You don’t always get what you pay for, sometimes you get so much more..

In Victoria, being the City of Gardens, many people leave unwanted plants out on their boulevard for other people to have (if all the tomato seeds take and you don’t have room or you are dividing perennials).  Some people even leave extra plastic bags because they know others may not have that with them when they are walking home from work.

Last week, I was driving to pick up my Dad for dinner when I passed this beautiful willow tree with a sign that said: free tree. The conundrum: am I late for my Dad while I try and stuff a tree in my trunk or do I go a little further and risk that it’s still there? Dad and I showed up there a few minutes later. A woman on a bike had stopped, she was trying to think how she could get this home…who could she call with a car…we haggled in typical Canadian fashion which went like this: “no, you take it, you got here first, no, but you really want it..yes, but you were here first.” Another woman stopped in her car..”is this tree still available?…no!”..the owners of the tree were regretting not putting a price tag on it!

In the end, as you can see in the pictures, I became the VERY excited new steward thanks to the kind owners of this tree (which was too big for their front walkway) and the woman on the bike who decided not to take it…it doesn’t look that big…but once we got it home, it was a little too wide to get through my gate (or my neighbour’s – I thought that maybe we could heave it over the fence…) with a little creative pruning and a huge shove – we got it into the garden.

I’m so incredibly thankful to those people who decided to pass this along.

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Spring scents

Scent carries such strong memories. I wish you could smell this double violet– it reminds me of all the fond memories with a woman who was our next door neighbour growing up– she was British and for some reason – this beautiful flower just whispers Mrs. Bennett. If we could choose our grandparents- I would choose her to be my grandmother- I loved her so much

This cedar is for my Dad. We collected it on the beach this weekend – he makes brushes with them with a class that he is teaching at The Metchosin Summer School of the Arts

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 With the recent wind storm, this daffodil got knocked over and quite “dirty”. I washed it off, but it wouldn’t come off. I celebrate it for being a survivor. 


My parsley is up and the fence is in place for the coming veggie growing season. I’ve started some things in the greenhouse– so soon I will transplant them out here.


The house of seedlings and a few spring bulbs in bloom.


location, location, location


Making a new home–  It’s difficult to see in this picture, but today a small bird started making a nest in my basket. The clothes pegs that were out all winter have started to have mold on them, so I’ll use them for something other than clothes. In the meantime, I had just placed this other basket with new pegs on top. It made for a lovely nesting site except that it is at the top of the stairs to the garden…so it can’t stay.











 I felt so badly that I had to move the clothes pins basket, that I added (not shown) some small pieces of dryer lint to try and make up for all the hard work that this bird had done all afternoon. I am hoping they come back and take their compensation with them…

Tonight I looked and it didn’t seem that he had taken any. I guess he and his partner are going to look for a new site for their home tomorrow. I  hope it’s somewhere fabulous! Location, location, location

Postscript:  I looked today March 16th and the dryer lint was all gone!  I’m so glad they liked my peace offering!

project: garden comfort


I wanted to show you the results of some pillows I bought at a church garage sale on Friday and then some outdoor fabric (that is supposed to be fade resistant). It was expensive so I only bought two meters (still some more to be used of the small stripe). I bought the burlap ribbon also at the garage sale and doubled it so that you couldn’t see the bright pink underneath. I slanted one pillow to show you that I was using all the fabric but only had enough for one side. 

I chose blue because in the garden I didn’t want a colour that would compete with the stars–my plants!

I am happy with my update- my old cushions were very, very well used and pretty worn out. (they will make a nice dog bed, plus I will re-cover some of them)


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Family Day walk

This afternoon we celebrated Family Day with a walk. Here are some of the beautiful flowers that I saw as we meandered along. Because it is overcast, it actually provides nice light (although if the sun were to peak out one of these days, I wouldn’t complain!)

Happy Family Day!

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