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Monday, May 31, 2010

Mosaic Monday

The Peonies are taking center stage in our garden. The second Peony bush came into bloom over the weekend with blossoms opening up bigger and bigger throughout the day. With rain in the forecast I decided to cut some for inside ♥
Mary hosts Mosaic Monday on her blog dear little red house.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Our front garden looks like a little Quilt of Mille-fleurs. Each little square a different colour ...
Purple clematis...
Pink & white Honeysuckle with variegated leaves...
Orange honeysuckle with deep emerald green leaves...
pale pink Peony...
deep rich pink Peony...
pink and white impatient...
salmon pink impatient...
and Red Geraniums
& it's only the end of May :-)
It is astonishing
how short a time it takes
for very wonderful things
to happen
~Frances Hodgson Burnett~

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

We woke this morning to find these gorgeous Peony blooms...
What a surprise!
A great big pop of pale Pink...
Enough to be able to snip a few for inside...
Knowing that the other Peony which has yet to bloom will follow...
I LOVE Peonies ♥
You are as Welcome
as the flowers
in May
~Charles Macklin~

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

The happiest of all lives
is a busy solitude.
We are thrilled to see so many bumblebees in the garden! They seemed to arrive even earlier this Spring and sitting outside on the patio I can hear them buzzing as they weave in and out of the vines behind me. When I thought of today's "word" I thought of the bumblebee living in "busy" solitude :-)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Our Growing & Changing Garden This Week...

As soon as we open the front door we are met with a big splash of purple thanks to the Clematis growing along the arbour in front of our porch.

The blossoms are huge this year, much bigger than we remember them.
The peony buds are just about to open up ...
Lots of rain and the warmth of this past long weekend have helped the garden...

This past Victoria Day weekend was spent planting up pots, baskets & urns. My daughter was home and we had a wonderful time deciding on colour combinations and what plant should go where. I started up a little gardening journal and made sketches of all the changes that are happening...

Sweet Ernie LOVES being in the garden (especially in the shade)! Sitting under the leaves of the Honey suckle vine was a favourite resting spot.

A garden pond has been on my "Garden Wish List" for years, and two weekends ago, Kate and I found one at a garage sale for $30.00 :-)

We all agreed on the "perfect spot"... It's only just in the ground and already the birds are enjoying it :-)
Now the fun part begins ... landscaping with rocks and flagstone, putting in a water fountain, adding some plants and maybe even a few little goldfish.

Had to take a photo of Ernie's (digging) nose :-)

And remember the photo of the Robin sitting on the fence I posted a few days ago? She is now building a nest in the Trumpet Vine above where she is standing :-) So we won't be using that gate for a while. I have the perfect "birds eye" view looking down from my Studio window though so hopefully I will be able to get a few photos ♥

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Home Comforts ...

We woke yesterday to the first blooms of our Clematis. How exciting to see them!
This morning, there are five purple blooms with big raindrops clinging to the petals.
It's officially the "garden planting weekend", the May two-four Victoria Day weekend, where normally we would be outside putting in our annuals , but today with lots of rain falling, the plants are sitting on our potting table outside gathering up lots of lovely raindrops.
So instead of being outside, I will stay indoors and put in my "new" favourite movie It's Complicated. I went to the movies to see it twice I loved it so much, and then, for Mother's Day, my children bought it for me :-) Just like Somethings Gotta Give, the home is an absolute dream (and one of the reasons I went to see it the second time) :-)
There's a scene in the film where Jane (Meryl Streep) makes Adam (Steve Martin) Croque-Monsieur which looks very much like a Comfort Food favourite we love ~ Welsh rarebit.
One of the easiest and most delicious comfort foods ever ...
Toast a few slices of crusty French bread. Grate a handful of old cheddar cheese and add a few tbsp of milk to blend. Spread cheese mixture on toast and pop under the broiler for a few minutes until brown and bubbly on top.

Perfect with a bowl of tomato soup with freshly ground black pepper.
Welsh rarebit, tomato soup, & It's (not) Complicated.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend ♥

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

The language of friendship
is not words
but meanings
~Henry David Thoreau~

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mosaic Monday...

Thanks to the recent heavy downpours of rain, many of our perennials need separating. It's amazing how fast the garden is changing and plants that barely popped through the soil a few weeks ago are now budding and blooming :-) Everywhere we look now there are signs of life!
Bees are enjoying the Bridal Wreath Spirea, the Cornflower is in full bloom adding a nice touch of purplish/blue to the garden beds, the peony buds are swelling bigger and bigger each day and alive with ants ... the Lilac is still looking (and smelling) amazingly good & the bleeding heart is filled with lovely little white hearts.
This is my garden today ♥
Mary hosts Mosaic Monday on her blog dear little red house.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Welcoming A New Day ...
We've had a lot of rain recently and the changes in the garden have been huge.
There is nothing like a wonderful rain to wake up a garden. The leaves of our Bridal Wreath Spirea were heavy with raindrops...
There's lots of white blooms in our garden at the moment ...
Delicate petals of the Spirea...
and Bleeding Heart ...
Lily-of-the-Valley ...
{I will pick some today to bring inside}
And Robin cheerfully greeting the day :-)
Morning is the best of all times in the garden,
The sun is not yet hot.
Sweet vapors rise from the Earth.
Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten.
Birds call to one another.
Bees are already at work.
~William Longgood~

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

In all places, then, in all seasons,
flowers expand their light and soul-like wings,
teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,
how akin they are
to human things
No matter how many choices there are at the Nursery, each year I am always drawn to (and bring Home) the baskets filled with vibrant Geraniums. Two for the urns on either side of the garage, two for the porch, one to hang on the deck, one to hang outside the kitchen window ... and one for good luck :-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Purple SandCherry ...

A few weeks ago, while heading to the park with Ernie, camera over my shoulder, I stopped to take some photos of the Purple Sand Cherry in our front garden.
It had recently bloomed and the branches looked so pretty poking through the pickets of our garden fence. I love the way it looks in the Early Spring, full of little pink flowers. The foliage is reddish/purple now but will change to a rich blackish purple closer to Fall which I adore.
Over the weekend we had some heavy winds and petals are all over our pathway like pink confetti :-)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mosaic Monday...

Some of the "pretty pinks" from my Mother's Day bouquet ♥
Mary hosts Mosaic Monday on her blog dear little red house.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day ...

Sending Happy Mother's Day Wishes
to all that are celebrating the joys of Motherhood today
& Love and Thanks to my children for making me the happiest Mum ♥
The sweetest sounds to mortals given

are heard in



and Heaven

~William Goldsmith Brown~

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Our Lilac bush is in bloom and the smell is intoxicating!
We have enjoyed it's beauty and scent for 20 years now & even though the blooms this year are sparse (only half bloomed) it is still beautiful.
Usually for the few weeks it is in bloom, I have enough blooms to bring indoors & place in vases.
Today, I couldn't resist and clipped off one lilac blossom & placed it in my favourite vase ( a rummage sale find) as I do this time every year .
And that one little bloom has brightened & scented the entire kitchen :-)
I want to have a little house

with sunlight on the floor.

A chimney with a rosy hearth

and lilacs by the door.

With windows looking east and west

and a crooked apple tree.

And room beside the garden fence

for hollyhocks to be!

~Byrd Turner~

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

It was so nice to find comments waiting for me today :-)
Thank you for following me over to Posted From Home Part 2 !
I wondered if I would have to come up with a new blog name but was able to keep Posted From Home by just adding the deb in front of it :-)
The photo for today's One Word A Week Wednesday was taken a few years ago but it's one of my favourites. We were so excited watching Robin meticulously create her Home ~ a little nest for her three baby Robins. We have a little patio spot in one corner of our garden with a potting table and swing & Robin chose the top of the lattice wall to call Home {for a little while}. I was able to look directly into the nest from our bathroom which is how I took the photos :-) What a thrill to see those little beaks & nothing nicer than having birds nesting in the garden.
Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam
be it ever so humble
there's no place like
~John Howard Payne~