Friday, April 27, 2012

Raindrops and....

Well, it's not yet time for roses, but I do love the look of raindrops on emerging plants.

This happens to be a lily - it's a dwarf variety & will bloom a lovely orange. I just hope I'm around to see it happen!!

I stare longingly at my neglected gardens & yard & wish I had a week to spend tending them. But it's raining (can't you just hear the grass growing?) & I've a new Mon-Fri 9-5 job (swore I'd never have one of those!) & I'm taking a week away to visit my family.

The grass will just have to grow.

I just hope I don't miss out on too many blooming things!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Greenhouse Blooms

~ calendula ~
I'm playing a whole lot of catch-up over the next 2 days. It's been a busy time for me with work & today I'm unfortunately crashing.

I hope to get out to talk with my plants, but need to do a bit of computer work first.

Last week, the calendula that self-seeded in the greenhouse opened its first flower. I've noticed a few other calendula around - mostly the ones that overwintered, are also starting to bloom. The plants aren't a full & bushy as the self-seeded one, but it's still nice to have early flowers. Hope to be able to add some petals to some fresh green salads in the next few weeks.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

First Deer Sighting of the Year

The other day - early evening - I witnessed my first deer sighting on the property.

Sure, there was plenty of evidence that deer had previously been around: nibbled shrubs, spring bulbs pulled out, magically disappearing chives & other fresh greens, piles of droppings (fertilizer)...

But this was my first time to observe the critter(s). Looks quite healthy & was more concerned about the dogs barking up the hill on another property than about me watching it from the deck.

It very casually walked onto the property, by-passed the plum trees just starting to leaf out (thank you!) & stopped for a moment to eat some grass. It then carried on its merry way to the back of the property & exited through the snarly brush onto the wilds of the neighbour's land.

So long, farewell, hope you don't think my land is tastey...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Compost "Plus"

~ celery ~
Compost sometimes does strange things. Sometime those strange things are unsightly & smelly, but sometimes the bounty brought on by using compost is a double bonus!

I'm an avid composter - I compost things from work & bring it home with me & sometimes that's only coffee grounds at the end of the week, or sometimes it's a 5 gallon bucket every 2 or 3 days. I love it all!

With this lovely spring sunshine & warmer temperatures, some of the compost I've put out on my rhubarb has given me a nice surprise. It won't actually die & compost down...

The bok choy in the previous post was my first indication of the early bounty I could realize. If the 'bum' ends of certain veggies were to be 'planted', than I could eat fresh food quicker & for less money.
~ romaine ~

The celery & romaine lettuce were 'rescued' from the compost around my rhubarb just yesterday & planted in the yet un-seeded section of my veggie bed. I should have been doing this all winter!!

We shall see what happens over the next few weeks. In the mean time, I'll continue to put my kitchen scraps around the rhubarb & into the nearly full compost tumbler & see what other surprises are in store.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Who's Fooling the Month of April?

~ raindrops on lupins ~
April 1st was a grand day here in Bamfield. The sun was shining & it was warm! Finally...

I won't mention the days that have followed...

Since our weather really isn't feeling very 'spring-like' these days, there not much physical gardening being done, so I usually just take the camera around instead of a garden tool.