Holy holyhocks!

It has taken some time but my holyhocks have finally produced blooms.

For some reason I thought they were going to be dark purple but these have more of a tequila sunrise quality.

   

 In any case they add a little something to the space beside the back porch.
I have also planted another one this year in behind this one. This label says it will be pink, purple, or yellow so we will wait an see.

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Prepping my pots

Spring is finally here in full swing.

The temperatures are still a bit cool but it was enough to pull out all of my pots for this year’s balcony garden.

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And let this be known that this is the last photo I will ever take of that awful old barbecue. It has now moved on to new pastures. Well the dump anyway.

After all the talk of vertical gardens and vegetables,  I am going to do things a bit more simply this year. All flowers, a few herbs and one pepper plant.

House plants need a new home

My house plants are looking for a new home.

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Well some new planters anyway. It was a bountiful winter with lots of sun in our condo so all the plants have grown and grown. But now they all need new pots and quick.

I am having trouble finding something beyond the old clay pot. I’m on the hunt for some new homes for these green guys.

For example my aloe is in a great glass planter I got as a gift from a great plant shop on Queen Street here in Toronto.

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I’ll be stopping there soon but I’ve also found some nice stuff at West Elm.

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There is this as well.

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And of course, when in doubt I generally end up at Ikea.

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This one is nice as well

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Nothing is really jumping out at me though. Anyone have any recommendations for shops in Toronto?

Aloe there!

I bought a tiny little aloe plant at a church sale a few months back thinking it would likely not survive, let alone grow.

Oh how wrong I was. Despite having little to no luck with them in the past I seem to have created the right conditions for this one.

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It sits on my little wobbly nightstand next to whatever pile of books I am working on, my lamp, the “charming” bowl I made in pottery class at the Gardiner Museum and my 1985 Sony Dream Machine which is still ticking. Well not ticking but you get what I mean.

So other than sunburns, which are few and far between in a Canadian winter, what do I do with it?

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I’ll take any and all suggestions. In the meantime I’ll do a little research on the subject to find out more. I’m also wondering if I should transplant it now or wait until the spring?