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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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. ☀️

Spring had Sprung!

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Spring window box

Spring window box

So Yes. Spring had arrived…much earlier than last year.
Easter was a little earlier too. I managed to get more orders for my little table top centre pieces. I even did a few large baskets with a Lilly – Hyacinth mix. Very smelly…but in a good way. If you like that sort of thing.

How ever nice the weather looked, it was still pretty chilly so I set up office in my laundry room!! (See 2nd Photo) I love THAT kind of office environment!!!

The weather the week before last was unbelievable. People went crazy…dressing in shorts and little sun dresses. Thats what some people do in Canada. The winter is sooo long, as soon as the sun pops out it’s a full wardrobe change.
I was very lucky and just enjoyed working out doors and getting people spring-a-sized. Filling containers with Daffodils, Tulips, Pansies, Primula. Even a touch of Ivy. I knew. I really did know, that we would have to see a little bit more winter before it went away completely. But the bulbs and Spring flowering plants are tough little souls and would stand up to the wintery blasts…if the blasts didn’t stay around too long.
The secret is the use of faux branches and flowers. I know, I know, some of you don’t want to put “that stuff” in your planters but it helps to keep the containers looking colourful before and after the real bulbs have bloomed. It’s a short season, we have to make the most of it!

For the short seasons…Spring and Fall, I like to add embellishments to the containers. If you’ve seen my blog for Spring, you can see my like for Birdy-ness! Nests, houses, birds. This year is no exception. For the Spring window boxes, (see 3rd photo) I think it’s the perfect embellishment…a shout out to my Mum, who Loves painting these little houses….At least I think she loves it!