A Glimpse into the Garden

The garden journal shows some garden glimpses this week.  The trillium and hyacinths are blooming, the grass was cut for the first time, the wren returned to check out the birdhouses, and the weather was gorgeous midweek for relaxing in the gazebo.

hyacinths blooming at craftygardener.ca

One of the Stumpys is smiling over the yellow and white hyacinth.  I bought a couple more tree faces to add to my collection.

red and white trilliums in bloom at craftygardener.ca

The red and white trillium are out in full bloom in the north facing garden.

The ferns are popping out and it is interesting to see how far the roots travel under the ground before sending up new shoots.

ferns emerging at craftygardener.ca

Look what we saw in the garage!  Goodness knows how it got there, but we scooped it up on a dustpan and took it to the run off stream at the back of the garden.  The funny thing was we had seen the same water bug walking through the parking lot when we were swimming with the grandkids at the local pool.  Then a couple of days later we saw this one at home.

a water bug at craftygardener.ca

This is a giant water bug also knows as a toe biter (it didn’t get a chance to bite my toes) or electric light bugs.  The technical name is Belostomatidae and it was about 5 cm in length.

the wren at craftygardener.ca

The wren has returned to the garden and has been checking out some of the birdhouses.  I’ve heard the oriole but haven’t seen it yet.

The beginning of May is wet with a threat of severe thunder storms.  I’ll be soaking the peas this week and planting them.  Soaking helps to fatten the seeds up and get them ready for growing.  Some of the local garden centres are opening up and I can’t wait to visit our favourites.  It’s still too early to plant annuals in our area but in another 3 weeks or so it will be time to get them into the ground.

I’m sharing  these 5 garden glimpses with  Mosaic Monday and Five on Friday

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:  Egyptian walking onions, , sedum, sage, poppies, penstemon, hosta, mint, garlic chives, obedient plant, coreopsis, mountain bluet, coral bells, drumstick allium, false spirea, 

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

Growing well: ditch lilies, rhubarb, mini iris, bleeding heart, iris, red carpet stonecrop

Blooming: trillium, hyacinth, vinca, daffodils, 

Blooms finished: crocus

Trowel & Error: clematis

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  1. Hi Linda….
    Perhaps that water bug hitched a ride home with you 😳
    Love the Wrens…I have 5 Trilliums thus year! No red though….
    Been pouring here all day…heavier rains expected….cottage is even worse! 100 km winds…Geesh!
    I had to fill all my info in again to leave a comment….?
    Stay dry linda…I have soup on the stove…smells good in here!
    Linda :o)

    • Not sure why you had to refill the forms, usually that is something on your computer, like emptying cookies or deleting history. I have a feeling that a bug that size would of been noticed if it came home with us, but you never know, perhaps it hitched a ride under the van. Pouring of rain here too and quite damp, so no outside stuff today. Hope that warmth returns, I had my capris on for a couple of days last week but back to sweaters now.

  2. Kea

    I love your trilliums! If I don’t get to the Cat. Cemetery this weekend I’ll probably miss them this year, because I know I won’t make it out to Lemoine Point to see them there.

    The Stumpy is cute — adds a lot of character to your garden! I’ll pass on that bug, though. ::Shudder:: However, the sweet little wren can stick around. 🙂

    Have a good week!

  3. What a crazy looking bug! In this close up…he looks threatening! heehee! Love seeing the Trillium too. We always loved it in the mts of NC but don’t see it down this far South. Enjoy your week. Hope it’s not stormy! Hugs!
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  4. Oh WOW ! that’s a huge bug , never seen one like that here YIKES ! lol . Looks like your gardens are coming along well to . I do like your faces on your trees and stumps soo cute . I did my post this morning and mentioned the Baltimore Oriels I haven’t seen as of yet then this afternoon they arrived Yippee , now for the Hummers and that’s most of our birds back . Yes the May 24 weekend is when I get and do my annual planting looking forward to visiting my fave garden center . Lovely post and photos , Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !
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  5. Hi Linda! Your Trillium is a beautiful surprise to me. I had no idea they could be red. In my last post I published a photo of one of the four pale pink Trillium we spotted on a hike through our woods a few weeks ago. Also, your water bug amazed me. I was not too keen when a striped garter snake slithered past me the other day when I was out pulling up dead flower stalks, but I imagine I would have been put off a bit by encountering a big water bug, too. We have been having white wild cherry blossom showers…after LOTS of April showers. Thanks for posting!
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  6. Hi Linda, you can certainly keep that bug! Yikes!
    I thought so saw some trilliums blooming as we were driving by some woods. Your are so lovely.
    Wasn’t they a crazy rain last night??? I think we have had enough now.
    Have a good week.

  7. So enjoyed this glimpse into your world and hearing about what’s been happening recently, it all sounds lovely apart from that bug, toe biter indeed!
    The trilliums are such attractive plants, I wonder why I don’t have any in my garden? I would so like to start planting out annuals before we leave on vacation next week but I know it’s too soon and that when we get back I’ll have to go full pelt to get everything done, c’est la vie! Who’d be a gardener, eh?

  8. I love your Stumpy. There is a huge oak tree on my block that once had a face and I miss it! Yikes to the water bug! Trilliums — lucky you! Cute little wren. Happy Friday!
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  9. Your truilliums are beautiful, such wonderful colours and shapes. The water bug had a lucky escape, thanks to you. I wonder what he was looking for do far from his usual habitat. Have a good week.
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  10. This toe biter looks like it can give you a nasty bite! Spring is well under way, I am loving it. Your trilium looks really nice, I wonder if this plant would thrive here in Scotland, I like it. Have a lovely weekend.

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