Monday, 6 February 2017

Snow!

  It's been a very snowy start to February, in fact we've broken snowfall records. It's been snowing off and on for four days now, and there is still more to come. On the bright side, the snow brings varied thrushes down from the mountains and into my yard. I saw a total of four, while in the past I have only had one. It also brought a song sparrow, which only comes to my feeder when it's snowy, though I hear him singing at other times. I've almost ran out of seed but at least I have a good supply of suet. Even though the snow is pretty, I am so ready for Spring!
Varied Thrush

Anna's Hummingbird

Cute little bushtits

Junco

Song Sparrow

Starling

Jay coming for his daily peanuts

If you look close, you can see four thrushes here

Snow 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

   For the first time in two or three years we have snow! So I went outside to see what looked interesting in my December garden. I also took some pictures of my cats helping me wrap Christmas gifts, sometimes wearing their Christmas collar. I think they will need a new one next year because Oliver thinks it's fun to pull the white balls off. Oh yeah, and the cats aren't supposed to be on the table, ha ha. There's also a photo of the patio of one of my miniature gardens. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a blessed new year!
Skimmia Berries in the snow

Persicaria with snow

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Red Rose Branches from Therese Bugnet

Mini Garden with real mini autumn leaves 

Anna's hummingbird protecting her supply

Curious Chester

Oliver checking out the box

Oliver 

Chester wearing the dreaded Christmas collar
Oliver and my lovely birthday roses

Friday, 18 November 2016

Autumn Colour

        "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower"  by Albert Camus is one of my favorite fall quotes, and so very true. By now, most of the leaves have fallen, so some of these photos were taken a few weeks ago. A few years ago I bought a little maple to grow in a container on my patio, but after several years of the leaf tips turning brown every summer, I decided to plant it in the ground. It is much happier now, and no brown leaves! This spring I bought a new shrub to replace my elderberry that died, and even though it is still small, I love the colours of the leaves, both in the summer and now. 
  I attempted to grow cantaloupe this summer, even though our summers are too cool for them, and what did I get? One little cantaloupe that I babied with a cold frame into early October and wasn't quite ripe when I picked it, but we sure enjoyed it! There's also a few blooms left, and a picture of our kitten Oliver who is six months old now. What are your favorite plants for fall colour? 


Maple


Maple leaves


Burning bush
Burning bush and Chester

Ninebark and Viburnum

Cantaloupe

Choisya ternata

One Last Cosmos bloom

Oliver with some summer annuals still blooming

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Still Blooming

     September is one of my favorite times of the year and while there are a lot less flowers blooming in my yard, I still found quite a few. The dahlias and zinnias are especially blooming well now. I decided to dig up my beloved Hansa roses, which makes me a little sad. The leaves have been plagued with a mysterious problem for three years in a row, and this year they had black-spot as well so they were looking less than lovely, to say the least. They had also outgrown their space. I am trying to save a small section of it that looked healthy and will see if that carries over the leaf problem or not.
     Last year I grew two tomato plants from seed that I had saved from store bought grape tomatoes, and they all grew and tasted like the original tomatoes. Since I still had a few seeds left, I grew them again this year. While one of the plants produced grape tomatoes, the other one produced larger tomatoes. They are pretty tasteless so I am saving them for recipes instead of fresh eating. I knew that I was taking a chance on that hybrid seed coming true but it is fun to experiment. 

Dahlia 'Blue Boy"

Dahlia Crazy Love

Figaro Dahlia grown from seed
Grape tomatoes

Balloon flower

Bleeding Heart 'luxuriant'

Chrysanthemum

Cosmos and Sedum

Feverfew

Hibiscus 

Hollyhock

Soraya Sunflower, the blooms are all small now

Morning Glory


Perennial Sunflower

Persicaria

Russian Sage, not sure what's in the back

Sedum

Spirea

Zinnia

Oliver with Chester in the background

Friday, 26 August 2016

August Garden

    Last fall my husband finally gave in to my idea of putting a shrub border along our back fence. So over the winter and early spring, I worked on digging out the grass a little at a time. I made it nice and wide, unlike the east border that came with our home. I forgot to take some before pictures but I have some pictures from later on. Unfortunately, by digging up the grass in this area, it sent out an invitation to our neighbor's horsetail collection to just come on over to our side. So between that and the bindweed that's creeping in, this border will keep me busy, ha ha. I've also added some pictures of my Soraya Sunflowers, Zinnias and our new kitten Oliver. I am looking forward to the cooler days of autumn ahead and happy gardening!

New Border

Practice run of laying in the edging

All done

Right corner of the border

Soraya Sunflower

California Giant Zinnias

Zinnia

Oliver our new kitten