Monthly Archives August 2013

August is Ending

Categories: Garden areas and The Garden 2013.

Wow August is just about over and that means about 3 more weeks of summer till the season changes.  Many blooms are fading now and will be trimmed down in the next week or so.  But there are sill some lovely blooms to appreciate throughout the gardens.  We had some much needed rain at the beginning of the week, which made it easier to tackle the weeds. The 4 o’clocks are still putting on a wonderful display of colourful blooms.  Besides the pink and variegated there are yellow, deep pink and white.  The pots in the full sun on the
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The Galloping Goat

Categories: Out and About.

If you are down my way and driving through Prince Edward County you must visit The Galloping Goat.  It is located to the south of Picton on the road to Milford. This is an eclectic store by the Black River and just across the road from The Black River Cheese Factory.  In fact the Galloping Goat is in the original building for the cheese factory. The signs say it all … jewellery, clothes, garden art, signs, ice cream, goodies, gifts and more. There are all sorts of whimsical and fun items for the garden.  An old, old tree is decorated
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A Pressing Engagement

Categories: Garden Projects.

Every gardener should have a flower press to preserve the beauty of their flowers. Did you press flowers in the pages of books?  and add more and more books on top of them for added weight?  But what happened when you wanted to read one of those books?  Here is a simple solution that I came up with.  You can purchase a flower press but having a homemade one is much better. Winter is the perfect time to make a flower press and be ready for the wildflowers, flowers and leaves of spring and summer. Several years ago my husband
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Focus on the Fence

Categories: Garden areas and The Garden 2013.

It is time to compare the fence garden from 2012 to 2013.  This image was taken a bit later in the month last year but is still good for comparison. It was dry last year, as you can tell by all the brown leaves that dropped from the poplar trees at the back of the garden.  Some of the plants had already been cut back. Here is the garden this year … plants are taller, changes in the garden whimsy.  The wanna be grass or green stuff as I refer to it has just been cut so the brown leaves
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F for Feverfew

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, is a perennial medicinal herb …. a little plant with leaves that have an amazing scent.  This is a volunteer plant in my garden, perhaps the previous owners of the house planted it here but it just pops up every year and in a multitude of places. If you rub the leaves of this plant and then sniff your fingers it is supposed to relieve headache pains.  There are many other uses from reducing fever to easing toothache.  It is used as extracts, capsules, and in tea form.  I haven’t tried any of these remedies but I’m always
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Nessie’s

Categories: Daycation and Out and About.

On one of our daycations we visited the town of Cobourg and had an enjoyable time browsing the stores in their downtown section. One particular store that we loved was Nessie’s.  A friendly store where you can purchase items from Britain, and one we will certainly be returning to. Inside was like taking a trip down memory lane.  I was born in England and didn’t come to Canada till I was 8.  My husband spent some of his childhood there from when he was 3 to 11.  We also lived there from 1975 to 1981 and two of our daughters
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‘Soup’er Recipe – Potato Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ When the days cool down I always yearn for a delicious bowl of soup. For ‘Soup’er Sunday here is a quick and easy potato soup.  It takes a few minutes of prep and about half hour to cook. I use 2 medium white potatoes, 1/4 cup of celery and 1/4 cup of  onion.  I use sweet onion but you can use any that you prefer. Cube the potatoes and chop the celery and onion.  Almost cover with water, just over a cup worked in a medium saucepan.  Add salt and pepper or other seasonings that you like. Bring to
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Garden Update Mid August

Categories: Garden areas and The Garden 2013.

I’ve missed a couple of weeks of garden updates while our family was visiting.  But for the past couple of days the weather has been wonderful for working outside and I’ve been trimming, deadheading and planning what to move and to where.  It is still so dry to move anything yet, but when the weather and soil is right I’ll know just what I need to do.  I”ve also been taking some photos of the various parts of the garden and of some of the plants that are blooming. The Let’s Streak hosta is just starting to bloom.  There are
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Pop Bottle Fish

Categories: Kid's Crafts.

  Here is a fun craft you can make with the kids or grandkids.  We have a bridge at the back of our garden and a couple of wooden cut outs of a boy and gift fishing.  It is fun to hang these pop bottle fish beside them so that it looks like they were just caught. You need – 1 empty 2 litre pop bottle,  permanent black marker,  3 colours of acyrilic paint plus a little white, 2 small buttons, about 30 cm. fishing line, needle,  sponges cut into small pieces, scissors, stapler, dish for paint. All drawing and
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The Yummy BBQ Season

Categories: Recipes and Vegetables.

BBQ season is wonderful.  There are so many foods to cook outdoors.  We look forward to bbq cooking all winter.  I know some people can bbq all year round but we only do it from spring to fall.  It just gets too cold and windy and snowy and it takes ages for the bbq to reach cooking temperature. One of our favourites is to make foil packets … of potatoes, onions, mushroom, and veggies. New potatoes that are scrubbed and sliced with a dollop of butter and then wrapped in foil come out crispy and delicious. I’m sure you all
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