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

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

Cosmos with a random stripe

Hibiscus bud

Hibiscus

Perennial Sunflower

Persicaria

Yarrow leaves and Thyme

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

June Blooms - Wordless wednesday

Bleeding Heart Luxuriant

Unknown Campanula

Coral Bells Peach Melba

Cosmos

Fleabane

Martha Washington Geranium

Martha Washington Geranium

Daylily unknown

Sunflower black oil

Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Shirley Poppy

Shirley Poppy

Rugusa Rose Hansa

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Nigella

     Nigella, also called Love-in-a-Mist, is a pretty annual flower that grows to about 18 to 24 inches high and has airy looking foliage. It self seeds itself readily, so if you don't want hundreds of seedlings, take care to cut off the some of the seed pods, especially if they hang over a path where you do not want them to grow. This will also keep it blooming for a longer time. They prefer full sun but will also do okay with part shade and are not picky about soil. Some people dry the seed pods and use them in flower arrangements. They come in shades of blue, purple, white and pink, in singles and doubles and everything in between. This is the first year I've ever seen pink growing among mine. Here are some photos from my nigella this year.







Seed Pods

Seedlings

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Spring Blooms

    I'm a little late with posting some of my April photos so I'm adding them now, better late than never. I'm also sharing a few pictures of my poor, poor black-lace elderberry. I first noticed some dying branches on it late last summer, but I thought it was related to the drought and my poor watering skills. Then this Spring after the leaves started to grow, I noticed that almost all of them started to wilt. So I started to investigate only to discover holes in the trunk, and holes in the stems probably made by elderberry borers. I was told that if I cut it way back, it would likely re-grow from the roots, so I am really hoping that will happen. On the brighter side, I found a cute little spirea for one of my containers, and I have been working on a brand new border by my back fence. Happy gardening!
Angelique Tulips

Tulips Angelique

Foxtrot Tulip

Tulip Copex

Chinodoxa

Anemone Blanda

Dicentra Luxurient (bleeding heart)

Iris

More Anemones with Ivy and allium greens
Phlox

Iris and hardy gladiolas
Leucojum 



Spiraea japonica 'Walbuma'

Elderberry

Most of the branches looked like this

Poor Elderberry
What it looked like a couple of years ago

Ladybugs on driftwood

A rugosa rose called Hansa

Many rose petals just from one day of deadheading two rugosa rose bushes