How not to plant shrubs

One of the garden projects I have been working on lately reminded me how not to plant shrubs. These shrubs were not planted deep enough so the root balls heaved out of the soil this past winter.  As a result, the row of shrubs were all dead, and very unsightly. When I dug them up (didn’t even require a shovel, they came out quite easily) the root balls were still in the shape of the pots.  So were the holes.

 

 

 

The correct way to plant a shrub (and most perennials and trees too) is to:

  • dig a hole twice as wide as the pot the shrub came in and the same depth
  • remove the shrub from the pot and loosen the root ball
  • if the shrub is very root bound, use a sharp knife or trowel to scarify (gently scrape/loosen) the roots
  • add water to the hole before and after planting the shrub
  • water daily until shrub is established, (one week) preferably in the morning
  • ensure plant crown is neither too deep or too far above ground.  Roses do prefer their crown just below soil level

 

 

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Baby Gaga Update

As mentioned in a previous post I have been writing articles for a site called Baby Gaga.  Unfortunately, that means all my time allotted for writing has been swallowed up by this new adventure so my posts on this blog have been limited.

Here are my first four articles, let me know what you think, the comment button is on the left, at the bottom of the list of social media icons (the one that looks like a comic book conversation bubble)  As my articles get approved, I will add their links, so please check back often!

Weird and Unique Celebrity Baby Names

Baby Tips Leading Moms Astray

Clever and Adorable Pairs of Names for Twin Girls

Things Pregnant Women get to Stop Worrying About

Things Moms Won’t Be Doing After Baby is Born

Celebrity Trends

Grandparents Spoiling the Kids

Celebrity Dads

 

Please be sure to visit my other blogs:
Laugh out loud (LOL) with me at Your Daily Chuckle
and
Be inspired and motivated by famous words of wisdom at WoW
My gardening website can be viewed at gardens4u.ca

 

Tickled pink

I am tickled pink that my eldest son and his wife are expecting a baby girl next month.  Yesterday this excited grandma hosted a very pink baby shower to celebrate the upcoming addition to our family…

 

You can find many of these decorating ideas on my Pinterest page.  The fact that we have raised three sons makes the arrival of a baby girl that much more special.  Pink looks good in this house!

How do you define cowardice?

I have been challenged by The Daily Post to write about cowardice.

Apparently, everyone that is faced with something that frightens them experiences a “fight or flee” moment.  Is cowardice defined as the inclination to flee instead of fight?  If so, is there a time limit? Many people may initially flee but return to fight after formulating a plan of attack.  Others, like myself, tend to freeze in fright.  Where do we fit in?  I like to think eventually I thaw out enough to fight though.  Especially if the situation is threatening someone I care about.  I am known to be a bit of a momma bear.

In all my efforts to have a family, throughout three stillbirths and three miscarriages, I was repeatedly told how brave I was.  I did (do) not consider that bravery, more perseverance and determination.

I believe cowardice means the lack of courage or bravery.  Not limited to a reaction during a traumatic event, it  could also apply to a fear to try anything daunting, new or different. Things like a new job, hobby, even a new personal relationship due to the fear of failure.

How do you define cowardice?

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Purse Project

I am off to drop off purses for the Purse Project I saw in the OTTAWA CITIZEN.  Today is the last day for drop off for this specific purse project, but there are many out there.  Find one in your community to which you can donate.  It is a wonderful Christmastime idea.

Like most women, I have lots of purses hanging out in my closet, many of which I have barely used.  The idea is to fill a gently used purse with personal items for women living in shelters or on the streets.  There are many things you can fill the purses with:

  • feminine products
  • soaps
  • shampoo/conditioners
  • disposable razors
  • kleenex
  • lotion

Find unused products in your home or purchase some to fill the purses with.  Many drug stores have a travel section with miniature sizes of the products listed above.  Gift cards are another great idea to add to the purses.

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I have come up with six packed purses, ready for drop off here in Ottawa.  There are lots of drop off locations listed in the article above, including many Shoppers Drug Marts and most Ottawa Police Stations.

 

The toys at Grandma’s

The toys at Grandma’s are not your average, run of the mill toys.  No, these toys are very special.  While Grandma does have some traditional toys that my dad and his brothers used to play with…

 

Many others are a little different, but still lots of fun.   They are all over the house too, so I can crawl around looking for them.  Come with me; I’ll take you on a guided tour of all my favourite toys at Grandma’s:

After the traditional toys in the family room, I head for the kitchen toys…

Grandma says my daddy used to love to pull everything out of this same cupboard.  It is the only cupboard Grandma lets me play in though.  I tried hard to get into the thing she puts the dirty dishes into, but she kept locking it up.

Next was the dining room where the play structure is still made out of wood!  No pressure treated wood or PVC stuff that you find in parks.  I am allowed to crawl through this play structure, but I’m not allowed to bite on any parts of it.

 

Next was the hallway, where this springy thing is fun to play with.  Grandma says it is a door stop, but all the doors in this hallway are closed so I’m not sure how that works…

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Then I’m on to the front door, where the sunlight streaming through the glass makes pretty patterns on the floor.  And, look Grandma, I can see my reflection!

 

The living room window that has these soft white things hiding more toys.  The white things are awesome for playing peek a boo too.

 

Then I found a tree in the living room!  Grandma says it is a Christmas tree that needs to be decorated.  I have never seen one of these before.  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t here the last time I visited.  Just imagine all the things I could grab if it was decorated!

 

The piano was next.  Do you think I am too young for lessons?

 

My final spot is the stairs.  Too bad Grandma wouldn’t let me climb them very far.  She thinks because I am only 9 months old that I shouldn’t play on the stairs. If she let me I’m sure I could reach the top!

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Thanks for coming on the tour with me.   My big sister will be here soon although she doesn’t appreciate all these neat toys.  Grandma says I need a nap now, I think she does too!

 

 

 

A dogsled, RCMP, snow and Shania Twain

Arriving on the snow-covered field on a dogsled, escorted by (RCMP) mounties, Shania Twain’s Grey Cup halftime show could not have been more Canadian.  The flying snow enhanced the performance, captured here by ESPN…

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Dressed in sparkly pink and red winter wear, Canadian country singer Shania Twain wowed the crowd with her hit songs “That Don’t Impress me Much” and “Life’s About to Get Good”  before closing with “Man, I feel like a woman!”

 

Oh, and the football game was good too, a close nailbiter right to the end.  The underdog won again with the Toronto Argonauts defeating the Calgary Stampeders 27-24  in Grey Cup #105.

 

 

Surprise birthday party

 

 

A few posts back I wrote about my brother’s fast approaching sixtieth birthday. Well, his birthday is this coming Thursday (30th), but the surprise party was last night.  It took lots of scheming and coercing, (did I tell you my brother is stubborn?) but we did manage to surprise him at his own home.

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Thank heavens for Facebook and its event planner feature.  The whole party was arranged, staged and organized by creating the event on Facebook.  With his daughter in Barrie, me in Ottawa, the birthday boy and other friends and family members in Ingleside, social media (FB) came to the rescue, keeping us all connected.  I created the event adding key individuals as cohosts so we could each send out invitations from our own contact lists.  Keeping the party a private event ( an option when creating the event) ensured my brother would not find out as only invited guests could access the details.

      To create a private or public event on Facebook:
  1. Click Events in the left menu of your News Feed.
  2. Click Create Event in the top right.
  3. Click to choose between a private or public event. …
  4. Fill in the event name, details, location and time. …
  5. Click Create.

From the moment the event was created up to the moment of surprise, we were able to communicate as a group.  Except for the birthday boy of course, he was excluded from the group. Jobs such as purchasing the party essentials, organizing the potluck food contributions,  decorating the venue and even distracting the birthday boy (definitely the toughest job) were all delegated on Facebook.

It was the easiest party to organize, ever.  Judging by the turnout of all the guests and the delicious food, it was a great success!

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Purple jacaranda trees

These jacaranda trees, currently in bloom in southern Australia, are beautiful!  These pictures show how these spectacular trees line the streets in Adelaide…

 

The pictures remind me of our crab apple trees in the spring and our maple trees in the fall here in Canada.  The striking purple color of the jacaranda trees grabbed my attention of course because GRAY IS NOT MY COLOR;  I am a blatant  PURPLEHOLIC.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating today

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family celebrating today…

 

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If only we could set our scales back 10 pounds on Thanksgiving or any other holiday we spend with friends, family and lots (too much) of delicious food and drink.

 

On a more serious note, be sure to be thankful for what you are celebrating!

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Like this sign says, be kind, be thoughtful, be genuine, but most of all be thankful!