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Our Garden

Daily Prompt: The Natural World
Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city? 
Photographers, artists, and poets: show us NATURE.

It’s a long weekend. Tomorrow Canada will be celebrating it’s birthday, while we are celebrating what we love most about Canada… our garden… Continue reading Our Garden

I dream of lilacs

A beautiful surprise…

Everytime I would see a lilac tree teeming with beautiful flowers, I would always wish we had one in our garden. Lilacs are just so enthralling with those purplish colored flower and the fragrance!

So imagine my surprise when this seemingly insignificant, tall, bush-like plant we have in our backyard produced these cones filled with pretty little flowers! We’ve been in the house since last year but we didn’t get these flowers. I said to my partner “Don’t they look like lilac flowers to you?” She got all excited about it when she saw them too. I researched and true enough, they are lilacs!

My next question then was why didn’t it bloom last year? Since I do the layout for our 10 Neat Things weekly e-newsletter in the office (I work for the Manitoba/Alberta/Ontario Home & Gardener magazines, lucky me!) , I remember doing a 10 Neat Things about Lilacs. It turns out lilacs don’t bloom on new branches. I remember when we moved in, the top was trimmed to be as tall as the fence.  Now, we are not going to touch them till they fill up with blooms.

Maybe you have some tips for me to get more blooms from my lilac bushes?

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Getting the garden ready

When I woke up Sunday morning, I had a very serious conversation with myself.

Me: Get up! We need to get the garden ready for the plants!
Myself: It’s still cold!
Me: Wear a jacket! They say it’s going to get warmer later.
Myself: It’s still cold! It will always be cold! Plants don’t like cold!
Me: Get your bum off the bed and get a move on! I’ll make you a nice Filipino breakfast 🙂
Myself: I’m up! I’m hungry!

My Mission: Kill all those pesky weeds that has overtaken my flower bed.
My little helpers.
They actually did a good job planting the seeds for our little greenhouse


I am just in awe every time I see my plants waking up from their winter slumber. I planted this lily just last year and it has produced little baby sprouts.
I am just in awe every time I see my plants waking up from their winter slumber.
I planted this lily just last year and it has produced little baby sprouts.

Post Script:

It did get warm enough to take the jacket off. And the sprouting and budding plants is enough to inspire me to get their bedding nice and cozy for them to rise from.

My succulent pots…

As always, whenever I am in a garden centre, I can never leave without anything. Last weekend it was succulents.

Succulent pots were expensive so I bought a bunch of those cutsie little plants and just made my own pots… all 8 of them… here are a few…





It still gets a bit cold at night so whenever we come in the house to retire in the evenings, these beauties get to sleep on the dining table until it gets warmer for them to be left outside.

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We’re back!

Whoa! Mommy has been busy posting! Which means, we don’t get to hack her blog that often too.

But if there’s a will, the Dynamic Duo will find it!

So we are back to wreak havoc and mayhem on mommy’s blog  (evil laugh here)…  (Chaos: “What are you talking about ‘wreaking havoc and mayhem’? There won’t be any havoc or mayhem happening here! Now get away from the keyboard and let me type. You’re too theatrical!” Angel: “I’m just adding some drama to our post so it won’t be boring. you are such a spoilsport.”)

As you probably have read in mommy’s posts, the garden has been coming along really nicely. And with her always fussing over her plants and flowers and looking for other things to stick in the ground, we get to spend more time outside too. She seem happier when she’s playing with dirt. (Chaos: “Though I don’t know why she says ‘NO’ when we play with dirt. I’ll have to have a talk with her about that.”)

Mommy says that there are certain bacteria found in dirt (Angel: “Stop calling it dirt! It’s not dirt, it’s SOIL.” Chaos: “There you go again being a smarty paws.” Angel: “Well, if you’d write properly I wouldn’t correct you all the time.”). Ok, so, there is a certain bacteria found in SOIL that actually makes people happy. Mommy said it’s called Mycobacterium vaccae (you can also read about it here) Maybe that’s why she’s always smiling when she’s in the garden. (Chaos: “If only the same bacteria could make mommy funner too.” Angel: “There is no such word as funNER. The correct term is ‘more fun!'” Chaos: “Oh, sorry little miss word PAWfect.'”)

We’re happy when mommy’s happy. And because we spend hours and hours running around the garden now, we get really pooped and just crash on the couch or the bed while the mommies watch TV. (Chaos: “Just thinking about it is making me sleepy…” Angel: “Me too. That’s something we both agree on!”)

Well, this is all for now. We’re just going to have a short nappy before Mommy gets home. Again, this is Angel and Chaos signing out.