Spring did arrive…


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!


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.


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! 🙂


One sweet ride!


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. 😊


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!