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Tuesday tulip tiptoe.

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Just a grocery-store tulip, but it makes me smile all the same.  I don’t grow tulips anymore – my soil runs on the heavy clay side and the bulbs were simply rotting underground.  I keep amending, though, so maybe in a few years’ time, I’ll be able to try again….

I was out for a walk near my workplace a few days ago and in the yard of a nearby elementary school, the students had planted hundreds of tulips, which were all peeking up out of the soil.  What a great project to get the kids involved in!

Do you grow tulips?  Which ones are your favourites?

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Snowshoeing at Hogarth Lakes.

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The past couple of weeks have been a bit too cold (understatement) and mostly too busy (also an understatement) to head out to the mountains and strap on the snowshoes - but here’s a look back at a trip my hubby and I took in January.  We’d never been out to Hogarth Lakes before, so the scenery was a real treat for us, even if the skies were grey and snow fell the whole time.  It’s a sheltered spot and there was very little wind (yay!), except for a massive gust at one point when we rounded a corner and the trees blasted powdery flakes down on top of us.

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Hogarth Lakes is a hiking/snowshoeing loop in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, in Kananaskis, Alberta.   We got there by driving south on the Smith-Dorrien Road from Canmore until we reached the Burstall Pass trailhead – the road was in surprisingly good condition that day, considering the snowfall.  Even…

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From the Foothills Orchid Society Show, 2013.

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More snow and cold and the iciest sidewalks you could ever imagine here in Calgary this week (my boss asked me on Tuesday if I had perfected my triple axel jump during my “skates” to work).  Needless to say, I’m eager for some COLOUR!  I’ve been going through some of my photos and I came across the ones I took at the Foothills Orchid Society Showin May of last year.  I’ve only grown phalaenopsis (moth) orchids and don’t have any experience with the beautiful varieties that were exhibited by these enthusiastic growers and collectors, but I can certainly appreciate these amazing blooms!

Ascocenda 'Princess Mikasa'

Ascocenda ‘Princess Mikasa’

Burrageara 'Stefan Isler'

Burrageara ‘Stefan Isler’

Cattleya intermedia var. orlata

Cattleya intermedia var. orlata

Cypripedium Gisela

Cypripedium ‘Gisela’

Dendrobium harveyanum2

Dendrobium harveyanum

Rhyncholaeliocattleya 'Green Devil'

Rhyncholaeliocattleya ‘Green Devil’

'Frank'

Oncidium McKenzie Mountains ‘Frank’

Have you ever grown orchids?  Which ones are your favourites? 

Related LinksOrchid Care for Everyone!  (Phalaenopsis)

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Nothing but blue sky.

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Happy Monday!  I can’t believe it’s already the 20th of January…the first month of 2014 is flying by!  My hubby and I managed to get out and soak up some sunshine on Friday afternoon at the Cross Conservation Area, just south of the city limits (you’ll remember me writing about previous walks in January of last year and again in September).  We really regretted that we hadn’t brought our snowshoes, as the crusty deep snow was a bit of a slog with boots on.  Last year when we went around this time, the informal pathways were more defined, with less accumulated snow.  Oh well, the extra exercise was definitely good for me – I think I’m still packing around all that holiday baking!  ;)

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All this sun and the steadily increasing daylight hours are definitely putting me into a gardening frame of mind…I placed a couple of orders for…

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New year ramblings.

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I hope you’re enjoying the first week of 2014!  For me, it’s been a whirlwind of activity while I try to catch up on projects that should have been completed in 2013 (I truly put the “pro” in “procrastination”!).   I don’t understand how I can know about a writing deadline for weeks in advance and yet still scramble a day or even hours before the submission deadline to get the piece in on time.  I once read that panic begets creative spark…but I’m starting to think it just begets more panic.  If I made New Year’s resolutions (and I don’t, because someone would be sure to hold me to them and therefore suffer certain disappointment), I would resolve to tackle my projects in a less pressured atmosphere.

Ahem.  Who am I kidding?  Writing should be an extreme sport, filled with dangerous pitfalls (arrgghh, she’s out of caffeine!), ticking clocks (aka Deadlines of Doom), and immense struggle against…

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Happy Monday!

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What a fabulous start to the week!  We’ve had such a marvellous break in the weather in southern Alberta these past couple of days – a far cry from the wind and snowstorms of last week.  Although we’re not technically under the influence of a Chinook, the bright sunshine and balmy temperatures have gobbled up the snow and I came back from my walk on Nose Hill this afternoon with my boots caked in mud.  It felt positively spring-like!

I just wish I could somehow store this warmth for those upcoming days when it’s minus forty and blowing snow!  Surely someone can create an app for that?  ;)

What have you got going on this week?  Any fun plans or new projects?   

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Welcome, Autumn!

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It is the time of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere….

Here in Calgary, we mark this year’s autumnal equinox at 2:44 pm (MDT).  While I’ll be at work at that very moment, I plan to go for a long walk after my shift.  The trees are changing colour now and the leaves are getting underfoot.  It’s nearly time to put the garden to bed….

I’ve already baked two batches of spiced pumpkin muffins - does that mean I’m ready for fall?  ;)

What plans and projects do you have for the new season (gardening or otherwise)?  

Do you have any favourite autumn traditions? 

What new things do you want to try, or places do you want to visit? 

(If you live in the southern hemisphere, what are you doing to celebrate spring?)

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