Sunday, April 17, 2011

Okay...I spoke too soon...

It isn't spring yet.  It seems we may be having another ice age as far as I can tell.  It snowed 15 cm this past Thursday, snowed most of yesterday and it has snowed at least another 10 cm so far today.  I wasn't going to mention all of this in the hioes that by not mentioning it that it would all go away.   But, then I thought in the interest of a web log of my garden , that I should post.  So here it is.  The first picture is from Tuesday, the next one is from Friday and the last picture is from today.  I hope it melts before I am driven insane waiting for spring.
April 12, 2011

April 15, 2011

April 17, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Adventures at the Calgary Garden Show

On the weekend the kids and I went to the Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show.  We had a blast!  If you've never been you should really think about going next year.  It is just south of the city at Spruce Meadows, which is a bit of a drive if you live in the north, but at least the parking is free.  They have three buildings set up.  The Congress Hall is where the speakers are as well as the container competition entries and a snack area.  I didn't make it to see any of the speakers this year because I had the kids with me, but in past years they have been really good.

The next building is the Equiplex where the display gardens and most of the booths from vendors are set up.  It was great to see all the newest things for your garden.  Of course, some of my favorites were there including some metal workers.  It seems to me that garden decorations are really "in" this year, including all sorts of cool metal flowers and metal works for walls and fences.  They look really cool, especially when real flowers haven't made their appearance in our gardens yet.
The final building was the Marketplace Tent.  This is where the kids activities, workshops and booths for information/societies were set up and where we spent the majority of our time.  We looked at some bees, talked with a guy about butterfly houses (we bought a kit to build our own), we made seed bombs, looked at orchids, and even joined the birdhouse building kids' workshop.  I think that building the birdhouse was my favorite part.  The kids got to saw, chisel, help with the electric drill and hammer in nails.  It was a pretty simple design, but it turned out pretty well.  It even has a swivel top (one nail) so that we can clean it out in the fall and maybe even find a bird's nest!  I can't wait to put it up in the backyard!

making seed bombs

watching the bees
all of us working together to make the bird house
our completed bird house!
Then there were the outdoor booths and displays.  The kids favorite was the play castle.  It was pretty cool!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

First signs of Spring - April 10th, 2011

Ah, spring!  I think that I'm safe in saying that spring has arrived in Calgary!  After our snowy winter, it's taking awhile for all the snow to melt, but we've had a few nice days in a row and it's finally melting.  And amazingly under the melting snow, the first signs of spring are emerging!  It's so exciting!  The photo below is from our backyard and, as you can see, the snow has melted quite a bit, but there's still a ways to go. 

By the back, south facing wall of the house, the snow melted a while ago since it's a bit warmer there.  And look!  We have tulip leaves!  And the lady's mantle has some leaves and even the irises are poking through.  And look what we found in the vegetable garden - out first flowers!  We had planted violas as a border to the raised beds last year and usually they survive the winter if we have enough snow cover.  I love violas!  They never let a little bit of snow bother them!

That's it for now.  We are of the the Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show this afternoon.  I'll share the treasures we find with you in the next post.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Big Melt

We had more snow this past weekend!  I know it's getting boring listening to me complain about the weather.  I'd stop complaining if it stopped snowing...everyone, can you think warm thoughts for me?  At least now we are witnessing "the Big Melt" where all of the snow melts over a few days.  The kids seem remarkably excited about watching the flowing water.  Has it been so long since we've seen liquid water?  Flowing all by itself down the street?  Fascinating!