Friday, 11 December 2015

Christmas Poinsettias

I love poinsettias, so I made a spur of the moment stop at my local garden center to look at this year's selections, and of course to take a few photos. I only had my inexpensive phone with me, so I wasn't sure how the photos would turn out, but most of them turned out ok. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and the year ahead full of blessings!

I love this pink one!

Another pretty pink



Friday, 20 November 2015

Frosty Garden

Here's some frosty photos I took on this cool November morning.


Sweet Woodruff



Geranium leaf


Hollyhock leaf


Friday, 30 October 2015

Autumn Garden

Here it is, October is nearly done and I still haven't blogged! So here are a few quick photos from this month. The star of my October garden is my burning bush, and here you can see the leaves, strewn across the pathway. I had no idea this would look so nice when I planted this shrub here. My only regret is that I can never see this bush from inside my house. Next up is a little chrysanthemum plant that I bought for 99 cents, well worth the price I think. Then there is the chrysanthemum from last year. It really did well this year for some unknown reason. Next is a solitary bloom from a Malva. I think it is a seedling from the Malva I bought last fall, which never overwintered. I'm still picking the grape tomatoes that are growing under cover, and I have two peppers left on my pepper plant. I'll definitely be growing these prolific peppers again next year. Our cat Tiger celebrated her 16th birthday a few weeks ago. That is about 80 in human years, and for the most part, she acts 80 too, ha ha.

Pathway strewn with Burning Bush Leaves
Burning Bush
Chrysanthemums overwintered from last year
Malva Braveheart

Red Bull's Horn Peppers

Little tomatoes still producing
Tiger on her 16th Birthday
Dew on the grass

Friday, 11 September 2015

September Garden

      We finally had some rain, lots and lots of rain, which was much needed and helped with the forest fire situation in our province. We also had an unusual summer wind storm that knocked our power out for hours. That was probably the most excitement we had all summer, ha ha. We're back to some warm and sunny weather now and the tomatoes and peppers are still going strong, and a few of my flowers are still blooming. I'm covering up my peppers at night with my plastic cold frame, since the nights are noticeably cooler now. I also have a volunteer tomato plant with ripening tomatoes on it! That's a first for me, my volunteer tomato plants usually start too late to ripen.They have a funny shape, so I think they must be a cross between two different types, or a hybrid going back to its roots. I planted some peas, lettuce and corn salad in early August for a fall garden. The peas are growing but the others are just barely starting to sprout now. Here's some photos of what's still blooming in my yard, and my Red Bull's Horn peppers, which I highly recommend for their productivity, and the mystery tomato volunteer. I'm still hoping the peppers will turn red but it's hard to produce a red pepper without a greenhouse in our climate. Last but not least is our cat Chester, napping with one of his toys.
Dahlia 'Crazy Love'
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Rose Hansa
Black-eyed Susan that crept underneath my fence
Red Bull's Horn Pepper

Staying warm under the cold frame at night
Volunteer tomato
Chester napping 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Summer Blooms

    It's been been a hot and dry summer here, and many plants are stressed out and some are even dying. You can even see the effects of the drought in the native plants and trees. I can't recall this ever happening before and I've lived in this area my whole life. 
     My dear friend gave me some hollyhocks seeds a couple of years ago, and they are blooming now. I've never grown them before but they are pretty, and very tall! This would have been a great year to try growing cantaloupe or even watermelon but by the time I decided to grow some it was too late to start them from seed. Maybe next year. Anyways, I spotted a new plant at my garden centre called a cucamelon, and I decided to give it a try.  They produce little "cucumbers" that look like little watermelons. They taste like cucumbers with a hint of lime. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them since my family isn't crazy about them, ha ha. There's a photo of them down at the bottom. 
Butterfly Bush and Nigella
Lily Lollypop

Shirley Poppy
Shirley poppy

Shirley Poppy


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

June Blooms

Hello fellow gardeners! We've had an unusually dry June, with several temperature records broken. Other than a few poor seedlings that I forgot to water (oops!) and my sad looking peas that aren't enjoying the heat, my garden seems to be happy. I worked on my fairy garden and added the accessories my daughter bought me along with some blue rocks for the creek. I still want to add a little patio but the pebble one will do for now. Here are a few of my favorites this month.  
Daylily 'Strawberry Candy'

Daylily with unknown name

Dianthus just opening up


Nigella or Love in a Mist

Miniature or Fairy Garden  

Fuchsias with Lobelia


Buddleia or Butterfly Bush
Peas while they still looked green