Catching up, part 1

The big project is finished. Hurrah!

I'm on vacation. Double hurrah!!

I awoke super early this morning. To the sound of rain beating against the window. Washing away my plans to prep the community plot for warm weather crops. {Sigh}

The sun tried really hard today, I could tell. But it couldn't break through the clouds.

So I stayed dry on my covered balcony, rearranged the pots (it's a jungle out there), and planned where to place the tomatoes, peppers, beets, carrots and beans in the 12 empty squares in my community garden plot.

And rather than mope any more about the weather, I'll consider it a reason to pay more attention to this blog, and finish one of three catch-up posts.


A few balcony garden highlights from mid-April through late May


Earth Dog on Earth Day (April 22nd)


Lewisia cotyledon forma alba, late April


Viola 'Lemon Royale' has been blooming since mid-March.



The purple bracts of Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk' stretch toward blue sky and sunshine in mid-May.

The sweetness of community gardening

Lathyrus odoratus 'Cupani's Original' growing in the plot beside mine

Ah, sweet peas. They always delight me. But these ones also surprised me.  You see, I thought ordinary, edible, green peas were twining up the trellis in the neighbouring plot. So I paid little attention to them the past couple of months because I was growing my own 'Little Marvel' shelling peas.

That is, until a week ago Sunday: while I was bending over my tomatoes and peppers, a breeze carried a familiar scent to my nose. I turned around to see my favourite heirloom sweet peas beginning to bloom.  I did a happy dance, clapped my hands and squeeeeed. Though I think this spontaneous, enthusiastic response was completely internal, I can't recall for sure.  Anyway, I know I put down the pruners, picked up the Nikon and spent several minutes capturing prettiness.

Originally this post was going to be about all the inedible yet nourishing features of community gardening. But if you look at these sweet peas, know that school children and their parents sowed the seeds and tend the plants, and appreciate there are no fences between neighbouring plots, you can probably write this post yourself.

And now, after I press "publish", I'm off the garden, to see and smell the sweet peas (yes, they're still blooming) and inspect the tomatoes, chard and beet (the last one).

But one question before I go: what pleasant surprises are sweetening your garden this summer?

A week of flowers

Sunday evening. Admitting to myself (and you) I can't keep up with gardening, blossom appreciation, Piper care, the bare minimum of housework AND blogging. (Not to mention my Monday to Friday, "9 to 5" work as a dietitian.)

So I hope you'll excuse me for publishing photographs without much commentary. But given the topic, a picture is much better than 1,000 words.












Flowers along the path

Many flowers and many paths, actually. For the past couple of weeks, I've been enjoying a stay-at-home, project-oriented, gardening-focused vacation.

Here are a few photographs of my favourite floral finds from recent long walks (another favourite vacation activity):


Poppy among the pansies

Orange poppies among the pansies


Lavandula stoechas

Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) at English Bay



Irises soften the concrete & glass skyline


twining around the Viburnum

Mystery vine with apple-coloured blossoms weaves its way through the Snowflake Viburnum (below)



Snowflake Viburnum (Viburnum opulus) & balcony bokeh


In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. 
No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. 
~Aldo Leopold

Happy June, everyone. What's blooming in your gardens & neighbourhoods now?