Gardens in July

Gardens in July

The second week of July is coming to an end.  This has been a hot and humid week with bursts of rain and oppressive humidity.

I’ve never seen so many hosta flower stalks as this year.  Several are going to bloom at the same time. Perhaps it was the wet spring that helped them along.

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The nasturtiums are starting to bloom.   I had to replant this big pot a couple of times thanks to the squirrel or the chipmunk but some orange blooms appearing.

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The scarlet runner beans have masses of red blooms as well.  And where the blooms are falling off tiny green beans are appearing.

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I’ve been picking and munching on the fresh peas.  At the rate I’m eating them there won’t be enough for a dinner.  I also love adding fresh peas to my salad.  And some of the tomatoes are starting to turn a pinkish/reddish colour.

The many colours and patterns on the leaves of the coleus are gorgeous.  These are growing in the tipsy pots in the shady north garden and in a big pot by the front door.

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In the fence garden there is just a bit of the fence visible.  The heliopsis and Jerusalem artichokes have grown taller than the fence.  The day lily blooms are also taller than the fence.  There is a mallow plant (pink blooms) that has grown through the day lilies reminding me it is still there. There is beebalm towards the back of the garden that is starting to bud.  In another week or so I’ll be posting the comparison of this garden between 2012 and 2013.

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This is a time in the garden when some plants start to look overgrown.  The only maintenance now is deadheading the coreopsis and other plants, trimming back a few plants that have finished blooming, especially the oxeye daisies before they drop their seed everywhere.  I’m also seeing where some plants will need to be moved due to over crowding but it is too hot to do that right now.

I’m sharing  with Cottage Garden Party and Fertilizer Friday.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.  I’ve grouped them into stages (my names) and can move them around each week as they move through the stages.  This is a good reference for me to look back at next year for comparison.

Budding – lavender, liatris, drumstick allium, sedum, echinacea, hostas, hollyhocks, hostas, beebalm

Blooming -astillbe, ditch lilies,  roses (bush), rudbekia,  coral bells, weigela,  petunias,  fuchsia, evening primrose, coreopsis, Bressingham Blue hosta, creeping jenny, clematis, feverfew, pansies, lady’s mantle, lavender,  shasta daisies

Fading –  honeysuckle vine, oxeye daisies, ninebark, climbing roses

Seeding – lunaria,  oxeye daisies

Green leaves (seed pods trimmed off or no blooms this year)  – iris, lily of the valley, yellow daylilies, yucca, bleeding heart, columbine, dianthus,

Vanished till next year – tulips, daffodils, poppies, yellow molly alliums,

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Those Garden Names

Those Garden Names

As the first week of July progesses it is getting hotter again.  It was hazy and humid by mid week.  The pot gardens need lots of water during these times.

The feeders are very busy places with hummingbirds, orioles, goldfinches, grosbeaks, house finches, woodpeckers, sparrows and more.

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The robin nest over the garage door has 3 new little babies all calling for food.

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The diamond garden (named for its shape, not the rocks I found while digging there) is doing really well.  Our property faces north but this garden gets a fair bit of sun all day long.   A lot of the plants were added last year … miscanthus (I didn’t think they had survived  the winter and are slow to grow) coral bells, some ribbon grass, some stella d’oro lilies, coreopsis, rudbekia (which is growing really tall in this area), ehcinacea, sedum,  a first year money plant and a second year one.  Just ignore the weeds and grassy bits … I’ll attack them soon!

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The white coral dawn roses are blooming in the trellis garden.

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How lovely to brush by the lavender and smell that wonderful aroma.  This plant grows in the sunny north garden along with lady’s mantle, coreopsis, iris, yucca, feverfew, rudbekia and more.  It is a garden at the front but gets lots of sun from mid day onwards.  The hostas, bleeding heart and solomon seal grow in the shady north.

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On the plant tables the veggies are doing really well … lots of blooms on the scarlet runner beans, pea pods almost ready to pick and tiny green tomatoes growing on all the plants.

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The windmill garden is looking better with milkweed, ditch lilies and coreopsis in bloom.  The big pot of nasturtiums is really filling in.

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Down at the bridge garden there are lots of ditch lilies on one side and yellow day lilies on the other side.  Hank the heron has wandered down here this year as there was so much rain the run off stream had lots of water in it.  Then there are those 2 wooden kids that always sit on the bridge railing just admiring the stream and perhaps hoping to catch a frog or two.

I give my garden names … the pot garden, the windmill garden, the deck garden, the fence garden, the diamond garden, sunny north, shady north, bridge garden, the hill garden, the barrow garden, and veggie garden.  My names are nothing elaborate … either named because of something in the garden (windmill or fence) or because of the location.  Do you name your garden areas?

I’m sharing  with Cottage Garden Party and Fertilizer Friday.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.  I’ve grouped them into stages (my names) and can move them around each week as they move through the stages.  This is a good reference for me to look back at next year for comparison.

Budding – lavender, liatris,   shasta daisies, drumstick allium, sedum, echinacea, hostas

Blooming -astillbe, ditch lilies,  roses (bush), rudbekia,  coral bells, weigela,  petunias,  fuchsia, evening primrose, coreopsis, Bressingham Blue hosta, creeping jenny, clematis, feverfew, pansies, lady’s mantle, lavender

Fading –  honeysuckle vine, oxeye daisies, ninebark, climbing roses

Seeding – lunaria, columbine, dianthus, bleeding heart,  oxeye daisies

Green leaves  – iris, yellow molly alliums, lily of the valley, yellow daylilies, yucca

Vanished till next year – tulips, daffodils, poppies,

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Garden Under ‘Hosta’ge

Garden Under ‘Hosta’ge

Just a little play on words … the gardens are under ‘hosta’ge.   The hostas are spreading and spreading and some have started to send up their flower spikes and one has even bloomed. I know the names of about 6 hostas.  I’m always doing research trying to find out names.   I get a suggestion and then check it out online and see some differences.  I’ve created my own naming system … green with white edges, green with cream edges, big dark green leaves, small light green leaves etc.

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This is the north facing garden that I call the front shade garden.  There are 7 hostas here but 2 of them can’t be seen in the photo as they are closer to the window and new one last year.  The others have been in the garden for a few years.

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Here is the view behind the big clump of green with white edged hosta.  Now you can see the 2 newer ones that are visible from this angle.

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This is just a slightly different view and it include another hostas by the big pot of fuchsia.  This hostas is sending up the flower spikes.

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A bit further along is the Bressingham Blue hosta which is always the first to blooms.

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Another spot in the front garden beside the patio/path has a hosta with a potentilla shrub behind.  This shrub is covered in masses of yellow flowers this year.  The little frog friend has been in many spots in the garden (he looks like yours doesn’t he Linda from woke up, got out of bed) and this year he is helping with the digging by the front patio.

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I love to create mosaic images and this one shows the different hostas in the garden.  I love all the shades of greens and the patterns on the leaves.

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My latest adventures is pots under ‘hosta’ge.  The big one in the middle was given to me by a neighbour last year.  I didn’t have a spot in the garden at that time so used a big pot which I stored in the garden over the winter.  I was so pleased with how it survived and grew I started dividing bits off the other hostas and potting them up too.  The front patio area is now lined with 6 potted hostas.  The big clumps will need dividing next year so I’ll have more potted hostas.

I’m sharing my ‘hosta’ge gardens with Cottage Garden Party and Fertilizer Friday.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.  I’ve grouped them into stages (my names) and can move them around each week as they move through the stages.  This is a good reference for me to look back at next year for comparison.

Budding – lavender, liatris, , astillbe, ditch lilies,  roses (bush), rudbekia,  shasta daisies, drumstick allium, ssedum

Blooming – oxeye daisies,  coral bells, weigela, ninebark, yellow daylilies,  petunias,  fuchsia, evening primrose, climbing roses, coreopsis, Bressingham Blue hosta, creeping jenny, clematis, feverfew, pansies, lady’s mantle, feverfew, lavender

Fading –  honeysuckle vine,

Seeding – lunaria, columbine, dianthus, bleeding heart,

Green leaves (blooms finished) – iris, yellow molly alliums, lily of the valley,

Vanished till next year – tulips, daffodils, poppies

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The Fence Garden in June

The Fence Garden in June

It’s that time of month to compare how the fence garden is growing.   During 2012 I took a photo about the same time each month and now I’m taking one each month during 2013.

It is very interesting to see the comparison of plants, of the whimsy added to this area, and how much fence you can actually see.

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Here is the garden in June 2012.  It was an early start to the gardening season last year and things got off to a great start.  The heliopsis is nearly to the top of the fence.  There are some daisies and some stonecrop kamtschaticum is blooming (grows in cement blocks on both sides of the garden).  Hank the heron and the mosaic mushrooms now have a new home in other gardens.

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Even though the 2013 gardening season got off to a slow start the height of the plants is about the same.  There has been a lot of growth since last month. You can just see the cat’s tail behind the heliopsis.  The stonecrop isn’t blooming yet but there is still a couple of iris still in bloom (all finished at this time last year)  There aren’t quite as many daisies in bloom.  Mr. Stringy has replace Hank the Heron, who know has a home closer to the bridge garden.  The stringy stonecrop is about to bloom.

Compare the fence garden from previous months.

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The Arrival of Summer

The Arrival of Summer

This week is the start of the summer season.  This week the weather is still changeable (for the better) …from pouring rain most of Sunday, to unexpected showers on Monday,  to warming up for the rest of the week.  The evening are still cooler (perfect for sleeping), about 5 or 6 Celsius when I get up in the morning.

The corner pot garden is the view from the kitchen door.  The pansies are starting to fade a bit, but the 4 o’clocks are growing very quickly.  The green bottle has some bits and pieces of bleeding heart that were trimmed from a huge plant that was drooping over a hosta.  The strawberry pot has hens & chicks on the top and creeping jenny in the sides holes.

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When I come out of the kitchen door and look left I can see the trellis garden and one of the plant tables.

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The honeysuckle vine is glorious right now but the climbing rose needs some attention, pesty bugs eating the leaves.

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The windmill garden can be seen when looking over the deck railing.  It is still looking a bit messy but the nasturtiums are finally growing.  That tub was dug up a couple of times by the darn squirrel or chimpumk.  A second plant table holds the pots of canna, cosmos, zinnias and peruvian daffodils.  Mr. Potts is still looking quite happy as the guardian of this garden.  Actually since he has been there the critters have stopped digging in the pots.  I’m sure that is just a coincidence.

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The tipsy pots and buckets are doing really well.  The creeping jenny on the ladder planter is growing very quickly and starting to bud.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.

Budding – lavender, liatris, Bressingham Blue hosta, astillbe, ditch lilies, creeping jenny,  clematis, roses (bush), rudbekia, feverfew, shasta daisies, drumstick allium

Blooming – oxeye daisies,  dianthus, coral bells, weigela, ninebark, yellow daylilies, honeysuckle vine, petunias,  fuchsiaevening primrose, climbing roses, coreopsis,

Fading – bleeding heart, iris, columbine, yellow molly alliums,  pansies (need a good trim back to grow again)

Seeding – lunaria, columbine

Growing tallertomatoes, 4 o’clocks, cosmos, zinnias, canna, peruvian daffodils, hosta, heliopsis, beebalm,

 I’m sharing my weekly garden update with Cottage Garden Party and Fertilizer Friday

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Lots of Wonderful Growth

Lots of Wonderful Growth

The gardens are growing profusely as June moves to the mid way point.  A bit of warmth and a lot of rain does wonders for the plants … especially the veggies.

The beginning of the week was rainy and we just got the wanna be grass cut in time before the clouds opened up.  Darn, now all that rain will make it grow again.  Monday set a record for rainfall in our area … 27.6 mm, a record that hadn’t been broken since 1951.  Tuesday was a damp day too, but the rain did move out of the area by the afternoon.  Thank goodness as the planters are getting water logged.  Wednesday was a lovely sunny day, perfect to catch up on some weeding.  However it was back to rain again on Thursday.  So we did a trip to the library in the morning and I popped in and out when I could in the afternoon when it cleared up.  Friday (today) looks like a lovely day … sun, blue sky and temperatures rising.

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The pole beans and purple hyacinth bean vine seeds are poking through the ground.  I’m growing them both up the same trellis this year so I can see the contrast in the leaf colour and the bloom colour.

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The peas are getting all those little tendrils that cling to the trellis.  I have peas growing in an old recycle container and also in the corners of the big pots the tomato plants are in.  I can’t wait to taste the crunchy goodness of the peas pods.

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The tomato plants are getting the little yellow blooms.  Won’t be long now till the tiny green tomatoes appear.

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The scarlet runner beans have been growing really well and are sending up those climbing shoots.  They are just touching the first rung of the trellis.  I’ve also been trying to use us some of my older seed and in a couple of big black pots I added old tomato cages and some blue morning glory seeds.  They all popped up after a few days.  I’m hoping they grow and twine around the wire cage to give some nice colour that I can move around the garden into those bare spots that just seem to appear.

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Here is a view of one of the plant tables.  There is a big pot of climbing beans that isn’t visible from this angel.  I’m trying a couple of bigger tomato cages this year and they are even colour coded to the yellow and red tomatoes.  At the top of the photo you can see the honeysuckle vine in bloom.

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What fun it is to watch the Egyptian walking onions develop the little bulbs.  I’ll soon have lots more little ewo bulbs to swap or give away.

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The climbing rose has been sending out new shoots all over the trellis and at the beginning of the week the buds were starting to show some colour.

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The peony blooms have dropped their petals, leaving just the center of the flower.  I was thrilled to get 3 blooms on this first year plant and I’m already thinking about how many blooms will appear next year.

The plants are in varying stages of blooms.

Fading – peony, poppy, bleeding heart

Hanging on – iris

Blooming – daisies,  dianthus, lunaria, yellow molly alliums, coral bells, weigela, ninebark, daylilies, honeysuckle vine, petunias, pansies, fuschia,

Budding – lavender, coreopsis, liatris, Bressingham Blue hosta, astillbe, ditch lilies, creeping jenny, evening primrose, clematis, roses

I’ve been doing a bit of pruning back as well as some of the fading plants are flopping over other plants.

I hope your garden is doing well.  I’m sharing this weekly update with Cottage Garden PartyFertilizer Friday, and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

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