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? 🤔

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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.