Finally .. I am getting over the “lazies” of winter and energizing myself to get back into my garden! I have been visiting my little garden almost daily, making sure the bird feeders and Hummingbird feeders are topped up and cleaning them to ensure that my little feathered friends have proper eating stations. And always, I find little treasures that I’ve placed throughout the garden. Here is a glass fishing globe that I bought from Capital Iron many years ago .. the colour blends in with the rocks and oak leaves!
And there are at least 6 Stellar Blue Jays that have been visiting .. at first they loved the squash seeds and now much prefer peanuts in the shell, followed by some bird seeds. They are versatile .. and they are beautiful. Too bad they can’t sing!
They aren’t so shy now and I love how they stand so victoriously when they grab a peanut. I’ve seen one of them stuff a peanut to the back of their beak and then grab another one. Then fly back to a tree branch for a little picnic! They are clever birds.
Here is another little upside down umbrella for some little birds to perch while they eat. I took this photo from across the yard so it is a little blurry. The Junco is so sweet!
Stellar on a bamboo cane … a striking bird.
This years garlic beds (although I have a few more, just couldn’t stop myself!) I’d covered the bulbs, back in October, with leaf mulch and seaweed .. now that the greens are growing, I’m pushing the cover aside. This is one of those shape shifting gardens, temporary little walls of brick. Soon there will be tall peas growing at the edges, followed by a great variety of beans ..yum! I’ve ordered a variety from Salt Spring Seeds and Annapolis Seeds. Nothing like sipping on a glass of dry white while looking at the online catalogues Let’s just say that I’ll have a great variety of beans. Even if I had been sipping on a mug of Yorkshire Tea, the result would have been the same. Lots of pole beans, to create my little garden room! Lots of beans for eating, juicing, freezing!!
I think these are crocus bulbs, fingers crossed they aren’t bluebells, the stems seem rather strong so I’m leaning toward the crocus. Bulbs are so hardy!
Here is a rose my neighbour gave me last year .. it is anxious to start growing so I must find a place to plant it soon!
I loved watching the Bewick Wrens in this tree last year! Busy collecting the fluffy willow buds to add to their nest. It won’t be long now!
Tiny little lupin flowers .. soon they will be at least 3 feet high and the bees will be buzzing!
Our lovely little JaneE .. who celebrated her 22nd birthday the day after Christmas. We didn’t have a cake but we did have lots of fun & cuddles. She loves that! She is Queen of our Yard! Our lovely little girl!!!
And finally .. I’m turning into a sort of yard detective! About 7 years ago, when I retired, I began changing the yard again. Over the years, I’d had raised beds, surrounded by 6 yards of gravel (that I’d moved, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow from the front of the house to the back yard!) Gardeners aren’t afraid of a little work! Time for change and I’d shifted and rinsed the gravel. I also began sifting the soil and found many interesting things (I’d posted the pics, go and have a look if you like! Anyway, I’d found this glass slag and searched as I may, didn’t find much information! However, recently I’ve discovered the Archives at Centennial Library and have gone for a beginner visit. Everyone there is so helpful and I’ve begun the research for the glass factory that was here at one time. I’ve located several building foundations, partly in our yard and shared with the neighbours. I love a good mystery .. so this is a fun journey that I’ve begun!
Well, every year is the same, I’ve noticed the pattern. Highly energized in the spring, summer and fall. Finally winding down to total laziness by this time of year. This year, I decided to embrace that laziness .. knowing full well that it never lasts long. And the busyness begins. I love that!
So .. time to get on with this day! My German lesson starts soon so .. va va voom!