The girls were sweethearts; by the time I got outside, they had already planted at least half of the second bag of grape hyacinths. One daughter was still using the broken trowel to dig the holes! It's really unfortunate that the auger couldn't be used. 😦 That would have made the job must faster and … Continue reading Fall planting grape hyacinth, day two, and planning ahead
I was very happy to see Butterscotch's babies this morning. I didn't see them at all, yesterday, and even their food bowl was only being pecked at by the blue jays! When I saw them by the house, I made a point of staying to play with them. Much to my surprise and delight, Creamsicle … Continue reading Morning kitties
So a few things we'd talked about before have changed a bit, as we decided where to start planing the grape hyacinth (muscari). This is the area we settled on, before clean up. Two summers ago, this area was quite overgrown. Some of the lilacs and carigana I cut back have started to encroach again. … Continue reading Fall planting grape hyacinth, day one
Before heading outside to do my morning rounds, I spotted 3 kittens out the window... ... playing on the roof of their cat house! Of course, as soon as I went outside, they ran off, but mystery kitten stayed to spy on me. It was so funny to see her hide behind the frame, pop … Continue reading Morning cuteness, and a sad little gourd
A package I was expecting next week, came in today! Our first shipments of bulbs for fall planting. Which the cats found very, very interesting... That's better! Mostly. 😀 We've got 2 packages of Muscari (grape hyacinth) of 100 bulbs each. There are 5 bags of crocuses. I believe we were planning to mix these … Continue reading Guess what we’re doing this weekend!
We had another frost last night, and today is going to be distinctly chillier. We've already had a smattering of rain, which is supposed to continue off and on. Then, on the weekend, we're supposed to go above 20C again! The outside cats seem to be taking it in stride. In this weather, they will … Continue reading Cat crowd and sad sunflowers
When we moved here, there were two tractor tire planters in the yard. One of them had been next to a willow for so long, it was actually damaged by the willow as it grew. You can read about what a job it was to clear that out here, and here. Thankfully, this one was … Continue reading Fall Clean up: finally clearing the second tire planter
The frosts we have had didn't quite kill off the cucamelons, but they are certainly beyond being able to continue producing. There were still a few left on the vines that were big enough to withstand the frost, though! They were still tasty, too. 🙂 After taking down the yarn net I made for a … Continue reading Fall clean up: cucamelon surprise
We had a light frost last night, and have frost warnings for tonight, but today was a gorgeous day to get work done outside! We reached a high of 15C/59F, which is an ideal temperature, I find. The first thing on the list was to work on the platform bird feeder. It has been just … Continue reading Fall Clean Up: the platform bird feeder
So I had a few pleasant surprises this morning. And one not so pleasant. When I headed out to do my morning routine, I had a rush of outside cats come running as soon as I opened the door! And who was in the lead? Little Braveheart! She ran right up to me. She still … Continue reading Morning surprises, and is the hard cider okay?