Cedar Fence

Cedar Fence

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Misty Farm Views

 Hello dear friends, where has the summer gone?  Although we are heading back into some warm humid weather we have already had some very cool nights and there seems to be a hint of fall in the air.  Today I am sharing a few quick photos that I took yesterday morning.

Adirondack chairs are my favourite!  We could never have too many!  They are usually on our veranda but we also drag them around to various seating areas on the lawns.  This past weekend we had friends over for one of our "themed" dinners...this time we enjoyed Moroccan food.

A view towards the barn.  The mist was very thick but started to burn off quickly.

A sheep pasture across the road.

A view down our country road.

One of our hay fields.  We did not manage to get it completely cut this year.

More misty hay fields...

Spider art!

And now I must head off to my office in the city.  Have a great week!

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Abandoned Gardens of Carogil Farm

Hello dear friends, today I thought I would try to put a nostalgic spin on what is a rather sad state of garden affairs!!  Some of you may recall from a previous post that my father broke his arm in a fall in May and unexpectedly passed away almost 3 weeks later.  As a result there has been a great deal of work to be done in looking after my mother and arranging all the affairs that must be attended to, and as a result I have not been able to spend any time in the gardens.  The poor fellows that mow the lawns now cut in wide swaths to avoid where they think the gardens used to be!!

But of course as a gardener the glass is always half full so I do have some quick photos to share.  We are preparing for what has been promised to be a "significant weather event" tomorrow with some areas receiving up to 50 mm of rain.  We have had very dry conditions so far this summer but did have 40 mm of rain already this week so we shall have to see what happens.

I had previously posted about our ponds.  The koi pond attracts any number of frogs and toads.  I spotted this fellow in a clay pot cleverly hidden behind a fainting geranium.

This green frog is poised to jump.  These frogs are often lounging on the lily pads and are quite hard to spot.

All of our plants have suffered heat stress this summer.  A number of our shrubs including our forsythias and black lace shrub have had entire branches die back.

Many of the trees are infested with what I believe are tent caterpillars.  Some of the crab apples trees are also infested.

Echinops is one of my favourite late season perennials.  Even though we still have a month of summer these globe thistles make me think of fall.

This is a not very great photo of our hollow apple tree.  It still has leaves and is still producing apples.

I have had a nice little collection of hemerocallis blooming this year.  These are one of my favourite perennials as I love the foliage even when not in bloom.

The monardo is already past its' prime.

I love the blooms on this plain old fashioned green hosta.

This hydrangea was a gift and also struggled a bit with heat and drought.

My sad tale could not be complete without at least one prison break!  This time it was the sheep.

Mosses growing in the waterfall garden.

Another frog hidden in a pot with bull rushes.

A view towards apple lane.  Many of the apple trees have lost their leaves.

A lovely new door on the garden privvy.

 The grapes have returned to ramble over the arbour.  A few years ago we realized in a panic that our yellow labs had been eating some of the grapes which can be toxic to dogs.  After hacking the grape vines to the ground they have rebounded and the yellow labs have not only survived the adventure but have forgotten all about grapes and moved on to other things.

Abby is adjusting well and loves life on the farm.

I now have 3 wheelbarrows in my fleet!  One can never have too many wheelbarrows.  My husband decided to store one on the back of the privvy.

A couple of weekends ago my husband was tackling an unruly crab apple tree that is very close to our veranda and spied this very colourful caterpillar.

Over the next few weeks I will be sorting through some of the family heirlooms that have made it from my mother's home to our farm.  I will look forward to sharing some of those lovely pieces with you through my blog.  Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Vacation Week Activities

Hello dear friends, it has been a very hectic last few weeks so I have not had much time to work in the gardens.    This past week has been a vacation week but with scorching temperatures and humidex values in the 40's it has been very uncomfortable to work outside or inside!

With the recent passing of my father I have spent most of my (free) time helping my mother prepare for the next chapter of her life.  As a result the gardens have been neglected and I have only just managed to plant up some of the annuals I purchased in May.  I love these planters we purchased a few years ago from a local company and the Wave petunias should fill out nicely over the next few weeks.

Yesterday was the perfect day for working in the gardens.  After some quick and heavy rains on Thursday evening the temperatures fell and the humidity vanished.  Temperatures in the low 20s with a lovely breeze are just perfect for working outside.

This is Kodiak's garden.  Most of our gardens have perennials as the foundation with a few annuals for additional colour.  This garden also contains a waterfall...more on that another day!

Kodiak came to us as a 1 year old pup with a very difficult past.  He was the smartest (and sometimes most difficult) dog we have had at the farm.  Kodiak loved to work the sheep and took his job very seriously.  Unfortunately he was also a fearful dog and had a history of fear biting.  We were always very careful to control who had access to our home so as to avoid any mishaps.  Kodiak came from a very abusive family whose owner eventually burned their house down.  For as long as Kodiak leaved with us he never got over his fear of strangers, raised voices or fires.  We loved him very much as it was very emotional for us when he passed away.

Abigail is a great puppy!  Friendly, inquisitive and now we know that secretly she is also a thief.  We now know what happens to my gardening gloves!  

Lucy and Abby have bonded quite well and love to play together even though Lucy is a senior!  Lucy always carries a toy with her and when she stops to rest whatever she is carrying is placed on her paws.

Yesterday my husband started cutting hay in the field in front of our old stone farmhouse.  This is a small field, we have another much larger hay field that needs to be cut and also cut the fields on a neighbour's property.

Unfortunately he didnt get far before he broke down.  Hopefully we will be repaired later today.

I love this plant that was a gift from a friend.  

This one is a mystery to me.  It pops up everywhere and even though it has buds I have never actually seen flowers.  We used a plant identification program on a smart phone that tells us it is supposed to be a lily.  We shall see!

Some of our girls are getting old.  They love to feast on wheelbarrow loads of weeds and grass clippings and are quite excited if they see me coming.  

The waterfall in the koi pond.  The waterfall runs constantly and at night we can hear the sounds of falling water from the bedrooms.

Finally we have a proper door on the garden privvy!  I was so excited to see it and didnt realize it had been completed several weeks ago.

A robin's nest in a maple that needs to be pruned and cabled.  A closer inspection of the nest reveals some sheep's wool and strands from a feed bag.  The young robins have hatched and flown off.

Every year we are astonished that this apple tree hasnt died or come down in a wind storm.  It is essentially completely hollow!  It is just a shell yet each year it produces leaves and apples.

  Here is our darling Willow.  The heat earlier this week took a toll on her.  In February of this year she was operated on to remove a tumour from her neck.  It is so sad when our pets age as we know that we will lose them eventually.  She is a very sweet girl and looks very wise.

A view from the kitchen deck towards the koi pond.

The pond from a different angle.

And a view including the water fall.

And one last photo which I quite like.  Do you see the bugs above the plant?  Although there is still work to be done on the koi pond we are enjoying it very much.

And here is a view towards my little garden shed.  This old lawn tractor is about 23 years old and was one of our first "investments" in equipment when we purchased our farm.  Many parts of it have since rusted out or dont work but it reliably pulls along a utility trailer which at the moment contains composted sheep and chicken manure mixed with compost to add to the gardens.

Unfortunately tomorrow is the last day of vacation for us before going back to work.  I wont have vacation again until September but should have other photos of our farm to share with you before before then!

Wishing everyone a great week.  Thank you for visiting my blog!