Top Five Garden Favourites

Summer has officially arrived!!  Aaahhh… the long, sunny days, hours spent at the park with the kids, family barbecues, and fresh veggies from the garden.   This is what I look forward to during the summer months!

To be honest, I have felt a bit unmotivated in the crafting/digital scrapbooking side of things recently.  I really don’t feel like sitting inside on a beautiful, warm day –  I would rather be outside tending the garden or watching the kids play at the park.  Who wouldn’t?

So today, instead of a crafty post, I thought I would share a few photos from my outdoor passion – the garden.

Here are my top five favourite things about our garden:

Number Five:

Gorgeous peony blossoms!  I wish these lasted all summer!  The beautiful colours and the heavenly scent make these a favourite spring blossom.

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

Number Four:

A dry river bed created with rocks found around the yard.  It makes an ugly spot under the spruce trees look so calming.  The river bed has two purposes – helps drain the water from the downspout and makes a nice path for the kids to walk on under the trees.

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

Number Three:

Robyn’s fairy garden.  This was a fun mother/daughter project we completed at the beginning of June.  She loves having this special fairy garden that is all her own, tucked away by the dry river bed.

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

Number Two:

The kids’ handprints and footprints on stepping stones found throughout the garden.  They each have their footprints (done when they were 3 months old) beside the trees I planted for them the year they born.  Then we made handprint stepping stones in 2012 and there has already been talks about doing another set this year.

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

Number One:

The raised vegetable garden that was built by my husband and son for a Mother’s Day gift three years ago.

Here they are in May of 2012 building the garden beds:  (Casey was so cute at 4 years old!  He wore those construction goggles all the time!)

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

The three raised beds  (4′ x 4′) are perfect for growing some of our favourite veggies:  cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, spinach, peas, and carrots.  This year has been hard protecting the tender seedlings from the soccer ball, so hopefully we still get a decent crop!

Five Garden Favourites - Birdwing Paper Designs

I love spending time outside puttering around the yard and I plan to do a lot of it until the mosquitos arrive!  Don’t be surprised if there aren’t as many weekly blog posts – just know I am out enjoying the short Alberta summer!


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