Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tea on Thursday and My Garden Journal

Spring is slowly evolving in the garden and every day there's another pretty flower to enjoy.

The waterlilies in the pond are starting to put out leaves which are hard to see for the reflection from the trees.
Hubby built this nesting box and attached it under the eaves several years ago, this is the first time it has been used. It's up pretty high and if the baby robins fall out they'll have a soft landing in a compost bin below full of leaves.
Here's a mystery...little piles of stones from the pea gravel paths have been found under lots of plants and shrubs. I clear them away and they reappear in another spot. It could be mischievous fairies...
On the weekend at a horticultural annual meeting for our provincial district I was honoured to be presented with this award. It represents long service, gardening classes I've taught, newspaper and magazine articles, organization of projects and workshops and mentoring.  I had no idea I was receiving the award so it was a nice surprise.
I purchased a fig tree seedling from one of the speakers which I'll show and write about another time.
I will be taking a break for a few days as I'm finally having the surgery today for the torn ligament in my knee that happened while in Ireland last summer. I'll be back on Monday for MM.
I'll leave you with a favourite photo that was used in a magazine article I wrote on tea in the garden. The tray is on the bench in the reading garden that is beside our pond.


  1. Hello, Judith!
    First of all, congratulations for the award! It must have been a very pleasant surprise.
    Wonderful flowers, the nesting box looks really cute, and the mystery story is lovely. Remember to tell us if you will find out who is moving the little stones!
    The last photo is wonderful. The teacup, the treats, colours and atmosphere... everything is perfect.
    Good luck for the surgery! xx

  2. Hello Judith, Congrats on your award..A nice surprise, you deserve it.. Good luck on the surgery, I wish you a quick recovery! Love the flowers and the nesting box is nice.. Have a happy day!

  3. Our flowers are slow this year but they are getting there ! Oh Congrats on the award ! Good luck with the surgery hope you heel fast and get out in the gardens soon as the weather is to be getting a lot better . Thanks for sharing , take care have a good and restful recovery !

  4. Congratulations on your award!!! It is extremely well deserved I am sure. I hope that all goes well with your op and that you make a very swift and good recovery so that you can get back out into the garden!! xx

  5. Good luck with the surgery. I love all the photos, but I can see why they used that beautiful last photo. Congratulations on the award also. Now I will swoon over your garden.

  6. A lovely award for a lovely lady. And the flowers and birds are exciting - spring at last. Love the photo of your tea. Good luck on the surgery - take it easy.

  7. Congratulations on receiving that award Judith. I'm sure you worked very hard to deserve it. The spring blooms are so pretty and I really like that blue and white flower. The teacup and scone for teatime are lovely. I pray all will go well with your surgery and recovery.

  8. Congratulations, Judith! How wonderful to be recognized for your hard work! I'm glad you are getting some spring flowers to brighten your day, and your recovery. I hope all goes well with your surgery. I'll be praying that it will.

    Lovely photo from your article!


  9. Congratulations on your well deserved award, Judith. It's always nice to be recognized for your work and surprised is even better. Your photos are so pretty and your tea in the reading garden is so lovely.
    I hope the surgery went well for your torn ligament. Hugs sent your way!

  10. Your photo is mouth-watering! And what a nice nesting box and good idea. We have a cardinal nest in our knock rose bush near our back door. I hope your surgery goes very well and that you will be up and round soon (like the next day I'm sure, if not the day of!) Best wishes ...

  11. I have never thought of doing a box for Robins!
    Congrats on your award. Take care convalescing. I've been throwing wood and rocks around, and I'm so tired!

  12. Praying your surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery!

  13. Hi Judith! Congratulations on your award - it is well deserved. Good luck with your surgery - I'll be thinking of you.

  14. Congrats on the recognition, Judith. You so deserve it, my dear.

    I am praying for a quick recovery for you. Do everything the doctors tell you to do so you can be out and about gardening asap!

  15. Congratulations, Judith! What a great honour to be recognized by the OHA. I hope that your knee surgery went well and I'm sending you warm, positive healing thoughts!!!

  16. Congratulations on your award, Judith. You are such a knowledgeable gardener and writer. I saw a comment on another blog that your surgery went well. I hope the healing is quick.
    That's a really lovely tea and scone photograph.

  17. Congratulations on the award, Judith. What an honor. After seeing your photo's( like this one), I can see why you would receive awards such as this one. Your posts are always interesting, informative, and full of lovely pictures.
    I hope all goes well with your surgery, and the recovery is quick.
    Love to you, dear friend.

  18. That was a nice surprise, congratulations with this award, Judith. I hope your knee surgery went well and you will recover soon. Last picture of the teacup and scone is delightful.

  19. The award is such an honor and well deserved. Love the nesting box and your beautiful pond. I added 2 water lilies to my pond yesterday. Thinking about getting some water hyacinths or something else that sits on top of the water too. Glad spring has arrived. Hope your knee is much better very soon.
    Hugs and prayers, Beth

  20. A well deserved award for you Judith, congratulations.
    Those fairies sure are busy in your garden :)
    Wishing you a speedy recovery after your surgery.

  21. How wonderful!! My heartiest congratulations!!

  22. Love the yummy tea and hoping you are doing well post-surgery. It seems our gardens are similar in boom....and I suspect fairies too!

  23. Congratulations on your award Judith and I do hope your surgery went well. Lovely post here.

  24. I hope that your surgery went well and that you are recovering nicely :) Congratulations on your award!

    Now I am wondering about those little stones as well.

  25. Congratulations on your well deserved award, Judith! I hope your surgery was successful and you are healing up nicely. How lovely to have a lily pond on your property! I'm also wondering where those little stones came from. Perhaps the wee fairies are pulling a prank on you.


  26. Congratulations on winning this wonderful award, and I trust you are healing nicely from surgery by now! Love that teacup in the last photo -- never seen one quite like it!


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