In a Vase on Earth Day Easter Monday…

…the Wild and the Tame

On this rainy Easter Monday it is abundantly clear that spring has arrived. It’s a busy time of year in every way for everyone I know, including me. Continue reading “In a Vase on Earth Day Easter Monday…”

Seeds…

…and sow on

The ground is still frozen solid. Chilly Arctic winds have whipped  the plastic covers off my garden cold-frames, where my overwintering greens are (were, since about three weeks ago) still providing colour, flavour and nourishment to our meals. I have temporarily placed the covers on the ground, laying them over the frozen Swiss chard and the baby lettuces like a quilt, weighted down with a variety of boards and bean poles. Continue reading “Seeds…”

Six on this Springtime Saturday….

I’ve been away on holiday. Thought I would skip the end of winter and hop back in just in time for spring. However, the freakish, equinox-ish weather continues to rave. Yesterday we woke up in a blizzard, by the end of the afternoon most of the snow was gone and we had also experienced torrential rain, howling wind, hailstones, sleet-ish squalls and sunshine. Continue reading “Six on this Springtime Saturday….”

The Flowers of Winter…

…and Spring is Just Around the Corner.

Spring seemed to be just around the corner. I could feel it in the air.

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Merry Christmas…

and Tommy Douglas is an angel!

Here on the Pacific west coast, autumn is coming to an end and winter will soon be upon us. So far the weather has been the complete opposite to what we experienced this time last year, green and mild, not frozen and white. That leaves me feeling pretty jolly for the most part. Continue reading “Merry Christmas…”

Fall Harvest…

…and the Fall Fair

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The harvest continues as the warm autumn sun continues to shine in between a few rainy days. I’ve taken advantage of the dry days to plant one or two overwintering crops; the little Egyptian “walking” onions and over a hundred cloves of garlic for next summer’s harvest, both  gifts of gardening friends.  Continue reading “Fall Harvest…”

Bountiful Berries…

…and tight connections

I have been up to my eyeballs in berries all summer long. The berry season began early in June with the first red currants of the season. Continue reading “Bountiful Berries…”

Sweet Scent of Spring…

Spring is the busiest time of year on the island. All winter long nothing much seems to happen. When spring arrives, suddenly, an overwhelming number of activities vie for our attention. The garden needs planting. The grass needs cutting. People come to visit. C. gets busy preparing his boat  for the salmon fishing season. Continue reading “Sweet Scent of Spring…”

Oh, Rubarb….

…cool crop for cool weather.

Although spring is officially here, the weather continues to be cold and wet. The vegetables are getting planted, both seeds and starts, in dribs and drabs, slowly but surely. The heat-loving tomatoes, peppers, squash and basil are still indoors, under the fluorescent lights, getting bigger and bigger, just waiting for warmer temperatures outdoors, so they can get into their permanent locations under the cloches in the vegetable garden. Continue reading “Oh, Rubarb….”

To Bee or Not to Bee….

In case you were wondering, I have been away for a while which is why you haven’t heard from me during the last month or so. Having survived the long, drawn out winter here on the island, I decided I needed a break; no cooking or housekeeping, no near or distant relatives, no pets, no rain or snow; just a pleasant climate with sunshine, pretty views, a nice sandy beach with swimmable sea water lapping at the edge of that beach, and a good book. Time away to recharge my personal battery. Continue reading “To Bee or Not to Bee….”