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Saturday, 10 June 2017

plant matter

Oh my goodness (that's not actually what I want to say) I was 3/4 of the way done writing a post when my curser was jumping around the screen like it does and the combination of me hitting a key and where the curser was deleted the whole thing. Allow me to try again...

So, I have not yet planted my vegetable garden but my goal is to be done by the end of this weekend. I went to our sweet little green house at the edge of our village this morning before things pick up for the Canada 150 year celebration down at the community center. I purchased vegetable plants (tomato, cucumber, peppers, lettuce, basil, parsley) for immediate gratification, seed potatoes and onion sets.
I already had a big tomato plant and one cucumber from a fund raiser. They have been sitting on the back porch waiting patiently for me to get my act in gear.


The weather is supposed to be delightfully hot today ( I NEVER complain about the heat). Here are some pictures I took this morning of what is currently blooming.

This cranesbill is of medium - tall height and behaves itself pretty well, staying in a nice clump.

This cranesbill is low and spreading, but fills in spaces very well. It is hardy beyond belief.

Variegated weigela - this one is so pretty with soft pinks and white. Here is a closer look:


I planted this weigela a year ago (?) and it is just beginning to burst with colour.


It sits in front of what I call my lilac tree but I'm not certain of what it is. It was a gift many years ago. It smells amazing, and attracts bees and butterflies. We watched a swallowtail a couple of days ago.


I am always happy when the Siberian irises are in bloom. They are one of my favourite. I had them in my wedding bouquet 26 years ago.


Up close and personal -


As I was walking around the back, past the strawberry bed, formerly known as my vegetable garden, I caught sight of this!!

So exciting!!
Obviously, someone beat me to it. Snail? Bird? Don't know, but I picked it and washed it off and ate it anyway! I think I picked all of 6 or 7 berries, but I'm happy to know they're starting.

Tonight is Prom night. Tall skinny boy needed new everything: pants, dress shoes, black socks, belt, shirt and pink tie to go along with his girlfriend's pretty dress. Pants needed hemming, I've sent him to go pick up the corsage he ordered, I have meatballs in a crockpot for pre-prom gathering, and I'll have my phone at my bedside to pick him up from the after-prom gathering at god-knows-what-time. Mother of the year award.

17 comments:

  1. I've never even heard of those first two types of plants! Very nice!

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  2. My cranesbill is anything but well behaved. It's much taller than I expected but very healthy. No blooms yet, you are ahead of us. Prayers for a safe prom night - I remember those days, sitting up waiting for my girls to get home.

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  3. I'm trying valiantly to get my blue cranesbill to survive the summer (and the dog!!) and come back again next year! They seem to be hard to transplant, but it's one of my favorites, so I'm trying again. Yours are so pretty!

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  4. HAHAHA! Yes, definitely mother of the year award for this! I hope your son has a great time.

    You have such an amazing garden. So many pretty flowers.

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  5. Prom night! What a special night and full of excitement. Hope he has a blast! Hope you get some sleep 😴

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    1. As it turned out, husband picked him up from the after party. All went well.

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  6. You sound very organised, I hope your son enjoyed his Prom night. It's going to be hot here today so I am up early to water the garden.

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  7. I love your flower pics. Pale pink and white flowers are my favorite. Hope your son had a great prom, my grandson had his a few weeks ago. Now he's graduated, and off to join the Air Force...

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  8. I so miss gardening. Our place is surrounded by trees and minimum sunlight, so I have to settle for a few potted plants on the porch.
    the Ol'Buzzard

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    1. Hostas? bleeding hearts? foxgloves? They might not do too badly in shady areas.

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  9. Such a lovely walk through your garden. My weigela has yet to show any colour although I can see the buds - my hummingbirds love it. Oh like you I have had to take down my hummingbird feeder, not sure who is sucking it dry! I think chipmunks may have nibbled your strawberries. Happy week ahead & congrats on Mother of The Year. ... Mary-Lou

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    1. Well we do have an abundance of chipmunks. I wouldn't mind sharing with them. They're so darn cute.

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  10. I have never heard of weigela - what a lovely plant! Your gardens are so lovely. Glad to hear that all went well vis a vis the prom!

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  11. This is all just fabulous! I don't know of weigela either. But I think your garden is just going to rock. It's already good -- can't wait till later in the season! And veggies, too! Good for you -- it's ambitious but you will so enjoy the fruits (or veggies) of your labours!

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  12. It all looks fabulous! My cranesbill is also well behaved. I have had rotten luck with strawberries. I'm glad you are successful. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Love all your photos. Too often I take photos of the ugly on our farm, all our projects and not the pretty. Perhaps I'll do that today. Thanks for the inspiration Jenn.

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