Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A plant support that EXCITES ?

OK ... I am getting desperate here ... we are in the midst of a two day winter STORM ..
Highway sections have been closed ... there was a 40 car pile up .. with a dangerous transport truck losing it's load of hydrochloric acid.
It led to evacuation for some people close to the area .. terrible timing in this weather.
A total mess and TOTALLY driving away any thoughts of Spring for me.
I am grateful for the snow that will help the ground water level, but this LATE in the year for it to happen?
Talk about discouraged.

So what got me excited today that has anything to do with gardening ?
Should be impossible you say, right ?
Well .. I called our Lee Valley store to find out if they had the half circle wavy plant supports that
I could not get last year ... and they actually have a load of them so I am HAPPY !
 I know .. looks like no big deal, but they really are a great product because they support the plants and look very inconspicuous at the same time.
They have been exactly what I was looking for.
A BONUS during a long, hard, attempt of escape from this ridiculous WINTER weather !

This picture is just to keep me .... going ? .. Spring does have to come eventually , right ?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

A P.S. To Spring

It is highly unusual that I am posting so quickly again but I would be remiss if I ignored what I heard and saw this morning.
We have seen robins early than today .. when the warmer weather seemed to bring them in and made them some what happy with the promise ( a little premature I think ) of Spring.
This morning .. I heard some soulful sounds and a picture of what the cold and wind was doing to this particular one .. I felt so sorry for him.
I had to capture the moment though .. yes it really is a robin.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Springing Forward & Happy WD !

I have been feeling sorry for myself for the last few months.
Battling health issues that just won't be defeated but I am determined to get a handle on them.
BECAUSE ... Spring is coming whether I feel well or not and I can NOT miss those amazing plants coming to life !
It is the miracle I wait to see every year because we go through such severe seasons it makes me wonder if it will really happen .. in fact a woman asked me that while we were shopping one day.
Of course it was a joke, but some times we really wonder.
Winter tends to drain us northern gardeners ... we need this influx of new life in our gardens.
Thus some pictures of other Springs to keep me going !

Then... we had a trip to Costco .. I missed out on a garden spinner I really liked .. apparently a lot of people liked it too ? But I indulged Garden PA with his treasure hunt in the bulb section "for me".
He found some interesting bulbs !
 ..... and I added to the mix with the practical side

So I am hanging on ... waiting for the real signs of Spring ... just holding on by a thread or vine ?
Happy Women's Day to all the gals out there .. fingers crossed one day we will really surge towards saving this poor abused planet.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Reaching Out .....

Reaching out can be a rather odd event when it is from some one you have no idea of, and especially if it is because of a blog post .... ESPECIALLY if that blog post was from years ago.

"Hi - my name is Alonzo, and I work at Artsy. While researching Johannes Vermeer, I found your page: How Many Colours
I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help.
Our Johannes Vermeer page provides visitors with Vermeer's bio, over 15 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Vermeer exhibition listings. The page also includes related artists and categories, allowing viewers to discover art beyond our Vermeer page. We would love to be included as an additional resource for your visitors via a link on your page.
If you are able to add a link to our Vermeer page, please let me know, and thanks in advance for your consideration."

I was amazed to say the least, the original post was inspired by the movie "The Girl with the Pearl Earring".
In short, the post was about the depth and variation of colours that we see in nature and the sky. 

I had the opportunity to live in the Netherlands for four years and it ingrained a soft spot for Dutch artists ... actually Van Gogh is my favorite with a side dish of Monet, who of course is not Dutch but there it is.
However you never know just by coincidence when you happen to see a piece of art that strikes your interest and you are curious to know more about the work and the artist.
It can have a domino affect and can lead you on to more and more art.
I know my curiosity of Gustav Klimt was also inspired by a movie as well .. there is a pattern here ?
The Tree of Life :

In any case, by way of Alonzo's reaching out I have been introduced to a wonderful site that is dedicated to bringing art to as many people as possible.
I know, I am supposed to be a garden blogger, but for this one post .. I wanted to dabble by way of a helping hand to a site that may open more eyes to art they may not have seen.