Garden Days in May


Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. --Jeremiah 29:5

Garden Days... For some days it's been a bit quiet here at the blog, but behind the scenes a lot is happening, and especially in the garden... Spring has been slow to unfold here, and now it's finally happening and things are budding and green-ing! It's sooo WONDERFUL!


Here at ye olde homestead we're out working  in the garden every day, when there isn't rain. Last autumn we had several old trees and shrubs removed, so we're in the process of sowing grass seed and generally trying to improve the lawn, which doesn't looks so great these days. Along the front of the house, past the patio, we hope to create a new flower bed with a mix of  bulb plants/flowers and perennials and annuals. Trees and shrubs are slowly going in to bud and leaf...


Sadly, a lot of herbs I had in pots wintering over in the garage didn't survive the long, cold winter. The only plants in pots that made it was a lavender and lovage. Lately we bought a plum tomato plant and watercress. More things in pots to come, I think...


We have both white and pink Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectablilis) blooming among lavender, and peonies. I just love these pretty little hearts on a line...


The side terrace by the house, which leads to the patio, and out into the garden. Things in the flowers beds are just coming alive again. We have a trio of small raised beds, which we added last year, and in which we've now sown veggie seeds. The long herb bed (foreground) is looking a little bare, as sadly, we lost a lot of herbs in this space too due to winter cold. Hoping to improve this patch during the spring/summer with some new herb/plant additions. Thankfully the lavender plants survived...   


...and the stawberry plants did too... hooray!


To the garden we've added four new raised beds, larger than the ones up by the house. We've just finished sowing veggie seeds here too. We've got them covered with chicken wire at the moment, as neighborhood cats seem to want to use these as kitty cat toilets.  :/  This year we're growing a variety of salad greens, radishes, mini cucumber, sugar snap peas, wax beans, red beets, carrots, parsley root, and spring onions... I'm hoping to add a couple more things yet, as our window to sow is now, and that growing season is relatively short for most things here. Hoping we'll be blessed with a good growing season, enough rain, and a tasty harvest! I'm already dreaming of adding a few more raised beds next year... ;)


The lovely white Spiraea is just starting to come into bloom... This has been on the property since we've been here. This year we have added two news bushes-- a Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii ) and a Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Oh, and we've planted a new tree--a White Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)


And a big project the past couple of weeks has been making over a flower bed which features this BIG stone boulder! Stop by mid-week and I'll share a few more photos of this. This spot has really needed a "facelift" for some time, and the grass around the bed needs improving too. We've added lots of flowers and plants to this flower bed, and the garden, for attracting more birds, butterflies, bees and insects.


And as often here, in between it all, some yarn-ing! I've had my head down a bit trying to finish some works in progress, as quite frankly, I've had a few too many projects on the needles and work table for my own sanity... LOL! I've got another pair of socks on the needles--practicing... and I think these might actually fit me this time! And I've been sewing too--among other things, I made a couple of small, simple drawstring project bags--perfect for toting around sock knitting! 

So a little slice of life from here... What's new with you?! 










P.S.  Little Luna waits impatiently for us to come in from the garden, out and about and elsewhere... and for me to sit down with yarn, so she can play with it too... haha! 


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  1. Oh Tracy, it all looks terrific. A lot of hard work in doing yard things (especially when boulders are involved) but it looks spectacular. Can't wait till you show a post of all sorts of wonderful greens sprouting from those boxes! I can imagine you and TJ pulling out chairs soon enough for your pretty back porch and enjoying warmer spring and summer nights looking at your fine garden. A sweet kiss and pat on the head to lovely Luna, too!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanie! The keeping garden is a real labor of love, and we do love it... and it's good exercise! Hoping in a couple of months time I'll have some more interesting pics to share, when more is growing and thriving! We've already been enjoying some meals alfresco, which has been a huge treat... so looking forward to more of that! :)

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  2. she doesn't look happy. "so what took you so long mom?" lol!
    i love getting to finally see your cottage. it's just beautiful!
    and the summer SEASON begins.
    love you darling girl of the north! xo
    and it goes without saying your very own Viking and Little Luna!

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    1. She does look a little miffed, doesn't she... poor baby-cake. ;) We try to make up for it with some good play time when we're in again. Since Luna's an all indoors only girl, I don't think she understands the whole garden thing.. LOL! We do like the sort of cottage feeling/look of our little place. I've always loved cottages, ans especially the English country cottages and their gardens... this is as close as I've gotten to something like that, so far!

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  3. Yes, I can imagine Luna would like a little play time with yarn. What fun!
    Your garden is coming along just beautifully. I to love the white star magnolia too.
    Grass! Oh it is hard to keep looking just beautiful. Enjoy your garden! Thanks for sharing and it was fun to see your house too.

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    1. Grass is so hard to keep up with, one way or another. As long as we've lived here, we've had a lot of weeds, moss and other junk in the lawn mix, which we've been dealing with and trying to improve. I don't mind moss, but we have too much of it in the lawn. The news shrubs don't look much right now, just a bunch of sticks, haha... so will have to share more of those later when they've grown a bit! :)

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  4. Oh, how busy you have been! I love bleeding hearts and your white one is very pretty. Nothing is flowering here yet and it is still too cold to put plants outdoors, as we still have cold nights. This coming weekend is regarded as the start of summer, but spring has barely got underway... Marie x

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    1. Hope you get a taste of spring soon, Marie, and able to get out in your garden more! Spring is late here, it's only just now we've really been able able to dig in and enjoy it! :)

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  5. Oh, what a sweet photo of Luna! She's so pretty. Love reading about and seeing the goings on in your garden. It is so neat and tidy. I am loving the warmer spring days we have been experiencing here as well as the sunshine. I'll take it for as long as it lasts! Bless you sweet friend. Love you heaps and loads! Love to TJ and Luna also! xoxo

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  6. Thanks, Marie... so GLAD to see you here! We've been up near 25 C the last few days... a mini heatwave... haha! We're enjoying it while it's here! ;)

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  7. Oh, my dear friend your yard looks lovely. I know you have work to do on it; but it truly does look good. The flowers that are blooming or beautiful. I loved your raised gardens and have hopes we can do one too. Right now we have a daughter and her family living with us so hopefully they will help us accomplish some improvements around here. I do like how you are working on nurturing herbs. All of the yummy produce you are going to grow is fantastic. Last year, we just had a patio type garden. I do want to expand on it this year. You are an inspiration in this area.
    I like the flower patch around the large rock; cute idea!
    You are amazing at all the different things you do that are things we should all be doing more of.
    Your Luna is adorable and I loved this photo.
    Blessings for you to have a great growing season and sending big hugs your way for your inspiration today!

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    1. Thanks so much, as always, LeAnn for your super-sweet comments. I like to feel we're all in this life together, helping each other as best we can, loving as best we can... :) It's so nice with your daughter and family living with you at the moment--adding some different spice to life. for a while! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  8. oh that's so nice! I am excited for your garden! We dream of having space to garden one day! (We have none at all really here...) God bless you and keep you!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! Hoping so much your garden dreams come true, and more! :) ((HUGS))

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