Sunday, September 29, 2013
It's a DUCK TEAPOT!! Who would have thunk you could find something like that just wandering through a 2nd hand store?
I had previously found this darling green ceramic duck (not a goose) & sneaked it home with all our other groceries & sundries. Quite cute & not too tacky.
I'm a little concerned now that we've started buying each other 'duck things' that other people will think they can surprise us with random duck knick-knacks. We may have just opened Pandora's box to a world of wacky-quacky...
Friday, September 27, 2013
|~ Scarlett runner beans ~|
Currently, I'm eating fresh runner beans. Love that I can keep picking & they will continue to produce! Plus, with some of these beans, we only need 2 or 3 each & that satisfies us for dinner. (I like to munch on a couple in the mornings when I'm hanging with the ducks)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
|~ rose bloom ~|
I purchased 2 rose bushes this summer when I attended the Lavender Harvest in Metchosin, BC. It was purely a spur-of-the-moment decision as I really know nothing about growing roses out on the coast. (what do you do to over-winter them? Oh wait - we don't get winter...)
Anyway - I didn't wait too long before I planted them & they have rewarded me with my first rose blooms! Creamy white with pale pink edging & yellow splashes in the center. Plus, I can feed the flowers to the ducks - they haven't yet figured out they can reach the petals on their own - which is a good thing!
|~ blue hydrangea ~|
|~ gladiola ~|
I planted gladiola bulbs a few years ago & had some wonderful flowers. But then the packaging told me to dig them out each fall & re-plant them each spring. Sounds like too much work for me!! So I left a bunch in different locations & am randomly rewarded with the odd bloom here & there. Some will bloom in late August & this one decided to bloom this week. I've brought it into the house to enjoy & we'll see if that bulb will produce again next year.
Monday, September 23, 2013
We've had torrential rains over the last week or so - which means large puddles & new challenges.
We installed a 'sun porch' with 'wind & rain shield' on their deck... Yes, the ducks now have a covered deck...
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|~ lemon sorrel ~|
Monday, September 16, 2013
|~ mystery flower ~|
This spring I went to a Seedy Saturday event & purchased a package of seeds that I was told was mislabeled. They had no idea what the plant would be.
I purchased it because it was supposed to be purple flowers in the fall. 'Ta-Da....' That's what they came up to be - but I had no idea what they were & none of my books was any help in identifying this one. I turned to my on-line gardening friends...
|~ purple toad flax ~|
It didn't take very long before the proper id was found: purple toad flax (Linaria). I love the little, tiny flowers - and they are small! About the size of your pinkie fingernail!! They look a little like snap dragons & larkspur...
They are a perennial that I now have to find new homes for as all the plants I grew (well over a dozen) are in my veggie beds where they have protection from curious ducks...
Saturday, September 14, 2013
|~ marigold ~|
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE marigolds! Yes, even their strange & strong scent.
I also found out that you can feed marigold petals to your ducks & it will make the yolks a deeper, richer yellow/orange colour & probably give them a boost in minerals or vitamins...
|~ marigold ~|
|~ tiger lily & Helenium ~|
These tall & skinny plants fit in between the other plants & can add texture & height to the fall garden. I did it initially to hide the flowers from the deer, but now that I don't have to worry about the flower-munchers, I can expand my planting of lilies.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|~ Autumn Joy sedum ~|
I love the Fall Garden - while it looks a little tired, the colours are richer.
The Sedums have recovered from the deer grazing - yes, the deer ate these every year just as they were coming into flower.
|~ Globe thistle ~|
The globe thistles are stunning! Love that they are spikey from their flowers down to their leaves! I hope to divide them up this fall & spread them around a bit - mix & match with the other textures in the beds.
|~ lavender ~|