Monthly Archives February 2013

O is for Ottawa

Categories: Canada and Ontario.

Alphabe-Thursday is up to O this week.  I’ve been sharing blooms from my gardens but this week I’m sharing some of the gardens and planters around Ottawa.  It is so nice to look at flowers in bloom, especially when a winter storm is moving through our area today. One of our most favourite places to visit is Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.  It is only a 3 hour drive away from us and besides all the historical buildings, the Rideau Canal, the museums, and the Byward Market the city puts out gorgeous displays of blooms in the gardens and in the
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Godetia

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

ABC Wednesday is sharing things that begin with G this week.  I’m sharing colourful blooms from previous years to get us through the dull and dreary months of winter. Godetia, Clarkia Amoena, also known as satin flower or silk flower.  It is also known as farewell to spring as the blooms prefer the warmer temperatures the end of spring brings, but not overly hot. These are lovely, long lasting annuals that I received in a seed swap a few years ago. I save the seeds for future years and to grow and to swap. Godetia grows well in containers or
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The Glenora Ferry

Categories: Out and About.

The Glenora Ferry connects Prince Edward County to Adolphustown.  It is part of Highway 33, or the Loyalist Parkway.   This is a free ferry service that runs every 30minutes all year round, and more frequently in the summer during peak tourist times. You can exit your vehicle and stand at the front or sides of the ferry during the brief trip across the water.  The views are lovely. We have only taken the ferry in the summer months – fair weather travellers – so I have no idea what a winter crossing would be like.  I do know that I probably
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Just ‘Blue’tiful

Categories: Crochet and Knitting.

I recently finished the blue knitted dolly and a blue dolly cradle.  I gave the first ones to our granddaughter to play with at her house, and this set is to play with when she comes to visit at our house. The pattern I found hardly uses any yarn and knits up very quickly.  I actually followed the pattern for the blue dolly and gave him a little top knot on his hat. You need 3 mm or 3.25 mm needles, small amounts of some double knitting yarn and some washable stuffing.  I used Bernat Baby yarn in white and
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The Old Shed

Categories: Through My Lens.

We are lucky to have amazing views from our front window … looking across open farm fields.  But even though we live in a rural community we are only 7 minutes away from all the big shopping areas of town.  Our views to the back are also over farm fields.  For Rurality Thursday I’m sharing the old shed across the road.  Since we have lived here there has been alot of changes in the farm.  There used to be cows and horses there that the girls could go over and visit.  There was a big old red barn, that has
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N is for Nasturtiums

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

N is for nasturtiums or Trapaeolum. Nasturtiums are a beautiful annual plant that grow well in large containers or right in the garden. The flowers and young leaves are edible as long as you haven’t used any sort of pesticide on them.  The plant is related to mustard and cress hence the tangy taste. They also act like insect repellent and are wonderful companion plants, deterring white flies, squash bugs, and they are a trap crop for aphids.  They also attract beneficial insects and of course hummingbirds. Believe it or not these plants are growing in a tub from an old washing
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Fuchsia

Categories: Plants.

ABC Wednesday is up to F and I’m sharing the gorgeous fuchsia. Each year I plant up the big pot by the front door with  fuchsia.  Some years I buy ready started plants to get a variety and some years I buy the hanging baskets all ready to go and transplant them into the pot.  The plants come in different colours … red and whites, to pinks and white to the  fuchsia and white ones.  There are many different varieties of which the first ones came from the Caribbean.  They are an annual plant where I live but many people have
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Knitted Dolly

Categories: Crochet and Knitting.

Our 3 year old granddaughter is crazy about dolly babies.  She has all sorts of them and loves to play with each of them.  I recently made her a crochet doll cradle that will hold a small doll.  I also hunted around the internet and found an adorable little knitted dolly that will also fit in the cradle.  The pattern I found hardly uses any yarn and knits up very quickly.  You need 3 mm or 3.25 mm needles, small amounts of some double knitting yarn and some washable stuffing.  I used Bernat Baby yarn in pink, white and blue.
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Chickadees

Categories: Birds.

Black capped chickadees are year round visitors to our garden.  It is delightful to hear the dee-dee-dee call(and others) through the open window or when sitting or working in the garden.   The chickadee is the provincial bird of New Brunswick but it is found across most of Canada.  There are 6 difference species of chickadees across the country. This little bird can drop its body temperature at night by about 10 degrees Celsius to conserve energy.  They measure from 12 to 15 cm. in length and weigh about 11 grams.  They also have a fantastic memory and can remember
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M is for Marsh Marigolds

Categories: Plants.

M is for Marsh Marigolds.  It’s time for Alphabe-Thursday and time to continue sharing some blooms to cheer us up over the winter. Marsh marigolds, cowslips or caltha palustris are lovely yellow blooming perennial plants that grow in shallow water near marshy or swampy areas. A few years ago we ventured into the swampy, mucky area close to our house to dig a clump of these lovely flowers. The plants grow 45 to 60 cm. high and the flowers are about 4 cm. across. We successfully transplanted it into a swampy area in our garden which is also home to
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