A glimpse

This has been a rather busy fall. So busy, in fact, that autumn has almost passed by without my noticing it. Since it’s my favourite season, this was a bit of an eye-opener for me. We took some time and went for a family ramble through the MUN Botanical Gardens on Sunday.

Of an evening

An addition to my gardening tools that has proven invaluable thus far this summer is the Chuck-it.* Technically, I suppose, it’s not a gardening tool. Really, if you want to be truly accurate, you’d have to call it a dog toy. However when gardening with two border collies, one of whom is under the age…

All’s Well…

… that ends well. A fitting way to describe yesterday as the body of it held the elements of both comedy and tragedy* and the ending was beautiful, yet marred slightly by bugs. Although Helena had a husband, not bugs. I had both, but I suspect my husband was more honestly come by. Katherine was…

Lost in the garden

The rain has finally stopped falling and I’m making another assay on the garden. I know that slow and steady is the best way to do these things, but my life has never quite worked that way, so I tend to do garden blitzes. This weekend we’re relocating one vegetable bed (which is both easier…

Pantoufles

I have always loved the French word “pantoufle”. There is no rhyme or reason to this. I have no particular affection for slippers. I simply like how that word feels in my mouth. I also like the words “syllable” and “estuary” and I’m entirely not sure why. Today, after the Craft Council’s Annual General Meeting,…

Unfurling

Monday is a day of unrolling the path that the week will take and laying out the framework for getting things done. This week is a big week garden-wise, as I hope to move one bed, rework another and get many things planted, both in the ground and in starter trays in the greenhouse. The…

A stroll through spring

Both running and gardening have given me a profound appreciation for the nuances of spring. Living in a climate that leans precariously toward cooler temperatures even in the most hospitable of seasons tends to bring out either hope and joy or despair and gloom in folks. I’ve noticed that runners and gardeners fit the “hope”…

Dear Spring

Dear Spring, Oh how I have missed you. Please come in, have a cup of coffee and stay a while…. Vicky

A touch of grace…

Today is starting out as “one of those days”. We all have them and the more interesting your life is to start with, the more creative the chaos can become. Sick kids we can handle. That happens all the time. How often, though, do you fall off a deck while chasing a dog who wants…

Spiders, spiders everywhere…

Spider orchids are such peculiar things. “Eternal Wind” started to open a week or so ago and since then has emerged as a cascading stalk of dangling spiders. Luckily the cat isn’t at all interested in *these* spiders. I know I took some photos before, but I wanted to have another go now that it’s…

The drabbest of days

It seems like on these dreary old mid-winter days (the ones with freezing rain, wind and no sun), a splash of colour is most needed. When that colour comes with a natural whiff of floral fragrance, it’s even nicer. This Hoya plant was a cutting taken from the Devon House Clay Studio‘s Hoya and has…

Sun-starved

Everything in the garden is doing as well as can honestly be expected. This has been the coldest and wettest June here in the St. John’s region since 1982 (and if anyone remembers the joy that was the summer of 1992, that’s saying something). We will not hit 20 degrees Celsius during this month of…