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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary...

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

I'm so thrilled with my new "gardener"! Not only does he mow the lawns, but also he loves to make up pots of flowers to brighten the exterior of the house. So far we have 8 fuschias in pots hanging from the patio overhang, 2 large pots of pink cosmos and yellow daisies, and 5 different tomato plants in the back yard. He bought 2 soaker hoses and wound them through the back gardens so that all the plants and flowers get a good drink every other day or so (we're on water restrictions here now). He also fixed my other two hoses that had leaks in them.

In the front, he put together 5 pots of osteospermum (2 purple, 1 pale yellow) and pink daisy-like flowers. The two white osteospermum that weren't doing very well are now replanted in the front garden to see if they'll perk up. Along with those, we have giant marigolds that are going crazy with glee whenever they get a drink of water mixed with "Miracle Grow." My contribution was buying a hanging planter for the front door.

Here are a couple of tiger lilies (cuttings were given to me by a girlfriend last year) and they look amazing!

My "gardener" tied up my climbing rose and it's blooming lovely now! I've tried for 5 years to get that rose to bloom, but suddenly it's gone crazy - must be in love. I think it's in competition with the tomatoes he planted at the sunny side of the house because they're also growing like crazy - we'll be eating a lot of salads and sandwiches this summer and probably giving lots away, too.

Not only does my "gardener" do all the outside gardening for me, he also buys me the most beautiful bouquets of flowers all the time. (See previous posts) I think he deserves to have a little R & R outside in the sun - I'll take him a beer, if he doesn't already have one.


Powell River Books said...

What beautiful flowers. Hasn't the weather been great for blooms and veggies? It must be nice to have such a attentive "gardener." I was so glad to get the rain. Things were starting to get a bit crispy in the forest. - Margy

Maggie May said...

Beautiful things in your garden! Lovely fuchsias and all looking so healthy.
Your gardener does very well. You can send him to me if you like! (Don't suppose you could part with him!)

Thumbelina said...

Hi Leslie -
Sorry I've been absent for a while. Been away, got busy, you know how it is (I hope). Anyway, I got back over to you and find the most beautiful flowers, especially the tiger lilies, and the most restful, peaceful feeling over here. You are obviously very happy and content.

I liked your take on the Thorn Birds too -I'd forgotten about that book! I remember the theme tune though - does that count?

Good to see you again.

Liz said...

I think he deserves that beer!

Jo said...

Ooooooh... does he have any clothes on behind those suggestively placed flowers?


Leslie: said...

um...yeah, Josie! but just his shorts! lol He was fixing the hose while enjoying a rest in the sun.