Christmas is coming soon according to Home Depot

 

Since Thanksgiving (here in Canada) and Remembrance Day are over, the calendar says Christmas is next.  Mother Nature has not been told yet however; we continue to have unseasonably warm weather here in Eastern Ontario, and I for one am not complaining.

Home Depot is ready though with lots of Christmas specials on…

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I usually wait until the beginning of December at least to start decorating, but I know lots of you do so sooner. Enjoy!

please be sure to visit my slightly more humorous blog YOUR DAILY CHUCKLE  It is guaranteed to make you LOL.

November weather is not usually ideal for gardening in Ottawa

November usually brings cold, damp weather to our Ottawa area with my gardening business put to bed for the winter.  This week however, the weather forecast is awesome…

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I will have to find something to do outdoors as the temperature is forecasted to reach a balmy 17 degrees Celsius (63 for you Fahrenheit fans)  This is a perfect temperature for puttering around in the garden, with no bugs to annoy me. Raking, mulching, bulb (more, because you can never have too many) planting…hmmm, where do I start?  The more I get done this week while the weather is nice, the less there will be to do in the spring.

September weather is perfect for gardening in Ottawa, Ontario

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24h Rain19.4mm
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20°C12
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24h Rain0.9mm
P.O.P20%
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P.O.P60%
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24h Rain3.7mm
P.O.P40%

This is a weather calendar for the month of September here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  You can’t ask for any better weather for gardening.  New perennials and shrubs can be planted now ensuring their roots have six weeks to get established before the ground freezes.  Garden clean up can get started, but leave some for the cooler days to come.  It is still a bit early to plant bulbs too; they are best planted just before the ground freezes.

I am heading out now to work in a client’s garden before it gets too hot LOL, never thought I would be saying that mid September.  No complaints here!

Signs of spring at Gardens4u in Kanata, Ontario

I am finally able to get out into my clients’ gardens this week as the weather and ground has warmed up.  Here are a few of the first signs that spring has arrived in the Ottawa area…

hopefully you have your own signs of spring wherever you are…enjoy!

Can one be Allergic to Cold Weather?

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I am seriously starting to wonder if I am allergic to this cold weather we have been experiencing here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  This picture of the weather forecast was taken last Sunday, but it has been this cold for a long time now, and I don’t mind saying I am getting tired of it.

My body is not coping well with the cold, so it makes it difficult to want to go outside for anything that is not absolutely necessary. The cold is wreaking havoc with my fourth New Year’s resolution to get more exercise since walking is usually my main form of exercise between November and March. To remedy this, I have taken up doing planks which are great for my muscles, especially the core muscles, but don’t contribute to the cardiovascular exercise I need. 

I know cold can aggravate conditions like Raynaud’s Phenomenon where blood flow is restricted to the body’s extremities when they get cold.  Cold can also aggravate arthritis causing joint painMy problem is neither of these conditions.  My whole body seems to ache when I get cold.  If my feet get cold, the aching pain starts in my feet and ankles, but then moves up my legs to my hips too.  The pain actually feels like my bones are aching.  Sitting in a cold car or cold hockey arena watching my son play can easily set the aching off.  When this happens I find heat and advil are the only remedies.  I purchased a click heat pad recently; it works great…

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You simply press the small metal disc that is floating inside the heating pad to activate it.  As soon as the disc is pressed, the pad heats up and gets firm.  It stays warm for hours, so you can move it around to heat all of your achy body parts.  When it cools off, all you have to do is place the pad in boiling water to return it to its liquid state.  Click Heat comes in many shapes, colors and sizes, be sure to check them out using the link below:
Click Heat

Is Winter Coming? Tell that to the Roses and Magnolia in my Gardens!

Is winter coming?  You would never know it looking at my perennial gardens, especially the roses.  Although my calendar says we are approaching mid November and we have been experiencing a bit of cold weather including snow flurries, I am still enjoying plenty of blooms!

My magnolia tree (top left) thinks it is spring; it usually produces these buds first thing in spring before the leaves arrive on the tree.  You can see in the picture that the buds are swollen even though the leaves are dead and ready to fall off, a sign of fall and not spring.  That magnolia tree actually bloomed three times this summer with all of the temperature fluctuations we experienced.

My many roses, including the shrub, climbing, miniature and bush roses are still producing buds and some look like they are in full bloom.

With the warmer temperatures this past week, especially last Tuesday, (see my previous article  Weather ) I had hoped that the rose buds would develop further into gorgeous flowers, but it did not happen.

Although these blooms have brightened up the landscape this past month, it is time to snip off the buds on the roses so their strength will go to the roots for the cold winter!

Snow, snow and more snow…

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I have been using snow shoveling as my main form of exercise this winter, but the snow banks are now so high I cannot risk injuring my 53+ year old back by throwing the newly accumulated snow to the tops of the banks.  So today I shoveled the snow to the sides of my driveway and tried to start our snow blower to blow the piled snow over the banks.  Unfortunately i could not get the darned snow blower started (as is often the case with this beast) so left the snow piles along the edges of my driveway for one of my sons or husband to finish off when they return from work.

Imagine my surprise when, coming out of the shower, I heard a noise much like that of a snow blower outside my house.  I looked out the window to see my neighbor from a few doors down blowing the snow piles over the banks with his snow blower.  He must have heard my futile attempts at starting our snow blower.

We have a few recently retired gentlemen on our street that have been wonderful at helping their neighbors blow out their driveways this winter.  It is especially heart warming and greatly appreciated after the snow plough has gone by and left a huge pile of snow chunks at the bottom of the driveways.

Living in a Winter Wonderland…

The weather forecast had warned us we were about to get our first big snowfall of the season, but when I went to bed last night we hardly had any snow, so I thought the storm had missed the Ottawa area.  These are the views I woke up to this morning…

 

out my front door:

 

 

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and out my back door:

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Beautiful, but lots of work to shovel!