Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The raised bed has been weeded and...Tomatoes are planted.

 
This lovely raised bed was so full of weeds and suckers, it took about a half hour to weed. My mom was here and she kept me company while I weeded. It was fun.
 
 
The apples are only about 1 1/2 inches across. They look so beautiful.
 
 
My sister has her potted Japanese Maples here at my house as well as this lovely peony. This is a little division of my mom's peony. Isn't it pretty.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Three Fruit Trees had to go.

It broke my heart but I had to remove three fruit trees. They were suckering so badly that it was sucking the life out of the garden. It was my two precious Japanese plums and the Rainier Cherry. I truly appreciated my Samurai pruning saw today. It cuts through tree trunks like butter!! I highly recommend it.

Here are the before photos

 

The During

 
 
 
 

 
My Samurai saw
 
 
And the after
 
 
 
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I cannot believe I found these at my favourite Consignment Store


I spent time this past weekend with my sister and mom. Mother's Day you know. One of our stops was my favourite Consignment Store. I could not believe what we found!! You know how I love my Crystal. Remember my Christmas post about washing and polishing my crystal for my big family Christmas dinner? It is 39 years old and at Christmas I wished I had enough wine glasses for everyone. That would be eight. I only had four. My sister spotted my crystal at the Consignment Store There were twelve wine glasses and they don't look like they have ever been used. I exercised restraint and only got six. I love to clean, so I spent a bit of time yesterday washing and drying them until they sparkled.


 

This is my 36 year old clock. It has not been working for the last twenty years or so, so I finally took it in and had it serviced, cleaned and oiled. It is a wind up clock, so this should be done regularly. Now I know. I cannot believe how much I missed it. The wonderful tick tock tick tock......and the bonging every half hour. It has great sentimental value and I just love it.

 

And at the end of a busy day, I sat down with a glass of wine in my beautiful crystal. Remember...my new motto...Use the Good Stuff!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Goodbye darling Beamer.

It is the end of an era. My constant companion in the garden, Beamer the Garden Cat, has left us. It was very sudden and we are all reeling. But his life was beautiful so I am trying to focus on the joy he brought to everyone. Even if cats made you nervous, Beamer knew exactly how to break through that nervousness and make you fall head over heels in love with him.

Beamer followed me around in the garden all day every day. Rain or shine, he was like my little shadow. I would bend down to weed and he would smoosh his nose into mine and head butt me. I would always stop and give him a cuddle. I was putty in his paws.

There is a dent in the garden soil inside the greenhouse where he would curl up to nap. It was his favourite place to be. I don't think I'll ever be able to fill in that dent.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodbye my little man. Gardening will never be the same without you.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

I found the cutest little vintage glass dome !!

 
I went out with the best sister in the world {Jessica} yesterday. We went to my favourite store in greater Victoria. The huge consignment store in Oak Bay. One of my finds was this little vintage 'cheese dome'. I immediately thought of my 6" Pink Mosser Glass cake stand. I was hoping it would fit. What I loved about this glass dome was the similarity to a set of glasses my parents had when I was young. I loved those glasses! So now I have my own 'feeling' of those glasses. Does that make any sense?
 
 

 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My very old Filofax...back in action

 
This is my wonderful old Filofax. It has been tucked away in my desk for years. Decades? Look how empty it looks. I bought it in the 80's back before we had electronic organizers. You customized them with all kinds of available inserts. I really feel like I want to get back to pen and paper for something special. {a secret for now} I ordered inserts and a calendar. I am going to add a lot of artwork and treat it a bit like a scrapbook!! I've been inspired by google photos, so I have added a couple photos so you can see what I'm talking about.
 
 

This is a friends Filofax. Isn't this amazing. I think he said he has had it for about 50 years. I mean look at it. It is about 3" thick with paper. There isn't a prayer he could close it. I love it.

 
I am not a talented artist at all!! So I've found watercolour art that I like, printed it and glued them to my Month tab pages. How cute is this! This is December and March. I am a huge fan of Marjolin Bastien. These are two of her paintings.
 
 

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Glory of the Garden

I am totally in love with blue flowers right now. These forget-me-nots are so lovely.
 
Rainier Cherry blossoms
 
 
Weber's Parrot tulip
 
Tulameen Raspberrys
 
Huge pink rhododendron. I planted it 38 years ago!!
 
 
Kwanzen Cherry Tree...aka the eye candy
 
Hosta's growing like crazy right now. They love their new location.
 
Below you can see photos of the side of the yard where the Hosta's and Hydrangeas were doing very poorly. I transplanted them all last weekend. It is now so full of weeds over there that I am going to level everything and just seed it with grass. It fascinates me that nothing, but nothing will grow near that cedar hedge {hidden behind that fence}...except weeds. And they are the healthiest looking weeds in the yards.
 
 

The Glory of the Garden

OUR England is a garden that is full of stately views,
Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,
With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by;
But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.
For where the old thick laurels grow, along the thin red wall,
You'll find the tool- and potting-sheds which are the heart of all
The cold-frames and the hot-houses, the dung-pits and the tanks,
The rollers, carts, and drain-pipes, with the barrows and the planks.

And there you'll see the gardeners, the men and 'prentice boys
Told off to do as they are bid and do it without noise ;
For, except when seeds are planted and we shout to scare the birds,
The Glory of the Garden it abideth not in words.
And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,
And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows ;
But they can roll and trim the lawns and sift the sand and loam,
For the Glory of the Garden occupieth all who come.

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing:-" Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade
While better men than we go out and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives.
There's not a pair of legs so thin, there's not a head so thick,
There's not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sick
But it can find some needful job that's crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one.

Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,
If it's only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders;
And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,
You will find yourself a partner In the Glory of the Garden.
Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees
That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees,
So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray
For the Glory of the Garden that it may not pass away!

And the Glory of the Garden it shall never pass away !

Rudyard Kipling

Monday, April 03, 2017

Two days in the Garden.

This weekend I torture tested my elbow. Remember I had a terrible bout of Tennis Elbow last summer and fall. I couldn't pull a single weed or even use pruners. Nothing. So I have a very unpruned and weedy garden to contend with this year. I have spent two weekends cleaning the gardens. Today I finished all the pruning, fed everything in the greenhouse and dug up two roots of a peony and a fringed Shasta Daisy that I love. My garden has quite a few bare spots, so this will help fill them in. I walked about the yard with my new Canon camera and took these photos. I am enjoying it very much!!

Moms pansy reseeded!!
 
Greenhouse, cleaned, pruned and fed. I left the door open today to circulate fresh air.
 
Tulameen Raspberry patch.
 
Amanda's Rosemary
 
'Frost' Peach blossom
 
Greenhouse bed. Martha Washington starting to bloom.
 
Meyer Lemon
 
Meyer Lemon tree. The Buddha in the back ground was on the deck. I carried it myself and placed it. I am guessing but I bet it weighs about 70 pounds.
 
Tomatoes coming up. Sungold and Black Krim.
 
Miniature Rose. I bought it because I have never smelled a mini rose that smelled like an old rose like this one does. It will be going on the deck in the big pot!!
 
Tete a Tete narcissus.
 
Shiro Japanese plum. Most delicious plum I have ever tasted.
 
Closeup of Shiro Plum blossom
 
My garden all cleaned out and pruned. Ready to go.
 
I dug up a division of the Ogilvie Peony for my garden.
 
 
This three foot pot was in our front entry. I wanted to move it to the furthest back corner of the yard. The bamboo and the water in the huge pot meant this pot weighed at least 100 pounds. I could barely raise a side of it off the ground. I went to the shed and got my UFO shaped slider. I wrestled it onto the slider. It was brutally heavy even pulling it. Then I had to wrestle it again up about ten inches onto the deck under the willow. I cannot believe I did it myself. I am worried about how my elbow will take this level of abuse, but so far so good.