Gardening & Summer Evenings

Not that those two things are related: Gardening and summer evenings but it kind of does work.

I’ve been hanging outside for a while.  For Canada Day last week, I spent some quality time tending to my own container gardening and transplanted some of the plants I had bought a few weeks ago.  The only one left out right now is my Bay Laurel and thats going to be taken care of this week some time once I buy another clay pot. Plus, that one is going to grow into a house plant tree size so I’m being careful with how to transplant it 🙂

This week has actually been not so eventful and just mostly sticking around my garden and hanging around my new house and actually organizing and moving a tad more of my stuff.  One shelf is finally empty and ready to be moved to my new place.  Just two more thats double its size to go 😉 Plus, with my boyfriend having this week off, he’s been cracking down on moving forward the painting.

Before I get more into my garden and its little surprises, lets check out some stuff aside from that.

On Friday night, I went out with my friend to check out some biking gear and then went to Quartier Dix30 to get some sorbet at this delicious ice cream joint called Bilboquet.  I don’t have a picture of my sorbet but it was so comfortable to sit outside and chat with my friend right next to this lovely fountain.

Quartier Dix30

Quartier Dix30

On Saturday, I went to another Tree adventure with two friends and we discovered the Arbre en Arbre Havelock.  It was a different experience than Arbraska.  I actually think I enjoy the experience a little more although I was rewarded with a lovely bruise on my ankle when I crashed into a platform.  Lets just say that I make a good choice when I don’t play around on skateboards on ground, probably should try to avoid them high up in the trees.  I had a moment where I lost my balance and flailed in mid-air but then I was reassured about how heavy the wires and the harness could handle so I’ve proved that its very sturdy if anything 😉 We had a guide that accompanied us throughout the entire circuit and he was very interesting to chat with.  Plus, he talked about the other Arbre en Arbre experiences a little and I’m pretty psyched up to eventually try those out. For now, there was one part in the last course that was so hard that I’m going to need a break from this tree adventure business. As I put this together, my muscles are expressing their profound hatred for me. So I’m trying to not make that any worse. Regardless of that, the nature of the activity itself is not one that I can carry a camera or phone with so no pictures unfortunately.

That was the end of events for me. So moving onto the big part of this post, my container garden 🙂

Let me see how to start…

1) I harvested my first Lemon mint tips…

Lemon Mint

Lemon Mint

And then used it with blueberries and eventually adding sliced lemons to infuse some water, which actually tasted pretty good.

Infused Water

Blueberry Lemon Mint Infused Water

My mom’s been on my back about how lemon water is really good for me so when she came back from vacation and saw this in the fridge, she was pretty happy about it.  Its refreshing and delicious (as long as you don’t let it infuse for too many days).

2) I implemented a self-watering system for my raspberry because it drinks too much and always has try soil.

Self-watering system

Self-watering system

One wine bottle does the job and it takes about 2 days to empty one bottle.  Even though the top of the soil may look dry, at least its positive that water is constantly flowing directly to the roots. I’m starting to the think the raspberry could benefit from two of these. So far, its been doing better so I’m already pretty happy with it. This is a picture after experimenting with the self-watering system for 5 days or so.  Its looking better everyday 🙂

3) Harvesting strawberries and the accidental harvest of lemongrass


Strawberries & Lemongrass

My mom is an adorable woman.  She is.  I love her to bits. I’m happy to share my ripe and delicious strawberries with her and my boyfriend. But she was my accidental harvesting of lemongrass because she thought it was weeds.  When she reached down to pull my poor lemongrass, I exclaimed in shock and stopped her. My poor lemongrass has just gotten stronger after the transplant. Its having a hard time at my place.  So I told my mom to smell the stuff before she pulls.  It has an unforgettable lemony scent to it.  If its still good, I believe its supposed to be good for making chicken or something like that.

4) The unlikely but surprising regrowth of Clematis


Slow revival of Clematis

After the first rainstorm, my Clematis was drowned in water and looked like it was dying. My boyfriend helped me drill some holes under the pot and it drained for a few days.  This weekend, I saw that it bloomed a flower even though it looked like it had pretty much died.  I’m just happy there’s a second chance for it.  I will have to find a permanent location in the garden for it before the warm weather ends.

5) Second batch of lettuce growing

Salad mix

Lettuce mix

My first batch of lettuce got ridiculously huge so we now have seeds ready for the next year.  However, we chopped it off and some more of the salad mix survived and is growing more again.  This time, we will harvest earlier so we can have proper lettuce to eat 🙂 With all the rain in the last few days, it won’t be long until its ready to be harvested.

6) Calendula blooming



My calendula is one of the newer additions to the family.  So to prove that the repotting did great, its all perked up and even bloomed some bright yellow flowers to light up my garden a little.

I’ve been reading up on what to do with my calendula.  If any of you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me in the comments 🙂

7) First signs of Squashes



I always wondered if the squashes would work in containers but here we are, the first signs of them growing up.  I have a lot of flowers blooming so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe I’ll see even more 🙂

8) Tomatoes



There’s tomatoes in the plant! Woohoo! The only one with anything so far. But its a start 🙂

9) Ground Cherry almost 100% back to normal

Ground Cherry

Revival of my ground cherry plant

Unlike the Clematis, ground cherry survived the drowning a little better and after a few days in the sun, it helped dry up the soil a bit more and the leaves are back to its lush green with the exception of a few and its bearing fruit except I’m having a bit of an issue with it not ripening before it falls.  Something I need to look into a bit further and figure out what exactly is the problem.

10) Flowers and Catmint

To end things off, a little display of some of the flowers currently in my garden.  Also, an insert of my catmint that has finally gotten stronger.  It was really droopy when it first came home.

There is obviously a lot more to show but some of them haven’t progressed as much as these and I think 10 items from garden is more than you’d all care to read about 🙂 I tried to keep it short and sweet.

I’ll have more house/moving/garden updates as that will be the center of my focus in the coming few weeks. I apologize that Tranquil Dreams has slowed down on some content but I have it all backlogged and I’m working on things one at a time.  Things will get back to normal soon.  I’m working on it 🙂 There may be a few changes but they will definitely be for the better.

Any green thumbs amongst us?  What do you like to plant? Any gardening tips for me?

11 thoughts on “Gardening & Summer Evenings

  1. I think you are doing an awesome job with the transplanting!!! 🙂

    Majority of my lettuce died due to the heat. I think there are only 2 left. I kept forgetting to bring my ground cherry over to your place. It is pretty much dying as well… Found this website, let me know what you think: Maybe we need to let them ripen on their own?

    Don’t be shy about putting more wine bottles around raspberry. I put two in my squash/lettuce clay container and it works wonders when I was away.


    • Definitely going to put one more bottle in the raspberry after some thought. 🙂
      That site is interesting. I was thinking if we brought it inside, maybe it’ll ripen? I don’t know. The ground cherry needs a bit more research.


      • I will bring the unripen ones indoors just to see if it will ripen on their own. I have been throwing them out to make sure nobody gets sick…

        Like you said, I think I need to do more research on ground cherry as well. Will let you know how the ones in soil at in-laws do except they are constantly attacked by vines from neighbors. 😦


    • With the state of my new garden, container gardening will continue for at least this year 😉 I find it a great alternative especially for herbs but when it comes to vegetables, I’m guessing in ground might have been more beneficial. I’m still learning bit by bit 🙂


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