Long Weekend & Gardening!

These two weekends have been pretty awesome.  Its a new learning experience to plant my own garden and grow my own seeds.

Last week, that was exactly what I did (other than my food adventures HERE). Around mid-week, my boyfriend sent me pictures that the seeds, my little zucchini was growing.

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Hello World, Zucchini!

By the time, this weekend came around and I went to go see my seedlings, some others were sprouting as well.  Of course, I was the genius and didn’t label them so I know two of my broccoli are coming out along with possible basil and oregano. Oregano is my guess and even some chamomile, which is also a guess.  It needs to get bigger for me to realize.  Those two are so small that I didn’t even bother to take a picture of them. I’ll probably do an update post on how that’s going soon.

For some who don’t know, I’m currently in my long weekend, which means NO WORK TODAY! YAY! Thank you, Queen Victoria 😉 Regardless, this weekend was the mega plan to go to this huge greenhouse producer garden center called Les Serres Jean-Francois Dauphinais out in St Basile Le Grand, a little town on the outskirts of where I live.  Originally it was just myself and Phoebe@Starry Traveler but then my boyfriend came along and thank goodness because we needed help with that 😉

We spent almost 2 hours there going through rows and rows of herbs and vegetables and flowers.

This was everything that I bought, with a few little ones from Canadian Tire, that we picked up everything and my lovely Clematis is out of the shot.

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So lets have a little more close-up tour of what I’ll be planting for both my indoor garden and outdoors (if it happens, more about that later in this post).

Herbs

Lemon Verbena, Stevia, Ground Cherry and Lime Mint

For you Vampire Diary lovers, I can make some vervain 😉

Raspberry

Raspberry

Plants

Delicata Squash, Ginger Mint, Strawberry, Blackie Sweet Potato and regular Sweet Potato…

The one in the top row in the middle is baffling me right now.  Its escaping my brain what it is…

Moving on 😉

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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Spanish Lavender, Goldilocks, Mixed Lettuce, Crimson Star and Little flowers

Other then the two on the right, lettuce combo and little red flowers, the rest are all going in pots or indoors.

The most awesome part is that after my post about Crimson Star, there flowers if you miss it.

Flowers

Flowers

I fell in love with them and although the garden didn’t have them, we managed to find stuck in the lower row of the Canadian Tire garden exactly two plants, one for me and one for Phoebe.  Score! That was a happy moment.

We still have one more plant that we haven’t shown, here’s the lovely Clematis.  The first plant I thought about wanting in my garden because they are so beautiful.

Clematis

Clematis

That was my crazy garden shopping.  Its a bit late to sprout seeds from everything at this point so its pretty great to have found that lovely garden center. I’m sure to return there.  I have a few other plants I have in mind if these succeed.

However, there is a bit of issues on the outdoor garden issue.  My previous owners were not the gardening type and the gardening area has turned into partial storage and grasslands full of weeds.  As I was weeding away, I found some white worms.  I may be a gardening amateur but I know these not so little guys are a big no-no. This means, I need to treat my soil before I can use it.  I have some researching to do on that.  With my vacation a few weeks away and mostly time to work on the weekends, maybe I’ll have to throw in a few weekdays this coming week to try to get everything done.

Whats good is that on Sunday morning, we headed out to Ikea and bought a few more items for the house.  The most significant being some pots to plant my indoor herbs garden.  At least that will most along as planned and that will be done later today after a little fun time with friends 😉

I’m pretty done with updating on the weekend.  I bought some paint for the dining room also but that won’t be done until the last room in the upper floor is taken care of. I’m just going to say that the colors are very delicious because I can’t remember those fancy names.

Fun and exciting times!

I’m doing a bit of research (if I stop falling asleep while I do it) on herbs, vegetables and flowers to see where and how to plant it is more appropriate.  Also on my list, natural/organic treatment formula for my apple tree; how to get rid of white worms and how to have more space effective indoor gardens 😉

I know some of you are very wonderful gardeners. Any advice?

Also, no worries! Normal programming will be back. I have a fun week prepared and I promise you will like it 😉

Hope all of you had fabulous weekends and to my Canadian friends, Happy Victoria Day (unless you have another name because I know we like to be special over here in Quebec and have different names)! 

A Word A Week Challenge: Tropical

I wish it were tropical at this very moment.  Although last weekend sure felt like the tropics when it was hovering around past the 30 degrees Celsius mark 😉

I haven’t been to anything very tropical in a long time. Hong Kong kind of counts but I didn’t take pictures of anything showed it too much.  Then there was Egypt, but hmm..not sure which picture to choose.

When I think of tropical, I think of fruits like mango, pineapple, durian, mangosteen, etc.  That sort of thing. But then another thing is usually even more tropical is colourful flowers.  It doesn’t have to be warm outside and I don’t necessarily have to be on vacation (of course, thats always a plus) but when flowers are blooming in their different colours filling up the garden or streets outside, I fly to somewhere tropical in my mind.

I was playing around my camera a bit yesterday after dinner around my backyard and testing out shots.  It might not feel very tropical but it warmed up my mind 🙂

Beautiful Pink Flowers!

Beautiful Pink Flowers!

White Wild Roses (I think)

White Wild Roses (I think)

Yellow flowers

These are the sunlight in my garden right now! Yellow flowers

More Yellow flowers

More Yellow flowers

I know I’m stretching it with lavenders but they are awesome flowers 🙂

Gorgeous Lavenders

Gorgeous Lavenders

Now okay, bright colored animals do the trick.  How many of you link wonderful pink flamingos to tropical? Because I do!

Flamingos at the Toronto Zoo

Flamingos at the Toronto Zoo

To end off, as far as flowers go, no flower reminds me of tropical quite like bright colored hibiscus flowers!

Hibiscus at Lamma Island

Hibiscus at Lamma Island, Hong Kong

This is my response to this week’s word in Sue’s dictionary: TROPICAL! Please go check out her beautiful blog A Word in Your Ear right HERE to see other responses to the challenge and more 🙂 Maybe you’d like to join in, the more the merrier 🙂

Happy Friday everyone! 🙂