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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.

Pilot series.

Welcome to the first (of an expected many) episode(s) of the exciting new game show…Name that Plant!

Yes, such is my ignorance that I don’t know what’s growing in my own yard, even though I know I have been told at least some of these plants’ names in the past.  Please help.

Just to make things interesting, these are shoddy camera phone images.  My camera went on vacation without me, but will be back Monday.  I will be borrowing a friend’s this weekend:

Name that plant!

This is growing at the back of the rock garden. To keep, or not? What is it?

This is also growing at the back of garden, under and around the neighbour's shed.

This is also growing at the back of garden, under and around the neighbour's shed.

Another shot of the under/around shed plants.  They look like wee green tubes.

Another shot of the under/around shed plants. They look like wee green tubes.

This is has a tulip in the middle of it (yeah, I dunno how that happened either).  It's growing in the front garden, right next to the Ground-Hemlock/Yew bush.

This is has a tulip in the middle of it (yeah, I dunno how that happened either). It's growing in the front garden, right next to the Ground-Hemlock/Yew bush.

Okay, this is a diabolically bad photo.  These are growing next to the barrels in the backyard.

Okay, this is a diabolically bad photo. These are growing next to the barrels in the backyard.

And finally, a bonus photo of the massive expanse of periwinkle growing in the rock garden.  Methinks I will have to do a bit of a cull.  Maybe I’ll put it in plastic tubs on my front lawn and offer it to any interested parties.

That is a lot of frickin' periwinkle.  Anyone want some?

This represents about half of the periwinkle in the rock garden. I am not interested in rigidly manicured gardens, but this is ridiculous.

The one good (?) bit of news I got while wandering this morning is that even though the squirrels kicked all the bulbs out of the backyard barrels, a few ended up on the grounds.  I now have daffodils popping up at random locations around the back yard.  Which is better than nothing.