Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Heat Wave Now

We are having a little heat wave ...the day starts out cooler but progresses to almost 30 degrees Celsius...I do not hang out in my greenhouse when it is that temperature and I have to water my greenhouse plants daily...they love lots of water...fortunately, a lot of my greenhouse plants are succulents, but they droop a little in the heat wave...like we do.....Canadians love to complain about the weather.....fun!
This is my gorgeous pink geranium that lived in my greenhouse last winter but loves the patio now.

Clearing some of the garden

It seems early to be clearing plants from the garden but last night I pulled out some dill-covered with little orange bugs that nest in the dill flowers which makes it uneatable....I tried just knocking them off but they came back with a vengeance.  The poppies are finished flowering so they will be going into the compost heap at Lappan's Lane in the not too distant future.
I have been weeding my garden this past week and it is looking much better...the herbs and flowers have more room to grow now.  I planted old fashioned four o'clocks and can't wait for them to bloom.  My dahliah is progressing well and the Rose of Sharon has buds now.
Tomato plants are slow growing but do have little tomatoes on them.
Love Gardening.....

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Robins

Robins nested in our tree this year and when gardening the mother robin was so angry with me for being under the tree where her babes were.......
I tried to tell her that she was lucky to enjoy birthing in my tree but she just swooped down and tried to bomb me......Robins are Hilarious!

Getting back to blogging in July 2016

Whew...it has been a crazy year for myself and my family...could not begin to describe things...so...I will proceed into July 2016 and talk about my greenhouse and garden....my greenhouse is doing great ....not much going on in there except for repotting new aloe vera plants and aloe juvena plants...all the geraniums are thriving on the patio in pots and the cosmos seeds that I started in the greenhouse in March are gently waving in my garden and producing blooms....the cosmos  I am growing this year are called Seashell cosmos....they are not as tall as the old fashioned cosmos and colours are pink and burgundy....now...they are just starting to bloom so I still hope for white flowers.....In my herb garden in front of the greenhouse, I have planted two tomato plants and they are now forming tomatoes...can't wait to taste them....all in all, I am pleased with my garden this summer.....

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Day after Earth Day 2015

Well....just saw on Global TV Toronto that Earth Day participants in Toronto were only 6% as compared to 10% last year....guess folks could not tear themselves away from their electronic devices or leave the hockey game for one hour.....hope they will look around and decide how they can be kinder to the earth and the future of their children....they could start by not causing and creating so much wastefulness.....and that would be in any department of their life......kcups could be a start...take your paring knife...clean off the foil on top of the kcup after you have your coffee....scoop the grinds into your compost pail...rinse out the cup and put in recycle blue box....that is what I do and it only takes a couple of minutes to do.   I noticed that some kcups have an interior plastic basket and cloth like filter....I try not to buy them as they take extra time to clean and I don't think the cloth like filter would be compostable....when buying kcups at Coffeetrends store or Personal choice store, I squeeze the bottom of the kcups and if it is hard, I don't purchase that kind of coffee.  I also have a list of the companies that package the kcups like that.......after a while, you remember what is what.
A tip from greenhouse gal for you......

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Long long and longer winter -2015

Oh my gosh....it has been such a long long time since I blogged about my greenhouse....it has been a long and longer winter, it seems to me and we still have lots of icy snow in our yards and yesterday, for some reason, it snowed again....at least, it melted and we didn't have to shovel it.
My greenhouse is lovely and warm today with the sunshine coming through the glass...plants in there are loving the heat.  I am not starting any seeds this year as I do not have a vegetable garden and decided not to have a tomato plant or two, like I did last year....will concentrate on flowers....I really want a couple of tall sunflowers to grow in my flowerbed this summer.
Well - today is Earth day - I do not participate by turning off lights and burning candles as I actually try hard to do Earth day every day of my life....I am a thrifty shopper, I don't leave lights on in the house if I don't need them....don't use a lot of electronic devices (they advise folks to turn them off during the Earth hour tonight).....I recycle everything possible....I compost all my kitchen scraps...we put out one bag of garbage once a month or every 6 weeks...we take clothing that we don't need to Value Village and our local sharing centre and we give unneeded or not used items to our Knights of Columbus annual Garage Sale in May.  I ride my bike in the nice weather-have already rode it 3 times (even tho it was freezing out).....I save on Hydro by using washer, dishwasher and dryer in off peak hours....try to use the oven for more than one thing when it is turned on....and consciously practice being kind to the earth every day....I feel very close to Mother Earth and get annoyed when I see people that abuse her kindness.
There.....I have expressed how I feel about Earth Day....it is a good idea and I think it brings some awareness annually but EVERYONE who wants to save the earth for the future should be careful and cautious every day of their lives...

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

End of gardening
The garden is empty for this year and next year, we will not plant a veggie garden...it will become a lovely lawn.....I will still have my flower beds....that will help my back improve, I am sure...
Today, we took a load of garden waste to Lappan's Lane.....the garage is empty now..it was getting hard to walk through the garage as I filled so many bags......just have a bit more gardening to do...mostly weeding....

Not having a veggie garden will give me more time for my greenhouse......


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer in my garden

It is nearly mid july and my garden is doing extremely well....I had to clean out a flower bed already...it was full of beautiful poppies that didn't bloom too long, so I yanked them out only to discover that my heritage irises were starting to rot....poppies are gone now....irises are cut back and looking better....I spent two days on this job.....we were fortunate to have some cooler days last week....now....I have to clear out the other half of this flowerbed.....more poppies to remove!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Long time no blogging

Forgot to write in my blog....busy, I guess....
The garden is nearly planted....just a few more seeds and plants to put in ----now, that is the vegetable garden.....the other gardens are patiently waiting arrival of their annual plants....
Last night, around midnight, we had beautiful rain....it woke my husband up but I slept right through it....this morning, my garden looked so wonderful....all the lopsided plants were standing up straight....