Surprise it’s Spring and it’s an Annual Thing

20 Mar

Oh happy Spring! I think this is just such a fun spring annual.  It is Pink Lantana. Maybe you have planted it before… but if you haven’t seen it, keep your eyes open for at your favourite greenhouse. Pink Lantana The petals are tight little squares before they open, such a neat shape to see on a flower.  As the petals open they change colour as well. It is quite amazing, from pink to yellow and orange.  I could sit and watch this one bloom all summer.  It does well in a container or in a bed. Pink Lantana What is your favourite spring annual? Is it a new variety or something that you plant every single year?

Love is Everywhere

13 Feb

Love, the symbol of love is everywhere, often overused.  Imagine my surprise when I cracked open a walnut that was just beginning to sprout into a tree, and I was shined upon with two little hearts. I opened another and another (all growing in my vegetable beds) and have been greeted with the same hearts each time.

I don’t know, but I think this is one of life’s happy little hugs in a nutshell.

I heart you.

And I heart my garden sometimes.

Walnut tree roots

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not. ~W.C. 

Do you love your garden (big or small) a little or a lot? Everyday or just when it behaves? 


Especially in Winter

7 Jan

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Just -Falalalala your days away!

18 Dec

Just what you’ve always wanted my friends. Mail addressed to you that is not a bill.  It’s coming…. :)

I am in a bit of the christmas spirit (falalalala) so I am sending one to everyone who commented.  Otherwise I just feel like I am picking favourites when you are ALL just that.calendar

Check your mailbox- you are the giveaway winners!

Rom, Wendy, Judy, Boom, Alys, Wildflower, & Pat,

If I don’t have your address I will contact you.  Thanks for you all your lovely comments, they made me chuckle!

Have a fun and restful Holiday everyone!

See you in the New Year!  It’s going to be a creative one, I can just FeeeeeL it!

Diane xo


Cupcake Garden

12 Dec

What do you do when the weather gets you down? Bring new meaning to the term ‘Kitchen Garden’ by creating a beautiful cupcake garden complete with rosettes in icing form.

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Happiness is… this.


P.S. The calendars came back from the printers looking super fantastic. I admit that I am a little biased, but none the less enter to get one sent to you!

Beautiful Gifts to Give

8 Dec

I feel like I have been shopping for several months now. Looking on-line and in stores.  I cannot buy everything, but maybe you could! There are so many pretty, pretty things made by such creative people in the world isn’t there?

If you are still looking for ideas for now or any time of year really, these are just some of my favourite Etsy finds this year.


Which do you love the most?  I covet the bohemian jewellery with dandelion seeds the absolute most.  It is taking so much effort to not just buy it already!! Making this list just makes me want everything more. haha.

Happy Shopping Everyone!

P.S. The calendars came back from the printers looking super fantastic. I admit that I am a little biased, but none the less enter to get one sent to you!


Just What you Always Wanted (…but didn’t know it Giveaway!)

3 Dec

Last Years CalendarIt’s quickly approaching.  That whole big new year… Right now you can have a new year, and a new older version of yourself PLUS a whole new calendar!! At the very least you will freshen up your desktop while making your mind think you have made major changes to your well being- all because you have a pretty new calendar to watch time tick by- From Me!

You’re welcome!

I am giving away five calendars full of photos seen on GardenSunshine just to thank you for being so lovely!

Please don’t reinvent yourselves for the new year because *I like you just the way you are*.

To enter leave me a comment below- telling me something you do to start your new year off FRESH. Do you make resolutions? What are they? If not, why? How do you bring joy to your life in these first few months of winter?

Wearing stretch pants in January brings me joy, comfort and warmth. :)

(Names will be drawn in 14 days- WEDNESDAY Dec 17th, 2015 and your calendar will be mailed before Christmas anywhere world wide)




The Lazy Way to make a Garden – Anywhere!

28 Nov

A few weeks ago I made a new garden area by preparing with soil, cardboard, compost and mulch.  But you can make a garden another way too. This way is definitely the lazy way to do it.  It works just fine but the key is to compost the holes you dig for the plants well.  This method also does not allow for perennials to spread into one another so that is something to keep in mind.
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First find an unexpected spot.

“Hey! How about this mess of a spot by the driveway where the kids will walk all over it?”


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How about this spot where I had all those rocks dumped?

Another thing I had ordered too much of.  I seem to have a problem with that!

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After finding your perfect location mark your area with an edger. This is at the edge of my driveway.  It was a gravelly mess. Where it was quite gravelly we were supposed to put a rock, that never happened so I placed a container there instead.

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Use plastic edging if you like to define the area.

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Use a professional grade weed barrier.  They work amazingly well and for several years.  

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I used those excess rocks here to define the edge of the border and hold everything in place.

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Stand back and wonder what the heck you were thinking.  Only allow a short time for this.

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Finishing mapping out your area with weed barrier. 

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 Now add your plants, mulching around them. Add compost to all plants every year including when you plant them.  Keep watered for the first two years.

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Here is the garden border in it’s second year.

Unfortunately for this garden. I have decided to take it out.  The location is limiting my long term lofty landscaping plans.  :( Thus the big garden I just prepped.

So that’s the lazy way to make a garden.  I am sure it makes the experts groan, but when you are pressed for material and time it works! You don’t even have to mulch it right away, that can be done at anytime.

What shortcuts do you have up your sleeve when it comes to yard work? I need some new ones!

Succulent Frosty Bits

26 Nov

The weather she is a changing!  

My arms are tired from lugging topsoil and wood chip.  Today I welcome the change to colder weather so that I don’t have to feel guilty about sitting on my bum. :)Succulents

Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden…. It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

Do you welcome the change to colder weather?

Rescue Chickens

21 Nov

The end of the summer was a tough one.  All my assorted hens were murdered in the night.  Usually what ever gets them will run off with one or two of the bodies, but this time there was just a mess of wasted chickens except for one old hen.  I didn’t realize how attached I was to them all until they were gone.  I loved the assortment of white, brown and black hens, along with their different coloured eggs.   At first I thought that we would wait a bit to get more but I didn’t hold out for long.  A week later I  purchased 11 month old hens from a farmer who was getting new hens commercially.  These hens had only known being in a cage.  I call them my rescue chickens!

They still do not seem to all get laying their eggs in the nesting box and usually lay them on the floor.  I even had to teach them how to roost at night- they had no idea.

I still have problems daily with skunks, racoons, mice and sometimes rats.  I have to make sure that I am home to lock them up at night to keep the critters out. As for what got them, I have no idea for sure.

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When they first came home they looked a little beat up. Their combs were dry and faded. Feathers were broken or missing.

rescue hensNow they are happy and doing much better.  

The tricky part is keeping them safe.

Every night I yell at the skunks to get out of the coop and poke them with a stick… I am sure it is only a matter of time before I get sprayed!  

I hope all your pets are safe and healthy at your place. Any tips on how to keep those chickens safe? And how come my rescue chickens have never said Thank-you? GESH!


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