|Just outside my office, from a second-floor window.|
Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|Broken limb of majestic Maple|
Provides a nice vantage spot
for our Manitou.
Alas, it was chopped and removed
I kind of liked it resting there.
As did our Manitou.
|A look at the inside of the tree|
showed no rot or aging
|Makes a heck of a scratching post!|
|Have you noticed the winter floofing around his neck has begun :)|
Snowflakes cannot be far behind.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I am sure a mini-tornado (or something close to it) hit our area of the north ward last month: wind whipped up very suddenly and furiously - massive amounts of rain - sideways - poured into the sun-porch through the screen windows! Our beautiful maple tree, the cornerstone of the garden, has been decimated. So sad - it was a glorious orange-red in the fall - hallmark of Maple Grove Gardens. Other people had bad tree damage too - barbecues, shutters, planters and garbage bins went flying. Not much sleep to be had that night - and up early the next day to see the extent of the damage done by the brief but intense violence of the wind. Luckily all my cats were safe inside at the time - it was truly scary - one feels so vulnerable and at the mercy of nature. My big beautiful towering acacias (they must be some of the tallest in my town), so awesome in early summer with their fragrant and abundant blossoms, now look very menacing - especially when the wind blows hard.
Ultimately, the entire tree did not need to be cut down, thankfully, as its removal would have created a huge hole in the garden, not mention a huge hole in my bank account! But it has lost its symmetry, its fullness, and the light is filtered in a different way. The tree is no longer perfect - it is scarred and flawed - but - still alive. I recall our recent conversation concerning the lack of sunlight, and how we had too much shade in recent years. Be careful what you wish for...
|Sic transit gloria mundi|
Farewell, beautiful Maple.
PS - thanks to Google Street view I have these photos....
I never thought to take them myself.
And how cool that we see the shadow of the "Googler".
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Our back porch features a new addition, which is useful for both plants and cats.Tristan demonstrates...
|Such a hot day - a perfect place to catch a cross-breeze.|
This shelf is reserved!
|Time for brunch...|
|I love Lee Valley!|
|A most welcome gift from a friend, fabulous photos...|
|A most excellent spinach quichey, omelettey creation!|
|Oh - Tristan is on guard - someone is coming!|
|Il Pantero (aka The Reverend) likes to visit kitty day-care chez nous!|
"Fill my bowl please!"
|Chaiyka enjoys the expanded patio walkway - nice and cool on a hot day.|
|Love this new bright red Begonia - just gorgeous!|
|All manner of Dianthus are in bloom - cannot have a garden without |
|Salpiglossis, or Painted Tongue, related to the Petunia,|
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
|Saved a small crab-apple one winter,|
from a neighbor's tree.
Winter-sowed the seeds within.
In spring, one germinated, and grew over the years.
6 years later I finally have blooms.
|Tulips before the rains....|
Friday, April 26, 2013
|Ah, feels sooo good!|
Wednesday brought a very welcome heatwave and the sunporch was opened up for one and all to have a lounge-about.
Rascal, aka "not-our-cat" was more than pleased the season had been kicked off at last.
Friday, April 12, 2013
|As we wait today for a nasty winter storm with lots of snow,|
We recall just last weekend as the sun shone down,
Dreaming of endless sunny days
|The most gorgeous (and huge) Hyacinths EVER,|
from Cat Wrangler.
|This photo came out blurry and was going to delete it.|
Applied watercolor effect
and what a lovely surprise.
Aren't I talented? ;)