Cabbagetown Private Garden Tour

The past Sunday, I joined Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour of Cabbagetown in Toronto. It was ashamed that I’ve never visited this neighbourhood before even though I’ve been living in Toronto for 15+ years. It was a very nice day out visiting some beautiful and lovely private gardens. I am sure this won’t be the last time I visit it.

First up, container gardening, vegetables in containers, totally my cup of tea:

BEAUTIFUL purple double clematis, it was stunning, I’ve been trying to have one of these in my garden:

Seems so effortless, yet very thoughtful:

Quiet zen water garden, my favourite too:

A small collection of succulents:

Vertical wall garden, the container bags are actually made of felt fabric:

Formal garden for a corner house:

Informal garden for the same house, a group of people were playing “Take Five”:

And finally, a rooftop garden:

What I’ve learned from the tour is that gardening takes TIME and PATIENCE, a lot of patience. Some of the owners showed us the picture of the same garden 10 years ago, and how they slowly built it. My garden has a long way to go…

Seed Starting

Toronto is slowly warming up, like very slowly….
I started some seeds two weeks ago. Salvia, suppose to be easiest perennial to start from seeds, but so far, I am still waiting. Chamomile, started several pots, they are the tiniest seeds I’ve ever seen, germination rate is not bad at all, but they look so tiny and weak. Finger crossed…
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Blue fescue grass, they are easy and quick to germinate. Hopefully I can enjoy its beautiful color and texture this summer.
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While I was watering my house plants this morning, found a new leaf on my orchid.
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The spiral planter stand in the corner of my dinning room:
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碎碎念之2014春

最近着时对博客有点怠慢。两个月没更了。多伦多过去的这个冬天是我记忆中又长又冷又多雪的一个冬天,所以春天来后,人们格外的忙碌,出游,整理花园。。。生怕错过一点点温暖阳光。

现在我的编织速度好比蜗牛啊,连晚上看日剧的时候都不太想分心编织了,很是无语。 然后遇到毛线店大减价,我还是会买点。 上个月家附近最有名的一家毛线店准备关门了,我又屯了点棉麻线。 最近在织这个上衣:

上个星期,在newdirectionsaromatics买了100多块钱的各种基础油和精油,正式开始了我的手工皂和手工护肤品的历程。周末已经做了100毫升的面部护理油,和我妈各分50毫升。不得不说,在知道和掌握面部护理油的原理后,外面零售的各种面油价格真得太坑爹了。
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因为非常不喜欢去home depot一包一包的搬土,今年又买了一个立方米的土,修补草地和种花种菜,呵呵。 一个大口袋放在前院,要用的时候,挖点出来,蛮方便,就是那个口袋看着有点碍眼。
自己组合的盆栽:
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亚马逊上买了两个wall planter:
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一年生的花花草草:
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Winners买了个很可爱的花盆,准备好好种香草,冬天搬进室内:
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小西红柿,每年必种的:
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自己发的黄瓜苗,今年不贪心了,每个盆就一棵:
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今年开始种Kale,各种superfood, 各种healthy/cancer prevention:
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