Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Word-less Wednesday in the May Garden. . .

 The disarray inside has convinced me to take you with me on a little tour of the garden. . . It's tough to spare much time for blogging -- besides packing the good stuff and organising a weekend yard sale of the Stuff We Don't Need but Hope Someone Else Will Take Away, Perhaps After Giving Us Money!, I've been getting maintenance done by all the wonderful service-providers I'll be moving away from. Yesterday was Physio for IMS and accupuncture, followed by a Hearing check and hearing aid clean-up at the audiologist; today I'm getting my dental crown put in.
 But I do have a treat for you, as soon as I can find a small pocket of minutes to put it together. Dottoressa has agreed to give us a culinary tour of Croatia, along with a few of her favourite recipes, accompanied by photographs. Very, very generous of her, and it means that there will be some wonderful posts in this space soon, a pleasant change from my whingeing about packing and moving and wondering where my next home will be.
 But that's not ready yet, and I'm afraid all I have for you today is a tour of my garden in full spring glory. I do love it!
 Were we staying, these allium would need some very serious curbing -- they spread like mad, but aren't they wonderfully emphatic? Such a great, sculptural bloom!

 And my beloved Guernsey Cream. . .


 I've dug out quite a few of the columbine over the last few years (they're not terribly attractive once they've bloomed and they will spread quite readily), but I'm always happy to see that some have ignored me. They have the sweetest, wonderfully old-fashioned flowers...
 Royal Sunset rose . . .
 And the restful, lushly textured, blue-green hosta, the leaves capturing needles and cones from the nearby trees. . .

There we are then, back at the porch steps. Hope you enjoyed the little tour, and now I suppose I'd better get on with the lists. Happy Wednesday!

19 comments:

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Your May garden is as advanced as our June garden. So envious of the perfection of your slug and snail free host's.

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    1. Hostas. Non botanical autocorrect, obviously.

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    2. Well, unfortunately, often hostas are hosts. . . to slugs and snails!

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  2. Your garden is looking so lovely and lush!
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    Cleaned out our garden shed and front porch and thought I would put the cast offs on the boulevard to see if anyone would take them and save me a trip to Value Village and all of it was scooped up in a few minutes! Good luck with your sale...hope it all gets sold.

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  3. Your garden is looking so lovely and lush!
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    Cleaned out our garden shed and front porch and thought I would put the cast offs on the boulevard to see if anyone would take them and save me a trip to Value Village and all of it was scooped up in a few minutes! Good luck with your sale...hope it all gets sold.

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    1. We do the same here, but of course we have far fewer people strolling or driving by to do the scooping. . . Thanks for the good luck wish.

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  4. The alliums in the sunshine are so lovely. It's restful just to look at them. A wonderful tour to refresh in the midst of packing or any of life's less poetic moments.

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    1. Love the way you phrased that, Lorrie -- life isn't all poetic, is it?!

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  5. Lovely garden,so full of flowere!
    Thinking of you and gardens....here is m2 of the houses much cheaper than m2 of the flats (at the same location),except the most luxurious houses in the most prestige part of the town. And all houses are solid built,of bricks and concrete.
    So,here is much easier to have a garden
    Thank you for the invitation and announcement :-)!
    Dottoressa

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    1. So interesting that detached houses are cheaper than the flats -- I'm going to have to get to your city one of these days, and see for myself!

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    2. You are very welcome:-)
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  6. Thinking of your clear-out and upcoming yard sale reminded me of when Stu's mum died. She was not a hoarder, but not a throw-outer either. And we took into consideration what she would have wanted when we decided what to do when we cleared out her house. Her good clothes we donated to her church jumble sale, her paints and other artistic and crafty materials we donated to the Ottawa Good Companions Centre, where she had attended craft and painting lessons for years. Then we gave each of her nieces and nephews a pick of her paintings, china, or anything else they wanted by which to remember Aunt Milly. Then we stored all the rest, and in the spring had a ginormous yard sale at our house. The crowds came, and they bought most everything. Some of the leftover stuff that we didn't have room to store... we needed our basement back... we donated to organizations who would come and pick it up. And some we left neatly lined up at the end of our road. Then we sat down in our lawn chairs with our glasses of wine and cheered as people stopped, perused, picked up and drove away with the stuff. Milly would have loved this freebie business. The cash we made we donated to the Canadian Cancer society...with some left over for Stu and I to go out for a great meal on his mum. Sorry for the loooong comment. Memories come when they come, I guess. Your garden looks fabulous.

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    1. That's a lovely set of memories, Susan, and I'm sure your mother-in-law would have been pleased. With our parents, we were able to move in stages as they downsized from home to condo and then to assisted living in my in-laws' case. Similar process, except that there was a bit more input from them.
      I am so envious, though, of the way you were able to dispose of items. Impossible to get anything "picked up" here -- everything we donate has to be carted a kilometre by wheelbarrow to the dock, loaded on the boat, then carted up the dock on the other side and taken to the car. Every box. Every bin. Every garbage bag. . . .
      As for crowds to reward our efforts in organising this weekend's garage sale? Well, we have an island population, at summer height, of 350-400 people. So. . . .I'm just crossing my fingers that most of the glassware goes because wrapping that up to take to town to donate? Is going to make me very cranky!
      But someday this will all be a distant memory, right? Because I can read how much work your comment represented, and you seem to be remembering it quite happily now. . . Thanks!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your garden, Frances. Now, if you could pack that up and ship it to England, I'd be happy to buy it! ... and if you could throw in your sea view that would be perfect :) Joking aside, I can imagine thats how your house buyers felt when they saw it all....
    I hope alls well with your family in Italy after their experience with ticks.
    Looking forward to Dottoressas culinary tour!
    Have a lovely weekend ...hope your weathers good. We re looking forward to a sunny few days in Bath, celebrating hubby's birthday!
    Rosie

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    1. Yes, it should be portable, somehow -- I'd tuck it onto my new balcony ;-)Enjoy your Bath birthday weekend -- sounds lovely! Happy Birthday to the Taurus, we're all such good people, no bull ;-)

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  8. People travel to yard sales , here , and make a day of it around this time of year . Perhaps you'll be invaded ; after all , a boat trip , a day by the sea plus loads of bargains ! Sounds perfect .

    The columbine is wonderful ... very Addams Family .

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    1. Not sure I'm up for an invasion -- I'm so tempted to hide inside, but it will be worth it to have things hauled away for more use rather than being dumped as landfill. . .
      Hmmm, I'm trying to see the Addams Family in the columbine -- please explain! Is it the anthomorphic-monster-ing of its horns and weird tongue and . . . ;-)

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  9. Gorgeous garden and wonderful photos. I can see it would be hard to leave, and yet, as you say, new adventures, new springtimes await.

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  10. I am so glad to hear that Aliums spread. I planted some in the garden last year and they are starting to bloom now. I would love more!! X

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