I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Some Gorgeous Glads, Root Cellar, and Helicopters....

 September 12, 2023

For your viewing pleasure.


 "Generally, gladioli represent strength of character, faithfulness, moral integrity, and remembrance. Gladioli are actually the traditional 40th-anniversary flower and the birth flower for the month of August!" (Shamelessly copied from the internet)

The marigolds encircling the onion bed have sure taken off since the onions were harvested. They are so sunny and cheerful, and will keep going until frost, and they can even take a light frost.

"marigolds symbolize purity, auspiciousness, and the divine. Their strong fragrance is believed to ward off negativity and evil spirits. The vibrant colours of marigolds also represent the sun's energy, signifying warmth, passion, and creativity." (ditto)

The tire planter is abloom with beautiful asters, just lucky that the seedlings I put there turned out to be a mixture of colours. It is a long wait for asters to bloom, but so worth the wait.

"Asters symbolize love, wisdom, faith, and colour. (ditto)

 So the root cellar build is coming along. It occurred to us that in front of the root cellar's hump would be the perfect place to put a cold frame, as it is south facing. I have been looking around, and had chosen a site, but it was not an optimum location. Hubby has sunk posts, nailed the slabs from the hemlock beams milled for the cellar across the front, will be bracing them, filling in soil behind, and then the cold frame will be sunk in at the front. So that plan is coming together.

Over the past weekend, we headed to an auction sale along the Petawawa river. It happens that the location is just downstream from Garrison Petawawa, and the military were practising air drops with big helicopters with double rotors. (Chinooks??) They flew up the river past the auction site about every 30 minutes, their noise and vibration drowning out the auctioneer. It was very cool to watch them. On some passes, they were so low that one could look into the aircraft as they zoomed past.

We could also hear rapid gun fire in the distance, more practising. We wondered if the noise was instrumental in the cottage/house being sold!



  1. Your flowers are gorgeous! So cheerful. And your root cellar looks really good too. Quite a show with the helicopters!

    1. Thanks Leigh. Frost could come any time now, so enjoy them while they last. Still work to do on the cellar, but it has come a long way.

  2. We get lots of flyover at our house. Whent he Hurcules aircraft are in the area they come over that hill behind us SO LOW. The dog doesn't mind but the cat freaks out! I haven't got the saphire blue yarn sorted out yet but I'll post a photo as soon as it is ready

    1. It is exciting when they practise low-level flying over us. They seem so close, you feel you can touch them, and there is not much warning that they are coming, just a sudden roar, and then they are gone.
      Love to see the other colours. The red is so intense.