I'm embarrassed to say these flowers - my favourite - were completely obscured until I spent two hours pulling weeds today. Their leaves are littered with weed seeds. So glad to see these! I thought we had lost all of our echinacea over the winter. There are several more volunteers, too. I think they'll bloom next year.
Nice second harvest of rhubarb today. Picked in the rain while waiting to move a water pump -- which is really the story of the day: 3+ inches of rain so far and no end in sight. We spent much of the day dealing with water in the basement and yard. I also took a picture of a window well full of water. Yuck. This picture is much happier!
(Our third day of deep cleaning the girls' rooms came to a sudden halt when the water problems started. Hope we can get back to it tomorrow. But we have other commitments, too.)
Our lilies are coming along. Looking forward to those blooms! Our yard looks awful as we haven't had time to do any yard work. For now, this is about all of the yard I'm willing to share. Hoping to get out there and make a real difference on Sunday. A free day, finally.
The girls were delighted to take home these cute table centrepieces from their Auntie's wedding shower on Saturday. The plants are Orange Mint, Melissa All Gold Lemon Balm, and Oregano.
Sophia participated in the first day of the city track meet and earned a 4th place in triple jump. She's looking forward to high jump, long jump, and relay tomorrow. Madeline is in high jump tomorrow, too. Neil is helping with Mosaic set up today and tomorrow, as well as working extra hours at Prairie Sky and serving Grocery Freedom customers every weekday. The girls have stage rehearsal tomorrow night. Busy week!
It'll still be awhile before my rhubarb is big enough to cut. Can't wait - I love it!
Today was Victoria Day, and I'm off all this week. Lots to do around the house and yard. (I could easily fill three weeks!) Sophia is excited and getting ready for Outdoor Ed at Camp Monahan (3 days and 2 nights).
Lantana camara and Osteospermum hybrid Orange Symphony.
We continued our tradition of going to greenhouses on Mother's Day. This year, we went to West 25th (owned by the family of one of Madeline's school classmates), Cherrylane, and Doorn's - all locally owned and operated. We enjoy chatting with the owners.
Here's what we bought and planted in 2013. Far more annuals than I intended to get, but the girls loaded our boxes with flowers they wanted, and my mind was on our van purchase - which happened right before we went to the greenhouses - instead of policing the plant purchases!
Tomatoes (1 of each)
Sweet Million (60-65 days)
Lemon Boy (72 days)
Manitoba (62 days)
Bush Beefsteak (62 days)
Rambling Red Stripe (62-68 days)
Sunsugar (62 days)
Tumbling Tom yellow
Peppers & Herbs
Jalapeño pepper 4
Flat leaf parsley
Celery 3 (from Laurel)
Corn Golden Beauty Hybrid
Carrots: Red-cored Chantenay, round (ball shaped), orange, purple, and white
Lettuce: green, red, and butter
Trumpet lily Regale
Longiflorum lily Triumphator
Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus)
Stock Vintage Mix
Snapdragon Chimes Mix
Aster Pot 'n' Patio
Cosmos Sonata Mix
Osteospermum hybrid Orange Symphony
Viola Sorbet Mix 6
Pansy Matrix Deep Blue w/ Blotch 6
Gazania We Day Mix 6
Nicotiana Saratoga red 3
Pansies 3 (free from Cherrylane)
Begonia Fairyland Mix (free from Cherrylane)
Sweet Potato Vine - 1 purple and 1 green
Acalypha Chenille Fire Tail
Here are pictures of our greenhouse visits from 2009 to 2012, and then a shot from this year at Doorn's.
We enjoyed visiting greenhouses on this beautiful afternoon. It's becoming a Mother's Day tradition for us. We went to The Plant Ranch, Cherry Lane (near Grand Coulee), and Doorn's (Hwy 6 south). I had some good SwarmJam coupons for The Plant Ranch and Cherry Lane.
We plan to do our planting next week when I'm off work. Looking forward to it!
Early Girl 4 (54 days)
Patio (70 days)
Red Cherry (75 days)
Golden Honey Bunch 4 (75 days)
Oxheart 4 (90 days)
Bush Beefsteak (from school)
Peppers & Herbs
Jalapeño peppers 4
Banana (yellow fingerlings)
Asiatic Lily Tango Dot Com - G's choice
Asiatic Lily Cappuccino - M's choice
Asiatic Lily Tiny Dino - S's choice
Echinacea Harvest Moon
Echinacea Fatal Attraction
Sedum (from our neighbour)
Himalayan Blue Poppy (added later)
Spiderwort 'Sweet Kate' (added later; to replace one that didn't come back)
We're enjoying our first blooms of the season: Pasque flowers we planted last year. We're also enjoying our new camera and learning more about photography through Fundamentals of Digital Photography with John Greengo at CreativeLIVE (excellent workshop!). Neil took these photos April 23 & 24.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson