First I want to thank all you wonderful gals that have been asking me if I was going to the Toronto Fling .. I so appreciate you all for thinking of me.
I'm also so frustrated having to say even what would be considered a small trip is overwhelmingly daunting for me.
My medical conditions, which I don't really like to talk about (who in their right mind wants to hear about someone else's moans and groans eh ?) .. in any case they are so unpredictable and so controlling if I have a combined flare there it would be a nightmare .. so I am forced to spare myself the stress of that.
BUT .... I am so sorry to miss the opportunity to meet so many wonderful gardeners .. you are all so special and I have enjoyed "talking" to you via our blogs and email.
Thank you so much : )
How about something about gardens .. plants .. tools ... gadgets ? in this off beat post.
In the Stokes catalog I found the " Ultimate Plant Clip " and here is the video of how it works.
Now I don't know why I haven't used this fantastic little gadget before but I will be ordering them for next year and making my life a lot easier when I won't be putting my roll of tape or wire down in the garden and losing it yet again ... have you seen these things ?
Also the round up of my mail order companies which I'm sorry to say only applies to Canadians.
But you American gardeners have great companies and so many of them I am JEALOUS !
My picks are still almost the same ...
Canning Perennials .... BIG healthy plants !
Hortico ... usually roses but I found out they also ship BIG plants .. can be a bit tricky though with selection being switched around.
Garden Import .... small plants but unusual ones and in good condition.
Botanus for unusual bulbs and some roses
Vesey's ... variety of some garden gadget etc ... I bought a "Ladybug House" to be put up in the Spring.
I actually have to be VERY conservative about buying perennials next year, is that even possible for me??? .. the stone path really took out any possibility of expanding the beds .... but there is always the factor of losing plants during the winter OR ... having workmen stomp a plant to death as in my calycanthus .. BIG sigh !
Meanwhile just some pictures taken of the back garden at the end of November but it looks the same right now with the snow !
.... and YES ! I still love the fencing SO MUCH !!
It frames the "skeletons" of the plants and structures so well ... leaves me something interesting to look at in the garden even in winter.
I love how amur "Flame" maple has such horizontal limbs and the way the snow sticks to it.
The crooked owl is for Cindee ... wink wink
The tall cedar at the beginning of the path is perfect ... I have a thing for cedars even if they are such a common shrub ... the do it for me !
Inaba Shidare held onto its delicate leaves as long as it could ... all the Japanese maples look so pretty even in bare bones mode.
The lavenders have been holding their own but you can never really tell until the Spring how they did.
Old man winter is definitely here .... even if they forecast rain next week ... evil weather people !!
Merry Christmas and VERY Happy New Year !!!!
PS ... this is so ME !! the pajamas WIN every time : )