Wednesday, June 23, 2010

hydrangea's are blooming & a tomato story

I just can't decide.... I always say Hydrangeas are my favourite flower, then the next minute it's Delphiniums, then Lilacs, Foxgloves, Peonies, Lavendar, Wisteria, Climbing Roses, really I could go on and on and on.

Mother Nature's beauty is simply too stunning to choose just one favourite.

Today the Hydrangea's are beginning to make their appearance. Even though they are still quite small, I just couldn't help myself. With scissors in hand, I spared three blooms to quench their thirst in my new {old} milk jugs. It's love.

So much love, that I couldn't even figure out where to put them...I want them everywhere. But they found their home in my typical spot, on the dining room table.
Sadly, the rain yesterday toppled some of my Delphiniums. So I rescued the blooms on the ground and brought them in to enjoy. This is actually the first year I've brought anything other than my Peonies inside. I'm not really sure why. But I do know, that I've recently started clearing away needless clutter and have let the flowers take over. Fresh flowers in the house make me smile.

In my gardens...

I absolutely love the smell of fresh Lavendar. Usually, I rome the garden every morning with my coffee in tote, weeding. And every morning I stop at my Lavendar. If my Lavendar bush could talk...it'd probably say, "Oh nooooo, here comes that crazy lady and her coffee to feel us up again."

Mr. vG's tomatoes

Mr. vG and I recently took a mini holiday together. We toured Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake. It was absolutely wonderful! We visited the Botanical Gardens and spotted these stainless steel spiral tomato stakes. We both instantly thought they were genius. So I made a mental note in my head..."Father's Day".

Every year Mr. vG plants roughly around 30 different types of tomatoes. It's really only a strip of garden, but it gets full sun along the fence there and produces the most amazing tomatoes. However, he spends way too much time staking and tying the plants up all summer, that's why these spiral stakes are so amazing! They go in the ground so easily, and it's not hard at all to get them straight. And NO tying...simply turn the plant along the spiral and it holds up!! I think they are quite pretty too.

As soon as we got home, I started secretly looking online to find where I could get my hands on them. As luck would have it, Lee Valley, a store only 45 minutes away carried them, and not overly expensive either!

Happy Gardening


  1. You Rock xxxx

  2. I saw those spiral stakes at the local Dollarama and had no idea what the heck they were... now I really wish I'd picked a few up!

  3. Beautiful pictures and garden you have! I don't know if you saw it, but I gave you an Award, just in case you are intrested a week ago.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend,
    Li :-)

  4. I'd love to try some of those tomatoes. If you say their amazing they probably are. Nice and juicy just the way I like my tomatoes.

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