Garden performers and failures…

  At times I felt like this summer would never end...the heat was often unbearable, the smoke kept many of us indoors, and the drought has left many plants struggling or under performing.  My garden did not look its best this summer...it may be time to make some adjustments considering the current extreme weather conditions… Continue reading Garden performers and failures…

Charlie in charge…

Charlie is our fifth dog, yet I feel like a first-time dog owner most of the time! All of our previous dogs were Bearded Collies, and although their personalities were very different and distinct from each other, some traits ran deep within the breed.  First off, they were easy to train, bright and caught on… Continue reading Charlie in charge…

Summer 2021…

  How was your summer?  Good, I hope.  Mine, as I had expected was busy...not in the garden, but running after a busy, curious, mischievous puppy.  Charlie loves the garden...digging in the garden and eating the plants in the garden best of all!  The yard looks like a doggy daycare!   More importantly, after a… Continue reading Summer 2021…

Summer…

    This past weekend was the official kick-off for Summer 2021, and what a difference a year makes! Finally, there seems to be something to look forward to...like seeing friends and family again, eating out in restaurants and possibly even travelling.   What could be better? The onset of Summer 2021 will bring excitement… Continue reading Summer…

My Extended Family…

  By the beginning of June, we can be fairly confident if a plant or shrub in the garden hasn't started to push out greenery, it probably didn't survive the winter.  This is always a sad reality, knowing that plants, too, have a life cycle.  I was reminiscing with my daughter about the loss of… Continue reading My Extended Family…

Lily of the Valley…a lucky charm

    This photo (left) and quote are found in Carolyne Roehm's book, Flowers, where she has dedicated a chapter to Lily of the Valley. Like her, I have an affection for this simple, delicate, fragrant, hardy woodland flower that grows so effortlessly in our Northern Hemisphere gardens.     On May 1, France celebrates, La… Continue reading Lily of the Valley…a lucky charm

Baseless Pots…

    As part of my garden transformation, I decided to "experiment" with baseless pots. After watching the "Bunny Guinness YouTube" channel, I couldn't wait for the opportunity to implement this idea into some of my garden beds.     Bunny Guinness (see April 22 blog post for more information on her) has used baseless… Continue reading Baseless Pots…