A Busy Week in the Garden

Categories: Eye on the Sky and The Garden 2013.

The weather was nice and much warmer at the beginning of the week .. but we have had lots of wind, rain and thunder.  And now it has cooled down again, in fact it was downright chilly at our granddaughter’s first soccer game last night.

Last weekend was a long weekend, but when you are retired every weekend is a long weekend so it doesn’t make much difference to us any more.  What I love about the long weekend is the extra day of cheap rate electricity.  In my part of Ontario we are on TOU (time of use) rates and if you use the off peak times it is almost half the price.  Using appliances between 7 pm to 7 am and on the weekends means a big savings in electricity.   So an extra day is always a bonus.

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The moon is almost full.  This photo was taken on May 20 at about 9:30 at night.  The other nights have been cloudy or stormy so I didn’t get any more good photos.  We’ve had some terrific down pours of rain along with some winds and thunder.  In fact last night the wind was so gusty it lifted one of the corners of the canvas cover roof on the gazebo.

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On the nice days the annuals were planted and I also added some more peas and bush beans to the corners of the big tubs.   I do buy some hanging baskets of fuchsia but then the thrifty part of me kicks in and I try to make some myself.  This is one of the hanging baskets with petunias and wandering jew.  The strawberry pot (that has never had strawberries in it) was replanted with some creeping jenny and hens & chicks.  The pot was a surprise gift from my husband several years ago.

The birds have been busy and we are always pleased to hear and see the orioles back at the feeder.  And then there is the hum of the hummingbird as they flit by.  We’ve also had a family of squirrels running around the garden.  It is so cute to see the 4 little ones hop through the grass.  The rain doesn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm.

The green stuff that is referred to as grass is growing at a phenomenal rate and I notice that all of us are growing those same yellow flowers all over the lawn.  If only the flowers and veggies grew as fast as the dandelions.

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The lunaria, or money plant,  is blooming.  This is a biennial plant, just leaves the first year, blooms and the silver dollar seeds the second year.  If only those silver dollars were real.  But then, the money silver dollar isn’t really real any more is it?  Does anyone even see them anymore?

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The tall yellow, purple, and maroon iris buds are appearing.  Some of these iris came from  a school garden where I worked.  Poppies and columbine are also budding.  The three yucca plants that a friend gave me last year have new buds coming out of the center.  This is a new plant for me so I’m hoping it does really well.

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The gorgeous mid sized yellow iris are blooming.  A small pot of these yellow iris was given to me many years ago when I was a leader with Girl Guides of Canada.  They have grown really well, been moved to various spots in the garden, and many little pots have been given away to other gardeners.  Also blooming are the lily of the valley, the ajuga, the solomon seal, the bleeding hearts and the pansies.  The tulips and trilliums are almost finished.

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One of the best things about weeding after a rain storm is the whole long root comes right out of the ground with a little persuasion.  I’ve had lots of opportunity to do some weeding after the rainy nights and my wagon is full of them.

My garden is full of the gifts from friends … the iris, the yucca, the hosta, the bleeding hearts and more.  Each year they start to grow I remember where they came from and the special person that took time to share their garden with me.  I wonder if the people I gift plants to do the same thing?

Do you have a friendship garden?

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