Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Diggin' It


It is so good to be out in the garden again. Feels like a long time since last October.


Lots of winter clean-up to be done....from twig and branch pick up to pruning.


And even tree removal! Ron has been working on 'downing' 
a large deciduous tree that died a couple of years ago.
And he succeeded today in doing so.


Too big and heavy to cut up, so it will be used as a 'nursing log'
 and break down naturally.


Where we live we usually have till about mid-May 
before the very aggressive 'black flies' /May flies arrive.
So we try to get the most arduous tasks done
from now till then.


Last year we were lucky as there weren't any 'black flies'  (click) to worry about.
Seems that the very mild days in December enabled the larvae 
to hatch and then with winter temps......
they didn't have a chance to reproduce.

Rusty old Asian lantern

Maybe it will be the same this year......




26 comments:

  1. That stunning lantern, autumn colours in your springtime. I can see it hanging close by, cheery on the dullest of days. and all it needs is a bell inside, ring for dinner!!!Cheers from Jean

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    1. It is very old indeed and has the greatest patina! I love rust.
      You know what Jean? That is a great idea about the bell for dinner!! I think Ron would go along with that!! lol

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  2. Oh, I love that rusty old lantern. So gorgeous!

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    1. Me too!! Fiona, I feel rust is highly under-rated!!

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  3. I love that rusty lantern! And yes, it's great to be out in the garden. It has certainly taken long enough for the weather to cooperate. Some of the spring bulbs have started to bloom, and the perennials are growing. Can't wait till the garden is in full bloom!

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    1. It is good eh Martha! A great time to move things around a bit....before the buds pop out. I've been looking for a place to move a young Linden tree but our garden is so jammed packed I can't find a spot yet. Oh how I love these 'puzzles' to figure out!! Spring!

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  4. Always makes me laugh when we are changing seasons. You to warmer months and me to colder ones!!

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    1. Hey there Davine! I know what you mean! I can't 'get my head around' that sometimes and I know I would have a hard time adjusting to April being fall!! Just doesn't make sense to me. lol
      Good to see you here.

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    1. That it is, Debra. The more 'beat up' it gets, the better it looks.

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  6. One can always hope to avoid black flies, Jim! They used to drive me crazy when I was working in the field mapping in the Maritimes! But if you want to experience black flies full on ~ go to Labrador! Holy Toledo! We're under snow again, and it is a bitter, windy day outside with more snow forecasted for tonight. I shall think of you in your garden doing all the spring chores! Loved the images of your rusty Asian lantern. Have a good one!

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    1. Snow?! Poor you. You'll have to wait just a little longer, I guess. Just think of how much you'll appreciate warmer weather when it does finally come.
      The first few years were bad here....as we thought we'd never get used to black flies. But over time (22 years) we have learned what to do to keep them off us...or should I say off me!! As they don't care for Ron at all!! Can you believe that? I've also learned to remain calm when they are attacking....I think they are attracted to tension and stress pheromones.

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    2. I love flies ~~~ I have coffee with them!!

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Oh Jim, life just isn't fair! I've known other lucky people like Ron! Flies love me! I'm wearing an "Open for Lunch" sign as far as flies are concerned. Tell Sophie that my scottie MacBeath used to jump in the air and catch flies to snack on ~ kind of like when she snatches Mr. O. out of the air. Have a good one!

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  7. Lovely lantern and interesting to see it change with the light. Yes it's nice to be out again isn't it? Although I'll soon be moaning because the weeds are growing!

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    1. Now is the time to get those weeds when they are small and weak!!
      I sure is good to be outside again for extended sessions in the garden.

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  8. I didn't know you had such nasty pests there. On the news they said we will get snow here today. It's cold, windy, and overcast, not good for being outside.

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    1. Yes Inger, outside the city there are these blackflies and mosquitoes in late May and June when there is a lot of water around for them to breed in.
      That's two places that have snow....Colorado and California (in the mountains).

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  9. I love your lantern too, always feels so good to get out in the garden again. and every area seems to have its nasty pests we have ticks here which I really don't like at all

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    1. Ticks have just 'hit' this province over the past few years and we have to keep an eye open for them. Good to see you Kathy!

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  10. What a beautiful ornament to have in your garden!

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    1. Thanks Pat. This old lantern has withstood so much....from hurricanes to freezing snow storms!! And it wears its age so well!!

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  11. I'm hoping to miss our fish flies this year at home in Michigan. Let's not simply trade them for your May flies.

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    1. LOL! No worries Stew. There's not too many in the city and if we are lucky there will be a breeze that day. Fish flies, eh? Interesting....

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  12. Last year I tried to grow flowers. It didn't work. I realize now that I am good at growing weeds. I can be content with that. Our mosquitoes will be here any day now and will not leave until at least November. Even if I stay inside as much as possible, I'll be covered with itchy bites.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Het Janie! There are some very pretty 'weeds' out there. Stick with those, I'd say!! We have mosquitoes too till the frost comes sometime in October.

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