Friday, May 21, 2010

May Flowers!

So last Saturday I finished replacing the brick edge and planted all my annuals. :) On Sunday my purple tulips bloomed and I was more excited about them than the whole bed of flowers! LOL I'm not sure what else to say really. The lilacs will soon be blooming, the one tree next door has a few blossoms but ours aren't out yet. I love lilac's so much. There are so many sunflowers coming up from last years plants WOW we'll have plenty of sunflowers this year!!! I had a few gladiolus bulbs from last year but they looked pretty small and shrivelled so I planted everything in one big lump in one corner of the vegetable garden. We'll just have to wait and see what comes. I don't have much else to say, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. April showers bring May Flowers!

Misty morning

On Thursday when I drove to work I was shrouded by a veil of foggy mist. It reminded me of that scene in Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth is walking through the field then Mr. Darcy meets her there. I wish I had my camera at the time to take a picture. I also had the feeling that I was in Ireland with all this new very bright green grass and the mist drifting over the valley's. Of course I've never been to Ireland but that's what it made me think of.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Our Loot!

It was so fun picking out flowers at the garden centre (center? I never know which). We got:
dark red snapdragons,
mixed snapdragons,
"frizzle" mixed pansy,
sunflower seeds,
ostiosperum (african daisy),
marguerite daisy (those funky pink flowers),
mini tomatoes,
green pepper,
and corn!

When I was looking at the ostiosperum I just said "I'll take one of EVERY COLOUR!" LOL it was fun. :D And actually there were a few colours I didn't get, I only picked the "Proven Winner" brand - that limited it to only 7! Hehe.

Plan to get them all in the garden this Saturday.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Status of My Flower Garden

It's pretty tricky working the seasonal department at The Home Depot day after day and not to buy any flowers. Everytime I walk buy certain flowers I say to myself (or outloud) "I should buy that". The lavender in particular, they smell SO GOOD!!! Alright you are probably wondering about the garden. I haven't put the brick edging back yet. The tulips, allium, and tiger lily's are up but none flowering. I just noticed today a few lily-of-the-valley coming back, and I THINK (and hope) I see one of the peony's emerging. None of the lily I planted last year are up yet, nor the hosta.

I just bought a small bleeding heart to put by the steps, and a small pack of snow-in-summer (not sure what to do with it yet).

I want a hanging basket that will attract hummingbirds to hang above the deck again this year.

I turned over two spots on either side of the delapadated garage down in the garden. We strung up some mesh and hopefully I'll have some sweet peas and morning glory trailing up the sides. If the sweetpeas ever decide to sprout!

There are signs of life in the Golden Clematis but I don't think the fuchsia one I bought last year made it.

I am aiming to bring mostly perennials into the garden (so far so good) and I have poppy seeds, and calendula seeds that I collected from friends to sew pretty soon.

Oh I could just talk about flowers all day long! I'm so glad to be working in the garden centre, even if it's out in the rain it beats Staples ANY DAY! :)

Showers of Blessing

Wow I just won a $40 gift certificate from Kathy's Greenhouse! The other day Sharon and I took a little trip to visit Castle Garden Greenhouse (and attached antique shop). Then we decided to continue on up with road to Kathy's Greenhouse - the first time I'd ever been there and it's a VERY beautiful shop. Very clean and super organized! I only bought a couple of things but (as an afterthought) put my name in for a weekly draw. I was very surprised this morning to find out I actually won! Yay for me!!!! Thank the Lord - I've been wondering just how much I could spend on the garden - and now we have a little extra.

All in all that day I bought more antiques than I did flowers! But it all worked out, I'm glad I didn't spend a tonne on flowers at that time. I can't wait to go back!

P.S. I bought a MINT CONDITION FireKing Peach Lustre 8" bowl in the swirl pattern (there were two but I could only bring myself to buy one - "good Nancy"). I also got a peach custard dish which is considerably warn BUT a FireKing and it was only $1. At the greenhouse I got a "Scarlet O'hara" morning glory and 12 multi- strawflowers.