Summertime We are now smack in the middle of summer. This one has been hot and dry here in SW Ontario. I’ve had to water the gardens most weeks and the planters every day. Some plants have already stopped blooming but most of them are in full swing now. The bees are busy and there are butterflies everywhere. The hummingbirds are also making their rounds of the gardens but are still visiting the nectar feeders regularly.

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My Gardens I have a large city lot and it is full of gardens. When we bought this place the gardens were pretty basic. There is a lot of shade and part-shade in the gardens so the previous owners had lots of hosta lilies. Now, I like hostas but I mean that’s pretty much all they had! Very low maintenace gardening. I’m all for low maintenance but I want flowers too.

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Nursery Pond

A Healthy Pond I’ve got a large pond in my backyard that I absolutely love. I spend some time every day sitting by my pond admiring the abundance of life. I will likely have several posts about my pond but today I’ll focus on the new life, the babies. In the spring we had a visit from a female green frog. She didn’t stay long but she left us about 100 eggs.

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My New Ferns Today I went to my favourite store, Canadale, and bought 4 small ferns of different varieties. I got a Christmas fern, a Japanese Painted fern, an Autumn fern and a Lady fern. After finally finishing the new pond I needed to redo the garden surrounding it. Since we made the pond much bigger I ended up taking plants out of the existing garden not knowing how much room we’d need.

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My Backyard

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small; all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!