Saturday, August 22, 2015


is a perennial plant
 with beautiful feathery flowers,
in shades of white, pink, lavender, 
 red ...............and shades in between. 

I planted mine on the north side
 of the house because they prefer shade.


Astilbe attracts birds and butterflies

White  ~ nice fragrant ~

Red ~ Bright and Beautiful ~

Astilbe grows from 6 inches to 5 ft.
 - depending on the variety.
There are 20 different species.

 A low-maintenance plant.

I will divide some this yr. and 
plant them in other places.
 They look nice with Hostas.

also deer resistant ....

Ligularia divides them on the corner

looking through the Ligulaira,
Astilbe behind..

To view how I made this maintenance
 free garden click here

Thanks for your visit xo


Friday, August 21, 2015


 The Lily is a perennial plant,
  one of the most-varied group of flowers.
I have a few varieties.
I am sharing my little garden.
which grew very well this year.

Tiger Lily- a heirloom plant.

This one came from my Grandmother 

Orange Day Lilies

Red Day Lilies

Aren't they gorgeous!

Peach Lily
After the rain

Lemon scented Yellow Lilies

Red Lilies

Last year, I made a flower bed 
for my Lilies,
to view my  
blog  click here.

Thanks for your visit xo


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August Garden Tour

Summer is coming to an end, sadly.
We had a lot of rain in Gaspé, 
(Eastern Canada) this summer;
considering our short summers 
and a planting zone of 5a;
my flowers did very well.
Most of my flowers are perennials.
Join me on a tour of  "My August Garden"

Duchess of Portland Roses
(in a rope swing)



This annual flower can be grown from seed.

to know more;  visit my blog on "Nasturiums" click here.

Gooseneck Loosestrife ~ so graceful and elegant

Vintage pump
and painted lady bugs on rocks.


A Tiny Garden ~ made from broken pots.
I did a blog post earlier this year
when I made this Tiny Garden.
It has grown over the summer.
click here to view the difference.


The peach ones are called "Peaches "n" Dreams"
I planted it last yr. and it's first blossoms this yr.
The black one I've had for 10 yrs.

Looking through the Ligularia
Astilbe behind.
To view my blog on "Astilbe" click here

Nice on the Corner 

A bouquet made with Hostas flowers

Coral Bells ~I love their color ~

A Rusty Old Stove

Pink flamingos under the Weeping Willow Tree.

I cherish these 
homemade wooden flamingos 
they were a gift from an elderly couple
 that I took care of in a Seniors Home.


A nice poem:

╰⊰⊹✿"The brightest sun ~ the softest shade...
This is where my thoughts are made...
A small stone bridge ~ a clean, clear stream...
This is where I come to dream.
Where butterflies speak to summer flowers,
And birds chatter freely from lofty bowers...
From the soft green grass at the water's edge,
To the deep cool forest beyond the hedge...
This is where my heart feels free...
This is where I come to be me."✿⊹⊱╮

author unknown.

All pics are my sole original property..

Thanks for your visit xo


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island

Last week I visited Bonaventure Island,
 A bird Sanctuary in the Gaspésie.
One of the largest and most accessible
 colonies of birds, in the world
with more than 280,000 birds.

Less than a 2 hour drive from home,

I went with my son and family 
 visiting from Vancouver, also
 my daughter and family from Longueuil,

We boarded a boat and headed out.

Our Captain/Tour Guide gave excellent 
 documentation in both French and English.

 On the way to the island, we pass Percé Rock.

The rock is shrinking:
The rock loses approx. 300 tons of rock each yr.
 caused by erosion.

 limestone rock

We tour the back of the rock.

Seals on the rocks

Below: A nice view at the end of the rock.
We feared a storm with dark clouds overhead.
Fortunately, it passed.

Approaching the Island
the rock in the distance

A old painting and photo from the Gaspe Archives
It had 2 holes....
"Vue de l’île Percée, un rocher remarquable dans le golfe Saint-Laurent.
. par Hervey Smyth, 5 novembre 1760, BAC"

At the present time, no one lives on this Island.
The first settlers from Ireland came here in the early 1790's.
A fishing company was set up by a Jersey native 1819-1845.
In 1971 the Quebec Gov't evicted
35 families who were forced to move elsewhere.
The expropriated land became a national park.
Parc national de l'ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

There is a boat each hour back and 
forth to the Island.
Below: We brought our lunch and 
ate before hiking on the trails.
We spent time enjoying the view 
and watching whales in the water.

A view of  Percé Rock in the distance

We did Sentier des Colones
(the highest point on the island is here)
and  Le Chemin du Roy, 
the longest trail.

Below Daniel, Louis and Marina.

An Enchanting Forest.
Lovely trails.

A lot of wooden boardwalks

made walking easy.
Below: Martin and Mathieu

We saw a lot of Northern Gannets.


A beach along the way

An abandoned house

Suzanne, Martin and family claimed this house.


Sweet Sabrina


My children Daniel and Suzanne 💗💕

My lovely Grandkids
Louis, Jacob, Sabrina and Mathieu.💖💔💔💖

We spent a lovely day together having fun
 and making memories...

¤ ؛° ¤`•.¸.•´ ¤ ☆__☆***☆__☆...
thanks for your visit xo

Most of the photos taken by Daniel.