Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dressed in White

~ white Rhodo ~
My white rhodo I planted last year is in bloom already! The white garden has been slow to develop over the years. The white daffodils & crocus have all mutated to yellows & purples - which is ok for spring colour. The white lilacs put out very small blooms last year & this year, I can already see some more coming in. I need to do some more research to find out what other 'white plants' I can find & place in this garden that will retain their white colour & bloom through-out the whole season & not just in the spring. For now - I love my wee little white rhodo & am thankful that it is white... which is why it is important to purchase your blooming shrubs while they are in bloom. Tags are not always correct...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Plant your Peas!

~ Early Peas Sprouting ~
Traditionally, March 17th is when you can head out to the gardens to plant your peas. This year I did some early weeding in some of my veggie beds & planted a few seeds several weeks ago. I put some plastic over the seeds & now they are up a few inches. The weather is still cool, so the plastic will remain in place for a few more weeks, but I think I'll put in a few more seeds to help extend the harvest later into the year. Can't wait to snip a few pea shoots for salads or stir fries while we wait for the weather to warm up some more....

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Explosions!

~ secrets under the bucket ~
 Spring is definitely in the air & I did a quick walk around the gardens this morning. 

Here's some of what I found:

The rhubarb is loving the warm temperatures that we have this spring! I picked up a food magazine this weekend (before I saw the bounty in the garden!) & there are exciting recipes for: rhubarb & lamb tagine, picked rhubarb, Chinese seared pork & rhubarb, rhubarb-ginger-saffron baked chicken & the traditional rhubarb crumble... Can't wait to start harvesting!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday - Funday & Not in the Garden

~ camellia in bloom in the neighbour's yard ~

~ return of the sea stars to Brady's Beach ~

~ return of the sea stars to Brady's Beach ~
Today I took a good long walk down to the beach early in the morning. Low tide at Brady's Beach is a magic place to be... It is good to see the return of the sea stars after the wasting disease hit the coast last summer. Sea stars provide lots of nutrients to the ocean & if you, by chance, come across a dead sea star, throw it in your tomato patch - the tomatoes LOVE sea stars!!

This year the camellias have not been harmed too much by the recent 'frosts' we've had. Honestly, with the sunshine during the day, we get these wonderful clear nights that are full of stars & lead to lightly frosted mornings. The camellias don't handle frost too well, but my neigbhour's shrub is handling it very well... A shrub that would break my heart if I tried to grow it, so I will admire other people's when they bloom...

Demo Day

This was the greenhouse I've been using for the last 8 years. The roof has been leaking for the last 3 years & there is a constant breeze blowing through that keeps the summer temperatures lower than I would have liked. This past winter, a good storm finally cracked a good section of the roof off...

I knew it was time to get rid of the eye-sore... This is what it looked like on 'demo day'...

I've been working on cleaning up the debris & removing some plants that somehow managed to live beside this structure. I hope to share an update photo with you in a couple of days.

The new greenhouse will be a larger structure - a portable structure - and will hopefully be in place later this spring. I have no rush at the moment, which means that I won't be starting my tomato & pepper seeds in the house this month. I think I'm ok with that this year...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Spring Sprouts

I started a couple of trays on the 12th & today I set them outside for a few hours of sunshine & warm breezes. I've got spinach, 3 types of lettuce blends, kale, parsley & cilantro that have sprouted in the warm sunshine of my south-facing windows. I am going to keep them indoors/outdoors like this for a while longer, but would like to experiment with my 'deck greenhouse' towards the first bit of March to see if I can keep them there til I can find room for them in my gardens...

What do you have growing in your windows this month?