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.


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


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!

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,

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.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Spring is finally showing up


Cora is watching the spring birds fly in.

And Peter Rabbit keeps scurrying by me in the woodlot
thinking I don't see him.😊
                                                    (the woodlot is still covered in snow)

I think he wants to stay hidden until the Annual Easter Egg Hunt which will be a go this year for the grands.

I love his handsome white tail.

Spring birds are arriving daily and the bird song is so welcomed here. 
A flock of twenty starlings arrived last week.

It's been so quiet all winter except for the blue jays squawking and bullying the others.
This downy has been here all winter and will stay for the summer.

And look at the peaceful mourning doves enjoying my potting shed roof. :-)

We are expecting a week of sun so I expect all the snow will leave by the beginning of April. Just in time for Easter. (fingers crossed)
I've been going through seed packets and buying bulbs to plant as soon as the frost is gone.

This photo below was taken one week ago. We have less snow now and 
patches of grass are showing up.

This fella loves the snow. This is Bentley our new grand dog visiting again with the family.
I picked him up for a kiss because soon I won't be able to do that. He is already 25 lbs. and will be much bigger the next time he's out at Easter.

My oldest grand-daughter is training him.💗

Wilson can't be outdone by Cora so here he is sunning himself on this gorgeous day.

And for you... some spring tulips.💜

I wish you all a peaceful evening.

be kind, Deb