Saturday, May 4, 2013

Flowers in the Garden


Every time we arrive in Oliver, the first thing I look at is the two flower beds at the front of the house, to see what's blooming.  Since we haven't owned it yet through a full year, it's fun to see what plants there are.  These two pictures are about April 10th.  All the daffodils that I hurriedly shoved in last Fall were blooming.  There were a few already there, as well as few tulips and a hyacinth.  There were the cutest little yellow Irises blooming at the back.  Almost full size flowers on little short stems.


This last visit, at the end of April, the
bulbs were all done and now it was the wallflower's turn.  They make me think of England.  Must be one of those far back, buried, childhood memories.


The primulas were blooming too.  At the front of the house, which faces south, the garden was so dried out that most of the primulas were wilted.  Laid on the soil, flat out, with no more substance than a piece of tissue paper.  As soon as I had a chance I got the hose going and soaked the soil.  Thankfully the next morning, they were on the road to recovery.

These primulas were fine.  They are up the side of the house, shaded for quite a bit of the day.  The 'hen and chicks' makes a great edging.



This is the west side of the house.  More wallflowers, not quite as far along, and hen and chicks along the rocks, and a big clump of candytuft at the corner.  The soil here too was dry as a bone.  It is very fine, sandy soil.


So while we were there, we watered everything.  Then I bought a big bale of peat moss, mixed it in to the soil where I could, and just added it as a mulch where I couldn't.  Soaked everything again.  Hoping that the peat moss will help retain some of the moisture.  The grass, in spots, already felt kind of crispy.   We have to remember that Oliver is in the only desert area in Canada.  Unless we put in an automatic irrigation system, we have to be prepared to lose some plants.  Hopefully we won't, but it all depends on the weather and how often we are there.

And on a fitness note... Yep, I've been working somewhat at maintaining the fitness level I achieved with the Sun Run training.  Tonight Larry and I went on a 13km bike ride.  As a bonus, we found a piece of plywood on the side of the road,  perfect for a project we have in mind. We want to change (improve) the rack that we hang the aprons from at the farmers market.  Yes, we stopped and strapped the plywood on the back of Larry's bike and took it home.


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