Monday, July 27, 2015

Mosaic Monday Reminder

A reminder that Mosaic Monday will resume on August 3.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tea on Thursday and a Garden Tour

This past weekend I attended a tour of gardens in the Wasaga Beach area. Friends had their home on the tour and I thought I'd share my photos of their place - starting with the thyme lawn out front. I only wish it had been in bloom for it would have been so pretty.
Enjoy the photos, I don't need to jump in with any text.
A friend came for tea yesterday and I baked madeleines for our treat. I love the stainless steel shaker I have with icing sugar to coat the little tea cakes.
Limoges and Adderly lavender teacups with vintage linen napkins. Our tea selection was Paris Afternoon.
Madeleines are so easy to make and my recipe produces 24, using two baking pans. The recipe can be found in my 'recipes' page under the header.
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mosaic Monday #51 The Little Things

It's the little things in life that can bring us happiness, isn't it?
For instance this little fairy sitting on a rock with 'Plant Hope, Grow Dreams' that was a Mother's Day gift.
Top L clockwise:  'Fireburst' Bidens (PW), 'Pandora's Box' a miniature hosta, the small pink bells of weigela 'Ghost' and petite starry flowers on a micro-thyme called 'Elfin'.
And then there is the vibrant purple and green colour combination of Persian Shield that I love.  It can be grown in containers outside or as a houseplant. Mine is in the kitchen, constantly being pinched back for extra branching of stems.
Are there little things about bringing you happiness? 

There will be no Mosaic Monday next week, I look forward to seeing everyone the following Monday on August 3. 
Also, some participants are mistakenly linking their blog and not their post with a mosaic.   (Once published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page)
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Thank you for participating and sharing your creativity!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tea on Thursday and a Tour of Lavender Cottage Gardens

This week for my garden journal I'm going to take you on a tour of Lavender Cottage, a 50 x 120 foot lot in a subdivision pocket village surrounded by tranquil rural beauty.
The view from the road, driveway to the left.
Coming to the front door, the lavender hedge is a little beat up from rain a couple of days ago.
Behind you, the butterfly garden bursting with colour and the butterfly bushes just starting to flower.
 The rest of the front yard. See the Annabelle hydrangea in the distance...
One of those huge blooms brought me the 'Best of Show' ribbon at our garden club flower show this week.
From our front door.
Looking down the north side of the house, two rain barrels here.
Heading towards the arbour into the backyard, the Japanese garden is on the right.

Bird garden and trial bed for Proven Winners shrubs.
The garden shed hubby built me with electricity and running water and the friendship garden to the left of the path.
The moon garden, planted with white blooms has to undergo a change as it has transitioned to a shade garden with the backyard trees maturing.
Pond and waterfall, prolific with water lilies. The reading garden is in the upper left corner where the bench is.
The tea house that hubby also built me, a delightful place to sit for afternoon tea listening to the soothing sound of the waterfall.
As we head back towards the house, a hosta garden is nestled under the dwarf cable apple tree. This year I've started adding a few heuchera and astilbes.
The south side of the house leading back to the front will be ablaze in golden blooms on the left when the drifts of goldenrod 'Fireworks' open. The third rainbarrel can be seen in the top right corner.
Do come back to the teahouse where we can sit and chat. This photo of course is from earlier when the peonies were flowering.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour around our home. My husband is a handy guy and did all the grunt work to create the gardens, pond and structures...thank you honey!
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mosaic Monday #50 The Perfect Perennial

I am fortunate to have a daylily with my namesake. Above is 'Judith', registered in 1977 and she is one of the most fragrant daylilies I have. 'Judith is a tetraploid' which is explained in the text below.
A few of the daylilies I have blooming now with many more varieties in bud.
Daylilies are considered the perfect perennial because they’re easy to grow, have few pests or diseases and any damage done by slugs on the tender spring shoots is soon overcome with new growth and hardly noticed.  They grow in most soil types although they love compost and prefer sun but will tolerate some shade; sun increases the number of buds on a scape.
Hardy to zone 2, daylilies are drought resistant but can be grown in wet areas and ultimately there is a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
Some flowers have a different colour in the center of the petals extending to the sepals known as the eye of the plant and if this colour doesn’t continue into the sepals, it’s known as a halo; both make for interesting combinations in every colour except for a true blue daylily.
Planned carefully, daylilies can be blooming in a garden starting with the very early types before July 1 right up to September with the very late varieties.  A warm spring encourages earlier blooms and if a late frost is experienced, it just stops the plant growth temporarily.
The concept of everblooming or rebloom daylilies depends on where the plant originates, the soil, light and heat of each particular garden they are in.
To divide daylilies, early blooming types should be split after flowering and the fall or late bloomers should be done in spring. Of course if need be, they can be divided at anytime, even when in bloom and typically this is carried out after a clump has been growing for four to five years.  Older clumps become impacted and are very hard to divide, even with the use of two garden forks.
Propagation by seed is the only way to create a new daylily and although there are three types, only two have seeds.  A diploid has 22 chromosomes, a triploid 33, which produces no seeds because of the odd number of chromosomes and a tetraploid which has 44 chromosomes.
Diploids have thin stems, fine leaves and single flowers whereas a tetraploid had a thick stem, broad leaves and a large flower with heavy substance.

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Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics. 
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Where Bloggers Create 2015

I'm linking with the annual 'Where Bloggers Create' hosted by Karen Valentine at My Desert Cottage. Karen is also my blog designer so if you are inspired by what she's done for me, I'm sure she'd be happy to help you too.
When visiting other participants, you're going to see some fabulous well decorated studios but where I create is in a corner of our unfinished basement. Above is an overview of the area. My husband hung florescent lights over my work area and there are lights on the ceiling as well.
I take advantage of the coupons at Michael's to buy storage items like boxes for my paper and to store finished cards in by theme. Rolls and boxes of ribbon and a small area with miniature clothes pegs where I hang stamped cards with glitter to dry. The petite boxes are from a Stampin' Up die and they are perfect for  treats or table gifts.
I started making cards with Stampin' Up so never used copics and often prefer to use a collection of artist's coloured pencils. The magnifying lamp helps with the fine colouring; a number of cling stamps are stored in binders on a shelf.
Punches, heat embossing supplies, my flower press, glue gun and labeller are kept on a metal storage unit of shelves.
When our daughter had a new kitchen put in I received one of her old bottom cupboard units to utilize. Stamps are kept in the drawers and the open cupboard below. On top are my dies, BigKick machine and paper cutter with a couple of containers of designer papers. The best thing Stampin' Up came out with is the magnetic bottom for running dies through the BigKick.
A small sampling of some of my cards - I don't always remember to photograph what I make.
From the previous parties I've been inspired to dress up containers with ribbon or lace and most of all, keep my area well organized. I'll be jotting down ideas again this year.
Pinterest is invaluable for crafters and I found a template for making a lace holder card, and a ribbon maker which my husband put together for me.
The little painted peat pot has a nest from the Graphics Fairy,  French Milled Soap eggs from an Etsy shop and the idea was copied from another blogger. (unfortunately I don't remember who to give them credit)
I hope you've enjoyed the tour of my corner crafting studio and I wish to thank Karen for hosting.
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