Archives for Alphabetical Gardening

Alphabetical Gardening – S

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There are an abundance of plants, birds and ornaments that begin with S in the garden.  I’ve been hunting through the photo archives to find the best of the best.  Enjoy your visit to the garden in different seasons and times. Plants include sand cherry, solomon seal, sumac, St john’s wort, sedum, snow on the mountain, sunflowers, sweet peas, snow in summer and sneezeweed. I love stonecrops in the garden. Perennial plants that will grow in just about any conditions.  There is stringy stonecrop, red carpet stonecrop, mossy stonecrop, stonecrop kamtschaticum and sedum.  I love how they spread and can be added to various containers to
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What’s in the Garden? – R

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This week it is time to hunt through the photo archives for things in the garden that begin with R … the birds, the blooms, the edibles and  the decorations. One of the best signs that spring is approaching is the arrival of the robins and red wing blackbirds.   Redpolls also visit the garden during the warmer months. One of the many different wreaths I make is the rake wreath.  This is an old garden rake with artificial coloured leaves in it.  I try putting it in different locations each year. The blooms starting with R are rose campions,
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What’s in the Garden? – Q

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My alphabetical gardening posts have reached Q this week.  It has been a challenge to find things that start with this letter, but with a bit of creativity and searching the photo archives I came up with some things. Our garden is in the Bay of Quinte region.  This is a gorgeous part of the province of Ontario with lots of attractions within driving distance.  When we aren’t gardening one of our favourite things to do is walk by the bay. The garden is a quiet place to sit and relax.  The Muskoka chairs are set up in a shady
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Alphabetical Gardening – P

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I’ve found birds, plants, decorations, and garden spaces for this week’s alphabetical gardening letter P. The pine siskins are cute visitors to the garden.  Their yellow wing bars sets them apart from sparrows and goldfinches. In the Fall I love to add some pumpkin heads to the garden.  These are made by either turning the pumpkin into a planter or by adding bits and pieces from the tool bench to create the faces. The plants in the garden starting with p can be endless … pansies, peonies, petunias, poppies, periwinkle, phlox, prairie coneflowers and parsley.  Each blooms at different times
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What’s in the Garden? – O

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~ O-o-o-o what did I find in the garden that starts with O for this week.  I’m really enjoying this alphabetical gardening challenge each week. The gorgeous orange orioles are frequent summer visitors to the garden.  I make nectar for them but never add any colour.  They also love slices of oranges and will peck at them for nourishment. Blobs of grape jelly are a favourite of theirs too. We had lots in the spring of this year but now they have left for a better climate. orioles I’ve made a grape vine obelisk for the garden.  One year I
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Alphabetical Gardening – N

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My alphabetical gardening posts are up to N this week … nuthatches, nasturtiums, ninebark and maybe more. The nuthatch is a winter visitor to the gardens, returning in October and leaving the by the following April.  We get both varieties, the rose breasted and the white breasted.   What fun to see their characteristic upside down pose on the feeders. In February 2019 we rescued a nuthatch that had flown into the window. He was stunned and sat for awhile and soaked up some warmth from my husband’s hand. Then after awhile it flew away. Nasturtiums are an annual that
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What’s in the Garden? – M

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The alphabetical garden tour continues with M and I hope you aren’t fed up with it at this point as we are mid way through the alphabet. The plants beginning with M are all many and marvellous … mountain bluet, marigolds, miscanthus, money plant, mums, marsh marigolds, morning glory, mallows and milkweed.   It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think milkweed is close to the top as it is a plant that encourages Monarch butterflies. One year I spent a lot of time adding mulch to the front gardens.  I laid paper down first (after weeding) and put
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Alphabetical Gardening – L

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~ It’s time for all L to break loose in the garden. My favourite has to be Little Red who seems to have claimed our garden and lets all the other squirrels know they are in his/her territory.  Little Red loves to explore … sitting on the frog, inside the birdhouse, on the washing line, munching snacks, checking out the sign post and relaxing on the deck railing. Little Red Garden whimsy starting with L includes ladybug rocks and claypot lighthouses. L whimsy Plants starting with L are numerous (left to right top then bottom)  … lupins, lilies, liatris, ligularia, let’s
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What’s in the Garden? – K

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It is time for K on the garden tour and at ABC Wednesday. The kitchen garden is a big part of my garden.  I grow tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas and lots more.  My husband made me three plant tables a few years ago and most of the veggies grow in large containers.  These are right by the deck and it is easy to pop out of the kitchen and pick some fresh food for meals. No bending or deep digging required which is good for my old bones. Kale is one of my favourite veggies and I do grow some in
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Alphabetical Gardening – J

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Join me for my alphabetical garden tour with things starting with J. Juncos, one of my favourite little birds, are mainly winter visitors but they do arrive in the late Fall and stay until about mid spring.  Juncos enjoy all the feeders and will also feed in groups on the ground. There aren’t that many plants in the garden starting with J but one of them is Jerusalem artichokes.  This is a perennial edible plant that gets extremely tall.  It can also be an invasive plant as if you leave just the smallest bit of root in the ground it
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