Fabulous Threesomes

22 Apr

In search of the early bloomers. 


The lady bugs are all over these early bloomers. Daisy like flowers and interesting foliage makes Bloodroot one of my favourites. I am happy to see these pop up where ever they are happy to. Their leaves are so interesting!

Trout Lily

Sometimes the very first thing to see flower! a Trout Lily.  They have trout in their name because of their speckled leaves. I find these along the path in the woods where it is mowed and there is less competition from other plants.


A beautiful purple Crocus.  Crocus are happy to grow almost anywhere.

What a fabulous display these three would make in a mass grouping!

What’s your favourite earlier bloomer?

Smells like Dirt, Tastes like Dirt

15 Apr

In the spring

Don’t you just love the smell of dirt?  I think Margaret Atwood also wrote in one of her books (I’m thinking it was Robber Bride) that you should eat a handful of dirt every year.  I don’t know if she was really serious or not… but the thought has always stuck with me.  If I have dirt under my nails and it gets into my sandwich, Yum Yum, I don’t really worry about it.  It’s all a part of nature.  

What do you think about that? How much dirt do you eat in a year? 

Easter Tulips

5 Apr


Spring in a bottle smells FANTASTIC! Pretty in Pink Tulips on display in my entry. :) Happy Easter Everyone! 

UPDATE: Well, It was a happy easter until my cat jumped up and tried to get into this and the whole kit and caboodle  smashed onto the floor.  At least I have pictures of all the pretty things I used to have right?  haha Oh kitty, you are lucky you are so cute. Sooo LUCKY.

 My Favourite Easter Joke of All Time

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.

cupcake garden

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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)





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