My dog is a Ham

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Yep, my dog is a Ham! She rolls over onto her back at least twice a day and lets out a few high pitched barks and wookie growls hoping that we’ll come over and rub her chest, thighs and bum. LOL

This is a photo of her on her back enjoying a rub … just look at that face … she’s one happy girl!

BTW if you’re wondering what the white thing is in her mouth, it’s a toy bone (power chewer) that she’d chewed down to a nub … it was replaced with a new one shortly after the photo was taken.





Spring was very early this year

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All of the spring flowers in my garden are coming up earlier than they usually do!

My crocuses came up on March 15th and bloomed until about the middle of April. They usually come up toward the end of March, but we had a beautiful winter this year with much warmer than average temperatures (above freezing most of the time) and absolutely NO snow in March at all! We set records!

So no wonder all my plants are ahead of themselves, eh?

Right now my garden has Tulips, Daffodils, Muscarii, Hyacinth and more in bloom and my roses are and many other perennial plants are all leafed out. All of these plants have been active and showing signs of life since mid to late March and the flowers that I just said were blooming started blooming in early April! Way earlier than normal.

How’s your garden this year? I know that a lot of my readers in the US had a terrible winter with lots of snow … but most of us here in The Great White North (Canada) had a fantastic winter with very little snow (uh remember the Olympics?).

I know, I’m gloating .. but we usually have worse winters than most, so give me this one, would ya?

Rose Parade

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It’s a virtual rose parade on my property … at least at this time of year. How fitting that I actually have a climbing rose called Parade!

Depending upon how warm it is each year, my many roses (over 60 plants!) begin to bloom anywhere from early to mid-June and the virtual rose parade goes on until early to mid July. Then, roses that are continuous bloomers (many of mine) sporadically put out roses until November or so each year.

Of course there’s nothing quite like the first flush of roses each season. Those blooms are the most abundant and most vibrant in color and scent. At least I think they are.

Do you grow roses?