I had a plan that my very long overdue blog…the first one of 2019, would begin with beautiful spring flowers and nice blue sky and sunshine. But alas…I have admitted before to being a procrastinator, and this week was no exception.
Instead of the nice backdrop to Spring and feelings of rejuvenation and renewal of all things nature. I waited a little too long and overnight we plunged into winter again!
It’s ok. Don’t worry. This will not last long. It will all be gone in a few days. This is what happens at this time of year. So instead of leaving you with winter. I’ll leave you some spring.
Yes. I know it looks as though I’ve made a bunny shape with the positioning of the basket. Unfortunately. It was such a dull day. This was the brightest place In the whole house to take the photo and the door knobs got in the way!!! 🙄 It looked much prettier without the door knobs!!!
My first Spring basket of the year. Made with donations from my singing sisters. To one of our other singing sisters, who has undergone surgery for breast cancer.
I’m sure the basket cheered her up. But she got the best news a few days ago to say that all the cancer has been removed and other cells sent for testing are cancer free!! 😃😃😃🥳🤩🥰. Talk about renewal and rejuvenation. Such good news for such a wonderful lady.
Another Spring basket was for our house. I just needed something fresh.
The little pale Pink hydrangea was from Metro. So pretty.
The little pot of bushy, overflowing, beautiful blue campanula was from Village Grocer. The hyacinth gave the whole house a fragrant smell and what is Spring without some daffy’s…and my Mum loves painting the little bird houses, so I try and have a stash of them on hand.
And Ruby. Just because!! 🥰
Wait! WHAT. NOOOO! Too early for snow!!! 😖
I still have way too much gardening to do for the snow to start flying. But it’s just a sprinkling!!
Watching the sun come up this morning. S’no problem!
Yeah. It’s early. But it’s still pretty!! Hopefully it’s gone before I have to go to my garden tidy job. Now. Where did I put my winter pants?
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.
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!!
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? 🤔
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…
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!!!🤷🏻♀️
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…
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..
Pussy Willow, daffs and Lime Green Ivy
Bird on bench
Wow! Is it really over??? That went fast! Let’s hope for all good things in this new year.
I managed to snap a few photos outside in between snow storms! I know you don’t all have snow. We went to a party just before Christmas in Mississauga. I was dressed up like I was going to outer Siberia. Down coat, Sorel snow boots, hat, scarf, gloves..you know. The regular Canadian Winter uniform. When we arrived at our destination…about an hour from where we live. There was not even a trace of snow!! It was even a few degrees warmer than Stouffville. I didn’t need the whole winter uniform!!
So enjoy these photos and for more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the seasonal galleries at the top of the page. If you like winter, take in the beauty of this season. If you don’t. Skip right past and go to Spring or summer and dream of the warmth to come. It’s only a couple of months away!! 🙂
Enjoy Winter 😉