Posted in garden, Grateful for, pondering

Grateful for summer plants

I’m a messy gardener. You’ll find weeds and wildflowers and grasses in my garden. Partly because they grow better than the plants I’ve put in my garden. Partly because they’re good for the local bees and butterflies.

I usually enjoy making a variety of container gardens but this year I decided to spend the money on a new cell phone. I wasn’t going to buy any plants for my front porch but…

They called to me. I just didn’t find my porch “done” without something growing. So I just happened to bring home some portulaca (very heat and drought resistant) and a couple huge coleus for the shady spot underneath. I’ll share some more photos when the portulaca blooms.P_20170609_124416_vHDR_Auto

 

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Digging in the dirt is so relaxing. Perfect for a warm June afternoon.

How do you unwind? What are you grateful for?

Colline is grateful for her health.

 

Posted in Canada, Celebrations, garden, History, Nature, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Tulips… beautiful in every colour.

Spring has been kind to Niagara this year! Our tulips look amazing. My garden has brought me hours of joy and photographs! I’m especially delighted with the Canada Tulips!! They were cultivated to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

The individual tulips and the variety of colours in my garden are what make my heart sing. The seas of colour in the Niagara Parks are just as breathtaking!

 

 

Last week my daughter and I went down to see the displays along the Niagara Parkway. I’ll be spending many hours along Niagara Parks this year. So I’m confident this is just one of many highlighting our beauty! (In fact, this is just my small selection of tulip photos, I have a few more from this walk that I’ll share later.)

These displays of tulips (predominately red and white) are the start of the celebration of our heritage in Canada. (see below)

In a previous post about a garden of tulips, I shared why tulips are part of Canada’s yearly celebrations. (another tie to our rich heritage)

 

 

Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”

The five projects will be:

Rooted in Legacy — 10 interpretive pollinator gardens spaced along the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. They’ll stress the importance of birds, butterflies, and bees.

Rooted in Nature — providing insight into Ontario’s native plant and animal species. It launched February at the butterfly conservatory. In addition, revisions to the Niagara Glen Centre will be unveiled in July.

Rooted in Life — will feature an art exhibition at the Floral Showhouse interpreting life in Ontario over 150 years. Uses vintage pieces from Durham’s former Cullen Miniature Village collection.

Rooted in the Garden — a series of cultural and culinary programs spotlighting the botanical gardens and school of horticulture.

Rooted in Design — an amateur and professional art competition to design two high traffic flower beds at Queen Victoria Park and Queenston Heights Park, as well as the face of the Floral Clock. A commissioned piece of work will be unveiled in the fall.

Late last year, Vesey’s Seeds of Prince Edward Island donated 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to 150 communities across Canada to mark the country’s 150th birthday in 2017. The Canadian Garden Council chose the 150 communities from nearly 500 applicants.

Niagara Parks Commission ended up receiving an additional 29,000 bulbs, planted in October and now in bloom along the parkway.  SOURCE:  niagarafallsreview.ca/2017/05/02/niagara-parks-unveils-canada-150-projects

Posted in garden, Grateful for, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Grateful for the scent of Spring

Ahhh… I love when you can smell spring in the air!

The temperatures may rise and fall but it isn’t Spring until you can smell it in the rain and the garden.

Earlier this week it came up in conversation that I consider my spring flowers old friends. I look forward to their return each year. This year we’ve been blessed with wonderful weather and my garden is bursting with joy. (minus a few taken by the squirrels).

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust

I’m so grateful for the beauty that I can see and smell; that I can enjoy each day.

What has brought a smile to your week? What are you grateful for this week?

Last week Colline’s Blog was grateful for Parent Input.

Just Breathe and Be Thankful was grateful for the warm weather.