I said to Donald, my Husband, “This is what it’s all about. Seizing the day. Live for the moment”. We could have been home pruning, raking, tidying the yard. But that is going to wait for us. It’s going to be there. But the snow…thank goodness, is going to be gone. After all this rain we are getting now. The hills should be clear by weekend!!

Central base. Blue Mountain village. April 27th 2014

Central base. Blue Mountain village. April 27th 2014

As I’m cosied up inside, I’m listening to the wind howling, the rain beating down, the house feels as though it’s going to shake off the foundation…I’m going to end up on the Yellow Brick road. I can just feel it!!! I am thinking of my friends at John’s Gardens. They have been busily getting ready for Open Day. Which is probably about a month behind other years. I’m feeling guilty as I said I would go and help out one day this week…I thought Thursday would be a good bet. John will have lots of product to be set out by then and hopefully all is ready for Open Day on Friday May 2nd…and more hopefully, this rain will have stopped by then. I hope everyone’s got their rain gear on and are managing to stay safe. It sounds brutal. I Tried to take photos, but they don’t show what’s really happening out there.

If you are out and about in the Uxbridge area this weekend. Pop into John’s Gardens. He’s having some Opening Specials…Rhododendron ‘Blitz’ 2 Gallon $15 and 25% off Primulas, Spring Annuals and bulbs. It’s a hidden treasure trove of garden delights!

What’s coming up for Lou’s blooms? Well. Weather permitting. My friend Susan and I are going to have a market stall in our garden. We will be selling Cut Tulips and Daffodils, that Susan has grown herself and baskets and containers of plants and centre Pieces for Mother’s Day….more details on that next time.

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Making an Entrance

I’m all for making a good first impression…for myself and for my home. So with each new season, comes a “new do”. Not just for my hair, but also my side patio and more recently, for our newly constructed front porch. (More on that later).
I enjoy fussing with accessories and decorations to come up with a certain look. This Spring was no different. I had a little idea that I must have seen somewhere…Either a magazine or Pinterest. I wanted a pair of Wellington Boots. Wellie Bobs as we used to call them in England!!…Rubber boots as they are called in North America.

When I was growing up, from as soon as you could walk on your own, to about 11 or 12 years old, Wellie bobs were what we put on when we went to play out. We got up to all sorts of mischief, but that was ok so long as we kept our feet dry!!! You could pick up a pair from just about any shop up the high street, for a few pounds. When you reached 12, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of wellies. They were never a fashion item.

Then. Along came the Hunter Wellie. The upwardly mobile Wellie. I was about 22 when I joined in this fad. I thought I was the bees knees. The cost was astounding and my Mum thought I was a lunatic because I paid 17 pounds for mine! Fast forward to a few years ago…”How Much”???? The Wellie, is a very hot item. I went on the hunt for some Yellow Wellies. None to be found. They came in all sorts of other colours, but they are about $30 and I just can’t pay that when I want to use them as a prop for my Spring vignette.

In the end, I caved. Paid $10 for a child’s pair. Added a pot of daffodils and some moss and Wellie Bobs your uncle!!

Spring Entrance

Spring Entrance

Wellies and Flowers

Wellies and Flowers

They would look better in an adult size, but I still think they look cute, even though they are small.

A busy Weekend

Car load of flowers!

Car load of flowers!

I headed over to Uxbridge Last Wednesday to visit my friend John of John’s Gardens on Concession 7.
John had ordered a truck load of plants that he was taking to the Peterborough Garden show that was being held at the weekend. (April 11-13th).
I had asked him to add some bits and pieces on for me. I had some Centre pieces and containers to make up. It was such a welcome sight to see all the bright and beautiful colours. I can even say, I was excited to see them!

John’s Gardens is usually open by now, but due to all the snow and ice we got this winter, there was still a good (good?) covering over his property. I helped him pricing some bulbs, he helped me fill my car with my purchases…front, back and sides and I went home to start organising my up coming projects.

I was helping John and Jen run the booth at the Peterborough show and I was also making up some centre pieces to sell at the booth.

John at his booth in Peterborough

John at his booth in Peterborough

Centre Pieces for the Show.

Centre Pieces for the Show.

The show was busy, there was a definite buzz in the air and with all the colour at Johns booth, there was a none stop stream of people. My first visitors were Susan and Joe, who are my cheer leaders!!

This weekend, I managed to make up my containers for our front porch, I also did my Mums and I did 2 for Stanmore Equipment…which proves that forklifts and flowers do mix!!!
Let’s celebrate Spring…for today. As the forecast is 20 degrees today…snow and -1 tomorrow!!!

Bird House planter

Bird House planter

Flowers and Forklifts!

Flowers and Forklifts!

Snow drops on Kittens…

Snow glistened snow drops!

Snow glistened snow drops!

and whiskers on Mittens or maybe even mittens on Kittens??? Anyway. These are a few of my favourite things.
On this day when it’s not sure what to do, first it’s rain, then it’s snow and now it’s wet snow and though it looks quite bleak and fairly miserable, particularly as I’m trudging down the drive wheeling the garbage bin! There is an air of optimism…Look! What’s that shining like a jewel in the wet, muddy ground? My little snow drops have dared to poke through the brown, soggy, snow covered leaves. Such troopers to show up on a day like today.
The birds are singing. They are so brave sitting out there in that tree. I wonder where they went last night to hide from the howling wind and the terrential rain.
My dog Ruby has realised, she doesn’t mind paddling in the pools of water thats a mixture of ice remnants and the rain thats steadily falling now. Even in this weather, she resists coming in to the house. She wants to sit in the mud with the stick that she just found…she’s not very lady like!
And. I get to go plant shopping! I have a few orders for my little centre pieces, so I am heading out to get my spring flowering bulbs and some fresh Primula. I have the other bits and bobs that I will use. I shall do a show and tell when I start to make them up.
So even though the weather may not be great, I have already found comfort in some of my favourite things.

Look What I found!

Look what I found
So after just 2 days of the snow melting. Look what I found unfurling from their wintery blanket…

Daffodils unfurling from their wintery blanket!

Daffodils unfurling from their wintery blanket!

Due to the weather not being very nice outside, I have been in the garage making up some practise Containers…and also, because I want to see some Spring colour.
Here I used Pink Tulips…not blooming yet. Yellow Daffodils, Blue hyacinth…smell amazing…if you like that sort of thing!!, Primula, Pansies, Birch branches, Pussy willow…that I chopped off a big fallen down branch (honestly)! And to add extended colour, I use everlasting blossoming branches.
Some people don’t like everlasting…ok. Fake! But. A little secret. The bulbs and flowers won’t be blooming all together and the everlasting give your containers an endless display of colour, before and after the bulbs are flowering. It just gives a helping hand until you are ready to plant up your summer container.
Everything is planted in Potting mix…not the old stuff from last year. But I will reuse the same potting mix in my summer Containers.
If there are spaces in the pot, I would use fresh moss to cover the soil. It makes for a nice finish and helps keep moisture in…although thats not usually a concern in the Spring.

Pansies, Tulips, Daffodils with mixed everlasting branches and a bird house

Pansies, Tulips, Daffodils with mixed everlasting branches and a bird house

We’ll take 5 degrees!

Ruby with Icicles on her beard!!

Ruby with Icicles on her beard!!

Our Dog Ruby, loves being outside. Even when it was freezing, she still wanted to go on a long walk. None of this cutting things short just because it was -18. But for the last two days, we’ve had sunshine and it’s been above freezing…5 degrees today!! and she’s really enjoyed playing out. Digging in the remaining snow.

It as been a hive of activity outdoors these last two days. Here in Ontario, we are still trying to get rid of our winter decorations!! They have been buried under several feet of snow and ice for the last 3 months. I just noticed my neighbours Birch reindeer, still wrapped in their Red winter scarves, have made it off the front porch today.
My winter containers have had all the red removed from them, so they don’t stand out quiet so much. But they are still frozen in the pots so I can’t remove them yet.
This winter has been loooong, cold, snowy, icy…did I say long?