The snow has melted, seeds have been planted, plans have been drawn up and it's time for another year of growing. The plants will grow (as will the weeds) and the yearly challenge of keeping on top of the garden chores will begin. Luckily tomorrow we're scheduled to get more snow, and while that's not something I usually hope for, today it's a blessing! Now, instead of worrying about the garden and the need for me to get outside and tackle a few early spring chores, I have a chance to do this: write! Something I haven't done here in a very long time.
Its that time of year again! Last year on this very day I announced the Garden Connect planting plan for 2014 (last years announcement post can be found here). Today, we announce the Garden Connect plan for 2015 which means it's been 16 months since the idea for the project was first thought up. Don't know what Garden Connect is? Then stop reading and read this first!
I'd like to thank everyone who has supported the project with ideas or by sharing it with their friends and followers as well as all those who participated last year and helped make the project a success. I'd especially like to thank Richard from Lost The Plot who helped make it a reality. When I first messaged him on Twitter, having never met him or spoken to him before, I sent a short message asking him to email me because I had an idea and within 24 hours he had gotten in touch. We then worked throughout the next few weeks to refine the project and track down more people to join. There are many others who deserve thanks but without Richard's initial support this project would not exist today.
I have wanted to write a post on my blog almost every day since the last one was posted. My problem was that every time I came to write a post I would see the last post and I would be reminded of my summer.
The first few days back at Niagara College were the hardest, everyone would ask "how was your summer" expecting a "good", "great" or "it was too short". How could you tell them what happened? Every time I tried to think of words to explain how my summer was I failed. How do you simply explain that this was the worst summer of your life? and so you stretch the truth a little bit and say it was okay, or good, or not bad, never going so far as to say it was great but still making it seem better than it really was. Sometimes I'd even start to believe it wasn't all that bad, other days I would be hit so hard that I couldn't do anything.
So I love my mom… a lot. I’ve been told copious times that we look so similar, trust me I know. But our taste in flowers is oh so different! My mother adores Gerbera daisies, and well I’ve pretty much had it with Gerbera daisies. So every year the struggle between wanting to get her a huge Phalaenopsis orchid with crème and red spots that I also kind of want is out of the question so I need to figure out what she’d want other than a back scratch and the orchid shown above.
Earlier this year I talked about how to cut your flowers after you get them home, which is essentially the same thing as harvesting flowers. If you don’t remember what the steps were in the article, here’s a recap on the steps.
1. Get a sharp paring knife with a straight or curved blade but not serrated.
2. Hold the flower stem in your left hand, the flower bloom facing away from your body with the stem facing towards you.
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