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Monday, August 16, 2021

Back to the garden.

 It's cooled off for a few days so back in the garden we go.

Lots of weeding was done, watering everything was a must and now the blooms need cutting.

I'm not great at that. Every time I snip one I'm afraid it won't bloom again. But, lo and behold there are more blooms in a few days.

Dahlias...what is not to love.



A few dahlias and phlox as a fragrant addition to the birthday bouquet.

Peter kept me company in the garden today. He munched on clover and promised not to eat my dahlias.
I don't know...do you trust him?
I warned him St. Francis is watching him.


I moved my string plants and now have bottles of cut blooms in the kitchen.
Much more summery.
The cats haven't found them yet. lol

I just wanted to pop in and wish you a good week ahead.
Get outdoors as much as you can and maybe don't watch the news at night.

be kind
Deb

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Hot as hell...

 It's so hot these last few days that you work about 20 minutes in the gardens and then give up. It's stifling hot...unbearable.

So in-door projects are getting some attention and the a/c is on full blast.

These two staying cool on the stairs to the loft.



One thing we can do for the wildlife is keep the three baths filled with cold water but that's it. They don't come to feeders until the sun is down these days and we only offer black sunflower seeds in the summer months.

I've been keeping my raccoon friend fed at night and the bunny gets lettuce and seed, too. Oh, and the odd pot of pansies. lol



My dahlias have gone nuts...budding and blooming like crazy. It's so exciting to grow them and have them at their best just as other flowers are looking tired. I check on them three times a day like a lunatic but I have to be sure the blooms don't get attacked by bugs after all the work of getting them here. If the bugs are on them I cover the blooms with organza bags. Although...as blooms appear that's becoming a bit of a chore. They may be on their own soon.  Vases and mason jars are holding the mature blooms and keeping the potting shed and home looking pretty. Thank God the heat has gotten rid of the earwigs. They've gone under ground with the fairies. lol

Here's some colour for you...


Sylvia -she's a stunner

                                                                            Esli

                                                                    Triple Lee Dee

                                                  Pink Onesta - just blooming this week
                                                                      Worth the wait

                                                                Hot, hot, hot, hot, hot


Youngest daughter Allie heading home with a few posies. The phlox are nice to add to a vase of dahlias just for the fragrance alone.

All our nesting birds have fledged now but some still stay around the property. I'm so glad they are out of the houses as they would be like little ovens these days. The last to leave was a beautiful family of House Wrens.
                                                                      Pink Onesta



How is your weather? Canada may have the coldest winters but holy cow I bet we keep up with other countries if not surpass them with our summer heat.


I'm heading out for a cool drive in the car and find a Dairy Queen. I'll leave you a little posie of shrub dahlias.



Be kind

Be cool

and...

 Flo says "howdy" from the shed. Her and I had lunch together yesterday. lol

She's a little cracker jack.

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Summer's beauty.

 Well, there went another five weeks without blogging but I seem to be busier than ever now that gardens need work, friends are dropping by again and the property always needs cleaning up. I have never in my life seen so many weeds with all the sun and rain these days. But the plants are loving it all and looking great. I, on the other hand, am covered in mosquito bites.

Something ate our sunflowers so I won't have any this year.

Turkeys ate our cucs so I had to plant a second time. 

The tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, herbs and pumpkins are doing great.

My dahlias are keeping me happy with all their glorious blooms. Honestly, why didn't I grow them years ago. They are such fun to have in the garden. There are always blooms from July through to late fall. And I have favorites I'm hoping will have tubers the size of a minivan.


We had a break in the heat of late but its back again so the A/C will go on tomorrow. I hate air-conditioning but I know it's impossible to work outside and not have the relief of it when you come in. Plus the cats need it, too. Wilson and Cora are doing great...such good friends.


Always washing up from a snack.

snooze-head

                                                                      Mr. Wonderful


Post groom session
Almost asleep


Now I have to gush on my dahlias...
Sylvia
                                                                        Robann Regal

                                                                        Triple Lee Dee

                                                               Eveline in the foreground
                                                                             Esli in pink

                                                                              Eveline
                                                                    
                                                                   Lavender Perfection

                                                                   Louise and My Love

                                                                          Seattle

I'm picking dahlias everyday and if any one sets foot on my property they go home with a bouquet. lol


                                                           "Mom...he's in my basket."
Okay then...back to the garden...
Our pumpkin patch is doing well.
and we used old scaffolding to hang our peas on.
This photo taken awhile back. 

It's loaded now with sugar snap peas.
And our beans are being enjoyed.
But our tomatoes have yet to turn red. I'm not sure why.

My plan was to clean the house today and vacuum but seeing this made me decide to bake instead.
                                                                         Do Not Disturb

So I'll close up wishing you all a great week ahead and a muffin or two.

Be well everyone.

hugs, Deb

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