Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Spring is finally here!

Today is the Vernal Equinox....the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

So....I have some gardening questions for those of you who are more plant savy than I

1) how do you get a Kalanchoe to bloom agian?

2) The general rule of thumb is not to plant any flowers till may 24 weekend, but are there any hardy half sun or shade plants that will survive if it frosts or snows again that I can plant early? (more specifically things like panseys)

3) If they need to be potted early, with the weenie bit of light I do get (im on the northwest corner of the building) when is the best time to get them started? I have a greenhouse, but I would prefer to keep those plants as indoor as much as possible (mostly spiderplants, an aloe, and a kalanchoe)

Saturday, 22 August 2009

big blue flowers

In my unending exploits to have a wonderful balcony garden, the wildflower mix came up trump this week with a really nice surprize. These flowers are MASSIVE! they are almost as big as some of my sunflower flowers.

but....does anyone know what they are?

I also have a mystery plant growing in with my parsley. At first I thought they were cherry tomato plants, but the fruit on the plant is turning sort of a deep purple...not a red like one would expect with cherry tomatoes....and they are about the size of a pea if extracted from a pod.

any thoughts?

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


For those who wanted to see a photo of my blooming she is...and just about as tall as me!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Summer Sunflowers

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Monday, 6 July 2009

DIY Attack!

This is just a post to compliment all the things Ive shared on Threadbanger. Ive been up to all sorts of stuff, hence the reason I havent posted in a while....that and my trip to the zoo....which I picked myself up some elephant poo paper to draw on for later....

But for now.....


Pinwheel blanket with acrylic/mohair combo yarn

Homespun from Corridale pre-dyed roves

Knitted acrylic flogger

And zombie prosthetic to prevent said zombie from having braaaaaaains......


Saturday, 25 April 2009

Earth Week Cleanup

I didnt get to do much for earth week, other than getting some dirt for my balcony garden.

In the spirit of earth day, i tied my hair up, got some garden gloves, a big biodegradeable bag from my many treks to value village, and my flip flops (which was silly of me) and trodded out to the hills in the park near home.

For those of you in the toronto area, I started at the top of the taylor creek park entrance at Lumsden Avenue, and went to work.

At the top of the hill alone, I found abandoned childrens toys, half a hockey stick, a wire flowerbed fence runaround, 2 large tarps, and more bags and styrofoam containers than I could shake any stick at!

I apologize in advance for the lower quality of the photos...they were taken with my cellphone.

This is what the hills usually look like...with all the garbage wrapped around trees, wrappers stuck in the ground....and its just a downright mess with is horrid what people throw out.

This is the size of the bag I used... I refilled this sucker about 6 times over and didnt even get to the halfway point between top and bottom of the hill. The black garbage bins at the top of the hill were empty when I started. They're really full now...almost to the top.

This is what a 1/4 of the way down looked like after I had cleaned up every last bit of garbage I could find. There was even a broken ceramic sink down there. I couldnt clean up all the pieces cause there were some rather large chunks and I didnt want to risk it ripping through the bag and cutting my leg (ive had that already happen to me once with a plate)

So...for those who thanked me while they were walking through the time dont thank me....get off your ass, grab a bag and some gloves and help me instead of just patting me on the shoulder. This is something I kick myself for, for not being able to do it more often, and I want to slap upside the head anyone who litters like that. Its absolutely disgusting!

Thanks for letting me rant. I am now sunburnt and tired, but at least I got it done.

In other news, at least the temperature hit a wonderful 28 degrees and I got to rest under a budding tree when I was done....till the massive wind and thunderstorm hit.

Now I take my leave, have a dinner, and some wine.

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