Archives for Alphabetical Gardening

What’s in the Garden? – Z

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

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. A few letters back I shared the zulu prince venidium which I have also grown from seed. Zucchini is a fun vegetable to grow in the garden,
Continue Reading

Alphabetical Gardening – Y

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

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. 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 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
Continue Reading

What’s in the Garden? – X

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

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
Continue Reading

Alphabetical Gardening – W

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

We welcome a wide variety of birds beginning with W … waxwings, wrens, and woodpeckers of many types including the downy, hairy, red headed, red bellied and pileated. 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. There are also a couple of whimsical ways to predict the weather with the yarn weather forecaster and the weather rock. The windmill garden is in a sunny area of the back garden.  The old converted fountain, hummer and oriole feeders, and other bits of
Continue Reading

What’s in the Garden? – V

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ 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. 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. 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.
Continue Reading

Alphabetical Gardening – U

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening and The Garden 2018.

~ 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. 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! The plant tables have
Continue Reading

What’s in the Garden? – T

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for T in the garden. If you have been following along you know that I’ve used one letter a week for What’s in the Garden? Both the red and white trilliums bloom in the north facing garden in spring.  The white trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario and can be found growing in many places. The tulips are gorgeous spring blooms and it is such a joy to see them after a long, cold winter.   Have you been to Ottawa for the tulip festival? One year I made a tool wheel from an old wooden circular
Continue Reading

Alphabetical Gardening – S

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

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
Continue Reading

What’s in the Garden? – R

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

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,
Continue Reading

What’s in the Garden? – Q

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

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
Continue Reading