Sunday, 20 April 2014

#Crocus and #Clematis for #Easter. Better than #chocolate! Or, at the very least just as good! ; )

Finally! We're now experiencing a real taste of spring here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!
It's about time! 
The crocus are out in full bloom, and the clematis shown below, C. alpina 'Constance', is starting to sprout lovely it's green foliage. I couldn't ask for a better Easter gift. My feeling is that one can get chocolate any old time, but spring arrives but once a year.  

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Egg shells - So useful, in and around the garden!

The basil seeds in the egg shell containers are shooting up nicely! 
Since it’s snowing here today, it sure is nice to see something growing. ; )
Eggs are so useful, aren’t they?! Thought I’d take this opportunity to post a few other ways egg shells can be used in the garden, too.

Egg shells in compost:
Eggshells are the perfect addition to your garden compost because they are rich in calcium—a nutrient that helps plants. Crushing them before you put them in your compost heap will help them break down faster.
Egg shells to deter pests:
Crushed egg shells can be scattered around the garden. It’s an eco-friendly way to keep vegetables and flowers, especially those hosta, safe from slugs and snails. There’s no need to use harmful, toxic pesticides which we all know do more harm than good.
Eggshells in the vermicomposter:
Egg shells are great for worm bins. They release calcium and seem to help keep excessive acidic conditions from developing in the bin. Grind up the shells before adding them so the worms will be able to utilize them quicker.

I keep a lidded bin in my kitchen to collect coffee grounds, tea bags and of course, eggshells. When the bin is full, I crush the shells and throw them, along with all of the grounds directly into the garden. 
My Grandmother swore by this for her tomatoes, which were beautiful!. I’m happy to carry on the tradition!

Happy Gardening! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Landscapes under glass - Moss Terrarium Workshop at the Art Hive, here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!



Add some greenery to your home or office!
Join me at the Art Hive where each participant will create a moss terrarium to take home!

Guidance will be provided along with step-by-step instructions. I'll also share tips and techniques on creating, and keeping a healthy terrarium for many years to come. 

Contact: The Art Hive Gallery 
10239 Highway #118, Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1J1
Tel: (705) 754-0021 

Instructor: Karen Sloan - Wall Flower Studio 

Date: Sat. Apr. 19th 

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: $40 includes all materials


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sprouting seeds in eggshells on #WordlessWednesday - And a basil pesto recipe, too!

Basil seedlings

Basil - For pesto, eventually!




Saturday, 5 April 2014

Seedy Saturday sowing - seeds in eggshells and newspaper - eco friendly recycled gardening!

Eggshell seed starters
A few years ago, I began seeking alternatives to peat pots after reading how peat is being extracted from the planet quicker than it can ever be renewed.
Eggshells fit the bill perfectly! Not only have they saved me a lot of money, since I sow hundreds seeds, but they've added nutrients to the soil as they're completely biodegradable. Earthworms benefit as well because eggshells are the perfect ingredient in any compost pile.

Pot maker and newspaper pots
In addition to using eggshells, I purchased a pot maker a few years ago. It's been a wonderful tool and well worth the small $20 dollar investment. I've made hundreds of these containers since and will continue to do so!
It's the perfect way to recycle newspaper because like eggshells, they break down in the garden and can be planted directly into the ground. As a gardener, I love this as it means I'm not disturbing any of my tiny seedling's roots!

So, consider alternatives to the not-so-ecologically friendly products offered by retailers today. Saving money and doing some good for the planet, even in a seemingly small way, is a good way to do just that.

Thanks for visiting and happy gardening!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday Flowers - The progression of a Clivia in photos, from budding to bloom






This is the first time the Clivia has bloomed for me, so please excuse my enthusiasm!
It's just so lovely and there's nothing to look at in the garden yet! However, I'm sure that will change soon.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!  ~ K 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Blooming blues - Floral hues and flower symbolism

blue flower, according to Wikipedia, "is a central symbol of inspiration. It stands for desirelove, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It symbolizes hope and the beauty of things."

That's quite a mouthful! Obviously, history has much reverence for the color blue!

I guess I can relate as this post came about due to my infinite hope for spring's seemingly unreachable arrival! 
It's snowing here right now, and since I'm starved for some colour, I was viewing some of my flower photos on Flickr. In doing so, I realized I had quite a few blue flowers in my garden, and I never really thought about it before. Of course, they don't all bloom at the same time, which is a bit of a shame considering the show they'd put on, but on the other hand, it's nice to have diversification, too! In any case, Wikipedia's description seems quite fitting, indeed. 

So, in honor of spring's imminent arrival, I'd like to offer up some visual hope right here on my blog! 
~ Enjoy.

Morning glory

Lobelia siphilitica

Centaurea cyanus - Cornflower or Bachelor Button

Baptisia australis - False indigo - close up

Omphalodes

Vinca minor - This one is invasive!! 

Baptisia australis - False indigo - Native!

Scilla siberica

Bearded Iris

Borage - My favourite! - Edible & deer resistant, too.

Morning Glory

Forget-me-nots - Myosotis 

As John Keats once wrote... "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever..." 
I agree! Especially if it's blue. 

Thanks for visiting!