Last week on one of those rainy/sunny days, I decided to use my Cannor’s Nursery gift card, the one that DH gave to me for my recent birthday. I wandered around outside, not many people there, just enjoyed the ambience of the proximity of thousands of plants. Wondering which ones would be coming home with me. Suddenly, the sound of crows cawing away directed my attention to the top of a nearby roof.
I watched for minutes while one crow in particular tried to scare the Great Blue Heron away from the roof.
The crow would fly up and then swoop down on the Heron, but the Heron just ignored him and continued his grooming.
These flowers attract insects for fine dining .. I believe. Quite beautiful in their arrangement.
Aren’t the glistening drops of rain beautiful . . transforming the leaves into amazing natural works of art .. finer than any jewel could ever by. Fashioned by Mother Nature.
The beautiful blue skies from last week .. the clouds were constantly changing shape and so I was busy clicking away, taking little breaks from planting my lovely garlic. I love the skies and am constantly looking upwards, there is so much to see. Always. And thus the beauty.
Here is one little block of garlic. I dug little trenches, put in the cloves, pointy side up. Then watered them well with EM. Next, I carefully covered the cloves with soil.
Then I covered them with a thick layer of seaweed. Which D & I gathered over the summer months. Followed by a cover of dried sea grasses. (All of the grass was washed up by the tides, gathered gratefully and dried in the sunshine) A lovely blanket for the garlic.
Sigh says it all!
When D & I went for our seaweed gathering, we began to add little routines to our day. When we began, we would collect spent seaweed, then we would go to a nearby cafe for lunch. We started adding variety to our trips a few weeks ago. This included a visit to the Casino
I collected my $5 Birthday voucher, and then she chose the machine. It was Egyptian, of course! Every time the points would increase, the costumed guard of the tomb would do a pretend arm “dance” ..so we giggled quite a bit at that! Wisely, she suggested that I cash out, once my winnings were at $19. So I did. But then, I put in $10 and when that rose to $18, the reminder was given again, and so I cashed out again! Actually walked away from the Casino with cash! Usually on my Birthday $5 vouchers, I just make my yearly visit, spend the $5 in less than 10 minutes and walk away. So I was quite pleased to walk away with more than I started with!.
Anyway, next we visited the local St. Vincent de Paul. Oh, my, and thus began a series of “must have” purchases for home. Above, is the garden mirror that looks great outside, leaning against a tree.
Then, I bought a cat scratching recliner thingy for JaneE. Beautiful decanters and bottles. Lovely.
One of my recent purchases for the garden!
Including a gorgeous pot of Canna Lillies!
So I opened up the kitchen pantry doors a few days ago and saw this and thought “Goat Bran” .. oh, DH was having fun changing the wording of my “Oat Bran“. 🙂
And, oh, wow .. this shows the power of EM! D had bought this pot of basil, kept it in the same soil. Added EM .. and this is the third crop of basil that she has gathered. And the same soil, now totally enriched with the EM. Are you sold on this EM yet? 🙂
And this is one of the famous four tomato plants. The plants grown from the same seed as last year, small bushy plants. This year, D watered them with EM. Results were towering plants, a crop of way over 400 tomatoes from 4 plants. And this plant is still growing. Leaves and fruit are smaller, but still .. power to the EM! And beyond.
And D always is finding unusual fruits and veggies in her wanderings. Here is one example of a strangely shaped tomato! Like a quadruple tomato, eh?
Darling little Duncan .. he’s wandering around the yard .. and he doesn’t like the camera!.
Well, I just wanted to share some photos from last week and yesterday. To show my garlic, finally planted. I created some rectangular areas in the garden and tried to plant one type per section. So I have mostly hardnecks, and I’ll be collecting the scapes next summer for more garlic pesto.
I planted the golf size and larger round bulbs in one section. So looking forward to see the results next year! And then the gigantic elephant garlic. Lots of garlic. And I saved one block for some winter veggies . .must go looking for some.
My lovely gardening neighbour has given me more Dragon kale, so I’ll be planting that soon.
I’ve been feeding my pear tree (the one with the pear trellis rust) with lots of seaweed solution and placed a fair amount of actual seaweed at the base. And sprayed the branches as best as I could with the liquid seaweed.
After wonderful advice from the Gaia Community Board, I’ve been reminded that “healthy plants don’t get sick” … of course, now I remember that from my Organic Master Gardening Course, Gaia College!! I’ve also learned that what I thought was the root stock of a plum-tree is actually pear stock. So much to learn, how exciting. We’d planted this tree about 30 years ago, so I forgot what it was. 🙂
D and I have been adding activities to our seaweed gathering days. These now include 3 thrift shops! Oh my. I’ll post the pictures of my recent treasures tomorrow. I think there are enough photos for today.
So today I tried a new way of posting photos. And I will revert back to the slideshow method tomorrow. As this posting of photos, one by one, just takes so much more time, and I’m the kind of person who wants to get on with things.
Anyway, I’m back to blogging.
So much more to talk about. Including, ta da .. .another gardening course! This one is Ecological Landscaping .. so I’ll be talking about that as I go along. It starts Oct 31 and ends Dec 8 .. so another whirlwind session of learning is about to start. Two sessions a week, 3 hours each.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these photos and tomorrow I will post pics of the crashing waves at Sooke and the pics of my recent purchases!
Now .. on to either gardening or decluttering. Wonder which will win out?