Garden Journal

Wednesday
Apr042012

On the balcony in early April

Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête'...

a pre-Easter bunny...

a watchdog...

& as the lovely Lucy says, "the waxing light of spring":

 

[edited on April 18th to add: Blooming in the sunshine, clockwise from the top are Narcissus Tête-à-Tête, grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum) & Narcissus tazetta 'Minnow'.]

Wednesday
Mar282012

Sidewalks of my neighbourhood...

...their spring-time borders...

 ...and canopies...

...reasons to look forward to after-work walks with my Westie, especially in the sunshine but even in the grey and drizzle.

Wednesday
Mar212012

The first day of spring | The first spring day 

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
                                                                                                        ~Henry Van Dyke

So true. During the past few weeks in Vancouver we've enjoyed some pleasant pre-spring weather as well as a few, unwelcome reappearances of winter -- including snow this past Monday!

But yesterday, the March equinox, late afternoon sunshine, and daffodils, cherry blossoms and violas combined to make the day ...well, truly vernal. Oh, and after work I opened the mailbox at home to find this pretty envelope from a gardening friend.

Before I opened the envelope (oh, so carefully) I had to admire it for a few moments. The design reminded me of the covers of heirloom seed catalogues I'd picked up at Seedy Saturday this past February.

 

Inside the envelope, a sweet card & carefully packaged, extra-special seeds -- eggplant, basil & lettuce -- from Master Gardener Meighan. Thank you!

Monday
Mar052012

Other things I love on the balcony...

...pink tulips & a white Westie:

Monday
Feb272012

Snow on the balcony

the type I like to see in February:

snowdrops,

Galanthus nivalis

    & snow crocuses

 

Crocus chrysanthus