Friday, 13 May 2022

It's Just Not Right

 It wasn't even 7 AM when the temperature outside reached 20 C ... we have swung from a cool wet sort of Spring to a HEAT wave ... the garden is drying up .. the sprinkler system has to be turned on by the company .. Note to self, beg and sniffle on the phone explaining the city inspection is backed up and my gardens are coughing up dust ?

Mean while just before this "negative nelly" gets too lost in her complaints (whoops I forgot ... I only have half the garden mulched as of yet .. last complaint I promise .. maybe) ... here are a few pictures BEFORE the heat hit. I have to say the growth from this heat has been beyond the Twilight Zone .. pictures of that later on.

I have a thing for Bladder Berry fern .. red stems and such a pretty fresh green

Darwin series tulip has been the most reliable to come through each Spring

I have a thing for epimedium , especially Niveum .. those delicate white flowers are so beautiful.
My gargoyle is still watching the back garden for me .. he really is an ancient garden guardian 
To think they used to cuddle together on the top bed with room to spare !

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Incentive vs. Worst April Ever ?

This is the first year I have taken so long to post in the Spring. I could say the weather is totally to blame because it has been the worst April I can remember .. so cold, windy, rainy .. totally not conducive to garden clean up. Especially if the gardener TOTALLY skipped Fall clean up. Which I have sworn (in front of a witness, aka Garden PA) never to skip again .. the fall out, pun intended, is ginormous, and I am still paying the price of too many hours last Sunday bowing and scraping , literally, to at least make a start at uncovering the garden and plants I think should be there . I will even confess there were some daffodils that went yellow under the wet mat of dead leaves .. YUCK !

So these are the few pictures I snapped in a hurry under the morning sun which still kept a lot of shade cast on most of the garden. Yet the hellebore looked almost decent enough to publish. It will be a crazy next few weeks because once the garden really starts to wake up it is a ferocious beast that needs so much attention I am even now quaking in my boots (well, I am in my pajamas at the moment but my boots at at the deck door quivering as I type) .. I need to knuckle under and grit my teeth.

So .. one of the reasons , well a huge reason, that I missed Fall clean up was because of these two characters. Last Spring we lost our beloved Sophie, who was a Lynx Point Siamese, going on 18 years, to cancer. We thought we would never have another cat again because the heartache of the loss was so profound. I also never thought, I would find another sweet soul Lynx  Point Siamese like Sophie.
What is it about thinking something so strongly one way, and then having it turn out completely another way ? I stumbled on a breeder of Lynx Point Siamese just in Bath, not far from Kingston .. it was her first attempt of creating Lynx Point and I some how I zoned in on it all. The next weird turn was that we decided to have two sisters, to keep each other company. You will have to take my word for it that these two are sisters from the same litter. To roll the dice and breed a Lynx Point you have one parent a "tabby" but the other parent has to be a purebred "dark" point .. either a Seal or Chocolate Point.
Not all kittens will be a Lynx Point, and in fact there can be a Snowshoe Siamese created from this genetic combination ... thus Gracie the Lynx Point and Willow the Snowshoe .. they were born July 31/2021.
I'm sorry I haven't kept up with reading blogs .. I will try to do better !!