Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekend Snippets...

It's been a very busy weekend here in The Humble Bungalow Garden!


The weather has been very hot and so watering has been a top priority.
With water restrictions in place, there are certain times one is permitted to use a sprinkler and the rest must be done by hand.
This has allowed me to wander about and take time to observe all the plants.


Roses love water and this white Iceberg climber is in full flush so I do not want to let it go dry.


If you look closely you can see the new obelisks beyond the iceberg rose.
These were required to help support the 4 new David Austin roses that we purchased this Spring.
Claire Austin is a fragrant white rose with climbing tendencies and the multiple blooms on each stem are heavy so she needs a little help.


Before painting...


After painting...


All four settled into their new spots.


We finished in time to sit for a bit on the deck. 
A glass of bubbly for the Hostess
and a single malt Islay scotch for Mr. HB.

Who BTW painted the obelisks most of the afternoon in the hot sun.
Thank you darling!
XO


We joined friends this weekend for a delicious BBQ dinner and sat on this gorgeous porch with expansive ocean views.


I also went to historic Point Ellice House and wandered in the garden and perused the new Secret Vintage Shoppe.

I'm working on a post to share the photos I took while I was there...
so please stay tuned and you can see what I found in the shoppe!

In the meantime 
it is laundry day and have a bunch of ironing to do.

How is your week going so far?

XO

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful-I've never seen such lovely obelisks here,did you buy it or get custom made?
    The harmony of this amazing,calming green colour with the brown,black and vanilla on your deck-I love it!
    We are having high temeratures for days,with drought and occasional blustery with hail-a lot of gardens,crops and wineyards are affected
    Dottoressa

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    1. We purchased the obelisks at a local nursery...Russell Nursery on Wain Road in North Saanich. My husband and I love our house colours and find that black pots and these new obelisks painted black are quite crisp and show off the plants best.

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  2. Your garden is gorgeous. I broke down and watered my wilting tomatoes and then it rained the next day. Of course. I'd love to install underground cisterns to capture rainwater for the garden, but we have so many trees (and love their shade) that there isn't a big enough patch of ground.

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    1. Water conservation is an issue here too...if we did not have shade trees we would be complaining in the heat of summer!

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    1. It has been a labour of love...an ongoing project for over 30 years...lots of hard work has gone into this space so if you appreciate the end result that makes us feel like we have done a good job!

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  4. Lovely photos as always Hostess. How is our week going? We escaped to our farm for the week.

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    1. Oh and I read how much you love your time at the farm so it must be a Good Week!

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  5. Your garden and porch are lovely. I so enjoy your blog! It is peaceful, kind, and uplifting. Grateful for your sharing.

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    1. Oh it is my pleasure and thank you for stopping by...

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  6. Your garden is amazing! You and your husband work very hard to keep it up, along with your beautiful home. I will never understand people who invest so much money in a house and then fail to maintain it. I don't think that some people realize just how much of a commitment it is - thank you so much for sharing the results of your labours.
    I am feeling rather blah this week - it is raining yet again and it is very grey here in Toronto. I have housework and paperwork to do but have to admit that I don't have much motivation at the moment. I need to find some part-time work and get back to more of a routine - I get more accomplished when I'm busy. I had hoped to get in more walking this summer but the bad weather is really having an adverse affect.
    I look forward to more pictures of your lovely garden.

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    1. Rain can contribute to the blahs...if you have tasks that so not excite you right now why not go out and do something fun? Go to a gallery, explore a new coffee shop...I get that way too and all I need to do is get out and find some new scenery and it helps. If part time job or a regular volunteer position would help you better manage your time then you should definitely look into that option...as for me, I am busier retired than I ever was when I worked full time!

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  7. Your garden is stunning. And I am totally jealous of your Iceberg climber. Ours really struggles and doesn't look as pretty. ~Mary

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    1. They like a lot of sunshine, water and are heavy feeders...compost works wonders.
      Our soils is heavy clay and it holds the moisture so that might be another reason that this rose is so happy right now.

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  8. Your garden is one of the most beautiful and colourful I've seen, Leslie.It must be lovely to sit on your porch..Thank you for sharing so many pictures here. Looking forward to reading the post you mentioned.
    Hope you're having some good week.
    Rosie

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    1. There are SO many lovely gardens here in Victoria and ours is modest and small one. You might be surprised at how many large gardens there are here in town with exquisite landscaped beds....they stop me in my tracks too!

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  9. Your garden is looking spectacular. I love your roses. Mine were beautiful until the rainext came. Now the garden is covered in petals. Hopefully summer might return and cheer them and the clematis up.

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    1. The rains can denude a rose in no time...the fallen petals are still pretty.
      Hope your weather has improved...

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  10. Beautiful flowers! As always! Do you remember the Miss Rumphius book by Barbara Cooney? The third task that young Alice was assigned was to find a way to make the world more beautiful. Your photos certainly accomplish this.

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    1. I do remember that lovely story...it was one that I read a lot to students.
      Have you heard that Mary Englebreit quote "Bloom where you are planted?"
      I think this is such an important message...and I am reminded of it when I see pots of flowers on balconies and window sills and a field of poppies in a dry dusty setting.

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  11. Your gardens are so lovely and so neat. Wish I could say the same. I do love my gardens and enjoy all my flowers but the weeding is endless.

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