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!!!🤷🏻‍♀️

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.

Spring did arrive…

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Pink bicycle and blossoms at Amica

…and in true Ontario fashion, it came after a couple of inches of snow. It  just wanted to remind us whose the boss!

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Of course it put me into a tail spin as now Spring seemed to have arrived the week before Easter and everyone wanted to get rid of Winter/ Christmas decorations and be all donned up for nicer weather.

I feel as though I have to explain.  Yes, here in Ontario Canada, we sometimes still have our winter decorations out in April, because sometimes the snow is still here and our pots and gardens are still frozen and we can’t get rid of our baubles and berries and any traces of Winter, until it’s all melted. Just so you’re in the picture. Anyway. Enough about winter…for now.

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Easter basket

So as well as having to deal with a renovation project that was running over time, dust everywhere and I mean everywhere. I now had Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth and all things Spring to deal with and get the house ready for 13 hungry guests for Easter dinner. I do realize there’s much more pressing and worrying things to think about in the world than a pretty container. But the pretty containers make me feel better about the world and my point is, that when winter is here, I’m leisurely pottering about with all the time in the world and then  BAM! everything just happened in the same week!!

The bicycle? Oh that little beauty.  I have this little roundabout garden at Amica in Newmarket, it’s always a bit of a challenge what to plant in there. Janet, one of my clients, once said to me that bicycles remind her that Spring is here…that gave me an idea! Loved but Outgrown by its previous owner, this “sweet ride” as it stated on the Varagesale post, now has a spot in the Spring garden. The residents LOVE it. They always sound so excited when I get there. Waiting to see what I’m going to plant next and always ready to give me advice! 🙂

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One sweet ride!

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Dining room balcony-Amica

Easter came and went, I fed my hungry guests and I’m all caught up with Spring planters. Even did my own!!  So now it’s on to gardening. 😊

Springs first planter.

 

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After Fridays surprise snow dump, I finally get round to my first customer Container. For KIK in Vaughan. Yeah it’s Sunday. But the Birds were singing, the Sky was Blue, the temperature was around 9 while I was creating this…warmed up to a very nice 16 degrees. A very nice way to spend a Sunday!

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There’s a mixture of Real and faux here. Once the bulbs die down, there will be some colour left to get us past May and into the summer containers. ☀️

Now look what I did!

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Putting Winter away!

It’s been soooo Springy round here for the last week. No freezing temperatures on the 14 day forecast.  We’re usually still covered in snow at this point!

But it’s been quite mild for March in Ontario and I decided that Spring really was here! I was out in the garden last week, clipping perennials and tidying the garden beds. Inside,  I started taking away all traces of Winter, corralled all deer, wintery looking trees, silvery baubles, snowflakes in windows and put them away for next winter.

I did a bit of digging about with the weather and Easter, plant availability and starting up Lou’s Blooms and decided I could send out an email to my clients saying if your soil is thawed out in your pots I can recreate a nice Spring planter and with Easter two weeks away, it was good timing. I always put a precursor in my notes that I hope I’m not jinxing things!…And now look what’s happened…

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Snowy morning!

IT’S BACK!!!!! And it’s all my fault! Sorry 😐!

The thing with Ontario Springs is you never know what you are going to get. This snow won’t last. Spring Will come back…then Winter will come back, then spring…then..

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Pussy Willow, daffs and Lime Green Ivy