Archives for garden journal 2017

The Middle of May

The Middle of May May 13, 2017 May has been wet and cold so far.  We were deluged with over 170 mm of rain in the first 5 days of May and temperatures didn’t reach much above 5 Celsius.  Though yesterday did give a promise of some warmer days when the temperatures hovered around 12 to 15 Celsius. The rain made the garden lush and green, after all the ground water soaked away.  But we had to wait till the ground wasn’t squish anymore to cut the grass. The male grosbeak has been captured at the feeder. The female is
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Rain, Sun, Rain

Rain, Sun, Rain May started with a downpour of rain, so much that we had almost 54 mm of rain in a few hours.  The weather has been chilly but at least there was a sunny day before the next round of downpours arrive later this evening. On the rainy days I did some reading.  A new series, The Scottish Bookshop Mystery, was started and the first two books have been read. Delany Nichols has moved from Kansas to work in a bookstore Edinburgh Scotland and gets involved in solving various book related mysteries.   I also read a couple
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A Glimpse into the Garden

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. One of the Stumpys is smiling over the yellow and white hyacinth.  I bought a couple more tree faces to add to my collection. 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
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It’s Not Here Yet!

It’s Not Here Yet! The warm weather!  But then again it usually isn’t at this time of the year, we just want it to be! It has been a mixed weather week with chilly temperatures, pouring rain, wind, clouds and some sun. On rainy days I’ve been doing some crochet, trying out a couple of new patterns for dishcloths.  One is called Round & Ridgy and the other is Granny Round Ripple. I like patterns that I call “no brainer” ones that I can work on while watching tv. The granny one is really nice but it needs a bit
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Enjoying the Weather

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. 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 This swan has a lot to say as a gull tried to move in on its territory. The osprey was letting us know she was on her nest … perhaps protecting young.  This is one of the nests that we check
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After the Rain

After the Rain The April showers were pouring down last week, and they even included a bit of wet snow.  Rains are great for washing away the sand and grit from the winter.  In between there were some nice sunny spells, just perfect for getting outside.  But they didn’t last long and I needed to take the opportunity when it happened.   The grass is greening up and we’ll soon be hearing the lawn mower motors as everyone gets outside more.  Hopefully all this rain will fill up the water tables so those of us on wells won’t worry so much after last year’s
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April Arrives

April Arrives We are marching right into April so it is time to spring-i-fy things.   Even though it’s not planting time there is some decorating and maintenance work that needs doing  in various places in the garden.  Here’s 5 things I’ve been working on. It was time to do away with the greenery baskets that are getting brown and put up the bumbershoot displays. I made these umbrella displays a couple of years ago using items from the dollar store and some ribbon.  I have one on each side of the garage door to fit in with the April showers theme for spring.
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