Good days and bad days.

So, it’s been a while.  Lots of new stuff happening, some crap, some surprising, some awesome.  Got a good chunk of prettifying done before the drizzle began today.

First, here’s the crap news:

See what these assholes do?  Eat my tulips!  I hate them so much that I wasnt disgusted by the dead one being eaten by crows at the end of the street.

See what these asshole squirrels do? Eat my tulips! I hate them so much that I wasn't disgusted by the dead one being eaten by crows at the end of the street.

At least the tulips got their leaves out.  This bulb never stood a chance.

At least the tulips got their leaves out. This bulb never stood a chance.

This is the back porch.  Itll be nicer soon, I promise.  We dont have enough space for all that wood.  Heh.

This is the back porch. It'll be nicer soon, I promise. We don't have enough space for all that wood. Heh.

Also, dumbly didn’t take a photo, but I have a bin nearly full of violets that I dug up from proper flower beds.

There’s also good news!  I forgot about this plant:

Are this miniature roses of some sort?  This plant doesnt bloom for long and Im really not sure.

Are this miniature roses of some sort? This plant doesn't bloom for long and I'm really not sure.

Also?  I went shopping!  Hit up Canadian Tire and Loblaws this morning to buy some already-blooming and other awesome plants as well as a proper spade and a rake.

I cant be trusted in a garden centre.

I can't be trusted in a garden centre.

Included in the plant mix are pansies, geraniums, daisies, wild thyme, a hosta, cucumbers (!!!!), and lavender.  I also bought a hanging basket for the back porch.

Not a bad first effort.  Not 100% happy with the sides; didnt stagger layers super well.  I likes it, though.

Not a bad first effort. Not 100% happy with the sides; didn't stagger layers super well. I likes it, though.

I also planted the two planters that live on the porch all summer.  We share planting duties with our neighbour, normally, but she’s done it the last two years.  I didn’t consult, so I hope she’s okay with my choices (she never consults with us either).  Regardless of who takes care of it, spikes and geraniums are always involved.

Okay, I could have brushed off the dirt, eh? I didnt go for a theme this year apart from colourful.

Okay, I could have brushed off the dirt, eh? I didn't go for a theme this year apart from 'colourful'. Depending on space constraints, I might add a couple of more things later in the summer.

About ten years ago, I had a traumatic incident with lavender.  A bottle of essential oil exploded in my backpack while I was traipsing around Scotland for a couple of months.  Everything reeked of it the whole summer and I vowed never to touch the stuff again.  I guess I lied, because I am super keen on having this on my porch:

Hopefully, I can bring this indoors in winter.

Hopefully, I can bring this indoors in winter.

And cucumbers should be ready by the end of June!

Yes, okay, I am going to grow things from seed too, but I couldnt resist these.

Yes, okay, I am going to grow things from seed too, but I couldn't resist these. I've since sprinkled some red pepper flakes in to (hopefully) keep the squirrels out.

Finally, speaking of vegetables, my tomatoes are still doing quite well, though my leeks seem to have dried out entirely.

1. Look!  Real leaves!  2. Why am I growing these if I am allergic to them?

1. Look! Real leaves! 2. Why am I growing these if I am allergic to them?

More work tomorrow.  The garden box isn’t ready yet for lack of the right size of Robertson screwdriver. Doh!  There’s now an area cleared for it, though.  I also started some pumpkin seeds, but they haven’t sprouted yet and are therefore not very interesting to look at.

I’m getting much more excited now that there is colour in my garden.  Fingers crossed that the daffodils or tulips will develop bulbs soon; all my neighbours’ are already in full bloom.

3 Thoughts on “Good days and bad days.

  1. The plant you think might be little roses is called Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis). It’s a shade-loving groundcover. Other good ones that would look great in your rock garden are Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Columbines (Aquilegia spp.), Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) and Sweet Woodruff (Gallium odoratum). Hostas are good too (you have one coming up in that bed around the tree by where the asshole squirrels ate your bulbs). For the lawn in the backyard, have you thought about overseeding with white clover? It’s pretty shade tolerant, doesn’t mind clay, doesn’t grow very tall, and would get you some green out there.

    • admin on May 3, 2009 at 11:19 said:

      Kate: I think you might be right on the Lungwort (isn’t that a great name?). There are hostas in the front and back yard; I bought another yesterday called ‘Stained Glass’. I just need to figure out where to put it. Also, there’s a tiny patch of Sweet Woodruff (I know because the tag has survived three winters) in the back yard. Hurrah!

      White clover would be amazing. I will investigate this. I am letting the violets do their thing in that big area in the backyard (I’m posting more photos tonight, I think) and just yanking them out of the beds. I don’t think a full cull will ever be possible without a team of full-time employees.

      Chelsea: Good luck with the seed starting! I have lost so many already because finding the balance between humid and flooded has been more difficult than I imagined. So fun to grow things from scratch, though.

  2. Chelsea on May 3, 2009 at 10:22 said:

    It looks great! I’ve done some seeds and some starts too. It’s hard to do everything from seed. I think I’ll be getting tomato starts soon, but I’m allergic to them too! Piotr and the neighbors will eat them. I’m hoping to pawn off extra veg on all the neighbors when the time comes.

    Keep up the good work!

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