Ten Things of Thankful, June 24th

It’s hard to believe another month is nearly gone! Next Friday we celebrate Canada Day here and over in the US I’m guessing you’ll be celebrating July 4th. It’s interesting to me how much more is made of July 4th in the US than us Canadians tend to make of Canada Day. Maybe we need to work on that here.

Happy #1)

Most of the garden centers in my area will be soon closing for the season. While I’m hopeful they’ve all had fantastic spring sales, I’m not going to miss the constant temptation they offer. I’ve already made and filled one new garden this year and judging by the number of unplanted plants still here, I think I’ll be starting another one.

Happy #2)

After cataloguing all of my new this year plants, along with some of the ones from last year, I do believe I’ve almost got a workable plan to get everything planted. Right now, I’ve got hardy hibiscus where they will end up blocking walkways and the color scheme is lacking something. It’s tricky to pull together a garden plan when a good part of it is sample plants for a few reasons.

  • The perennials come in singles, which usually gardens look nicer when there are multiples of each plant.
  • They aren’t colors I would necessarily choose. Usually they are all pinks and lavenders, I prefer strong colors heavy to the reds, oranges and yellows.
  • They aren’t selected for my heavily shaded yard.
  • There are always petunias in there, always! Petunias are not one of my favorite plants to grow, they usually poop out on me by mid-summer.

I have no idea what I’m going to do next year, I guess I better hurry up and get the back yard berm and dry creek bed ready. Although that won’t help much with any full-sun perennial samples I happen to get.

Happy #3)

Two weekends ago, I spent the entire weekend building a little garden fence to help keep the dogs out of my plants.

After pounding post inIt was a complete failure.

Fretwork Garden FenceLast weekend I started over, and while there where still some issues, it did end up working out. Which is good, because I’ve got a clematis to plant that will need that little fence for support. I bought that after swearing up and down that I was not going to buy anymore plants. But seriously it was half price!

In the interests of shameless self-promotion – you can see how I made it over at Gardening In The Shade by clicking here.

Happy #4)

Gardening In The Shade – I think I’ve finally hit my blogging stride with the new site. I have so many ideas rolling around in my head for over there that I think I’ll still be going on those ideas when next years gardening season rolls around!

Happy #5)

Succulent Turtle (2)

I made this adorable turtle topiary this week. I just love how he turned out and can’t wait to see how he looks as his shell starts to fill in. Ahem, a little more self-promotion – you can see how I made him over here. Honestly, you would not believe how easy it was to make that turtle. I call him Fred, and his mate is on my work table waiting for some finishing touches. I accidentally broke one of her legs, so I need to find another one.

Happy #6)

There were maple keys this year, but after last year’s bumper crop they were barely noticed. Of course where one thing is taken away, another is given. This year we’ve received a very generous helping of Mayflies!

Patio Door Screen covered in May FliesWhen I woke up Thursday morning, there were so many Mayflies on the front of my house, it looked as if it had grown bark.

Happy #7)

Mayflies are stinky, but way too big to fly in noses and eyes. They also don’t bite or sting.

Happy #8)

This is the time of year I bought a power washer for, and believe me once those mayflies are done for the season, I will be hauling it out to clean up the mess. Before power washers became attainable for home owners, I used to have to scrub all the siding by hand every year with a brush on an extension pole. It was a two day job and I don’t miss it at all now that I can do the same in a few hours with the power washer.

As a benefit there is just something about using a power washer that makes me feel like a bad ass. Except for when the pull start refuses to co-operate with me. Then I just get pissy and go mope somewhere.

Happy #9)

I’m so happy to have outdoor projects this year. Last spring I started out strong on the outside stuff and then had the wind knocked out of my sails with the neighbor issues. That’s not going to happen this year, I refuse to let it happen.

Happy #10)

That three-day weekend coming up and the four-day week before it.

So what are you thankful for this week?


Author: Vanessa D.

Thirteen years ago, I was newly separated with a leaky faucet. I bought a new cartridge and came home to turn off the water while asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?" and got started. The worst that has ever happened is I've accidentally reversed the hot & cold and had to turn the water back off to fix it. Since then I've taught myself how to do as much as I can, because waiting for Prince Charming is not an option. I'm not so great at relationships, but I can handle this single thing and so can you.

18 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful, June 24th”

  1. Hi Vanessa I can’t wait to check out your new site. We are slow to plant our pots this year. We are relying on our now in bloom Stella Doro lilies to provide color in the yard. Those and the dark blue/purple clematis that is climbing the clothesline pole. Perennials fill in as the years go on if you can hang in there. The fence is very Zen-like.
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    1. I have three mystery day lilies I’m waiting on for blooms, but what was left of my asiatics is blooming – a gorgeous orange-scarlet one. Well the flowers are gorgeous, I can never figure out how to make that four foot stalk of green blend in to the rest of the bed.

      Some of my perennials were purposely bought as singles because I figure down the road they will fill in and need dividing. My mother would have those ones in her ‘nursery’ bed. She is fortunate enough to have an out of site space where she tucks plants until they can be moved to their forever home.

    1. Thank you Cynthia, but truly the first attempt was a disaster! Now that I’ve got it figured out I am happy with it though. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. that is a talent/ability that I do not possess, to ‘think in plant’. I can appreciate the art of the arrangement of plants, but to try and do more than plant grass (‘grass is green, good is good, I’ll plant grass’)

    the turtle! damn!

    1. It’s a talent I’m struggling to develop! Containers are easy, flower beds are hard. Here the grass is rarely green, and sometimes there are big holes in the lawn too. Especially if Jack is trying to dig up another ‘stick’. He never believes me when I tell him it’s really a root.

  3. I hate everything to do with gardening. I hate the bugs and other crawly things, especially snakes. I hate the feel of dirt on my hands. I hate how impossibly hard it is to dig in our rocky Ozark clay soil. I hate the itchy feeling I get when plants touch me (even though I’m not allergic to anything that I’m aware of). But I’m happy that YOU are happy with gardening!
    I’ve been AWOL for awhile – did your nasty neighbor sell his house and move?

    1. The house hasn’t sold yet, but I still have hope!

      I used to hate gardening until I found out I could buy cheap compost from our landfill by the yard. Clay soil is a bitch to work in.

    1. The topiary is surprisingly fast to make, just an hour or so, and he looks so fun in the garden.

  4. I don’t know, but I think we make enough of a deal about Canada. I am happy to be Canadian, but sometimes I celebrate in strange ways.
    I write about both the good and the bad, because I feel it’s important to celebrate and acknowledge. Fireworks have been happening, almost directly across the street from my house for the last few years and I love that.
    Enjoy your short work week coming up.
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    1. We have some nice fireworks displays here too. I used to take my boys every year but on my own I prefer to avoid the crowds. Maybe some day (way way off in the future) if there are grandchildren, I’ll take them.

  5. Nice grateful list, Vanessa. Your gardening is lovely. I’ll go check out your how to posts. I love the garden turtle! So cute. Phew, I’m glad we don’t get Mayflies here in B.C. at least not here on the coast. Hope your weekend is relaxing!

    1. Thankfully Mayflies are a brief nuisance. They do cause stores and businesses a bit more grief as they tend to have more night time lighting. Trust me, you never want to smell a pile of Mayflies because they reek.

  6. Wow. That is a lot of mayflies! I’d be a bit wigged out by them if I suddenly woke up to that swarm. Glad they are nothing more than a messy nuisance.
    Power washers are totally bad ass!
    One year we were in Canada for Canada Day on the first, then USA for 4th of July. While similar, we in the states definitely do it up more. Perhaps it’s because our holiday started for a bigger reason? We celebrate being rebels and breaking away from Britain, while you celebrate coming together under Britain. And also, it seems Canadians are more reserved, while Americans are just plain effusive. 🙂
    Nice work with the fence. We’d have to build one heck of a fence to keep our dogs out of the flower beds!
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    1. I don’t know what it is about my power washer, but it just makes me feel so ‘manly’ and bad ass when I use it. Meanwhile, reality is I’m just someone holding a spray nozzle with a sopping wet armpit.

      I do think we are more reserved when it comes to our holidays. I remember when I was dealing with US suppliers and everything shut down for what felt like a week around the July 4th holiday. Thanksgiving over there is a much bigger deal as well.

    1. I will definitely give ‘Fred’ another feature post once his shell fills in.

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