150th Birthd-eh!

Happy Canada Day from craftygardener.ca

June 28th, 2017

July 1 is Canada D-eh. It’s our 150th Birthd-eh We are very proud to be Canadians and over the years I’ve made various bits of Canadian garden whimsy. You could make a Canada flag from rocks. Canada flags from material strips were quick and easy to make.  The original idea used a coat hanger, which I tried but I didn’t like the way it looked.  I also tried one on a twig but it never seemed to hang straight.   So I had these mini flag stands in the garage and while decorating ...

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Visiting the Gardens

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June 25th, 2017

Visiting the Gardens June is just about gone and it was a wet and wild month.  We have received more than the usual amount of rain for the month and there are still a few days to go.  The gardens are LUSH!  So many of the plants are bigger now than they were towards the end of last season when we had a drought. I name all my gardens and wanted to share some photos of them with you.  Frequently I just share various plants in each garden. First up is the windmill garden, one that I’ve been w...

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2sDay Rose Breasted Grosbeak

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June 20th, 2017

2sDay Rose Breasted Grosbeak It’s 2sDay and time for photos of two of the same things. Today I have photos of the female and male grosbeak at the feeder at the same time.  They visit the feeders from early May till October and will also bring in their young to the different feeders. The male grosbeak is black, white with red on its breast and is very noticeable at the different feeders.  They can be up to 22 cm on length The females and the young are streaked brown and white and their la...

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Yellow Bloomers

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June 16th, 2017

Yellow Bloomers The garden is amazing and there are so many different yellow blooms this week.  Who knew yellow came in so many different shades?  We had a few very hot and humid days and we’ve had some terrific short downpours of rain.  I think I’ve only had to water the veggies once or twice. The yellow honeysuckle vine is blooming.  I can’t get too close to get photos as the wren’s nest is among these branches and the young are hatched and busy being fed by the mom and...

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Pressing the Hosta Leaves

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June 10th, 2017

Pressing the Hosta Leaves The hosta leaves are amazing this year, perhaps due to the very wet spring we had.  This is the shady north facing hosta garden and already the hosta are overlapping each other.  Other plants that grow really well in this garden are bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, trillium and astilbe. I love all the different shades of greens mixed with creams and whites and all the different textures and patterns on them.  This year I decided to try using the flower press to sav...

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2sDay Goldfinches

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June 6th, 2017

It’s 2sDay and time for photos of two of the same things. Today is another rainy day, so I dug back in the photo archives to find some photos to share. This one was taken a year or so ago when the goldfinches were snacking on the seeds of the cosmos plant. This one was taken in April 2017 as the goldfinches were turning to their summer yellow. This one was taken at the beginning of May 2017 … much more yellow. Goldfinches are year round visitors to the garden and enjoy food from ...

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