Sunday, June 29, 2014
OK, but what about the pigs? and the pineapple weed?
Well, the walk over to the water took us down the farmer's lane way, which always had a good patch of pineapple weed growing in it. Our little feet tromped on the plants releasing the aromatic oils, and I would get lovely wafts of the pungent smell as I bent over to inspect the funny looking flowers. Were they really flowers? Hum, I wasn't sure.
At the end of the lane, was an all-purpose barn used for storing implements and hay, and for many years, sheltering several pigs. Often we would stop in at the barn to say hello to the pigs, who always seemed to be eating, and never bothered with us. The farm dog would join us, and bark incessantly trying to get the pigs' attention. But they had a job to do, they had to eat, so eat they did. In spite of our cool reception, we enjoyed watching the pigs. I suppose it's comforting to watch an animal so happy in its food.
We always visited the pigs on the way out to swimming, which was probably wise, as we undoubtedly picked up some aroma from the pig barn, and a good swim would freshen us up.
I smiled today when I saw the pineapple weed and remembered other encounters I'd had with it, and I'm thankful to that farmer who gave us so many happy days swimming in his pond, trampling his pineapple weed, and hanging out with his pigs.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Public gardens are a great way to get ideas for your own gardens, to see what you like, and what you don't like. And I find it encouraging that even professional gardeners don't always get spectacular results.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Siberian iris are often a rich blue-purple. They are happy growing in moist soil in sun or part-shade and are very cold hardy. Plant a few bulbs, and they will gradually grow into a generous clump. Beautiful by a pond if you have one.
Floss-flower (Ageratum) is a tidy plant that can be easily tucked into any empty spots in an annual
bed, or in a planter box or hanging basket. Not many flowers come in a soft lilac colour like it does, and it looks lovely paired with lemony yellow flowers . Also works well with other purple or pink flowers.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The other day, I was surprised by a flying spot of colour. A male ruby-throated hummingbird came by to get a drink from the hose as I was watering the garden. After his drink, he positioned himself at the end of the spray and had a thorough shower, ruffing his feathers so the water could get everywhere. Finally, he flew to a nearby branch and preened himself. Then, off he went, all spiffed up and ready for some food.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
I love this painting by Henri Rousseau. Many of his famous paintings feature fantastic jungle scenes with tigers and other exotic animals, but this is a picture of where he worked as a customs collector.
What an imagination he had!