Welcome to my blog. Here I have tried to capture the adventures of our little family and the trials and tribulations of our never ending garden project(s). Take a look around and leave a comment if you wish. Thanks for stopping by. Jer.


The Fever

Despite the never ending winter, I have officially got the itch to plant something. Canadale Nurseries in St. Thomas was my fix of choice this weekend as they had an advertised Spring Garden Show on. The show itself was much ado about nothing - mostly just some local landscape companies with an 8x8 display, but I will chalk it up to their first year with such an event and hope the next one is better. While there though I did pick up on some cool things. I love Scotch Pine topiary. I loved it as soon as I saw it but the price quickly brought me back to my senses - it can be yours for a mere $800.00. I guess when you think of how long somebody has worked at this it is not a horrible price, but out of my humble price range.

I also noticed that there are a lot of succulents out for this year - the new trend I guess. They had some cool ways to display them that I might try; I especially like the concrete birdbath idea.

Hanging basket of succulents

Concrete birdbath with succulents

About 1/10 of the succulent selection out already

All in all in was good to scratch the itch, even if just on the surface...I think I also picked out the plants for our porch container; 1 New Zealand Flax, 1 Leatherleaf Sedge, 1 Ivory Prince Hellebore, 1 Harts Tongue Fern, 1 Autumn Fern and 3 Angelina Sedum.


All dressed up

Liv in her new dress and sweater

Liv and Ben looking like trouble

Everybody say "PICKLE JUICE"!

Isaac all dressed up with his first little tie

The Crew


No escape!

Just as March continues to Lion-ize our area I found out that I needed to go to Alabama for work; so I am thinking (if the plane can get off the ground) that I am going to get a reprieve from the brutal weather, at least for a couple days...
Well the weather forecast for Birmingham is shown below...

Seriously? Snow in Alabama? In March?


Stratford Garden Festival

Well, it has been a while since my last post but with selling the house and finding a new one (the Tillsonburg dream house didn't work out), it has been a busy February. However, we decided that we needed some downtime this weekend, so we took a trip to the Stratford Garden Festival this weekend. The drive up was pretty white-knuckly due to the drifting snow across the road (in like a Lion!) but we made it.

There were some neat ideas and cool little shops set up, but it was very small. I was expecting a little more I guess. Maybe next year we will do Canada Blooms in Toronto.

Nina and Isaac under cool water arch.

Awesome water feature.

You can't really see it in this picture, but this playset has a little stream moat running around it and under the slide...yeah, that sounds practical!

Love these lights!

This is a cool fireplace. This reminds me of Jamie Oliver's outdoor oven on his show "Jamie at Home".