Thursday, May 30, 2013

In the Garden

I am slowly making improvements to the gardens around the house. 
When we first moved in, we pulled out many scraggly, struggling shrubs from the front, and so were left with lots of empty space, punctuated with clusters of trilliums and lily-of-the-valley amongst other shade loving woodland plants.  I am slowly filling those spaces primarily with hostas and ferns, with some foxgloves (if they decide to grow) and bleeding hearts. 

One of the side gardens is essentially wild, and will remain so for another year or two.  I like it, though.  The grassy areas surrounding it are filled with forget-me-nots at this time of year and my husband leaves the grass uncut for me.  I love looking out my kitchen window at the cloud of blue.
I am okay with some of the gardens going a little wild- my favourite type of garden is what I would describe as controlled naturalization. I want plants that will grow well in the conditions that exist, and I want to see very little bare ground. I decide what will go where and plan for the height and spread of different plants, but after that I want them to just do their thing. Organized chaos. I've never been a fan of overly manicured gardens, and I especially think they look strange out in the woods.
We are lucky to have some well-established peonies and lilacs in every shade around the other side of the house.  The peonies are in part shade right now, though, and would likely do much better if we moved them.

The sun garden farther up the lawn had been kept tidy, as has the smaller side garden.  That's as far as I will get this year.

There is still so much work to be done outside, but a little bit at a time is going to have to do for now.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

And the Sun Returns

After a week of rain and ice (yes, ice) the sun has returned this morning. 

The blackflies are still nagging us with their presence and temperatures have been less than favourable for getting rid of them.

I really don't mind the rain - and we needed some, and the cooler temperatures don't bother me, but I am pleased to see the sun this morning.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Longest Weekend

I'm sure what I'm about to write won't go over to well with some readers.  That's fine.  I'm sure I sound like a grumpy old man who is shaking his fist.  I've come to terms with that.  Maybe I just hate fun.  Maybe.

The first long weekend of the summer is upon us, and once again I need to complain. 


Cottagers punctuate my perfect peace and congest my daily activities.

Once again, I long for the work week to return, and better yet, Labour Day.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


We are commencing our third year on Maple Lake and it still seems to me as if we've just arrived.
It never fails to surprise me how much faster time moves as I get older.
There is still much to be done around the house and property.  There is still so much to be explored, as well.
My exploring days are on hold for the next little while, but I think I can get by with the view from my deck.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm Here

...and so are the bugs.
I find the days passing so fast lately, and I hardly have time to sit down and write.  Or think, for that matter.
I have five more weeks before my due date, and things are feeling pretty busy right now.
The greening of the land has begun - leaves are springing out on the trees and with the next few days of rain fore casted, the grass and other plants will start growing very quickly.
I hope that you are enjoying these lovely days that spring has finally bestowed upon us.  Right now everything is alive with possibility, all is fresh and green, but soon enough the summer heat will be here.  Enjoy these last few weeks of spring while you can.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

From the Weather Book

April 24
- snow all day
- part of the dock got away - Rick rescued it in a canoe and snow
- tree out floating back and forth on the lake on an ice floe

April 25
- woke up to snow 
- sunny in the morning and rain in the afternoon

May 1
- warm and sunny
- daffodils blooming
- 21 C

May 2
- warm and sunny
- 22 C