Succulents don’t suck

A couple of weeks ago I got a little creative.

Don’t worry—it was under direct professional supervision. My friend and I recently attended a workshop on succulents at Griffin’s Greenhouse in Lakefield. We learned a little and were able to get our hands messy as we potted up several displays of succulents, rocks and moss.

The most creative I get

This nifty concrete planter is on the dining room table right now but will soon grace our balcony as a heat hardy summer display.

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There were some very original containers for us to use. It makes you think about the different types of things we can use to display our plants. I’m curious to see what else I might do this year!

 

Spring is fighting back I think

It’s been a long, cold winter and most of us are sick of it.

For awhile there was no way in.

For awhile there was no way in.

I won’t complain though. As a work-from-home kind of gal I don’t have to face it as much as others.

We’ve not been able to get to the schoolhouse as much as we would like but when we did get up there wasn’t much to do but shovel.

Once you got in, there was no way out!

Once you got in, there was no way out!

However I am beginning to think there is light at the end of this snowy tunnel. The sun is starting to show itself a little more and I think we  may be over the worst.

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I think our plants are trying to tell us something. My ivy geranium that was the sole survivor of our balcony planters last fall has made it through the winter and is now showing off its petals once again.

I take this as a sign

I take this as a sign

We also totally forgot about Pat’s Amaryllis last year so it’s been dormant and in the dark for some time. This is only about 10 days growth out of darkness. It may not be Christmas but I’ll go with a resurrection theme and say it will be ready for Easter.

Hey it's not Christmas but I don't care!

Hey it’s not Christmas but I don’t care!

There is also some catnip we rescued from our feline roommates last year. It looked pretty sad last fall but in our greenhouse of a spare room it has come back with a green vengeance. I am beginning to think we might make it out of this winter.

A small corner of improvement

I did manage to get in one improvement this year and that was to rebuild and kick-start this little corner garden around the water barrel.

before

Needless to say it was in rough shape. I had let it get a bit too overgrown and it was in need of some help.

stepping stones

I got some off cuts of rock at the local landscaping supply place for a whooping $3 and used them as stepping-stones.

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Then it started to look a bit more like the garden I wanted once I got my mulch in there. Still a few things in there that have to change or be moved but I am on the right track at least.

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The balcony is open

Well I’ve been sick for the past few weeks but not I am back in action and so is the balcony garden.

I’ve been late to the post but have tried to catch up. My flowers are planted, my seedlings are growing and my herb garden already has produced an abundant crop.

Herbs

I’ve done up my hanging baskets and even a little colour in my table planter. This will go on the full table once I have finished painting it this weekend. I’ve gone with stocks and snapdragons for colour and butterflies who meander their way up to our floor.

flowers

Watch for more photos soon!

Strawberry daiquiri can’t be far away

I’m going to take advantage of the heat and sun our condo balcony gets this summer and try to grow strawberries.

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I picked up this nifty hanging basket at a greenhouse near Waterloo on a recent trip to the parentals. I’m hoping for a bumper crop as it has already grown quite a few flowers.

So when we head up to the schoolhouse to work on weekends, we can look forward to strawberry daiquiri when we return to the city. Or at least a decorative strawberry on the side.