Enjoying the Weather

We have had some really nice days, just perfect for walking by the bay, decorating the garden, and relaxing and reading outside.

down by the bay in mid April, 2017 at craftygardener.ca

The water was calm and clear on our walk by the bay at the end of the week.

Look at the water dripping off the swan’s beak as it came up after  dunking for food

swans at the Bay of Quinte by craftygardener.ca

This swan has a lot to say as a gull tried to move in on its territory.

swans at the Bay of Quinte by craftygardener.ca

The osprey was letting us know she was on her nest … perhaps protecting young.  This is one of the nests that we check out in the spring.

osprey on nest by craftygardener.ca

The water levels were fairly high so none of the big tree stumps were sticking out at the turtle pond.

the turtle pond by the bay at craftygardener.ca

At home we got the gazebo set up and the garden furniture outside.  I did some garden decorating so now the garage is starting to look more like a garage instead of a storage area.  The driftwood starburst has a new home on the small gate.  The honeysuckle vine got a good trim before all the buds open.  The clematis seems to be rotting at the root and lots of the branches are breaking away so it looks like it will be the first addition in the Trowel & Error section of my garden journal.  But on a good note I can purchase a new one when planting time comes around.

April in the garden at craftygardener.ca

The tipsy pots have been set up just waiting for warmer weather so they can be planted up.  The plant tables got 4 new containers to plant in.  These big recycling boxes were on sale and they are nice and deep for the roots of the plants to grow down into.  I’ve turned all the soil a couple of times and it is almost ready to plant.  Peas will be first.

the tea time tree at craftygardener.ca

The tea time tree is all set up with the old bistro set under the tree.  One of the legs on each chair is a bit wonky and not safe for sitting on but when propped against something it looks perfectly okay.  The honeysuckle shrub is starting to bud so it won’t be long before it is all filled in.

birds and critters in the garden at craftygardener.ca

The green chair is the perfect place to sit with the camera and get photos of the birds and critters that visit.  I also got the hummingbird feeder all cleaned and filled in hopes that I’ll be photographing the hummingbirds very soon.

Maisie Hobbs by Jacqueline Windspear

In the week I picked up the latest in the Maisie Hobbs series by Jacqueline Windspear. I highly recommend this series if you are looking for something new to read.  Maisie is a psychologist and investigator and has experienced a lot of love and grief in her life.  The series starts in 1929 and the 13th book, In this Grave Hour is set in 1939 at the onset of World War II.  Maisie is asked to find the murderer of a Belgian refugee and the more she digs into the murder the more she discovers.  Reading the series in order gives you a really good understanding of the characters and all that Maisie has gone through.  I certainly hope there will be more in this series.

There are good smells in the kitchen today as I cook a turkey for the family dinner on Sunday.  The nice weather is coming an end as some rain is moving in this afternoon and tomorrow.  I hope you are all having some lovely weather in your part of the world. Enjoy the weekend.

PS – During the pouring rain in the afternoon, I waded into Instagram.  I have heard so many of my blog visitors mention it that I thought it was time to try it out.  It just might force me to use the camera on my ipad and iphone a lot more.

the gardener side at craftygardener.ca

The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Sprouting: hyacinths, Egyptian walking onions, trillium, ditch lilies, rhubarb, tulips, mini iris, sedum, sage, poppies, penstemon, bleeding heart, iris, hosta, mint, garlic chives, obedient plant, coreopsis, mountain bluet, coral bells, drumstick allium, false spirea, reed carpet stonecrop

Budding: pussy willows, lilacs, honeysuckle vine, honeysuckle shrub, daffodils,

Blooming: crocus

Trowel & Error: clematis

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  1. Before we left for our Oregon softball trip I did put my peas and runner beans in their pots. Other than spreading some lettuce seeds in two deck pots (they are easier to reach for a quick picking than bringing in my floating garden) and feeding my rhubarb and blueberry bushes (they have tons of buds), that’s all of the gardening I’ve done so far. Wayne helped me dig in mushroom manure in the floating garden so it can cure for a few weeks before planting. When we get home I’m really hoping for a few sunny days to get my seeds in so they can start in the warming weather and spring rains. – Margy
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  2. Kea

    Happy Easter and happy Spring–real Spring–at last. 🙂

    I especially love the swan close-up; wonderful! And an osprey on her nest! Wow! I don’t even think I’ve ever seen an osprey in “real” life.

    It’s so lovely to be out puttering in the gardens now, isn’t it? I tidied up my postage stamp sized back space and got a dozen bags of mulch yesterday, courtesy of Dad’s rental car and his chauffeur service. We’d just gone to Home Depot for the mulch and while the garden centre was only in the process of being set up, it was a zoo, people loading up carts and trolleys. Seems like everyone is itching to get into their gardens, to see blooms.

    All the best, enjoy your Easter celebration!

  3. Hi Linda, lovely photos! The one of the swan with water dripping of his beak is wonderful.
    We spent time today cleaning out the gardens but came in as it looks like it is going to rain shortly.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  4. I am soo loving this warm weather now and am loving being in my gardens again . Most of the weekend was sunny and 22C or more . I have seen many Cabbage moths , Painted lady and Eastern Comma butterfly’s . Your gardens are coming along nicely again . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , have a good evening !
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  5. Margie

    The swan shot is fantastic! I’m also loving your tea time tree. Now I’m off to check my local library catalogue for the Maisie Hobbs series. Thanks for the tip!

  6. I can’t believe how organised you are! my garden is still a mess I haven’t even started out there yet. Love your photo’s especially the one of the swan. I’m on Instagram but keep forgetting about it there’s only so many hours in the day and I find it impossible to keep up with all social media, I must put that book on my wish list. 🙂 x
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    • Found you on Instagram. I’m enjoying it, don’t need to create anything long, snap a photo, add some text and share. I’ve been looking for a way to cut down on my site but still be connected to blogland friends. Enjoy the day.