Thursday, October 20, 2016

My heart needed to have a little cat shrine

With the loss of Charlotte a few weeks ago, it made five little urns and mementos on my bedroom dresser. I felt like I wanted to have them altogether where I could see them and it felt more respectful. I thought of lots of options but decided to find a little shelf for the hallway. Where it wouldn't be in front of me all day, but I would see it many times. This is the result. It isn't quite done as I have yet to print out a few of the photos, but the frames are ready. It will be done within a couple days.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lettuce and Kale planted...and a few bulbs.

The lettuce and kale are finally big enough to plant in the citrus house. It is a bit cooler down at that end of the greenhouse, and the light is perfect. I cannot wait to have fresh lettuce this winter.

Lettuce and Kale planted. Oh...and look at the mandarin oranges!!!
There also some nasturtiums coming up from the compost.
More on the other side. This isn't all of it, some of it was a little too small still.
Isn't the guava lovely. You should smell it. Yummmmmm.
Every year I plant more yellow narcissus and large snowdrops.
I could not resist this Parrot Tulip.
I'm such a sucker for pink flowers. Eye candy.


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

I could smell the citrus blossom as soon as I walked in....

Tonight when I got home from the store, I went straight out to the greenhouse. The first thing I noticed as soon as I walked in the door was the sweet smell of citrus blossom. I went straight to the back and looked for the blossoms. It was on the lemon tree, hidden under a leaf. There was ONE FLOWER. Only one. I couldn't believe that I could smell that one flower 16' away from the door I had entered in. Isn't that just amazing. Then I had to focus. I had a mission. On our way home from Gabriola Island yesterday we stopped at Dinter Nursery of course. We wanted to pick up a new minimum/maximum thermometer for the citrus house. It is predicted to be a very cold winter. So I hung it right above the lemon tree so that if that end gets cooler we will know it. We are going to get a smaller supplemental heater to put in the Citrus end of the greenhouse, just in case our old large heater just can't cope with the new 8 X 18' greenhouse size. Also it is about 35 years old and I just don't want to push my luck.
This is the new thermometer hanging above the lemon tree.
If you don't know how to read a min/max thermometer I am going show you. This is the reading on the thermometer this morning. Since it was reset yesterday, the low in the citrus house was 13 degrees Celsius and the high was just over 21 degrees. You read the temperature at the bottom edge the blue liquid. Red is below zero and black is above zero degrees. The numbers on the outside are Celsius and the inside are Farenheit. The left side is the temperature low, and the right is the high. To reset you just push and hold that long skinny button in the middle.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Bearrs Lime Tree planted into the greenhouse.

The Bearrs Lime is officially planted in the greenhouse. We also moved the Owari Satsuma Mandarin Orange tree in in its pot. We will plant it next week some time. This was the weekend they had to go inside. My garden calendar says so!!

Lime tree waiting to be planted

Lime planted and being watered

Another angle with the orange tree in the background

Lime all trimmed and looking adorable

The far branch of Mandarin Orange is so heavy with oranges, it is bending to the ground. We are using our food recycle green box to support it. There must be 15-20 oranges on it. I will count for you. It weighs about ten pounds.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Virginia Creeper cuttings. Thank you Mom.

I love Virginia Creeper. For me, it is the bright red in the fall. It is the brightest red autumn vine we have here on our Island. My mom has some beautiful, red Virginia Creeper at her place. I took a few small cuttings and then my mom arrived the next day with some huge cuttings for me. So they have been trimmed, rooting hormoned, and planted.

And this is what the little cuttings look like in the greenhouse.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tia's first glass {of her first batch} of Kombucha.

This is my cousin Tia's first glass of Kombucha, out of the first batch she's ever made. She is incredibly talented isn't she!! She is a natural food girl who makes almost everything from scratch.