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 😉
Living room fireplace
I know it’s December 28th and I know I hosted Christmas dinner. But there’s still something missing from my decor’ and I can’t say I’m done until I have my Christmas Pot Pourri spread around in various rooms.
Maybe I’ll get round to that today… I rooted in too many boxes searching for it before Christmas…the Wednesday before Christmas actually…I was busy up to that point and just wasn’t in the mood to do it any earlier.
My mantel is much “less” than usual…because I was running late. We got new windows last year. I managed to save a few for projects…even though Donald was adamant they should all be sent to the junk pile.
I chalk painted it, did my little design and put lights behind it. It’s secured with masonary screws and picture wire as it sits precariously close to the edge of the mantel.
Table centre piece
I’m pleased with how my table centre piece turned out. I went to my friend Jaime’s florist in Stouffville. Centre Piece Flowers. I bought 3 x 4″ Poinsettias, some hypericum berries and a couple of beautiful Hydrandeas and used some left over greens I had.
It looked lovely on Christmas Day but one hydrangea was totally croaked by Boxing Day…if you look closely you can see an empty spot where I’ve taken it out of the arrangement. 😦 …but not too closely that you can see empty spots in the oasis!!!
Not sure what’s going on with the tree this year. I took the photo from all angles so you couldn’t see just how lopsided the tree looks when you look straight on!! I’ve decided that it’s the picks at the top that make it look that way.
It was supposed to be just Silver and Gold, but Donald all of a sudden had an opinion on the tree and said it needed Red to make it pop!! (Really)
This evening I’m hoping to go out and take photos of the outside. We’ve had lots of snow and then thaw and then freezing rain. It’s quite treacherous out there and seeing as I only finished outside the day before Christmas Eve, I haven’t got round to taking photos yet!!! There’s a saying about the cobblers Children walking about in shoes that need mending…same kind of thing here. I have to make sure everyone is decorated before me.
Even though I’m late, my Christmas wishes are still as sincere as they would have been if you were reading before Christmas. I wish you and your family, Peace, health and happiness. I hope you have had a great Christmas season.
Love Linda xx
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
It’s not very unusual for me to be a bit behind with things…it’s quite normal actually. But I really wasn’t ready for that snow we got last week. I hadn’t quite finished fall! You can tell by the Pumpkins face…it wasn’t ready either!
I had all my jobs planned out, Robyn Thursday, Sharon Friday, Janet Saturday. Well that all went out the window. All the planters were frozen and I couldn’t get into them at all. What was I going to do??
I moved everyone to this week, which makes it all go, but I don’t mind, I got all my product, I collected smaller containers from clients houses and did them in my garage, I managed to get a few more orders, things just had to be moved around a little.
So I went prepared today. If the pots were still frozen, I would hammer, chistle, pound and poke at the ice. And thats exactly what I had to do. Luckily, I had 3 Birch poles already in the container. They were frozen solid, so I had to anchor and wire, just about all my product to the Birch poles, so they won’t blow away in the wind…of course, it’s the windy-est day of the whole year and I don’t know whether to pray for frost, so they will freeze in place, or not to pray for frost, because I have to do more tomorrow and it really takes up time trying to dig into the ice….keeps you warm though and you have to think about our neighbours…our catch phrase here in Ontario is; At least we’re not in buffalo”!!! (Poor things got 7 foot of snow dumped on them last week)!!! YIKES. What a welcome to winter!
Check out my winter containers on the…Winter Container page!! 😉
Ruby with Icicles on her beard!!
Our Dog Ruby, loves being outside. Even when it was freezing, she still wanted to go on a long walk. None of this cutting things short just because it was -18. But for the last two days, we’ve had sunshine and it’s been above freezing…5 degrees today!! and she’s really enjoyed playing out. Digging in the remaining snow.
It as been a hive of activity outdoors these last two days. Here in Ontario, we are still trying to get rid of our winter decorations!! They have been buried under several feet of snow and ice for the last 3 months. I just noticed my neighbours Birch reindeer, still wrapped in their Red winter scarves, have made it off the front porch today.
My winter containers have had all the red removed from them, so they don’t stand out quiet so much. But they are still frozen in the pots so I can’t remove them yet.
This winter has been loooong, cold, snowy, icy…did I say long?