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Monday, May 6, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 I've decided to plant a flower garden this year and the excitement is palpable.  Really there was an air of general delirium this past weekend with our first taste of spring sunshine and heat.

I've given up my idea of growing vegetables on my own, not much of a farmer really.  I think I'd rather go buy vegetables from real farmers at the market.   This leaves a big sunny space in my garden to grow flowers for cutting.

I'll be growing some flowers from seeds and crossing my fingers that the full sun will do most of the work.
 I bought some plants at the nursery.  I don't know about you but I go crazy buying plants at the nursery, I managed to control myself by bringing this small basket.  I made myself leave after I filled it.

We went for a hike in the woods.  
 I think moss in the sunshine is one of the most beautiful sights on this fair Earth.

Our provincial flower, the Trillium, is out.  This is a special event as it only lasts two weeks or so in the spring.
It means the cold winter is over and the gardens are back!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and that your own Monday is extra fine.
xoxDani

41 comments:

  1. In May and june, I stop buying clothes and turn my consumer eye to all things green luscious! I love a cutting garden - I don't really have one, but I need one! I have lots of beds, but not many with full good 8-10 hours of sunlight! my grandmother had massive cutting beds besides her old farmhouse and they were amazing! I can't wait to see how yours come along. Now I need to go see if our trillium is blooming!!

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    1. WMM a cutting garden is something I've always wanted. I don't know why I tried to grow veg for so long!

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  2. You sound so happy, Dani! Spring is such a relief, isn't it? The trillium warms my far-from-Ontario heart, thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Abby it's a big relief this year and my favourite season.

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  3. so that's a trillium! it's beautiful, what a lovely song of Spring.

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    1. Fred that's a trillium, pretty aren't they!

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  4. We are still waiting a bit here for planting as the nights are still quite cool... I DO NOT have a green thumb but I am trying again to grow flowers and veggies... Hopefully I will be able to make something out of my yard... It is so rewarding when you are able to have green and colors outside your house that are due only to your work... Have a good week too Dani.

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    1. Hi Steph, hope your week has gone well, it's Friday evening for you by now! I agree a garden is really satisfying, I've spent some time out there this week and I really enjoyed it.

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  5. i wish i could keep plants and flowers alive! :P
    can't wait to see what your garden blooms!

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    1. phiphi oh no another brown thumb, I'll take pics as the garden evolves!

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  6. I have the same issue--have tried and tried to be a vegetable farmer but to no avail. If my brown thumb doesn't kill them, the bunnies and squirrels do. We had a vegetable bed in the front yard but are now planning to fill with flowers and maybe a few herbs. Your trillium is just lovely--what a sweet spring flower.

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    1. Danielle I find herbs really easy to grow, even from seed. I'm planting loads this year in and around the flowers. Good luck with your gardening venture!

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  7. Dani, I grow flowers too--both at our house in Dallas and at our farmhouses. Here in the city, I have pansies still blooming from the winter. We also have yellow columbine in full bloom, along with the Texas native Gaura. At the farm, I have more flower diversity: two kinds of hydrangeas, with Oak Leaf Hydrangea being my favorite. We have roses both climbing and Knock Out Roses (red and yellow). We have Black Eyed Susans, Turk's Cap,Coreopsis, Larkspur, Iris, and Heuchera, along with various herbs I use in cooking. My husband as planted two tomato plants--an heirloom purple tomato and a more common variety.

    I think gardening flowers is a very happy activity. The only thing that holds me back is my fear of snakes.

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    1. Hi Susan, your gardens sound beautiful. Hydrangeas are my favourite, I have a few but I'd like to plant a couple more this year. Snakes, eww. We saw some in the woods on our walk but I've never seen them in our garden thank goodness, I wouldn't go out there!

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  8. I cannot wait to see the fruits of your labors! Thank you for the trillium picture. I remember the excitement of seeing those first spring flowers. Sometimes the crocus would come right up through the snow.

    We planted some annuals this year and now I remember why that's not a good idea. The little ground squirrels ate them down to the ground. We planted a buffet :)

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    1. Hi DF, I don't plant bulbs for the same reason, the crazy squirrels eat everything!

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  9. Good luck! My husband nurtures our vegetable garden. If I buy veggie plants he asks if I want him to take them directly from the trunk to the trash or if I want to torture them for a little while. Little being the operative word! :-)

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    1. AWSL, my hubs likes to garden but not vegetables, he's so happy I've given up!

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  10. Love your trillium-- they are quite rare here. The flowering quince are about to bloom in that wonderful shade of orange.

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    1. Lane how gorgeous. I wish you had a blog so we could see your garden!

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  11. DOWN THE GARDEN PATH Dani, how lovely to pick your own flowers in a few weeks and fill Mason jars, jugs on sunny windowsills with them. The weekly farmer's market in David Pecaut Sq. (across from Princess of Wales Theatre) should be back in the next week or so, thanks for reminder to check schedule (closer than St. Lawrence and during week).

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    1. GF, in case you are interested, the farmer's market in Cabbagetown is supposed to start soon. It's a great source for organic, locally grown produce.

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    2. Thanks for letting me know Louise! Do like getting out to different ones in the area, not just SLM on Saturdays.

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    3. GF that will be excellent for you, so close and a bit of green in The Big Smoke!

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  12. I agree with Abby, you sound very happy. Enjoy getting dirty.

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    1. Happy for spring, the winter was so long and we skipped our trip down south which was a mistake!

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  13. I am going to attempt growing some veggies and herbs this year and see how it fares! Hopefully I can get some results!

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  14. you learn something new everyday - i have never seen or known about the flower - seems like the shy type.

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    1. couldashouldawoulda, It is a bit shy and doesn't last long, trilliums like the shade of the woods.

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  15. oh that Trillium is lovely! I've never heard of Trillium before!
    We do not have green fingers in our house, and our poor old yard gets very little sunlight due to a massive gum tree. Good for the summer heat, bad for growing things.
    Glad that spring has sprung for you!

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    1. HI Ruth, aren't the trilliums so pretty? Down there in Australia I should think shade is very important, your gum tree sounds like a blessing!

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  17. I am also really excited by the lovely weather we have had this past week. It seems like this past winter was so incredibly long. Every year, I grow tomatoes and lots of herbs. This year I started corn indoors. As soon as I have some time this week, I am off to the garden centre to buy some plants, can't wait!

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    1. Hi Louise, it sounds like your thumb is green. I might grow tomatoes in a container this year, my back step gets boiling hot with all-day sun, that should be a good spot.
      The winter was incredibly long, thank heavens it's over.

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  18. Hi Dani! This past winter did feel like it went on for much longer than usual, and it is wonderful that spring weather has finally arrived. I was amazed at how quickly the trees went from bare to cloaked in green in just a few days.

    The Trillium is lovely!

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    1. Hi ABC, I'm happy to see you and I hope you are well. Wasn't it amazing the way the trees exploded into big green balls, you could practically watch the leaves unfurling!

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  19. Love moss too and the wildness of the very romantic English garden next to the woods, untended and natural and lovely.

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    1. ALW l dream of living in the woods, but only weekends!

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  20. Dani, Love the idea ofa flower garden. I have a vegetable one, but was thinking of adding flowers to make it prettier. I have to say vegetable gardens are tricky and I have good years and bad ones.

    Love that little white flower peeking out! Happy Spring to you!

    xx
    Kim

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    1. Hi Kim, I don't have the green thumb for vegetable growing but I have had luck in the past with roses, I've been planting some new ones this week, I'm going to border them with pinks and lavender, fingers crossed...

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