Update on Bill & Amy’s Garden

We had a very rainy “Victoria Day” weekend here in Niagara, Ontario.   Not as rainy as the weather forecasters predicted, thank God.  I actually spent some time in prayer about it, because originally they were calling for over 100 mm (over 4″) with dangerous flooding all in one day, plus the two other days of light rain.  Before the rains started, I picked an armful of tulips from our yard to bring in the house.


Turns out we only had sporadic light rain for 2 days.. it was actually very lovely, and just what our gardens & fields needed.  We could likely use more.. but I’m not complaining that our current forecast is for 5 days of sun and lovely mild weather.  Not too hot, not too cold.

The kitchen scraps are doing well.  I planted 2 more romaine from our kitchen window sill and it’s taking well.

I have rutabega scraps from this big root end that I cut and have growing in a bowl of water, and not sure when to plant it. do I wait for roots?  (note to self.. google that..)

The zucchini and boston lettuce seeds I planted 5 days ago are already sprouting.  I bring them outside in the sun on nice days, and otherwise keep them in the house by a South facing patio door.


I wasn’t expecting visible growth so quickly, but am excited for it.   Nothing yet on the jalepeno peppers, other lettuces, radishes or cucumbers – but i’m hopeful.

Our Kwanzan Cherry tree survived the snowy cold weekend of 10 days ago, and now is in perfect beautiful bloom.


A few days ago, we planted the 5 large white hydrangeas we bought on sale at Easter and kept in our living room for 6 weeks.  We also planted 2 blue hydrangeas from last Easter that survived the winter on the patio in their pots.   All together they will be  a lovely backdrop for the Liberation 75 tulips that are also finally in bloom along with Orange Star of Bethlehem.

One of the tulips broke off (squirrels!), so I brought it inside and placed it in this lovely bud vase we picked up 4 years ago at my Cousin’s flower shop in Renswoude, Netherlands.  It’s Italian glass, and one of my favourite special pieces.


Today we planted 4 kinds of heirloom tomatoes, and the herb garden.   I pulled out a very pervasive and root bound mint plant from our main garden and gave it it’s own pot.


Even though I had planted it in the garden, 4″ plastic pot and all.. the roots shot out and around and it kept sprouting up in other places.  It may get a little shock for a few days, but will likely thrive better in it’s own pot, cut free from the old plastic pot and give my garden more space for lettuces and other veggies.


Guillermo has been hard at work on our new raised rhubarb and squash bed.  I’ll share more pics when it’s done.. this is just a teaser. He’s lining the sides with Delta wrap to preserve the wood on the inside.


I found this valiant Dandy of a Lion peeking it’s way through the rhubarb patch today.. and hadn’t the heart to pull it.  Tomorrow I  need to pull rhubarb & buy some strawberries.. if you know what I mean… 😉img_9258

Orioles and hummingbirds are back at the feeders, I’ve been graced with many photo ops with the Orioles, but none yet with the hummingbirds… I hope to soon to be able to share the hummingbirds with you.

We finished our puzzle of Prinsengracht, Amsterdam just as the rain ended.  I’ll admit, Bill did all the hard parts.   This was our first puzzle we completed left missing ONE piece.  For now I’m keeping the puzzle  on the table, in hopes that we’ll find that piece.. along with my car keys i’ve been missing for 2 weeks… Arrrgghh

I’m really looking forward to sharing more of Bill and Amy’s garden with you in the coming weeks.

Our main thought for this week is one that our Pastor brought up in this Sunday’s message about God’s faithfulness.   It was our church’s 90th anniversary celebration, and I was blessed to be able to partake in a virtual choral group singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness”  Click HERE for the link to the video.

The question I leave you with is this…

Do you have a standout memory of God’s faithfulness that ignites praise in you?
What was the situation? How did God prove Himself faithful?
What helps you remember that time in your life?
I’m ruminating on this.. and thinking I need to spend more time remembering.. building “cairns” to God’s faithfulness.  Writing, recording… cause you know what?
God is good.
All the time.
God is good.  






Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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