What’s in the Garden? – Z

What’s in the Garden? – Z

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I’ve finally reached the last letter in my alphabetical gardening series.  This was started while joining in with the 25th round of ABC Wednesday.  In no time at all I’ve zipped right through the alphabet and here we are at the end.

My garden is in zone 5b using the Canadian way of recording zones, which translates to 4b in the USDA zones.

Zinnias are one of my favourite annuals to grow from seed.

zinnias at craftygardener.ca

A few letters back I shared the zulu prince venidium which I have also grown from seed.

zulu prince venidium at craftygardener.ca

Zucchini is a fun vegetable to grow in the garden, but beware as you may end up with more than you can use.

growing zucchini at craftygardener.ca

Some of my favourite zucchini recipes:

growing zucchini at craftygardener.ca

Over the past couple of years I’ve also been searching for alphabet letters while we are out and about.   It certainly makes you look at things differently.  At first it was a challenge of a specific letter on outings but all of a sudden the letters kept popping up everywhere.  The letter Z was found in a few places … on the back of an old gate, in a crack on a path, and some fallen seed heads from a tree.

finding Z at craftygardener.ca

I’ve also worked on my personal alphabet throughout the weeks. Why not challenge yourself to come up with a personal alphabet. The whole list is here.

Z – zealous, zesty

Today completes the alphabet from A to Z. Thanks to those of you that have followed the whole series. If you missed some and want to catch up, check here.

A to Z alphabet hunt at craftygardener.ca

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This is the 25th round for this very popular link up. Be sure to check out what others have found for the letter of the week.

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Alphabetical Gardening – Y

Alphabetical Gardening – Y

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Yikes, we are up to Y for the alphabetical gardening series,which has been showcasing plants, birds, and whimsy found throughout the year in my garden.

Plants beginning with y are yucca, yarrow and yellow loosestrife.

Plants beginning with Y at craftygardener.ca

Yellow is a favourite colour of mine for blooms in the garden throughout the year – marsh marigolds, 4 o’clocks, sneezeweed, creeping jenny, yellow iris, coreopsis, begonias, daylilies, prairie coneflowers, heliopsis

yellow blooms at craftygardener.ca

One year I did some yarn bombing on the lilac trees lining the path beside the garage.   I’ve seen some amazing yarn bombing that others have done but I’m only an amateur.  While cleaning the craft closet I came across a stack of squares from other projects and decided to add them to the branches of the trees.  It was a fun project to do but after a couple of seasons outside the yarn got all faded and tatty looking so I took it down.  Have you seen any amazing yarn bombing projects?

some yarn bombing at craftygardener.ca

There were numerous photo opportunities for finding Y while out with my camera.  The parliament buildings in Ottawa had interesting depictions.   I even found a Y in the sky while driving home one day (I wasn’t driving when the photo was taken) and my favourite Y was the tree on the Cobourg Beach.

finding Y at craftygardener.ca

I’m continuing to add to my personal alphabet with y.

Y – youthful,

After this week there is just one more letter to go in the alphabetical gardening series.

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What’s in the Garden? – X

What’s in the Garden? – X

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It’s time to tackle X in the alphabetical gardening series I’ve been doing.   This letter was a real challenge and I had to be quite creative and even use the dictionary.  Gardening is very x-citing and requires lots of x-tra energy.

I have some plants that are xiphohyllous.  What is that you ask … why, plants with sword shaped leaves.   That includes yuccas,  iris, and hyacinth that I have in the garden.  It also includes gladioli and crocomesia, both of which are tender perennials in my area and they are some of the plants I’ve eliminated from the garden due to the x-tra work they involve.

plants that are xiphohyllous at creaftygardener.ca

Then there are the xerophytic plants, ones that require very little water.   I’ve had a few cacti over the years but also have my succulents which are very drought tolerant.  Most succulents store water in their leaves and stems.

I probably have plants that are xanthous which is between green & orange on colour spectrum, more of a yellowish colour.  Yellow blooms are my favourite in the garden as they are so bright and cheery.  So I’m stretching it a bit here and showing some of the xanthous coloured plants.

xanthous coloured plants at craftygardener.ca

There is also the genus xeranthemum of which asters belong.  One is immortelle (everlasting).  I came across this name in a book I was reading when someone bought a bouquet of immortelle to present to someone that had just had a bereavement.  These are annual plants that are perfect for cutting or drying.

X-mas is a time to decorate the garden with wreaths, signs, flags and winter greenery.

Christmas decorations at craftygardener.ca

X was an easy letter to find while out with the camera.  From airplane vapour trails, to x in building structures, an restaurant sign and and x made of old garden tool handles.

Nature never fails to amaze me.

finding x at craftygardener.ca

I’m continuing to add to my personal alphabet with x.

X – xenodochial (friendly to strangers)

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Alphabetical Gardening – W

Alphabetical Gardening – W

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We welcome a wide variety of birds beginning with Wwaxwings, wrens, and woodpeckers of many types including the downy, hairy, red headed, red bellied and pileated.

w birds at craftygardener.ca

I have a feeling we are a bit weather obsessed as there are numerous instruments to check out the weather … weather vanes, thermometers, wind gauge, and digital weather stations.

weather instruments at craftygardener.ca

There are also a couple of whimsical ways to predict the weather with the yarn weather forecaster and the weather rock.

weather whimsy at craftygardener.ca

The windmill garden is in a sunny area of the back garden.  The old converted fountain, hummer and oriole feeders, and other bits of garden art are in this garden.  The mailbox feeder is where the bluejays get their peanut mail. This garden area has changed this year.

the windmill garden at craftygardener.ca

The workbench was made several years ago out of recycled wood from an old deck.  It’s a favourite place to work on many of the garden projects.

the garden workbench at craftygardener.ca

Wegleia is one of the many flowering shrubs we have in the gardens.   The lovely rosey red blooms are very pretty.

the wegelia shrub at craftygardener.ca

I’ve found a few different things that remind me of the letter W.  One was the small clump of birch trees that looks like a tall w, then there was an old frame of an umbrella that was a w when laid out on the grass, and the W in a window.

the hunt for W at craftygardener.ca

I’m continuing to add to my personal alphabet with w.

W – wise (I’d like to think so), wife, welcoming,

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What’s in the Garden? – V

What’s in the Garden? – V

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Venidium is a wonderful annual that was native to South America.  They aren’t the biggest blooms in the garden and don’t be fooled into thinking they are big by the macro photos of them. The first venidium variety is orange prince.

venidiumorangeprince1a

And the next venidium variety is zulu warrior.  I received some seeds several years ago in a seed swap and grew them for the first time.

venidiumzuluprince1a

I’ve also bought a packet of seeds from the garden centre.  If you are looking for an unusual plant you should give venidium a try, they certainly have been a favourite of mine.

vanadium growing at craftygardener.ca

Violets are everywhere in the spring.  They spread rapidly and can be invasive.  It is sometimes hard to keep up with them so I just make sure all the blooms are pulled off before they go to seed.

violets at craftygardener.ca

The letter V was found is numerous places on my search for alphabet letters.  My favourite has to be the tree branches that form the V, but the red potatoes grown in the garden last year also formed a V, then there was the tire tracks on the beach and the window and roof shapes that formed V’s as well.

the letter V at craftygardener.ca

My personal alphabet for V – viable, vibrant, virtuous

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Alphabetical Gardening – U

Alphabetical Gardening – U

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What’s in the Garden? U for umbrellas, unique and unusual.

One year I turned an umbrella into a display for the spring.  The old saying April showers bring May flowers was the theme for this unusual wreath/display.

Did you know an old fashioned word for umbrella is bumbershoot?  I love unusual and unique words.

making a bumbershoot display at craftygardener.ca

But I do have rain umbrellas.  My fun umbrellas are from my teaching days.  It was important to cheer things up on rainy days when meeting the school buses.  Now the grandkids love using them in the garden … raining or not!

rainy day bumbershoots at craftygardener.ca

The plant tables have their own umbrellas.  The back garden is south facing so gets a lot of sunlight so it is important to give a bit of shade to some of the plants during the hottest time of the day.  Holes were drilled at the end of the plant table and the garden umbrellas just slot through them.

shading the plant tables at craftygardener.ca

 Umbelliferae is a family of aromatic, hollow-stem plants most commonly known for their lacey, umbel-shaped flowers.  Umbels are a flat top or rounded flower that are sun loving plants with strong aroma.  Examples from my garden are lovage, sedum, dill, Queen Anne’s lace, parsley and yarrow (not a true umbel, but an umbel like).

umbels at craftygardener.ca

From the side, the flowers, composed of hundreds of individual florets, look like an umbrella turned inside-out by the wind and the stems resemble the spokes of umbrella.

I have some unique creations in the garden, from my inuksuk made out of bricks, to the tool wheel, the hosepipe wreath, the garden signs and rock tree.

unique garden art at craftygardener.ca

Photos of the letter U were found on different places … a bean from the veggie garden, a railing and an arch that I turned upside down.  The horseshoe is the perfect U above the shed door.  Fastening it this way means all the good luck that comes will be caught inside the horseshoe.

finding the letter U at craftygardener.ca

My personal alphabet for U is – upbeat, up front, unbiased

the gardener side at craftygardener.ca

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