Monday, May 2, 2016

My Garden Journal - Feed Your Soul

It's May and the mystery of the stones under my plants continues this year with many in the front affected as well.  This started last year with a large handful under each hosta, the pea gravel coming from the path. However, in the front it's a long way from that path in the backyard. We figure it must be an animal carrying the stones in its mouth and I can think of one little busy body who can stuff his cheeks quite full.
Spring bulbs are a welcome sight and the bees have been visiting them in earnest.
Peonies are pushing up towards the sun (this one is a yellow Itoh)  and the green leaves behind are a hardy white verbascum, the only one I've grown that is a true perennial.
In the backyard the hummingbird feeder is up and I recently put the oriole feeder in a tree.
Marsh marigold in the pond has been glowing during the last overcast couple of days. The spring frog count is 3, way down from last year's 12 and I hope one of them is female to lay eggs and increase the family.
Patio furniture has been brought out of the garden shed, washed and ready for use so I took advantage of a sunny break and had afternoon tea outside in my new baltimore oriole mug.
Happy Gardening, Take Time For Tea.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Garden Musings, Rabbit Tales

Bloggers that have followed me for some time know that Lavender Cottage is a certified wildlife habit with the CWF and the NWF. We have no grass in the front or back of our property but have planted trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses - most of them native varieties.
 Although we live in a pocket village in a rural area, there are no longer predators to keep the rabbits in check and they eat my shrubs over winter and emerging plants in the spring.
Even when it means getting on those back legs to reach tasty young leaves on the weeping pussy willow.
This big gal starting hanging around the backyard quite a bit so we'd let the dog out to chase her off, she was wreaking havoc on emerging tulips and hostas. Next door has a large green lawn, perfect for nibbling.
I had no idea there was a nest of 5 babies camouflaged by grasses and rabbit fur in one of the back gardens until our dog sniffed it out one day and they ran out squealing. Hubby grabbed the dog and I captured the babies and put them back in the nest. Poor Topaz had to be tied up while in the back for a couple of weeks so as not to disturb them again.
To honour the commitment of the wildlife habitat certification one has to be lenient with plants being eaten, blue herons eating the goldfish and frogs and tolerant of skunks, raccoons and opossums. 
Babies are something to be protected and I checked these little ones every morning.
 Sunday evening mother rabbit came and fed her babies for the last time. Freedom from the nest which was not very big meant they scampered round and round the area, chasing each other and kicking up their heels. It was endearing to watch from the house.
Before the mother left she tamped down the top of the nest with her paw, a signal I assume that they were not to go in there any more and had to fend for themselves.
 The photos are not too crisp after cropping but the cuteness is evident.
In all the running about these two came from different directions and crashed into each other with one rolling across the stones.
I've not seen any of the babies since Sunday when they left the nest but there is still a presence of bunnies throughout the gardens in concrete and iron, as well as this resin piece that hangs on the privacy fence of our deck sitting area.
~The best ending to a wildlife story is a mystery~
John and Janet Foster

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mosaic Monday #90 Link Up Page

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday's Hunt with the letter Q

I'm joining Teresa again for Friday's Hunt at Eden Hills. The letter Q was timely for Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday this week.
As a commonwealth country, Canada flew the British flag until we celebrated our own with the red maple leaf in February of 1965.
As a young student we sang 'God Save the Queen' every morning at school facing the flag and a highlight for me was donating our family framed photo of the Queen to my classroom in the late 50's. After that, we faced her photo when we sang.
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My husband's grandmother who came from England said that Queen Elizabeth kept her hairstyle the same so she would be easily recognized and give consistency to her reign. 
Our poor grandson dog wasn't shown at his best last week, this is Henry after his recent haircut for my favourite this week.
Here's Topaz at rest.
I'm also linking with Mosaic Monday.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Enchanting Rose Teacup Exchange

Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose hosted a spring teacup exchange which I participated in; she's an inspiring and warmhearted host. This week we are sharing the joy that arrived in our parcels.
When my parcel arrived at the door I had a neighbour over for tea and only glanced at where it had travelled from...and then realized I knew the sender, a dear blogging sister!
On the envelope is the distinct hint that the handmade card on the bottom left is from my friend Kitty at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen. Inside the box was a wonderful variety pack of teas...
a lavender facial mask and a Lady Walton chocolate filled wafer cookie which was delicious!
Also handmade, a purple mug rug featuring a cupcake on a sea of butterflies, a microwave potato bag, and a dishcloth which I'm using as a doily.
If you read Kitty's blog you know she often has tea from hand painted teacups by her late great Aunt Kitty and I was honoured to be gifted a teacup in my favourite colours that this great aunt's teacher had painted, estimated to be done in the 1960's.
As you can see a lavender candle, teabag holder and fairy were also tucked in.
Kitty, you surely spoiled me with the special teacup, crafted items and other goodies. Thank you again for your generosity and friendship.
Afternoon tea the day my parcel arrived: sipping from my new teacup and the gifted wafer cookie as the fairy looks on.
The recipient of my parcel, Lisa OConnor is not a blogger so I've shown what I sent her that was all neatly wrapped and placed in the rose memory box. The teacup was from my own collection and there were chocolate bunnies hiding inside. The maple leaf cookies added a Canadian touch.
Visit Stephanie's blog on Wednesday to see what the other ladies received.

Mosaic Monday #89 Link Up Page

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday's Hunt

The letter 'P' for Friday's Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills this week is an easy one for me.
Peonies are one of my favourite perennials and although I have a soft spot for mostly pink ones, the yellow Itoh variety 'Bartzella' is an award winning species.
 All of the peonies in my garden are fragrant and my favourite thing to do with them is cut a few for vases...
 centre pieces...
and create collections.
For the challenge 'motion' this is our cockapoo Topaz.
And this is our grand furbaby Henry, also a cockapoo who unfortunately looks like an Easter bunny on the run in this photo.
Thanks for hosting Teresa. I''ll also be linking to Mosaic Monday.
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