Hey Mrs. Spit, what are you doing this weekend?

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Yes, this means you.

So, it’s the Victoria day long weekend here in Canada, also known as the May 2-4 weekend, (even though it doesn’t fall on a May 24th this Year). It’s to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday, and actually the reigning Monarch’s as well. Although HRH Elizabeth II was actually born on April 21 (we Canandian’s are much too polite to protest about this flagrant trickery). Additionally the May long weekend represents the 3 days I get to fly the Union Jack from my flag pole, and yes, we toast the Queen on Monday.

Oh, and there’s the other thing that every.single.person. in Canada(except for those freaks in Victoria that have been gardening since February) does – plant their garden.

So, this weekend, what am I doing?

Well, on Saturday 3 cubic yards of rock are showing up at my back gate. And those of you better at depth perception and volume perception need not tell me how much rock this is. . .

So, this will be into stone.

Umm yes, there’s a lot of ahem, doggy night soil, mixed in with this. We are hoping that the rock shall be more, washable.

And then there’s the planting stuff. All of this is for on old laundry sink I’m going to use as a planter. Well, not the column. That’s for a sun dial Mr. Spit and I are buying each other for our anniversary.


Ahh, yes. This is from Mrs. Spit’s wee old grow op. Where in I grow a bazillon tomato’s, and almost all my bedding plants, and herbs and a few other things. Let’s see, there’s 8 holes in each row, and 4 rows to a tray, and there are 6 trays, so that’s . . . (where’s that calculator JuliaS?

Umm, that’s 192 plants to stick in the ground.

Look, the pansies didn’t grow too well this year, and the bergenia (far left) and the speedwell (middle) were on sale! ON SALE!

And the roses, well, they were on sale. For $10 a pop. These are Morden and Explorer roses. In other words, the only kind that actually grow in Alberta!


Oh, and when I finish that, I need to dig the bed to put in Gabriel’s tree. And a few of those roses. And some other stuff that I clearly won’t have room for in the existing beds.

And then, I’m going to be digging up grass to put down some paving stones for under my chimenea. Very excited about that.

Oh, and I have to be off, to buy some more bedding plants (for the planters, stop looking at me like this!)

So, I may not write too much this weekend, and um, anyone looking for a few good coleus?
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9 Responses to Hey Mrs. Spit, what are you doing this weekend?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sounds F-U-N..hehe. I have 16 plants..yeahhhh. So when I am buying my new vehicle and cruising around with the sun roof open, sun glasses on and “Patio Laterns” blarring on the sounds system, I will be thinking of you, shovelling, raking, hauling nice pretty rocks back and forth. But yes, rocks are much easier to keep when you have puppies. So do you grow all your flowers and plants from seeds in doors first? How did you get the rose buches so cheap?

  2. Mr. Spit says:

    MORE bedding plants?!? You’re kidding, right. Please please please tell me that we don’t have to spend more money in a gardening store this weekend. We spent it all last weekend! And last night… and the weekend before… and…

  3. Tash says:

    I soo wanted to plant that red coleus after seeing it at the arboretum, but for some reason thought it was a perennial? Not an annual? So, um, no thank you. My annual limitations are rather small, and limited to containers. Color me lazy.

  4. Mrs. Spit says:

    Hey Tash:

    Coleous is technically a house or tropical plant – so, if you bring it indoors each winter, you can call it a perenial. Now, as far as I’m concerned, if I have to bring it in during the winter, it’s an annual.

    Also, depending on where you live – it may well be a perenial. Here in Zone 3, few things are perenials.

  5. JamieD says:

    192 plants!! Wow you’re ambitious!! I hope Mr. Spit is a good helper. My hubby mostly likes to watch me plant. I can’t complain too much because he spends the rest of the summer watering the daylights out of the flower beds. But when I am elbow deep in dirt and he just watching and offering advice . . . it’s not pretty.

  6. annacyclopedia says:

    Sounds wonderful. I’m in zone 3 as well, but have put in so many perennials over the past few years I have a strict ban from buying any plants. I do need to get all my veggies in this weekend, though. Planting seeds doesn’t give the instant gratification of 192 bedding plants, though. Have fun!

  7. JuliaS says:

    Whoa – and I thought getting in a few lilies, three hydrangeas and a couple rosebushes was ambitious!

    I am happy to report however, I did manage to do it without needing the calculator-slash-remote control. The lilies were not needing any reverse polish notating or graphing – so I just winged it!

    I love the tree – Weeping Willows are one of my favorites.

    Looking forward to pictures of everything all in the ground!

  8. Mrs. Spit says:

    Hey Annacyclopedia:

    About the only reason that I can plant as much as I do is because I start so much from seed in early Feb. There’s just no way I could afford it otherwise.

    I buy a lot of my pernials from Vesseys, and they sell bare root, so I find that I tend to get a better deal, and can afford a few more things!

  9. Mrs. Spit says:

    Hey JuliaS:

    MMM lavendar. I grew some last year, but I can’t remember if it’s a perenial, and while there are a few things in ther herb garden that have come back, and their labels washed off – they haven’t flowered yet, so I’m just not sure what they are. Maybe lavender. Maybe Bergamont, which is my favourite smell in the whole wide world, and a fabulous smell to have in your knicker drawer!

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