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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Just checking in...

 Boy, it's been busy here and I really had planned a post long before now.

Everything is growing fast in the gardens; a little rain helped that. We have lots of veggies, blueberry bushes and dahlias new to our gardens this year. I'm a bit obsessed with the dahlias.

My latest dahlia blossom is a beautiful red and I can't wait to see her in full bloom.


This one is called Lavender Perfection.


We had a dead tree taken down last week. Thankfully, because it was caught up in some hydro lines we didn't have to pay a cent to have it taken care of. The crows miss it, though. They loved sitting in it and observing their world. We have them so spoiled.


And here's our latest visitor. Here one moment...gone the next. "Thanks for not eating my flowers."😁


Then there's Flo. She will never leave. Her life is too good here. She sits in my shed and fills her face all day long.


My honeysuckle plant is growing over the arbor that sits at the entrance to our woodlot.

I absolutely love it.


More dahlias...lol


And a male bluebird that has stayed this year and he and his mate are nesting nearby. Isn't he gorgeous.💙


More dahlias in my shed.


I moved St. Francis from the front of the property to my new garden area.


And look at these two watching a chip dine on peanuts. It rained for hours last night and they stayed at the screen door licking the water off the door and watching cat tv.

They are truly the best of friends.



Our veggie garden is growing quite well although I keep getting cuc sprouts stolen by the local turkeys. Turkeys can be such jerks. Our lone turkey Kia found herself a friend a month or so ago and left. She does show up once in awhile but she is finally living a turkey life again. "Have a good life, dear Kia. Just stay out of my garden...please!"


I hope everyone is doing well. We are out of our third lockdown here, things are opening up again and life is getting a little closer to normal. 

Summer is here tomorrow night. Yah!


Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads out there. Enjoy your special day.


Be kind,

Deb






 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Spring you seed...

 Hi everyone. We have had a busy spring and the gardens are in and the weather is fantastic. We could use some rain but have been enjoying the sun and high temperatures.

Here's what's happening at Fox Grove right now. I'm a bit obsessed with dahlias this year and have planted a row in the veggie garden to enjoy. They bring in the pollinators which will help grow the vegetables and add colour to the plot.

Our birdhouses are filling up with house wrens and phoebes. We have no swallows at the moment but hope they pick a house or two to raise their families soon.






Dahlias


Finally out of pots and into the ground.
The dahlias were grown from tubers and kept in the potting shed for six weeks or so.
Now the fun begins. 



Beautiful Cora


Dahlias



Planning a mischievous day.


The 125 year old outhouse
(moved three times since in use) lol

There is still lots to do before the heat hits. We are building a small water feature in the garden and planning to add blueberry bushes along our fence-line.
And, of course, there's always grass to reseed.
It's hard to find time for the house right now but living in Ontario only means "blink and the weather changes" so we will carry on outside as long as we can.

Cora is doing very well now after a year of fighting allergies.
The photos I am showing you were taken this last week. She is back to her old self and I am so thankful to my vet and her care.
Wilson is over-the-moon having her companionship again.
He truly loves her as do we.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday with family and friends today in the United States.
It's so good to see covid rules loosening up now.

Have a lovely day everyone.
&
be kind, Deb






Friday, April 30, 2021

Bits and bobs and bluebirds

 If you love bluebirds like I do, you can imagine that seeing this outside my window yesterday was a welcomed surprise. I actually screamed and scared the life out of the cats. 

                                                                           "PLEASE STAY"

Now, if only she will stay. The last few years have been disappointing because the tree swallows chased them off and they never returned that spring. The only positive thing was that the swallows stayed and filled three of our houses with families. It was fabulous to have them around all summer. They can eat hundreds of mosquitoes in a day and that's fine with us. Plus if you haven't watched swallows swooping through the air you've really missed something. They are exciting to watch.

We had rain and snow but it's already disappeared. Thank Goodness! The temperatures are to warm up again tomorrow and that's good because I have lots to do outside. Once you start your spring cleanup it's hard to stop abruptly for a snowstorm. I still have a couple of million leaves to compost and a new garden to build.

Here's a few photos of what's been going on at Fox Grove this spring. It's been like summer weather and I've been potting up dahlias, sunflowers, daisies, zinnias, cat grass and pansies. Out go the pots on the warm days and then back in the shed at dusk. It's a bit like work but no complaints here. I enjoy every second spent with plants.💚 It's been a very long winter.

The shed is bursting at the seams with plants and potted tubers and bulbs.
It was hot enough last week that a sun hat was needed and this one from my son and family was the ticket. :-)

My big handsome boy, Wilson.💙

Meet KIA
This is the lone wild turkey that lives in our woodlot, roams all day and sleeps in a maple tree on our property.
I read that they can be shunned by their flock for numerous reasons. Last summer she had a friend with her and now she's alone again. 
Seriously, I think she needs to do a 'personality check' on herself.
But you know me...I'll feed her, I've named her and I'll try to keep her out of harms way.



Gold finches are plentiful here. Aren't they pretty.

Wilson has staring contests with the many black squirrels around here. This went on for ten minutes.
 Then the squirrel remembered that it hadn't chewed and pulled apart the wreath on my shed door today so off it went. :(

I get a few visitors throughout the day in the potting shed. No humans...just chipmunks. 



I'm obsessed with dahlias this year. I want to learn everything about them and ordered tubers from a local dahlia farm. Imagine living on a dahlia farm...wow!


The tubers are hilarious. 



I'm so impressed with the order I got from The Dahlia Experts. Beautiful, big and healthy tubers with growth starting on them. 



I potted half of them up and will finish tomorrow since the weather sounds promising.
Today...not so much.

I hope everyone is keeping well. We are still in lockdown#3 and miss seeing our family and friends. 
Fingers crossed this will be the last one.
Get out and enjoy your spring.

Be kind,
Deb






Saturday, March 27, 2021

Holding on to Spring.

 We are right in the middle of 'fools spring'  as they say. You know, when we think we are ok to bring items out from the potting shed as the sun is warm and strong. And then you listen to tomorrow's weather report...colder, wet and a chance of snow. Ugh!







Ok...back in the shed things go for another week.

But that one day of +20c in glorious sun was so needed and appreciated. It was fun to get the shed cleaned up and potted plants and bulbs placed on the table.  

I'm really enjoying all the birds that have returned and today the first red-winged black bird appeared at the feeder. The lawn was covered with hungry robins after the rain fell and the geese fly above at all hours of the day and night. The chickadees are chasing each other from tree to tree and do loop-di-loops in the air.


I have cleaned up the woodlot as best I can at this time of year; gathering branches, washing off the chair and bench and returning rocks to their original places. 

During the one hot day I noticed the naughty fairies setting up camp under the biggest maple and thought "It's time to warn the grands as they love to steal tiny, shiny things. :-)



Easter preparations are underway as we will host the egg hunt again this year. And Peter Rabbit keeps showing up to let us know he will be on the job. Peter...a little brown bunny with a puffy white tail.





Wilson hopes you will pop on back to see the smiling faces on the grands as they hunt down those magical, colourful, well-hidden Easter eggs next week.

                                                                  After dinner wash-up.

I hope everyone is well. Take care and be kind.

Deb