Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baby Set

Our son and his wife are expecting a baby so, of course, I had to knit a little baby sweater and hat.  It is always fun to make something for a baby because you can do a fancy pattern but not be overwhelmed by it.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dwarf Runner

 So my little dwarf runner bean has sprouted.  It almost looks like a chrysalis.

Like a butterfly, you can start to see the leaves (wings) develop.

 Finally, it's fully open.

 Rather pretty, isn't it?
It will soon outgrow its peat pot so I will make a newspaper liner for the clam-shell I used as a mini-greenhouse and let the bean roots grow into that space which I will fill with potting soil.  When it's warm outside, I can gently lift out the newspaper and put the whole thing into a large pot. And if all goes as planned, I will have fresh beans in June.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Blast of Winter

The weather outside is frightful
But flowers are still delightful...
We are again having a cold snap so it is still feeling very wintery. These primula are from last spring.
Since we still have snow, the perennials won't be bothered by the cold, and probably a few weeks from now, the crocus and snowdrops will be blooming. The seasons  change very quickly some years.
I'm hoping this cold will also knock back the ticks which have been more numerous the past few years.  We  have Lyme disease in our area so ticks are a concern for people and pets.
My cherry tomatoes have sprouted.  I used a plastic clam-shell to make a mini greenhouse and that helped the seeds to sprout.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Flora Land

 We bought a bouquet of cut tulips the other day. It's our act of defiance as it was -20C with a windchill making it feel like -30C on Friday.  The sun is springtime bright though so it really does feel like winter is over.
 In celebration of the coming season, I planted four cherry tomatoes and some onions. I'm thinking it might be fun to start one of the dwarf runner beans and see what happens.  A single bean plant wouldn't take up much space .  A few beans in June sounds rather nice.
For anyone suffering from the late winter blues, or  political angst, or who is having to deal with challenging personal circumstances, I highly recommend planting something, anything. To see a little bit of dried brown material transform into a bright green shoot is really miraculous.  It offers hope and joy and optimism for the future.
I'd like to thank Dee at a Rosy View for sharing all her wonderful rose photos.  It's always a treat to see the roses in my blog reading list.  She has been assembling an amazing collection of rose pictures and it's always cheering to see them all.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Jordan Peterson - U of Toronto

I just watched  a Youtube video by Dr. Jordan Peterson, of U of Toronto, at Ryerson University on his Youtube channel.
He talked about a lot of things so it is pretty hard to summarize it in a few words, but he has a really good understanding of how societies work .  He is a social psychologist and has a lot of insight into our current society.  I highly recommend the video.  It's almost two hours long but well worth the time spent watching it.  If you want you can speed it up to 1 1/2 times normal speed , you get through it faster .   I wasn't able to give a direct link to it but I really hope that you will go to his channel and watch this video and others that he has made.
March is giving us typical weather: warm and rainy followed by cold and dry.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Some Little Watercolours

 Little Orange Butterfly

Song of Flowers

The Reflected Light

I've made an order of seeds from Halifax Seeds.  I am indulging myself this year and buying some seed tapes.  One will have a mixture of different varieties of beets, and the other one will have three different kinds of carrots.  I will enjoy not having to thin the carrots. I also ordered a bean called Jackpot which is a cross between a bush and runner bean.  It is suitable for a container and has pretty red and white blossoms so it is decorative as well as useful.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snowy Days

We had about 25 cm of snow a few days ago and a bit of fresh snow yesterday.  The landscape is molded in white.  This picture makes the snowbanks look smaller than they are . They are higher than my waist.  The photo was taken at my mom's house in the Laurentians, and, at this time of year, the abundant snow is very reminiscent of Peter and the Wolf.  The air is really refreshing up in the mountains and the snow is just so clean.  Although winter can seem long, I would miss the beautiful days of fresh snow if I didn't have them.