Goodbye – Hello

Goodbye to May, a month of changeable weather from polar vortex cold to lots of rain to stifling heat and humidity.

Hello to June – what will you bring?

back tree garden May 2020 at

May was the month of growth in the garden, and it almost changed daily. We also had a fair bit of rain in May which helped the plants (and weeds) grow rapidly. The problem with rainy days and heat is it brings out all the mosquitos and black flies and at times it was unbearable to be outside.

May 2020 blooms at

The blooms are popping up all the time, from solomon seal, to ajuga, to sand cherry, to bleeding heart, to mid sized iris, to poppies. The trilliums came as white blooms and left as pink blooms. They had been transplanted last Fall so I was pleased to see they had survived.

the rock garden at
my rock garden

I have given rock gardens a whole new meaning. Over the winter and during the quaran’tea’n time I’ve been painting lots of rocks. Most of them get hidden when we go out and about. But during this stay at home time that hasn’t been happening. So I decided to put them all out into my garden instead of all over my dabbling room floor (the place where I dabble in all sorts of craftiness)

the rock garden at
Rockville Alley

Leading from the front of the house to the garden is a path, rather like a small alley now as the lilacs have grown so big all this path. This path has another rock garden, of all the little painted rock houses I’ve done over the years. This past winter I had them all inside for repairs and renovations.

Be sure to have a look at my rock projects and see all the other types of rocks I’ve painted.

the tea thyme tree at

The tea thyme tree was set up in the honeysuckle shrub for another year. Right now the honeysuckle is laden with blooms.

May 2020 plant tables at

The veggies were planted. Several types of tomato plants, climbing beans, scarlet runner beans and Egyptian Walking onions were planted, along with nasturtiums, sweet peas and 4 o’clocks. I can already see some of the seeds poking through the ground. The promise of good things to eat soon.

It is important to have a regular routine of activities. At first during this time I started my Sew a Little Happiness project. Another of my quaran’tea’n projects was to learn/practice a new tangle each day. These are all done in a little book and easy to flip through for reference. Now gardening time is here I have a set time outside everyday, depending on the weather or the bugs! So it is walk/exercise, garden time, sew/tangle time, more garden time, read, knit/crochet while watching a bit of television. What is your daily routine like?

I’ve also made some larger pictures of the different tangles I’ve been learning. One is all different houses, to represent the stay at home scenario we have all been experiencing for the past several weeks (since mid March). I’ve been calling them zendoodles, probably not the correct term, but one that I like.

creating zendoodles at

Crafty’s interpretation of zentangle

  • zen = calm or serene
  • doodle = random patterns and swirls
  • tangle = patterns of lines within a space
  • zendoodle = calm drawing of patterns and swirls
  • zentangle = calm drawing of repeating patterns
creating zendoodles at
Stay Home, Stay Safe

More of my doodles, zentangles, zendoodles

May 2020 birds at

May is a goodbye and hello month for birds. The winter birds say goodbye and we say hello to the wrens, orioles, grosbeaks and hummingbirds.

stewed rhubarb at

The rhubarb got picked and stewed. Most gets frozen for use over the winter in homemade applesauce or over ice cream. But some gets made into apple/rhubarb crumble.

I actually like the stewed rhubarb a bit watery, as I drain it off and save the liquid for a refreshing drink. I did see a recipe that used watery stewed rhubarb, pineapple juice and ginger ale. You could mix in whatever you have at hand to make your own concoction.

critters in the garden at

Although annoying and pesky the red squirrels and chipmunks are fun to watch and photograph.

May has been a busy month both inside and outside. I hope you enjoyed my peek Through the Garden Gate. I’m sure June will be the same.

garden line

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