Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom day May 2011


Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where bloggers from all around the globe post what is blooming in their garden. Today I have done a video for my bloom day  post and  I hope you find it enjoyable. To see more of what is blooming in gardens around the globe please visit  Carol at  May dreams garden

p.s.....For those of you who may be having problems viewing this video please click on the lower right hand corner to view it on you tube.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

garlic vine
 frangipani (plumeria)
Today we celebrate Mother's day.  I have to thank my mother Miss Rose for her gift of gardening. To my Mom I thank you for your gifts you have given me, the love for plants and gardens, the love of nurturing, the love of  cooking (for company only), the love of conversation and the love for life (joi de vivre).  Yes there were tumultuous years where we hardly spoke to each other and luckily we have reconnected and are able to enjoy each others company.  The more we grow the more we realize how alike we are. We are at our  happiest when amongst trees and plants. To this day a new plant or flower  will still excite us.  
Mothering is a lot like gardening, it makes us proud of the results after putting in all that hardwork. 
  Wishing all mothers around the globe a Happy Mother's day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Drying out and Happy moments

 We had another week of rain and my garden is drying out again. I have become rain weary and today is the first day without any rain.

 Some areas are very muddy and when I walk on the grass I get that squelchy sound underfoot.  
The beautiful colours of my maidenhair fern in my shade house this was given to me by my mother.

I have been busy trying to keep these seedling alive with the heavy rains we've been having. This is day ten and they are doing well. Many are from seed that I had stored in my refrigerator for the past five years. Some are cooler climate annuals like california poppy, linaria, godetia, nigella and delphihinium but I am giving them a try  to see how they adapt to our climate.  In the mix are some warm weather plants  like cosmos, asters, salvias, morning glory, zinnias marigold and  phlox.  I am also trying some tall snap dragons and lobellia.  I am pleasantly surprised that so many seeds actually sprouted after such a long shelf life in the fridge.
 dendrobium
 Heliconia rostrata growing in pots
Miniature anthuriums growing in a tree stump
I thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Wedding last Friday, it was nice being a Royal watcher for the day. They seem so in love with each other and it was heart warming to see the wedding.  I wish this couple a happy life.