Tis the season of blue skies and rainy days here. Like .. yesterday! The sun was shining brilliantly in the morning. I dutifully practiced my singing exercises, followed by my fiddle session. These are easy to set aside for a later time in the day but I find that, when I do that, procrastination takes over, big time. So .. I just focus on these 2 lovely sessions.
When I did finally go outside, a slight rain had occurred and again .. there were blue skies overhead!
So my darling little Lady JaneE came outside with me. She is my gardening cat. Born in ’96, the year of the “big snow” here in Victoria, she literally rules the roost in our house. We love her so much. Anyway, she is waiting for some treats which I place on the steps beside her. One of our gardening rituals.Sipping my mug of Yorkshire tea, I wander around the yard a bit .. this also is a ritual that I follow. To see all the changes that Spring has brought to the garden. And enjoy the sweet little songbirds. Here is a little Golden Crowned Sparrow.. I love their songs and find them very comforting.
The Spotted Towhee .. another lovely bird, very shy but bold in colour. They have a wide range of sound and sometimes they sound (to me) like the Bewick Wren!
Sweet little Red-breasted Nuthatch … zooming in for some suet! The trees in our yard are tall and provide nesting areas for many of the birds that visit our yard.
The tall Oregon grape is flowering nicely .. cheerful yellow flowers brighten up a bit of the yard. The leaves on the fruit trees are starting to grow and fill out. Soon they will be accepted as a normal part of the trees but during this growth period after the winter, they are marvellous bits of magic manifesting in the yard. I like that.
Tiny little pink flowers on this perennial which I am pretty sure is an Escallonia …
Flowers of a fruit tree. I potted this up last summer, and am not sure if it is plum or cherry. Guess I’ll find out this year! More of the magic & a surprise to unfold. Love the mystery.
I discovered this idea, to cut up (organic) seed potatoes, from a great youtube video of allotment gardening This guy is just amazing! Anyway, I have potted these up now and am waiting to see if they will grow and then I’ll plant them. I have a few ideas as to how I will do that and will post when that is done! A nice surprise for me last week .. was discovering 2 sprouting garlics! Last summer I had tied up bunches of garlic to dry beneath the sundeck and these 2 must have fallen down!
I’ll pot these up in containers and look forward to harvesting them at the end of summer! They are hardnecks, so more scapes for pesto! Yumm
Last week I visited Russel Nursery in North Saanich, what a wonderful place for a gardener to be! I was there at least 3 hours, which seemed like 5 minutes. Everyone there is so knowledgeable and helpful. This is one of a few wooden structures there that I totally fell in love with. So much character and beauty. A portal to the plant world.
Another sky photo. Such beauty for us to see.
Hey, hey, hey! Have I found the perfect gardening tea mug????? Yes! And yesterday I filled it with lovely Yorkshire tea and sat on the front steps to drink it and enjoy the greenery around me. This lovely hypertufa mini-garden is the perfect place for it to be.
Many, many, years ago, I purchased all the ingredients to make one of these and life just became too hectic for me to accomplish this! So I bought this one ready-made and love it so much. Perhaps I will try again, this motivates me to think about that.
This day is starting out in a gentle fashion. Cloudy skies, sporadic rain showers. Birds singing in the yard.
Time to get on with things, Practicing my two passions. The fiddle and the singing. And then on to other things .. like the garden which is calling out to me.