Oh, spring…it’s back! With its back-and-forth temperature tantrum, as we all become frantic with elation that the cold is dissipating. If you’re a city slicker, you are waaay ahead of mother nature dearest, digging out your shorts, scrolling instagram looking at tropical destinations trying to will the sunshine to your doorstep.  I can’t blame you.

This, however, is like the gardener’s christmas time – seed starting time; tree bud sprouting time; bulbs sprouting time; snow melting time – Pretty much almost better than christmas…a reverse christmas, if you will.

Before spring cleanup at mom's
Lots to do and plan for a busy and fruitful summer larder

I have posted about seeds in past entries on my go-to seed companies and events.  You can check it out here.  It’s a basic starter list. Even now my seed sources have evolved and grown, but it was a great starting point when I was starting my adventure in vegetable growing.

As a small (but really, big) update, another store has stocked my postcard collection! Pretty Tasty Gardens, Power Flower collecton is now available at Type Books in the Junction, and Studio 1484 in Parkdale. I haven’t blogged much about where to shop.  Even my own postcards when they were available on Etsy, got very little attention.  So let me repair that by swinging in and telling you about it now… Because come next week as I start work:

Pretty Tasty Gardens
Power Flower postcard collection now available at Studio 1484 and Type Books (Junction)

STUDIO 1484: If you have ever wanted to see true mid-century modern goods up close, this is the place to be.  Might I add, it’s probably one of the last original boheme and unpretentious design retailers left in the city (in my opinion).  Be prepared with a wallet in hand because the pieces are irresistible.  Paul is what I would call the mid-century true hippie nostalgia GURU.  His famililarity and knowledge of modern histoical design will leave you completely smitten and speachless.  I first walked into his place in 2013, and instantly fell in love with his stock.  I bought a number of mid-century peice from him, and my kitchen became littered with his merchandise – all in mint condition, all completely usable.  Excellent taste. Brilliant hard-to-find eclectic design and art peices, Studio 1484 is truely a collector’s paradise, and one of the best intimate shopping experiences you will ever have.  You will adore Paul.

TYPE BOOKS: This is another intimate shopping spot that recently popped into the Junction.*  The area is currently “The place to be” Street festivals, farmers markets, craft breweries and yoga studios – the new organic hippster hang-out and young family settling hood du jour.  Add to this eclectic mix, Type Books; another really intimate shop and “book-nook”, for lack of better words.  The atmosphere is calm and welcoming making this place a haven for introverts with a book hoarding hobby.  I can peruse freely, and the staff are knowlegable booklovers themselves!

SO… April 1st is steadily making is way – 4 sleeps away and I’m back to work. Our home is going to be a well oiled machine of tight schedules and dirty shoes, and I cannot wait. The last month has been full of preperation.  I’ve been hanging out with mom, eagerly siphoning what ever crumb of cultural plant knowledge she is willing to toss me, and trading it off for what ever services she may require me to do for her.  My mother is 78, and has lived though much cultural upheavil in her youth, let alone her lifetime.  Her family home had tenant farmers, and hand-cultivated thier own apiary – the old way, you know, not in boxes…? So whatever she asks, I am more than happy to give.  I love the stories she tells me about her youth and all the ways she and her family used to garden. It gives me the joy to continue the family horticultural and agricultureal traditions myself.

It’s going to be one hell of a year.

Thanks for stopping by.  Check out my instagram as I’ll keep you all posted if I kill, break, or bruise something!

*A special note on the Junction:  My adolescent years were spent here.  In the 90’s, it was called the “Junk-tion” for other reasons. So much so that the real estate stalled, enabling my mother to swoop in and buy a nice little house for a whopping $150K.  Dundas St. West, between Quebec Ave and Keele was the last remaining ‘dry’ street in Toronto since prohobtion.  All the mom-and-pops were picked off, closure after closure with the serverly declined local economy. I remember Taylor’s shoes had been open since 1920, and finally succumed to closure in 2000.  Early 2000’s the BIA stepped in and helped to have the dry status overturned so that it could revive the economy.  Only the Vegetarian Restaurant opposed.  Quite vehemently – a shame because their food was outstanding. Since then, the Junction shot off into what it is now.  Almost 20 years later and my mom is still enjoyed the welcomed changes as she shifts into her golden years.

Painting by Michael Harris, Artnteriors.ca


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