just a smidgen

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood | Country Gardens Nursery

After much digging, pulling, hauling and down right grinding through the rock hard clay of our Alberta soil, my new little patch of garden was finally ready to “receive” and I was ready to “bestow”.  A trip to Country Gardens Nursery was in order and there is no greater reward after an afternoon of toiling in the dirt.img_33371a


I met Louisa Tsang and her daughter Grace years ago after joyfully abandoning “big boxgarden centers and am always inspired by their resplendent flats of vibrant and hearty annuals and perennials.   Additionally, they have gorgeous creations prepared for those who wish to have their baskets and gardening done for them. (Not a bad idea…)


While the soft notes of Haydn‘s Symphony N82 – Vivace, (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra) float over the fragrant flowers, I love the entire experience of wandering then selecting a plant by scent or color, its’ size or its’ delicate foliage.  Louisa’s daughter Joyce has been lured from Vancouver and is always ready with a smile and a second opinion.   An expert on roses is quick to advise and recommend!  Well, I do always have my camera with me so I couldn’t resist…












And my garden didn’t turn out so bad either…



I forgot to mention, you can pick up some fresh eggs on your way in:)  Head out west on 17th Avenue SW, turn right on Lower Springbank Road and it’s on your immediate right!

By Barb Bamberimg_3353a

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