Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Banana Peels and Roses

Moving the roses took it's toll, but roses are hardy and should be fine in a short amount of time. To help them until then, we have given additional fertilizer and water. I have heard about banana peels and roses, for some time now, but did not know how to deal with burying a banana peel in the deck pots, but I came up with a solution I would like to offer.

We don't usually have 5 banana peels ready to be tossed (or composted/used) at any given time, but we do acquire them. The freezer seemed like the perfect solution and this is what I came up with:


One day when I made banana bread, I had 3 peels to dispose of. At this time we have 5 roses to care for. You can see my concern, the first three would be ahead of the game, and if it was not kept track of, one of the first three would get a second treatment, and one of the leftover two, might miss out again. I know, not earth shaking, but things like that happen at my house, especially when we are busy with other things.

This is the solution,


Roll up the peels, place in freezer container and freeze. Next time you have another banana peel, add it to the container. When the container is full, treat the roses!


It is simple, using a spade, draw back some soil (about 2 inches deep) and drop in a frozen peel section. Replace the soil.


We had a full container and each rose got several "banana plugs" to help keep them beautiful.


Soon they will all be this pretty!

Yes we have an unwanted visitor.....

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rusty Leaf Rhubarb


I have some concerns about my poor rhubarb plants, this is what they look like. They are in large pots with plenty of water and soil.

Does anyone have any idea what might be happening?

Thank you in advance for your knowledge and ideas!

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Our feeding stations....


We have always love the birds, now matter where we live.

On the peninsula there are so many species and they come to visit all day long. In order to insure that they continue to come and visit, we have set up our side yard, with feeding stations.

We have had to make some modifications in how we leave food for the birds. Learning how to feed the birds without encouraging the bear and the deer has been worth the effort.

We now place a piece of the suet block into the holder, instead of the entire block. The whole block brings in the bear and bless his/her heart, that bear is not interested in getting the suet out, without damage to the holder.....


In the early morning we place leftover rinds from citrus or chunks of apple, for the birds to peck at. Later we will drop a piece of the suet block in the holder to see them through the afternoon. We also will let a piece of bread dry out completely, then cover with a thin layer of peanut butter, before placing it bread in the holder.


We recently put up this hummingbird feeder (with homemade nectar) which got a steady stream of hungry hummers coming to dine. Our plan is to put up a second feeder....

This is our gluten free, dairy free, vegan and paleo, option!

We also offer the standard bird seed, and of course water. There are two of these beautiful water plates in the side yard.


As I said, we love or bird visitors!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

A wooden post and part of a light fixture, a little flea market gardening

Buying our home on the peninsula was a long distance venture. Once we found the (final) house to make an offer on, get an inspection and then wait for closing it was close to a year. Many trips between Vancouver and the peninsula, many different houses crossed off our list and lots of money invested to make sure we were purchasing the right house for us, for the rest of our lives.

So you can understand that the yard was second on our list. It had to be the right size, in relatively good order and the most important, close to the ocean! After closing and upon closer inspection we have found a few items that need to be changed. One of those items on the list are the 8 foot wooden posts that were placed here and there, yet were not in use for anything, that we can tell.

I have surmised however they were originally placed in strategic places for bird houses and more importantly bird feeders. But there is a bit of a problem with bird feeders, especially suet feeding blocks, they draw animals from the heavily treed lake area directly behind the house. The same one that houses black bears.....

Since our own move in and our own placing of suet feeders, for the birds to enjoy, we have learned what the previous owners learned. Suet feeders actually are like bait, they attract larger animals to your yard. Those animals have not been kind to the feeders, as they claw out the suet blocks. So not only are we not placing suet blocks out to feed the birds, we are remodeling the posts into garden decor when ever possible.


This post was 8 feet tall, and right in the middle of the front flower bed. It is also planted in a huge concrete bed, one that will insure it's standing right here for more years than we might be around! I suggested that we have some fun with re-purposed stuff we might have on hand and see how it turns out, so we did. The "flower pot" is a very heavy glass shade from a hanging lamp. The peninsula winters almost never freeze, so there should be no problem with breakage this winter.


I thought a plant that would drape down over the sides of the top edge would also be fun. And because the front yard is mostly pink with the rhododendrons, I thought a blue flowering plant would be a good contrast. The glass shade was attached to the post, yet drain channels were also part of the plan. The flower pot to the back right holds chives and sage. The flower pot to the front right holds snap dragons and dusty miller, held over the winter from last year. The plan is to add another flower pot to the left.


After the pots are in place, the bricks will be used to define the edge of the garden. Some weeding from time to time, but this is a perfect perennial garden bed, our favorite kind!

What is happening in your yard?

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

The next big "move"


This upcoming weekend we plan on getting this stunning rose moved to the peninsula house...

It will be a big chore, and it will have to be cut back for easy transport and so that the arbor that it grows over can be taken apart.

Once on the peninsula, once replanted we will give it special treatment and I am hoping it will be just fine.

This rose had been neglected and was planted on the dry side of a house I bought many years ago. I was not sure it would survive and because of that, I felt the risk was zero to transplant it, in an attempt to save it. So I did.

From that house, it came to the Vancouver house and thrived.

And now I hope to take it to the peninsula and enjoy it for many years to come.

We will keep you posted on our results.....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Our roses, they took a long ride to the peninsula!

We have been working on the deck at the peninsula house. Not working on the deck as in repairing or building the deck, no this working is all about comfort and beautiful surroundings. We did purchase new deck chairs and a chaise to go along with the odds and ends of out door furniture, to create a comfortable and attractive area, if I do say so myself.

And then we purchased these deck pots to house the roses. This past weekend the roses made the move to the peninsula and here is a sneak peak of what it is beginning to look like......


My dear husband has said not all of the bushes came through in this good condition, but some pruning and a couple of months and they will be like new. There are 5 standard bushes for the deck and a florabunda rose to tuck into the yard somewhere. 

I hope to get more florabunda roses to tuck here and there in the yard, then come fall, harvest the hips. 

Ahhh, sitting out on the deck early evening, enjoying the sunset, my dear husband the the wonderful warm smell of roses.........

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide May 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in May. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


 Photo courtesy of Momtastic.
Yard Yahtzee! Is there anything more to say? What a great way to spend a summer evening with family.

Photo courtesy of Hometalk.
 Easiest stepping stones ever, dig, pour and smooth. Done.

Photo courtesy of Stepables.
 Red Creeping Thyme, this is a wonderful way to have a beautiful yet easy care area by the street. And best of all, no mowing.

Photo courtesy of FineGardening.com.
 A simple remedy for fungus on plants. This post has 35 gardening remedies, that you can make yourself.

 Photo courtesy of Charming Imperfections.
Another fun stacked garden tower, this one is perfect for a corner area. Plus it is easy to harvest from, with only the two sides.

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Previously from such a busy backyard:

April 2016
March 2016 

February 2016