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It’s Spring!

Our garden is starting to bloom and grow.  And that includes the weeds!  But I was able to get a few photos of pretty stuff:



I thought I’d put out there that we have some plans in the works…keep an eye on the site this summer as changes are afoot!


More Roses

Very happy that I have not killed the roses.  After dead-heading them all, I was worried that they wouldn’t come back, but they have.  Yes, these are definitely continual blooming roses.  They are growing taller and stronger.  I expect to have them climbing upwards and be more visible from the back of the house within a year or two.  Yay!

Here’s a few pics:

As you can see below, the fire coloured rose is being very prolific.

I also bought two bush roses for the side fence.  They aren’t meant to grow much taller than 4 feet or so.  Very lovely hot pink colour!


I have never been known for my green thumb.  I’d say I have a brown thumb most of the time.  I can get some things to grow initially, but I tend to be a bit neglectful and they die.  It’s sad. But, in the last few years, I’ve gotten a bit better at growing. Having the internet is helpful, so I can learn how to plant and grow things better (and know how to maintain them).  So, I decided that I’d plant roses in our back garden.  They would do two things: bring some beauty and provide (eventually) some security (thorns).  I went with climbing roses that are meant to be hardy, in the sun and which flower a bit more often.

Unfortunately, I got them during the hottest part of the summer so far, which meant keeping them from dying was a bit more difficult.  It took me a while to get the holes deep enough (tough digging!).  But it finally happened, they were placed in their designated areas.  I had to deadhead all of them shortly after, which made me sad, but there is hope that new flowers would come.  Two of them are proving that (one has tons of new buds and flowers and the other has some buds).  The other two have new leaves coming in, so we’ll see if we get more flowers in the future.

We have the Generous Gardner, which has a very pale pink English rose (one that hasn’t come back in yet):


The Warm Welcome with its unusual flame coloured roses:


The Crown Princess Margarita which has an apricot coloured rose (we’ll soon see):

And finally, the Pilgrim, which produces a soft yellow rose:

I’m trying to decide if I want to get a few more to plant in the back.  We’ll see.  If so, I’ll definitely post pictures!

Flowers and BBQs

It’s finally feeling a bit more like spring/summer weather and so flowers are coming up in the back garden. While we’re still quite weed infested and have a lot of things to figure out, in terms of what we want in the future, it’s beginning to look a lot better.  Here’s a few pics I took the other week:


In addition, my husband decided that he wanted to take on the task of building a brick BBQ for the side garden.  He’ll eventually also build a pizza oven next to it (I can’t wait to bake bread in there).

(it’s not actually wonky – bad camera work on my part)

We still have to clean it up a bit, but I’m quite pleased at what my husband has done.  We ordered a gorgeous (and freaking heavy) cast iron grate, the coal holder and a warming grate.  We’ll have to figure out how to protect the grates from rust, other than bringing it inside all the time. Searching for a suitable cover will begin shortly.

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