Monthly Archives June 2017

150th Birthd-eh!

Categories: Ontario and Whimsy.

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 the garden this spring I decided to
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Printable Recipe – Banana Bread

Categories: Printable Recipes.

Banana bread recipe originally from my mother, 50 years ago, the original source is not known. Ingredients: 13/4 cups sifted flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening 2/3 cup of sugar 2 eggs, unbeaten 1 cup mashed bananas, 3 medium Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Grease loaf pan or line with parchment paper Mix shortening, sugar and eggs with medium speed of mixer, about 4 minutes till light and fluffy Beat in flour, sifted with baking powder, soda, salt alternately with mashed bananas until smooth Turn into
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2sDay Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Categories: 2sDay and Birds.

  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 large beaks give them their name. We are having some lovely
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Yellow Bloomers

Categories: The Garden 2017.

  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 pop. I”ve been able to move lots of plants from the
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Pressing the Hosta Leaves

Categories: Garden Projects and The Garden 2017.

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 save some. I’ve got two different flower presses, a traditional wood one and a clay microwave
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2sDay Goldfinches

Categories: 2sDay.

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 the various feeders, even  the hanging
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For the Birds

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

I love having some fun creating glass totems.  I had collected lots of clear glass from thrift stores, from donations from friends and from cleaning out the cupboards. I picked out 3 pieces … a patterned  bud vase, a clear dish with a curly edge, and a divided serving dish to make a birdbath or drinking station.   I liked the idea of the divided dish as it would give the birds a place to perch while getting a little drink.  I grabbed my trusty tube of E6000 glue and started to glue them together.  Each piece needed pressing and
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