Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Beautiful Long May Weekend

 What a beautiful place southwestern Ontario is to be this weekend. This is my front garden, the bleeding hearts are in full bloom & the mother's day basket adds a colourful splash.
 The peonies are in bud & will be out to show their colours by the end of this long weekend
 The rose bush is in bud too! This bush will continue to bloom beautiful pink roses, till the 1st frost hits it in the fall.


I forget the name of these perennials but the colour is a neon blue.

 The lily of the valley are all out in bloom, I've picked so many & have them through the house.
Flax & hen & chicks are enjoying the heat & humidly these days.

And this beautiful mommy's day basket again!
Thank you Mitch, I hear you've got snowflakes in Alberta today!

The bleeding hearts spilling out onto the front porch

 The boys...doing a 'sit-stay' in front of my studio - Kyrotime. The ivy was from the sprig of ivy on my girlfriend, Edie's casket in 1994, it rooted then I planted the ivy in the spring, it now fills my yards, surrounds my studio & is in every garden! Edie was from England, how appropriated to have English ivy & it does compliment the holly, 2 more plants to be added this weekend!

 Combines are in bloom & the seeds have blown everywhere, are coming up everywhere!
 Inside the lounge - looking out, the lilacs from outside are so fragrant when brought inside. My wee rabbits that Bill bought for me to decorate with, so cute.
 Pansies showing their colours
 A view looking into my studio window---see me in the blue/black striped top taking the photo? My girlfriend Liz, presented me with this Jim Shore rabbit that has a sticker on the bottom that states it can be used outdoors. I let the rabbit look out the window, he's too precious.
 I've two holly bushes to plant somewhere in the yard, I love to have holly through the house for Christmas.
 Lily of the valley in a mason jar on the bistro table, this is one of my favourite spring flowers!~
 Japanese lilac bush at the side of my studio, so fragrant. This is the one I cut & brought into the house.
 Pink tulips in the bird bath. Yes the water is blue, my friends John & Janine from England started me on this,  putting blue food colouring in to help stagnant the allege. This year Bill painted the birdbath interior white, wow the blue is so blue now.
 The holly bush has wee blue delicate flowers under it, maybe sweet Williams? Forget-me-knots?
 Diesel is sun worshiping, such a natural poise for howling at the moon. Behind him is the squirrel cage, I've had Squirrel 7 yrs now, he was a 5 day old pink, hairless babe when he fell from a front porch renovation. His mom never returned, so I mended his injured leg & with an eye dropper fed him every 2 hours baby formula. His leg isn't strong enough to be released back into the wild. He has gotten out twice & returned to his feeding perch each time, once so scratched up my heart went out to him. The last time he returned by sunrise, that was the home invasion blog in January. Girlfriends save batting & selvage cuts for his nest. The nest is removed in the summer with the 'spring cage cleaning' & the new fabric scraps are taken in for him to make another nest for the fall/winter. I think he's one of the oldest squirrels in the neighbourhood, we have foxes that live along the river that keep the population of these rodents down. I'm not fond of rodents however this squirrel has grown on me & reminds me of Squirrel Nutkin, a Beatrix Potter character.
 He will swing for pistachio nuts..
or any kind of nut, almond, walnut, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts...even sunflower seeds. God love him - all creatures great and small.

 Boris & Diesel, they've each their own personalities, 'the boys'
Some of these little mushroom bells were 1st found & brought home from a visit to England, then I found more in a shop in St. Mary's, so much closer to home! They look at home with the pansies.
Tom cat snoozing inside whilst Boris & Diesel are outside! I just love how his little back feet cross over one another as he sleeps. Sweet dreams Tommy.


  1. The blue flowers are called bachelor buttons. Beautiful garden!

  2. thanks for sharing your beautiful garden, LOVE the flowers!! Great pics of the wonderful dogs & squirrel too! Yours is the first i've known with its own home/cage! Karen in JAX

  3. I planted Lily of the Valley this past year - small crop this year but I have hopes. I too love these flowers. Thanks for sharing your garden!

  4. Thanks for your comment on my blog Cynthia. It's always a pleasure when you visit.
    Your flowers are all beautiful and that English Ivy is so big. I didn't know that they would winter over. I think that it's probably too cold here in the winter for them to survive.

    I've been so busy this spring that I haven't taken much pictures of my gardens and I've even neglected my yard some this year.

    Your dogs are so beautiful and I'm sure that they are well taken care of by you.

    My little Victoria is eating well but is getting constipated from the kitty milk replacer, so I have a vet appointment at 2:40 this afternoon. JB