From The Garden: Summer Garden 2017

Our garden exploded in the summer months. The beautiful spring bulbs gave way to a wave of green, purple yellow and white.

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I found this little guy hiding behind some weeds along the side of the house.


And these are our peonies from our house in the country. They always do well. Not bad for a fifty-year-old plant. My lavender is doing well too. I want to see just how big it can get.


Mother decided she likes the cedar mulch to keep the weeds down so we’ve been putting it on the garden, and then put some under the evergreens that run along the property line.



We don’t have much in the way of fall flowers. Maybe I’ll take some pictures of trees turning. I’ve seen a few already. The usually start about the beginning of August.

From The Garden: Spring Bulbs 2017

Last fall my mother and I planted 150 bulbs. I’m not exaggerating. We had so many bulbs, it was nuts. In particular, we planted special Canada Day bulbs – tulips that were red and white. Now that spring is here, we’re starting to see the first of our efforts pop up.


Husband said he saw someone stop in front of the house and take a picture. The red and white tulips changed colour on us and are yellow-cream and red. We may have to move them and replant.

Cherry tree is looking nice this year too.

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This is a wider angle of the front gardens.



































And here are a few from the backyard.













































And these are the special tulips Mom got for Canada 150.

From The Garden: The Start of a New Season

It’s that time again folks! Garden season!


This year I’m doing a container garden. The ground here doesn’t have much in the way of earth and a raised garden is too expensive and time consuming to construct right now. I found a site called The Seed Guy [visit The Seed Guy Web Site ] that has the information on the size of containers I’d need. Looking over the page made me think that I could do a huge container garden. Just put it in the right amount of light and off I go. So, I’m hoping to do bi-weekly updates on this project to keep me accountable.


This is the back yard. A bit of a mess right now, but as the leaves fill out, it will go bright sun on the far left to shade on the far right. I originally wanted to do tomatoes (2), green peppers, cucumbers, carrots, radishes and a squash, but I found a bunch of containers in the basement and garage that my mom wasn’t planning to use so I might be able to do more. I also found some bamboo poles and I thought about making a trellis for peas or beans, although I might be getting ahead of myself.


This is the front flower garden. We’ve pulled up the majority of that black weed-resistant material and my mother wants to put in mulch or something else that isn’t such a pain in the ass to work around.


I call this the half-moon garden. She wants all this dug up this year and put in a butterfly garden. She ordered the new plants online and should come sometime this month.

Anyway, that’s our plan for the season. Are you gardening this year?

From The Garden: A new growing season. A new growing space.

I can’t believe it’s that time again. It seems like FOREVER since I thought about gardening and growing plants. We had a really, really hard winter, and the snow melted very quickly (thank the Gods) and that’s always a good sign. Judging from my prediction for this summer (based on the weather on Good Friday), I think we’re going to have a good growing season.

First, a big change. For those of you who don’t know, we moved in with my mother. Happened a few weeks back. She has less property living in the city, but to be honest, that yard at our place was too hard to keep up. This is smaller property, but large enough that we can do some good gardens, and that’s what she wants too. Plus, I found a place that sells items for a Fairy garden! It was everything I could do to keep my excitement at a respectable level.

Anyway, here are the new gardens I can work on. There are three large areas to work with;
front garden

side garden

veggie garden

back lawn

Mom wants flowers and stuff all around the perimeter with maybe a focus on the center raised area. We’re not sure yet. I also plan on taking some of the plants from our old place and planting them here. Mainly the plants we got from Husband’s grandmother’s garden. It’ll take me about a whole season to figure out what can go where, but with the veggie garden so close to the house, it’ll be easier to get to it and work on it. I hated walking all the way across that lawn.

Anyway, new growing season, new garden. I can’t wait to get started!

State of the Garden; August 28, 2014 [with pictures!]

The season is over. At least for some of the garden.

This year wasn’t bad. We had a lot of rain and very little sun, so everything grew like mad, but hardly ripened. Case in point, our tomatoes. As you can see, there’s a pile of tomatoes, and after I prune the bushes, they’re starting to ripen. This picture was taken a few days ago.











Zucchini and Cucumber

Zucchini and Cucumber


Everything is taking longer this year, well not the zucchini. It did really well even though we only got about half a dozen fruit off it. I gave a couple to my mother, and we had about four. Then the plant just started to die off. Squash bugs. Not impressed. We got about four cucumbers this year too.






Another problem was crowding. With the cabbage and Brussel sprouts, half the garden was taken. Husband put in an extra tomato plant and it went wild, covering half the onions and a pepper plant. Speaking of peppers, they did well, once they got a little bigger. The green pepper plant isn’t as big as others we’ve had, again, it must be because of the short amount of sun. Hot peppers aren’t that hot, according to Husband and he hasn’t tried the jalapenos yet. Onions did well, but were stepped on several times. Mainly to get around the cabbage.


Butternut squash

Butternut squash



The barrel experiment did really well, until Sithboy mowed over the vines, and then we got powdery mildew on the leaves, and that was that. We lost two squash and a couple melons, but managed to grow a pumpkin!





Front Flower Garden August 2014

Front Flower Garden August 2014

Flower garden? It kinda took on a life of its own. I gave up on it when the tall multi-coloured flowers started falling over. My glads did not produce a flower stalk and the fucias and petunias didn’t get a lot of sun so they didn’t spread.


We’re thinking about expanding the garden to a 10×10 lot more in the middle of the lawn for next year.

State of the Garden; May 8, 2014 [with pictures!]

Wow, what a difference two weeks can make!

Front Garden

Front Garden


Our front garden is looking good and there are some sprouts popping out from the ground. Husband bought me some shears last week and I went to work trimming up the apple tree and rose bush. I did a couple other trees on the property, but it was the apple and rose that really needed it.








Side Garden

Side Garden


Tulips still haven’t flowered, but I checked them this morning and there are flower buds on some.










Well Garden

Well Garden


The brown leaves on this one and the floppy leaves makes me wonder if the late spring isn’t doing some damage.










Apple Tree

Apple Tree


Buds on the apple tree. I took a bunch of suckers from the lower branches and trunk. I’m only so tall so I couldn’t get them all. I’d love to know what kind of apples grow on this tree.









Lilac Tree

Lilac Tree


Lilac tree is budding nicely. I have some Facebook friends who have posted pictures of their lilacs already in bloom. This makes me anxious for ours.












My sedum. I need to remove the old growth. I don’t know why but I always leave it until I see new growth.










Backyard Trees

Backyard Trees


The three other trees in our backyard. And look at that grass. I mentioned to Sithboy that he might need to get out this weekend and mow.










Shade Trees

Shade Trees


These are our shade trees. That branch has been broke since the December ice storm. It took out my clothes line too. The whole thing is coming down but the one behind it stays.












My peonies. I’ll mess with this as it grows. I may need to re-align the tomato cage. This is an old plant. We originally got about six peonies from my husband’s grandmother. That was about fifteen years ago, and they were close to thirty years old at that point.








So far, I’ve seen only three perennials return. I don’t know if it was the hard winter or what. I have a feeling Husband killed the daisy-looking one when he trampled on it. It tried to kill him so no love lost there.

Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Buttons


Bachelor Buttons. Such a pretty blue/purple coloured flower. These things are indestructible.










Fern-like plant.

Fern-like plant.


This is a fern-type plant. I can’t remember the name. I think the flowers are pretty. We’ll have to wait and find out.













This is some kind of phlox. I got it from my MIL garden when she was getting ride of her flowers. I’m hoping it flowers before the peonies gets too bushy. This is an old plant too, but I don’t think it’s as old as the peonies.









No pictures of the veggie garden. It still looks like crap.

This time of year things start to grow like crazy. I bet in another two-weeks there will be flowers! That is, if the snow stays away. Seriously Mother Nature, enough all ready.

Gardens? Hello gardens? Are you there?

It’s coming up to that time of the year, folks. My gardens are SCREAMING for some attention. We have plans for all the gardens this year, but whether or not we do them is another matter. Husband has been doing a lot of side jobs this last year and he can’t seem to shake the habit. I took these pictures yesterday.

Garden - veggie, April '14This is my veggie garden, but right now, it’s a mass of weeds, dead crops from last season and a couple buckets of ash from the woodstove. That white thing you see is part of a clothes rack we had for drying clothes by the woodstove. I can’t remember what reason Husband put it in there.








Garden - front, April '14This is the front garden. That big green blob are Bachelor Buttons. They’re a nice purple/blue and I planted a few of them, but this is the only one that survived. That other green blob farther up and to the left is a ferny kind of perennial and I think one of the two we have to relocate. There are two that get so tall they crowd out everything else. My peonies, that light brown blob at the top of the picture, haven’t bothered to poke their buds out yet. I don’t blame them.






Garden - side, April '14This is the side garden. For years I would get down on my hands and knees and dig up the grass and other stuff. I’m not going to bother anymore. I think I’ll plant spring bulbs in here and let them go wild. The former owner dug up all the bulbs before she moved (bitch), but she missed a few and they multiplied. We tried planting some evergreen shrubs but because the dryer vent is right there, they died off. The plant that’s there is called a spirea and has beautiful white flowers all over it.






Garden - well, April '14This is the well. I planted tulips on three sides one year and they still keep coming up. I was going to have a whole slew of spring bulbs around it, I still may too.

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can get out and make them look a little better. Husband has a great idea for the barrels this year and I’m excited about experimenting!

Are you gardening this year?

Come on flowers! BLOOM!

Husband put in the flower garden at the front of the house. So far it looks really good.

We went to MIL to get some of Husbands grandmothers flowers, only to discover that BIL g/f took just about every, single one. Left us with three of the scraggliest looking lupines. Ask me if I’m impressed. I got over it. This is typical. I should be used to this by now. Anyway, I’m getting off topic.

Lupines and Bachelor Buttons are in the back. My mother gave me the white and blue flowers, and I found a small Lily of the Valley poking out through the weeds. Got one other plant from MIL but I don’t know what kind it is. Husband said we could go out this weekend and get some more.


It’s now time to pay attention to my climbing roses. You’re supposed to plant them, then leave them alone for a few seasons to get the tall canes. I think they’re tall enough.

There are flower buds too. When we first got them, one was white and the other was red. A few years later we noticed they were both red. Didn’t see flowers after that but I dumped some woodstove ashes at the base and now they full of buds!







My mother also brought over some hostas. Only place I could put them was in front (behind?) the rose bushes. She gave me some ground cover too. Hopefully, they’ll be able to choke out the weeds.

They really took too. They get the morning sun and they’re shaded from the hot afternoon sun by the thick canes of the rose bush.







The flowers on our lilac bush aren’t that big this year. I think the weird winter caused smaller than normal flower buds







Our neighbours snowball bush is looking good this year. There were a few years where it looked like crap. I don’t know if he did anything to it, but the flowers are numerous this year.









We extended the veggie garden this year, but it’s still unsure if we’re going to plant veggies. Our roto-tiller is acting up and the ground is too hard to do it by hand. Yeah, already told Husband that already.






Oh, and this bird has been driving me nuts. It pecks at our wood stove chimny, then flies off and starts pecking on our front door. You can barely see him, but he’s there.







Anyone doing a garden this year

They Survived!

First, I want to thank everyone who sent me ideas on how to get rid of the ash from the woodstove. I’ve dumped more in the veggie garden and put some on my climbing roses. I still have a whole burn barrel full of it. I wonder what flowering plants and bushes like it.

Second, and very important—my two tropical plants survived the winter! Both my Christmas cactus and my Stag fern survived. This is a very exciting thing! For the last few years my green thumb has been black and just my looking at a houseplant would cause it to wilt and die. Husband has never had a black thumb. I’ve seen him bring back a plant that fell off a balcony and ¾ dead. Mind you, that was a Spider plant and it’s near impossible to kill off one of those.

The weather is staying warm here, and I’m itching to get out and do some gardening. We’re not going to have as many green peppers this year. Just one plant. The four we had last year produced so much that we couldn’t keep up, and everyone around here has gardens so we can’t give the stuff away. I was thinking about a road side stand with fresh veggies for the campers. We have two campgrounds nearby with piles of tourists. Another reason I don’t like to take walks. Some of these people are real city-slickers and seeing cows or sheep for the first time is a driving distraction. If you think I’m joking, then you haven’t lived out in the country.

Whoops, sorry, kinda got off topic there…
Anyway, like I said, with all the warm weather I’m just itching to get out. I wonder what kind of summer we’ll have?

The Veggie Garden (with pictures!)

Trying to get back on track. My weekend partying really pulled me off my schedule. So, here goes.

It’s really coming along nicely. Granted, I need to get in and weed a bit more, but it exploded as soon as we got some nice weather. My two tomato plants exploded, especially the one on the right.

We’re going to have a pile of tomatoes. Will probably have to make spagetti sauce and freeze it.

Celery (right) and Onions (left)

Green peppers are coming along nicely too. Four plants, I’m going to have to find a really good stuffed pepper recipe.

Vines are doing great too. You can actually see what plant will have what on it. 😀

Butternut Squash


Wild asparagus.

My petunias

Thyme growing in our front lawn.

It smells so nice when Husband mows the lawn. That’s how we knew we had herbs growing there. We haven’t been able to harvest anything. I think most of this will be late summer/early autumn before it’s ready. Hopefully the tomatoes will be done soon. One of the two were suppose to be ‘early’ ones. Not too damn early if you ask me.  
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