Monday, 21 July 2014

Helping Mom in the Garden

Well pups, the weather has finally turned warmer and I am helping the momma in the garden.  Lots of things are starting to grow good in the garden and the flower beds are even looking not too bad.
Mom is growing tomatillos for the first time and she is quite excited!
Mom likes to try different things in the garden every year.  This year is tomatillos, okra, and celery.
First tomato of the season!
The tomatoes are just starting to produce fruit.  Mom is making sure to fertilize them and she even talks to them to encourage them to grow.  Yup, she gets a little loopy in the warm weather, BOL!
Would you believe last year we had only 5 zucchini's!  That won't be a problem this year.  This year anyone that comes to our place better lock their car doors, or they will be leaving with a bunch of zucchini!

Like I said, even the flower beds are looking not too bad.
Bell Flower?
Ok, pups, mom thinks this is a Bell Flower.  Is she right?
That is mom's favorite flower and it is called Veronica.  Angel Abby used to always dig a nice spot for herself behind this plant and watch mom work in the yard from that vantage point.  One year it took mom 3 wheelbarrows full of dirt to fill in the spot Abby had dug for herself!
Tiger Lily
Did you know that the  Tiger Lily is the official flower for our province of Saskatchewan!?  It is a protected species in Saskatchewan so don't mess with it!

We are still going on lots of walks.  Thankfully the tick population seems to be going down a bit.

On one recent walk we went down to the river.
Looking across the river
The river is still running quite swiftly and the water level is still very high.
Looking upstream
It was a very quiet day down at the river.  Not even a pelican was seen!
Looking downstream
We hardly have any shore this year.  The water level should starting going down in the near future.

After walking around down at the river we came back up the riverbank to continue our walk.
Looking across the river at a canola crop in full bloom
Then we walked through our neighbor's fields.
Winter Wheat
The winter wheat is just starting to turn golden at the top.  A few more weeks and it can be harvested.
Neighbor's Canola Crop
Our neighbor's canola crop is just starting to bloom.  Soon it will be all yellow like the one across the river.  Once the pods are ripe it will be harvested.
Fun, Fun!
Of course, no walk is ever complete without stopping to roll in something absolutely disgusting.  Yeah me!

When I am not rolling in something horrible, I like to spend time with mom in the garden.  I do try to warn her about insects that might hurt her, but sometimes she just doesn't listen to me!
Ant bites.
Yup, apparently mom is very tasty to ants.  Who knew?

Right now there is one thing that is driving mom crazy in the garden and in the flower beds and in the yard in general.  I think she is about to go "Caddyshack" on me!
To quote Carl Shackler from "Caddyshack", "My enemy, my foe, is an animal. In order to conquer the animal, I have to learn to think like an animal. And, whenever possible, to look like one. I've gotta get inside this guy's pelt and crawl around for a few days."  This fella is driving mom nutzo!

Well that was my walk and what is happening in our world.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!
ME!!! Looking handsome as ever!!


  1. Great looking flowers, so pretty.
    Those canola fields sure are yellow!

    Groundhogs/woodchucks...the bane of gardeners all over! There was even one who was in my fenced yard - dug himself under the fence which is buried a foot...then he ate all kinds of growlmy's plants, Grrr.

    1. Canola fields are very yellow, and look nice, but they smell horribly!

      That burrowing pocket gopher dug up one of momma's flowerbeds real good. It is time for him to move on!

  2. Crikey Buddy ..... what a difference a season makes, aye?? I can't believe that's the same river we saw a few months back. I didn't think it would EVER unfreeze. My goodness you live in a pretty part of the world, aye?? the vegies and flowers look great, mate but not as great as you. That last photo is a beauty. Sooooooo handsome!!

    1. Yep, summer is well underway. We are very hot and humid today and mom was wishing for winter, BOL! Thanks for liking that photo!

  3. Purdy piccies there Buddy! Yep, we vote on Bellflower.
    Durn stinkin gopher! I can send PuffyCat up to catch that critter if yu want. Why don't yu catch him Buddy?

    1. Thanks Zoe! I did try to catch the gopher, but I dug up the flowerbed and then I dug up the garden and then mom got mad at me for digging! Oh well!

  4. Wonderful photos!
    Ouch to the ant bites!!!!!
    The river looks beautiful!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, the ant bites were not great! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Wow such beautiful flowers and such wonderful produce! mmm, mom and us love vegetables. Your mom sure did take pretty pictures and wow, can we have some of your water? were in a drought in Texas! Definitely ouch to the bites!


    1. Thanks Spunky! Mom would love to send you some of the rain we have been having! Those bites are all better now!