May 19, 2000

The Garden in Bloom



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

•Gardening was out of the question this morning, as it was rainy, windy, and cold. The clouds cleared and the temperature rose by late afternoon. Attila arrived home a bit early; he took the opportunity to fertilize the lawns and gardens, and to cut the grass. The last few years have been very dry and the gardens struggled through. This spring is cool and wet. The plants are lush and new growth is thriving.

In full bloom at the moment are the columbine, the sweet woodruff, the William & Mary, the lily of the valley and the spirea.

My nasturtium seeds have sprouted in the front garden. Tiny calendulas are popping up all around them. The morning glory seeds I planted three weeks ago are now three inches tall. I plant them every year around the front porch and in the flower boxes along the fence in the back patio. They always thrive around the front the porch but languish in the flower boxes. This year they are doing well in both locations.

Soon the comfrey will bloom, as will the sage, the coral-bells, and the peonies.

We have been making plans for planting our tomatoes, hot peppers, and basil. We purchased our bedding plants from our friendly local organic farmer. They will arrive sometime in the next few days. The weekend weather will be perfect for planting, intermittent sun and mild temperatures.

•Our garden shed is a charming old building at the back of the yard. It is constructed of cheap particleboard stained dark green and has pine doors. This spring we noticed the roof is sagging around the skylight. The squirrels visited the interior over the winter and chewed my old garden gloves to bits. Under the sagging wooden plank floor lives a ground hog and family. We will have to do some repairs soon and have discussed building a new shed. I think that soon I will become obsessed with the in and outs of woodworking.

•"The Teenager" has gone camping with friends for the long weekend. Her girlfriend's family has a cottage a few hours from here. There will be plenty of parental guidance, although I do worry a bit. I think she will have a wonderful time. She called from her cellphone after she got her tent setup and daylight was starting to fail. She sounded very excited and happy.

Attila and I will have a quiet weekend together. Perhaps we will sit in the gardens and enjoy the fine weather.

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by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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