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'


Cosmos and Sedum




Soraya Sunflower, the blooms are all small now

Morning Glory

Perennial Sunflower


Russian Sage, not sure what's in the back




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


Oliver our new kitten

Thursday, 28 July 2016

July Garden

     The weather in the first half of July was more spring like than summer but we have finally hit a stretch of summer weather now. Some flowers have completely finished for the season, while others have just started, like my dahlias. I grew dahlias from seed this year, for the first time ever. They were easy to grow but I wish they came in single colour packets. I only grew a few plants since my space was limited, so mine all turned out to be light pink and light yellow.  The two that I gave to my mother were red and yellow. There's also a new dahlia that I bought from the store, and you can see how the colour looks different depending on the weather. Feel free to ask any questions that you have about any of my plants. Happy Gardening!
Dahlia figaro

Dahlia figaro

Dahlia blue Boy

Dahlia Blue Boy


Cosmos with a random stripe

Hibiscus bud


Perennial Sunflower


Yarrow leaves and Thyme

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

June Blooms - Wordless wednesday

Bleeding Heart Luxuriant

Unknown Campanula

Coral Bells Peach Melba



Martha Washington Geranium

Martha Washington Geranium

Daylily unknown

Sunflower black oil

Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Shirley Poppy

Shirley Poppy

Rugusa Rose Hansa