Posts by Crafty Gardener

The 12 Birding Days of Christmas

Categories: Birds and Christmas.

~ The camera is always on hand to capture the feathered lens friends in the garden, down by the bay or driving along.   Christmas carols are being played everywhere now and just to shake things up a little bit I’m sharing some of favourite photos of birds with my rendition of the 12 birding days of Christmas.   Singing along or humming along is encouraged. On the first day of birding my camera snapped for me … a cardinal in a snowy tree On the second day of birding my camera snapped for me 2 turkey vultures – and
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Alphabetical Gardening – W

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

We welcome a wide variety of birds beginning with W … waxwings, wrens, and woodpeckers of many types including the downy, hairy, red headed, red bellied and pileated. I have a feeling we are a bit weather obsessed as there are numerous instruments to check out the weather … weather vanes, thermometers, wind gauge, and digital weather stations. There are also a couple of whimsical ways to predict the weather with the yarn weather forecaster and the weather rock. The windmill garden is in a sunny area of the back garden.  The old converted fountain, hummer and oriole feeders, and other bits of
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The Nature Tree

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I love trees of all sorts and decided to create a Nature tree in the corner of the dining room last year.  I have previously made one in the entrance hall using parts of an old Christmas tree, but it was a little crowded when more than one person came at a time, especially when winter coats, boots, and packages were involved. I cut some branches from the garden and formed them into an inside tree instead of using parts of the old Christmas tree.  I gathered up all the little felt birds that I made a few years
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What’s in the Garden? – V

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ Venidium is a wonderful annual that was native to South America.  They aren’t the biggest blooms in the garden and don’t be fooled into thinking they are big by the macro photos of them. The first venidium variety is orange prince. And the next venidium variety is zulu warrior.  I received some seeds several years ago in a seed swap and grew them for the first time. I’ve also bought a packet of seeds from the garden centre.  If you are looking for an unusual plant you should give venidium a try, they certainly have been a favourite of mine.
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Christmas is Coming

Categories: Christmas.

December has started and the festive season just seems to sneak right up on us. Having homemade decoration or gifts or gift wrapping makes it all the more special.  With less than a month to go, time is getting scarce and I may not publish as many posts of the site as usual.   Browse my collection of the various crafts and decorating ideas that have been previously shared on my website.  I hope you find an idea or two to make yourself. Decorating the home candle centerpiece hoe, hoe, hoe greenery baskets and pots greenery skates nature tree nutty family
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Wooden Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

You can easily make yourself some wood disc snowflakes. You need: some branches, about 7 cm or 3 inches wide, a wood burning tool, a saw to cut them a drill to add the holes your imagination for the images Before it got too cold and snowy I went to the back of the garden where we keep lots of brush and sorted out some branches and bought them inside to be sure they were dry before cutting. The first job after drying was to cut the wooden discs, about 2 cm or half inch thick. It was a challenge
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Alphabetical Gardening – U

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ What’s in the Garden? U for umbrellas, unique and unusual. One year I turned an umbrella into a display for the spring.  The old saying April showers bring May flowers was the theme for this unusual wreath/display. Did you know an old fashioned word for umbrella is bumbershoot?  I love unusual and unique words. But I do have rain umbrellas.  My fun umbrellas are from my teaching days.  It was important to cheer things up on rainy days when meeting the school buses.  Now the grandkids love using them in the garden … raining or not! The plant tables have
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Rock Stacking

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Out and About.

I love the challenge of stacking rocks to see how high they get before toppling over. I also love to photograph rock stacks on our travels. The above and below images were taken on a trip to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Wicklow Beach is a favourite place to walk, enjoy the water, and collect rocks to paint and stack. These small rocks were glued together and are used in the garden with some of my other rock projects. This rock stacking project led me to create some painted stacked rocks and will be left at various places where we go rock
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What’s in the Garden? – T

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for T in the garden. If you have been following along you know that I’ve used one letter a week for What’s in the Garden? Both the red and white trilliums bloom in the north facing garden in spring.  The white trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario and can be found growing in many places. The tulips are gorgeous spring blooms and it is such a joy to see them after a long, cold winter.   Have you been to Ottawa for the tulip festival? One year I made a tool wheel from an old wooden circular
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Feeding the Birds

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

It is that time of year to think about putting out some tasty treats for the birds. One of the most popular posts I have is for all season suet. Through trial and error I have found the birds prefer this suet mix to the store bought kind. I make up a couple of batches at a time and keep it handy in the freezer. We recently purchased a long coil feeder. This is suitable for holding a cob of corn or some suet balls. The starling loves it as he can perch on the top and peck at the
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