Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sometimes Its Just the Little Things

SPRING IS just around the corner and each day, ignoring the foot or more of snow we have, my eyes are on March. Here in our area of Nova Scotia, we were blessed with a day full of sunshine at the end of January. Most of the snow had melted in that interlude since Christmas and it was actually really WARM. Well, nine degrees warm ;-).  Protected in sheltered spots the soil was soft, damp and rich with the scent of spring. Gathering eager little bulbs, showing points of green, the sun beating down on my back, has to be one of the most lovely individual pleasures of a gardener. These were mostly snowdrops and that little blue flower that seems to be the star of early beds, "Glory of the Snow". They came to visit one day and never left.
The above were photographed last spring, but those tucked in the little pots on that warm January day, are doing quite well also. "Woodie" is doing a great job protecting them.
You might notice the beautiful hand thrown vessel in front, which was made by fellow blogger GZ . When I saw it on her Etsy shop I knew it would be perfect for my well being. In fact, it has a twin. Second to a garden, I love ceramic pots, but then, they are both of the soil and happen to go joyfully hand in hand. Gathering sea glass is another natural pleasure.
I look more to my garden for joy than anywhere else. Always something to do, and never a dull moment. Honestly...never a dull moment.

May I share with you something that is niggling at the Captain and I. The fence pickets are rotting at the bottom and all getting rather shabby. Definitely in need of a new lick of stain and perhaps some replacement. But...we have been thinking about removing the garden as it is, and doing a low raised bed arrangement that is still welcoming and will still have some bones (structure) in the winter months. Not sure we've got it in us this year as it would have to happen (begin) soon. But he did bring his BIG measuring tape home from work, .....and I am trying to find a large piece of graph paper, .....and I do have an idea of what we'd like which involves galvie. If you don't hear about this again, you will know, it was a no go. ))))  For now


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    1. Galvanized metal Sue. Thanks for asking and your comment.

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    1. So love them, especially the foot. Am doing a bit more in the ceramics now also. Nothing to write home about though ;-)

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  3. I hope the plan is a goer. I love to see "Garden transformations"!

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    1. Thank you Mark. I hope it is a goer too!

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  4. I have a feeling we'll be hearing about it again .... soon!
    I think your pots are very nice and I loved to read that they are good for your well being!

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    1. Yes...possibly so. Found some graph paper! AS for pots, we must always think of these things as for our well being ;-)

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  5. It does always bring hope when you see the bulbs poking through - we have no snow here at the moment and there have been one or two lovely springlike days - March isn't far away now so it is full steam ahead. What are the blue flowers called I can't bring their name to mind.

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    1. Elaine I looked to see what the blue flowers proper name was and found this. Chionodoxa, known as glory-of-the-snow, is a small genus of bulbous perennial flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae, often included in Scilla.

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  6. The white pickets were such a nice feature, I'd be sorry to see them go from your pictures, but I have the same issue with pickets that need to be painted/replaced, so I can understand the desire for a complete change. I have 4 raised beds and one thing I wish I had done was to make them taller. Mine are just 12" and I wish they were at least 24". Looking forward to seeing what you do...

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  7. I am on tenterhooks to find out if you have decided to go ahead with the work! Hopefully you'll post again soon and put me out of my misery - I do so love a project! Chionodoxa is a beautiful plant - once you have it, I suspect you will always have it. Bees love it - so if there are any crazy enough to venture out at this time of year, at least there will be blooms.

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