Oh Happy Friday

Friday, 23 April 2021

After days of cloudy skies, there is just something so sweet about waking up to a blue sky. Even sweeter when the sun is shining!

Look at that sky! Beautiful blue with white fluffy clouds and the sparkling river. ©WQuinn

I walked around the yard today, down the river, and noticed how the yellow flowers are all out blooming today. First were my daffodils, then the flowers I don’t know what they’re actually called but I call them “May flower wannabe’s” because their leaves look similar to May flowers; and then there were the dandelions.

My winter seedlings survived the cold spell, as did everything else. The garlic looks good, the rose bush is still growing, the tulips are about to open up. Feeling blessed!

And we had two visitors to the backyard this afternoon. These guys don’t usually visit until late June, early July. The picture is not the greatest but I didn’t want to disturb them. It would have been an awesome shot though, with them around the daffodils!

Two Canada geese standing around the daffodils. ©WQuinn 2021

Looking forward to warmer weather this weekend and maybe a chance to get busy in the garden.

These joyful plants are standing up to old man winter

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Happy Earth Day!

I just finished watching “The year Earth changed”. Wow! I knew the impact on Earth by humans was significant and I remember hearing about the positive changes while the world was in lockdown. But to actually see it, see how we’re destroying this planet, the air, the water, the habitats of so many animals. Wow! And to see how well they’re doing without us. Wow!

Now, I’m trying to figure out what role I can play in ensuring those positive changes continue, once we’re out of lockdown.

Snow-covered backyard. ©WQuinn 2021

On the ‘return to winter’ front, happy news is the forecast is calling for more seasonal temperatures tomorrow and through the weekend. A balmy high of 14°C! After last night’s -8, I’ll take it!

Daffodils covered by a plastic tote, surrounded by snow and tulips. ©WQuinn 2021

It’s been windy and cold all day. I woke up to a snow-covered lawn. Happy to say once the sun appeared later in the afternoon, it all melted away, providing much needed moisture for the soil. More daffodils started blooming under the protective tote. Those joyful flowers sure are hardy! Once the temperatures get a little higher tomorrow I will remove the tote, and have a look inside my little greenhouse. Can’t wait to see how the seedlings faired.

Old man winter is knocking on the door

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

During my lunch break from work this afternoon, I found myself running around the yard preparing for below zero temperatures and snow. The water needed to be turned off, hoses emptied, nozzles removed, and daffodils covered.

I wasn’t sure what to do with my winter seedlings. Some are doing so great, others are lagging behind. I’m thinking it has something to do with the change in temperature – the cold weather may be slowing them down. They are used to the cold weather so brining them indoors would probably do more harm than good. I considered putting them in the garage as it’s not heated but decided that it would still be warmer than they are used to.

In the end, I decided on moving one of my Ikea shelves outside. I have a cover for it so it’s kind of like a mini greenhouse, plus it’s on the covered portion of the veranda, out of the wind. Fingers are crossed it will be warm enough for them. Especially the sunflowers I just transplanted this afternoon.

The small pop bottle had five sunflower seedlings growing in it. Five!!! I brought three pots with me to transplant and had to go back for two more (actually Mom helped me there as I was wrist deep in wet soil – thanks Mom!) Still amazes me how planting seeds outside in March works so well. I’ve decided that all planting from this day forward will be done outside. It will save me space in the house. I won’t have to provide light, heat or ventilation. Seems like a no brainer!

But I digress. Look at these marvelous sunflowers! They look strong and hardy. I really hope they like below zero temperatures!

The daffodils were another worry. I found a clear tote to cover them with, but I couldn’t get them all under it. So I cut the ones that were open and left a few that hadn’t completely opened yet. Now we have a gorgeous bouquet in the house that we can admire. Every time I look at them I smile. There’s just something sweet about yellow flowers.

I hope everything survives the cold tonight but, whatever will be will be.

A beautiful spring night

Monday, 19 April 2021

There’s a partial moon shining tonight. A gentle breeze from the west. The sun set a short time ago. Cars are few and far between. The peepers are peeping. The geese barking. It’s pleasant and peaceful. I love nights like this.

I also love yellow flowers! Look at these gorgeous daffodils and dandelions.

Daffodils blooming. ©WQuinn 2021
Dandelions. ©WQuinn 2021

I was so sure the racoon had dug up the bulbs after I planted them last fall. I’m so glad he didn’t!