What’s in the garden today?


Bee and Echinacea

A warm and sunny day. Watching a busy bee on Echinacea. See his saddle bags filled with pollen?


Ruby in her hole!

Not too many days like this left this summer. Too hot for Ruby!


Bird of Paradise

The nights are getting so cool. I’m going to have to bring this monster in… but where on earth will it go…


Bananas and Begonias

and these babies?? In early summer we had a wicked hail storm and I lost most of the leaves on these Bananas. They were ripped to spreads and pitted where they had been hit with the hail!! I didn’t expect them to replenish themselves into such enormous plants. I bought the plants as an experiment, see how they would hold up. Lesson learned. I would only plant these in a sheltered spot, not out in the open.



Today in the garden


Sunshine in the trees

I’m not sure if there was a record set in Ontario today. It was supposed to get up to 27 degrees Celsius and it’s October 18th!!

I still have colour in the garden so I just snapped a few pics so we can see how glorious this weather is.


Look what the birds planted!! A beautiful sunflower.


Jackmanii clematis


Ruby under the Maple and a ghostly shadow…carrying an iPad!!


Side entrance


Mums, Lamium, Osteospernum and the red leaves of Evening Primrose, colour the garden


Front porch and fall trees


Hydrangeas and cat mint


Ooopps! I think I need a new umbrella 🌂!!!

It was quite gusty in the afternoon. My garden umbrella couldn’t stand it any longer and just disintegrated into a heap!!! Well. I suppose at least it waited till the end of the season!



The drama of Sandra’s Window box!

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Sandra’s Window Box

It was early Spring when I got a call from Sandra asking if I would make her an arrangement in her beautiful decorative window box.

The summer plants were all ready but it was still a little early. I decided I would make a start and try and be ahead of the game. I worked in my garage and managed to get 6 hanging baskets, 2 urn inserts and Sandra’s window box completed. This was good. I could hold onto them for a while, give them chance to fill in and wait for the chance of frost to be behind us. I was pleased with myself!…

Then it happened!…it snowed!!! May 14th.  Now I couldn’t even put the plants outside to hardened off. That kind of cold was just too much. I tended to my charges for a week or two. Protected them from the elements… All the different ones that we face at that time of year. This is where that saying comes in. It can be 4 different seasons in one day in Ontario!!

Most of the plants seemed to have survived the chilly temps…except for Sandra’s. I had used tropicals. Beautiful caladiums, escargot begonia’s, Rex begonia’s and a fantastical colour of Sun  Patiens. By the end of the first week most of the plants were drooped in a very sad and pathetic looking way. I had to switch the plants. Still determined that Sandra would get this amazing tropical showcase to look at over the summer. I replanted.   The caladiums drooped again. Sandra was patient. I replanted. The caladiums and the sun patiens drooped again. I did a complete redo. Changed the soil and all the plants. No caladiums. No Sun Patiens. Begonia’s, begonias, lobelia and begonia’s!!!

It took awhile. But finally the combination of stronger plants and warm stable weather, won the day.




Sandra’s window box. September







The summer of no Rain


imageI can’t remember the last time we had a good down pour. I mean one that soaked this poor, dry, crispy, earth. It’s been months really. The grass is so parched it’s not even growing…so looking at the bright side. We don’t have to cut it.

I feel sorry for the farmers. Wonder how the crops are doing??? We haven’t had a summer like this since 2006 with temperatures consistently over 30 degrees Celsius (86F) and no rain.

Thank goodness we have a well…although now it’s pretty much dried up. My rain barrel too is almost empty!!! I’ve never known anything like it.

While I had the luxury of free recycled water from my well and rain barrel, I was able to keep up with making sure all my planters were well watered. I usually water early in the morning before the sun gets up to full blast!! I do fertilize with a flowering plant food… High middle number to encourage blooms. But I make sure the planters are well watered beforehand and I never fertilize while the planters are in the blazing heat.




While it is very hot and dry and not good for everything. We have to make the most of it and be thankful for what we have here in Ontario.


I know I’ve  been behind with my blog this year. No excuses…except for one. It’s called “computers” and my lack of knowledge in using them!!! Hopefully. I’ve finally got things sorted so should be able to keep you updated.

Remember. Enjoy the weather…think of the alternative!! 😳

While you’re here. Check out the Gallery. See what I’ve been up to!





Christmas is coming…Ooopps! Been and gone

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Winter in Stouffville

Outdoor decorating went well for the most part in Winter 2015. No Snow or Freezing temperature delays. In fact it was quite balmy! I sent a message to my family that we may be eating Beans on Toast for Christmas dinner this year as the days leading up to December 25th, I was out in my garden, pruning Hydrangea’s and Raspberry canes!! I can’t stay indoors when the weather is nice outside…it makes my itch!

My biggest concern was if the planters didn’t freeze, the arrangements could get dislodged in high winds. Once they freeze, they usually freeze in place and stay for the winter.

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Well believe me. Winter is here for sure now. No chance to re-arrange. No more fluffing and tweaking. You get what you’ve got till Spring time!! This poor Goose doesn’t get to go to Florida…!!!

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Goose and Feathers

See the Winter Container gallery for more winter inspiration…

Princess Irene

Princess Irene

Princess Irene

A few years ago when I was buying Tulip bulbs in the fall. Someone, (?) told me a charming story about The Princess Irene Tulip bulb. Part of the story is fact, but the other part I cannot find any history on. Here is the story…
During World War 2, The Dutch Royal family moved to Canada to be safe from Nazi invasion of the Netherlands.
When the war was over. To say Thank you to Canada for protecting their Royal family, The Dutch sent over thousands…one report says 10,000, another says 20,000…tulip bulbs to be planted in the nations capital. Ottawa. The bulbs are still sent over to this day. Which makes the Ottawa tulip festival a worth while trip in the spring.
That is a true story. Here’s the part that may be an embellishment, but it sounds so true and I’ve been telling everyone this story for years thinking that it IS true…
One variety of bulbs they sent over was called Princess Irene after one of the Princesses that came to Canada during the war and the Burgundy “Flame” at the base of the tulip is actually the Canadian Maple Leaf!!! Is it just me or do you see that? It IS the Canadian Maple Leaf. (on all the descriptions of the bulb I have read, it calls it Burgundy Flame and NOT The Canadian Maple leaf)!!! Awwww well. True or not. It’s a nice story and my tulips look beautiful. I’m buying more in the fall.
If you know anything about the extended part to the story, please do tell!