Sunday, December 10, 2017

And the Christmas decorating begins...

It took ages to find this old fashioned candy my grandmother always had for us. 

My tree top angel all beautiful and ready for the tree tomorrow. 

Friday, December 01, 2017

The most beautiful cookies I have ever seen.

My name is Erin and I am a Pinterest addict. No really. I spend at least an hour a day looking for beauty in photographs!! Last night I stumbled on a cookie maker named Teri Pringle Wood. And this is what she does....

Check out her Facebook page !!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lighting my Greenhouse at night

Thanks to my mother, I now have light in the greenhouse. I was describing to her how I would grab my little Lee Valley flashlight in the evening and go out to check things. I need to see where I’m walking, as I have a real fear of squashing slugs onto my shoes. Blech. Also trying to work in there in a thin stream of light is virtually impossible. So I was saying I wanted to put a light out there. Mom said, why don’t you get a remote control one then it would be on when you went in, instead of looking for the switch in the dark. I had no idea what she meant. Well it turns out you can get a plug in that is triggered by remote control like a TV. I got one called Woods Wireless Remote from Home Hardware. It works perfectly, even through glass and deck furniture. Mom also gave me a outdoor floodlight which I am using temporarily. It is smashing. Check this out. 

These pictures were taken in low light, so they are a bit fuzzy.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A very quick lawn update!!

Look how the lawn has thickened up on the closest side here. I am so thrilled. 

And the shade garden completely buried in willow leaves. 

The Pink Lady Apple stayed perfectly straight in the huge windstorm the other night...without support. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Japanese Maples are exquisite this year.

This is neighbour Judy’s maple tree. It fills her whole front yard. 

Pink Lady Apple Tree....on the move

This Pink Lady Apple Tree did not produce any fruit this year. No surprise really, the willow has grown right over top of it, shading it for much of the day. Today I am moving it to a very prime location.  

This is one of last years Pink Lady Apples. Not only is it beautiful, but the taste is wonderful.

After an incredible battle digging it out, it is now in its permanent home. 
This location gets sun pretty much all day. 

Sunday, October 01, 2017

A few flowers in and by the greenhouse

My sisters incredible geranium

Gartenmeister fuchsia

My Owari Satsuma Mandarin Orange has been planted in the raised 
garden in the greenhouse.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The back yard makeover, four months in the making...done.

The relief and joy I am feeling.....I can barely put into words. I knew it was going to be a heavy and long project. I just couldn't bring myself tear everything out and send it to the compost facility, even though it would have been about a three week project instead of four months. I just felt I had to hand sort all the mulch and pick out the bigger wood chips. Then carefully gather up the compost and manure and move all of it into the gardens that will remain. So some of it went way over to the other side of the far yard. One wheelbarrow at a time....{are you feeling ANY sympathy yet, or do I need to get even more dramatic?}, in the hot sun, for about four months. This past weekend, I got the rest of the back yard grass seeded, and sprinklers set up. I wish I had that on video.....the tap is actually located in the sprinkler overlap, so as I was trying to get them aligned perfectly, I was in the path of at least one sprinkler almost the whole time. It was pretty funny actually, I looked like a drowned rat.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Blueberries have been moved and the new garden defined.

It was a brutal job, what with the dry summer and solid clay, but I dug out the Blueberries and moved them into the new smaller garden. It actually looks better and I have a feeling that they will be much happier there. They will not be out in the centre of a garden in the hot sun. They will get a bit of shade at the roots and coolness from the apple trees.


Below is a photo of where they were. They are just on the left of the tire tracks. There are not a lot of leaves on the Blueberries, so they are hard to see. Sad isn't it. They did not do well there. I think it was just too dry and hot with no garden around them this year. To the left, or behind them, are some lavenders that have been moved. The Blueberries were moved to the area just behind the lavenders. It sure looks better now doesn't it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Finally, after a whole summer of hard work....the first grass seed is sown!

I spent the entire summer, about 3 1/2 months, moving a massive amount of wood chips and composted manure using a wheel barrow. I would put it in the wheel barrow and manually pick out the chips bigger than about three inches and all of the sticks...and there were a lot. That is what ended up in the massive pile about 12' across by about 5' tall. Those were hand picked chips and sticks. Then I would move the wheel barrow of good manure and wood chips into the gardens that will remain. OMG I cannot tell you what a sight this is. The first section levelled and prepared, seeded and now watering. {If it looks familiar, this is the area that contained my precious Tulameen Raspberry bed}. I have never been so happy to see a job wrapping up!!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The massive garden removal, stage one, is DONE!!

For scale this pile of chips and debris that I raked out of the good mulch and manure.....has a leaning wooden platform that is 8 x 8'. That pile is huge. You can see it is at least 12' across.
So, fast forward two weeks and a HUGE amount of green material removed by trailer loads, and I am down to relatively flat and wood chip and plant free soil. It rained today so you can see that the car and trailer did make some ruts. I had to level everything in the next two weeks anyway, so I will do that and get the grass seed spread right on schedule in about a week or two. I must say, this taking every minute I’m not at work, for close to three months surprises me. It was a long project. After the seeding, I will begin to weed and then spread the beautifully sorted small wood chips and composted material including manure, in the newly formed apple tree garden. More to follow. Here are a few more photos of the yard and a few apples on a tree that we are eating from right now.
Melrose Apples

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moving the shed...again

I cannot remember the rationale behind moving the shed to the furthest corner of the east yard, but it was not convenient and not my best decision. The garden is about 180 feet across the back. These days I am gardening more in the far west garden, which is the furthest area from the shed. I kept making due with whatever I had handy rather than running back and forth that distance over and over and over. So today, the whole family helped me move it back where it came from. What a bloody job. Seriously. It will NEVER move again. Thank you family, I owe you.


And look, it's MJ the "garden cat in training". She curled up in the shade watching the craziness that was involved in the shed moving. Smart cat. She's a natural.

And the shed is back home!!! I am so glad. I immediately went back to my old routine. At the beginning of my garden day, I unlock the shed and open it up until I'm done gardening. Gosh I've missed that!! {I'll wash that algae off asap.} Again, thank you for doing this for me family!