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Getting down and dirty… Confessions of a novice gardener

Coming from a country where everything is lush and green all year round, and the gardens always look good without much toil, I never thought that gardening will be my thing. Well, I do love nature and flowers, but to actually grow them and take care of them, I wasn’t sure.

But here in Canada where everything green goes to sleep half the year, i have found a new fascination to plants and gardening. And working for a gardening magazine has helped (a lot) to feed my new passion.

I started with indoor tropical plants back when I still lived in a building apartment. But now that I actually have a garden, I can’t wait to get down and dirty and plant all those beautiful flowers I’ve started from seed and are now thriving in a greenhouse at T & T Seeds (a garden centre here in Manitoba).

And because it’s a new house and we purchased it in Winter, we didn’t really see what was growing in the garden since everything looked dead and white. So part of the wonder and surprise is seeing all the new sprouts and finding out what they are.

Here are photos of the garden I’ve taken back in early April, when sprouts were just starting to show their eager heads through the soil, and photos I’ve taken today while playing in the dirt.

A lily poking its head through the soil (Photo taken April 4)
Peonies eager to show their big heads (Photo taken April 4)
The Peonies taken a week after (April 11). How fast they’ve grown
Taken April 23. The Peonies have grown quite a bit
Can’t wait to see what color my lilies are
The front yard planter with the lilies taken this morning
Planter where the peonies are
My garden “bling bling”
The greenhouse now firmly tied to the fence
The seed trays with all the different seeds in them. May the best seed win.

Of Puppies and Plants

Tired and stressed after a long day’s work, flopping myself on the couch, turning on the television and letting the puppies lick all the day’s strain off me seem to be the best way to end the day. But working for a publishing company who publishes gardening magazines has taught me a lot about plants and the joys of gardening. So now, aside from playing with the puppies, I find peace and tranquility in my beautiful house plants.

The bookshelf that has more plants than books
My first plants are also the first plants you’ll see entering the apartment
Angel’s “shrine”… I don’t even have photos in the apartment and Angel has lots!
love this plant rack I got, goes well with the rest of the stuff in the apartment
One of my faves and sits right beside my laptop
Another fave, so got a couple, one for each side table
Aren’t pink leaves just so cute?
My teenee tiny plants
My favorite princess
My little prince

Update on my plants…

Remember Hope, Faith and Percy? The 3 plants I bought last winter who almost died from the cold?

Faith, Hope and Percy (May she rest in peace)

Well, Percy didn’t survive. But Faith and Hope did and are doing really well…

Hope the Devil’s Ivy

Faith the Spider Plant

Faith and Hope with Lucky (Bamboo)

I bought some flowering plants after them, but they didn’t do as good 😦

Now, because I’ve caught the “planting” bug of Spring (and since we don’t really have a garden to “plant” in) I bought these new plants for the apartment. They look so nice now, I just hope they’d grow big and healthy under my care…

Brumhilda the Bromeliad
Fifi the Ficus plant
My  2-inch tropical babies
The 6 new additions to my darling plants…

My goal is to have as many plants in the apartment as I can take care of. Never thought I’d be such a gardening fanatic, but because I can’t have a yard to garden, I’ll settle with an nice indoor garden.