Posts by Linda aka Crafty Gardener

Egyptian Walking Onions

Categories: The Garden 2018 and Vegetables.

Egyptian walking onions, also called tree onions, belong to the allium genus.  They prefer growing in full sun, are extremely hardy and easy to grow.  I find these onions are fascinating to grow in the garden. They are one of the first plants to poke through the ground in the spring.  At the top of each stem a small bulb starts to grow. From this develops the onion for next year. When the plant gets top heavy the stem bends over and the little onions plant themselves into the ground. After several years if left to do this on their own
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The Nuthatches

Categories: Birds.

We just love watching the various birds that visit the backyard feeders.  Most of the feeders are set up so they are within good viewing distance of the windows. The cameras are always ready to capture the birds through our lenses.   We are getting much better at identification but the birding books are always close at hand.  We’ve learned to look at beaks, eye markings, belly colours, tail lengths and more. Nuthatches, sometimes called the upside down birds, are the birds that go down the tree head first.   There are 2 varieties of nuthatch … the white breasted
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Green ‘Purse’onality

Categories: Crochet.

I love tote bags and I love to make tote bags.  I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn.  It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag.  I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the bottom. This one is in my favourite colour of green, with a green stripe material for the lining.  These bags are totally washable and fall right back into shape with just a quick iron. In total, for my pattern, you need 13 granny
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Common and Hooded Mergansers

Categories: British Columbia and Down by the Bay.

~ Ducks are usually so obliging when you want to take photographs unless they decide to dive under the water as you click the shutter button or they turn their head just when you think you have the perfect shot or they are a long way out of range or the lighting isn’t quite right and the photos come out dark.  Well okay, maybe they aren’t so obliging after all. I’m lucky to have a few good photos of the common merganser and the hooded merganser.  Some are from out trips to British Columbia and some are from local spots like
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Boots and Bumbershoots

Categories: Garden Projects, The Garden 2018, and Whimsy.

~ Bumbershoot is the old fashioned name for umbrella. I love unusual words.  I decided to turn that umbrella upside down, add some spring things and make a bumbershoot display instead of the traditional wreath.   I have several umbrellas but didn’t want to use one for the display because I will most likely need it for those rainy days that will be coming soon.  A trip to the dollar store is always fun and this time I was looking for an umbrella.  I had recently purchased some forsythia branches thinking I would do a wreath.  I added some ribbon that
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L is for Lady’s Mantle

Categories: Plants.

L is for Lady’s Mantle – alchemilla mollis. This beautiful perennial plant is best known for its leaves.  I love to photogaph the cup shaped leaves after a gentle rain.  The rain drops will bead up on the leaf and slide slowly towards the center.   I have a series of photos I’ve taken, printed and framed, in the bathroom.  Each has raindrops on it … lady’s mantle, hostas, and hens & chicks. You can see the flower buds forming in the center of these leaves. The plant gets quite big and round and about 25 cm. high.  There are
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Deseronto Potato Beans

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

~ Last year at Seedy Saturday I picked up a packet of Deseronto potato beans to try and grow.  Each year I like to grow a variety of veggies that I don’t usually grow.  This is a rare white bean from the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve in Deseronto, Ontario (very close to where I live).   I was intrigued by the name and wanted to give it a try. A hardy, half-runner type with creamy flowers and smooth white beans.  You can cook them like mashed potatoes (this is what intrigued me) or use as a thickener for soups and stews. I was
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Kabouli Black Chickpeas

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

~ I love going to Seedy Saturdays and am always on the lookout for new and interesting seeds to me that I can try growing.  Last year I picked up some Kabouli black chickpeas to grow in the kitchen garden.  The kitchen garden is a series of plant tables my husband made to raise gardening to my level after knee replacement surgery.  I use all sorts of containers, at least a foot deep, to grow veggies and herbs. The Kabouli chickpeas are an Afghani type which gives black chickpeas. They were planted in a large container on  May 14, 2017 and
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Omelette Muffins

Categories: Recipes.

~ This is a delicious way to have an omelette in muffin.  Delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner and even a snack. I use ingredients that are available and these change each time I make them.  This time I used cubed ham, zucchini, mushrooms, diced onion, cheese, milk and eggs.  I have also used bacon, tomato, peppers.  Make it your own by adding your favourite ingredients. I lightly cook all the ingredients in a fry pan. You don’t have to do this but can mix the ingredients and share between the muffin cups. The egg mixture is what you would
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The Sea Glass Critters

Categories: British Columbia, Crafty's Projects, and Whimsy.

~ Collecting sea glass was so much fun on our last trip to British Columbia.  I bought back lots and lots in various colours and sizes.  The smallest pieces got sorted and displayed in some cute little jars, the smallest is just under 4 cm. high.  But what to do with all the rest of it was a challenge. The first project was to make a sea glass candle that I loved burning on the dark winter evenings.  I showed how I made the smaller one and used the same idea when I made a larger one.  We recently just
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