31 May 2013

A little . . .

Friday inspiration . . .

Following these rains . . .

hope blooms forth in the early spring garden.  
Enjoy a really lovely weekend. 

{Source:  liveyourdreams.tumblr.com, theurbanfarmchick.blogspot.com}

25 May 2013

OMgosh . . .

. . . that was a most lovely day.  Don't you think?

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17 May 2013

We're Open

Moss Cottage is Open Sundays,  1 - 4 pm throughout May & June.

And on Saturday, May 25th
join us for 

Holly Rupert
{photo:  C. Studdard}

An Outdoor Learning Event. 
Join Master Gardener and garden writer, Holly Rupert for two fun & practical gardening sessions.  
Holly writes regularly about garden topics of interest to northern gardeners on her website, 'There Bloms a Garden' and provides advice as a member of the 
Thunder Bay & District Master Gardeners.

For this event, Holly will get her hands dirty to help you 'get the dirt' on soil; it's part of 
every garden's best start for healthy growth.  Whether you are a novice gardener or have some experience, these sessions will give you practical advice about building a great garden from the ground up & preparing containers for successful planting.

You do not need to register for this free event.


1:30 - 2:15 pm

Does my soil need help?  

Learn some simple ways to assess your soil and to improve it.  Find out about 'black gold' and why gardeners love compost so much.  Learn how you can improve the results in your garden before you even put a plant in the ground!  Take home a simple kit to test your soil texture.

2:30 - 3:15 pm

Does soil really matter in a container?  

Find out why beautiful containers start with healthy, rich soil.  Holly will demo how to mix your own potting soil and plant a container for season-long blooms.  Take home a planter recipe to guide your own beautiful efforts this gardening season. 

We've planned plenty of time for Q & A.  Join us for a relaxed time in the fresh air.  
Please bring a chair and dress for the weather.  Rain/cold weather date:  Sunday, 
May 26th at 1:30 pm.  Event takes place Sunday regardless of the weather, because
we're TOUGH!

What else you need to know:

Moss Cottage is a country property located at 700 Hazelwood Drive, just 3km north of Dawson Road.  
There are honeybees on the property.  Please be mindful if you are allergic to bees.  We would love to have you join us but honey bees being honey bees they are busy, busy, busy out and about, it's spring after all, and we have no control over their travels about the property.  Should you choose to join us, please be prepared. 
Coffee/tea will be available.  

If you have any questions, please e-mail me, I'd be happy to help and please take the time to visit Holly HERE

In the meantime, enjoy a fabulous May long, safe travels if you are heading out.  
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

13 May 2013

Gardener Learning

A Gardener Learning Session
with Master Gardener, Holly Rupert

Saturday, May 25 @ 1:30 p.m.

Every great garden has great beginnings.  Whether you are just beginning a new garden or you've been at it for a long while, what you'll learn will set you on the road or back on the path to growing great gardens and planters.

This is an outdoor event with overhead coverage.  Bring a chair, dress appropriately and be prepared to have fun and learn.

11 May 2013

Hello Spring!

We are here and waiting for you, your flurries and chilling winds did not deter us! 
For those of you who have graced our doors this weekend, thank you.  We appreciate every one of you. 


Friday, May 10th,  4 - 8
Saturday, May 11th,  1 - 4
Sunday, May 12th,  1 - 4 

Join us Sunday's throughout May from 1 - 4 p.m. 

Saturday, May 25th join us at 1:30 p.m. for a gardener's learning event with 
Master Gardener, Holly Rupert.

To learn more about Holly you can visit her lovely, beautifully written blog,

Details of the day will be posted here on Monday.

Mom's, Mother's, Mothers-in-kind and mom's to be . . . have a lovely day.

{source:  1,2,3, the urban farmchick, 4, agirlsgotarighttodream.com}

04 May 2013

Next weekend

it is then.  

The freezing rain has passed, followed by rain and it's now officially a mucky, wet, unappealing mess around here. 
So, we will not be opening tomorrow, Sunday, May 5th as anticipated but that's okay because we'll be extra ready for you when next weekend arrives.  And, if the forecast holds true this week with sunshine and warmth, it may actually feel like spring is here for real by the time you arrive. 

Mark your calendars, bring a friend, spread the word, we'd appreciate it and look forward to seeing you.  

The sunshine is coming our way . . . we're getting ready to burst into bloom.

03 May 2013


Holy Moly, Hello May!


Holy Moly - Hello May!  Winter always keeps her promise of spring & I'm holding onto that!

  We were so looking forward to having you all here this weekend for our SPRING STUDIO OPEN HOUSE but the freezing rain warning for the city causes me to regretfully POSTPONE until Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12. I PROMISE, it will be sooo worth the wait.  For Mother's day goodies, we will be at the Country Market tomorrow from 8a.m. - 1p.m. and would love to see you there.  While I'm hoping that we don't actually get the freezing rain/rain/snow mix they are calling for, should it arrive, our drive/parking area will be a dangerous affair and we would rather have you safe in your journey.


In the event that this freezing rain warning does pass us by, we would love to throw open the doors on Sunday, May, 5th from 1p.m. - 4p.m. but please call ahead or check the blog/facebook before coming out.

I really apologize for any inconvenience and would love to see soon, we're ready for you.