The Middle of May

Categories: The Garden 2017.

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 here too but she is a bit more elusive and hides around the back of the feeder.  The oriole is even more elusive and we can hear him singing in the back trees and spy him flitting through the garden but haven’t been able to capture him at the feeder yet.

male grosbeak at

I’m working on the windmill garden, moving some plants,transplanting some plants and improving the edging.  Here is the garden a couple of years ago.

the windmill garden in 2015 at

And one of it taken yesterday.

the windmill garden in May 2017 at

Now it has the false spirea in one corner, a yucca in another, a lavender in another and the daylities and mailbox feeder are in the forth corner.  The spirea was growing in a big pot.  It started as a small shoot that was given to me but after a couple of years it outgrew the pot and started to split the side.  The pot now lays on its side and I’m filling it with hens and chicks.

false spirea at

The yucca was a transplant from the front garden.  It bloomed last year and then looks just awful this year, but there are a few little off shoots poking through so I took the opportunity to move it to a better location.

Black +Decker cordless pruner

I had given up and added the lavender to my trowel & error section of my garden journal (bottom of this post) so it was dug up and headed for the landfill bags.  But I spied a tiny bit of growth under all the dead parts, so being an optimistic garden, I decided to give it another try and dug it into the corner behind the windmill.  It got a really good trimming using Snipper and I’m hoping it will grow.  The previous link takes you to last weeks post where I shared all about the cordless pruner.

I’m loving Snipper, as I called the Black+Decker cordless pruner.  If you are looking for a new cordless pruner that is easy to use this is one that I recommend and it can be purchased in many Canadian stores.

whimsical Canadian flag at

A little craft project I worked on while it was raining was to fix one of the Canadian flags I made last year.  It was originally on a coat hanger and I was never really pleased with it as it seemed no matter where I hung it, it always ended up lopsided.  So this year I used a hanger for a small garden flag.  It was easy to remove the strips from the hanger and retie them onto the hanger.  Now I can move it around easily.  If you look in the photo of the windmill garden you can see it there.  Check out how I originally made it here.  This would be a great Canada 150 project.

labelling the peas at

I finally got some of the peas planted – tall peas, Alaskan peas and the sugar snap peas.  In my search for the perfect plant marker I’m trying a different idea this year.  I put the empty package into a plastic bag, sealed it tight and used a clothes pin to fasten it to the trellis.  So far over the years the best plant markers are made with a dymo machine and metal markers.

peas at

Once again I’ve been neglecting my site and visiting other blogs.  But you can check me out on Instagram.

I’m sharing with Mosaic Monday and Five on Friday.  I’m late for one link up and early for another!

the gardener side at

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:    sorrel, meadow sage, 

Growing well: ditch lilies, rhubarb, mini iris, iris, red carpet stonecrop, Egyptian walking onions, poppies, evening primrose, lady’s mantle, mountain bluet, daylilies, ligularia, ferns,  drumstick allium, false spirea,  sedum, sage,  penstemon, hosta, mint, garlic chives, obedient plant, coreopsis,  coral bells, solomon seal, lily of the valley, obedient plant,

Planting: tall peas, Alaska peas, sugar snap peas

Transplanting: yucca, false spirea, lavender, coreopsis, yellow daylily, mini iris, hosta

Budding:  lilacs, honeysuckle vine, honeysuckle shrub, ajuga, 

Blooming: trillium, hyacinth, vinca, daffodils, tulips, mini iris, bleeding heart,

Blooms finished: crocus, pussy willows,

Trowel & Error: lavender, clematis