Archives for The Garden 2017

Deseronto Potato Beans

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

~ Last year at Seedy Saturday I picked up a packet of Deseronto potato beans to try and grow.  Each year I like to grow a variety of veggies that I don’t usually grow.  This is a rare white bean from the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve in Deseronto, Ontario (very close to where I live).   I was intrigued by the name and wanted to give it a try. A hardy, half-runner type with creamy flowers and smooth white beans.  You can cook them like mashed potatoes (this is what intrigued me) or use as a thickener for soups and stews. I was
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Kabouli Black Chickpeas

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

~ I love going to Seedy Saturdays and am always on the lookout for new and interesting seeds to me that I can try growing.  Last year I picked up some Kabouli black chickpeas to grow in the kitchen garden.  The kitchen garden is a series of plant tables my husband made to raise gardening to my level after knee replacement surgery.  I use all sorts of containers, at least a foot deep, to grow veggies and herbs. The Kabouli chickpeas are an Afghani type which gives black chickpeas. They were planted in a large container on  May 14, 2017 and
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First Snow on the Stumpy Family

Categories: The Garden 2017 and What's Been Happening?.

~ A little bit of snow arrived overnight.  First snow is always special, so it was grab the camera and take some photos through the windows and open doors about 6:30 am this morning.  This snow won’t stay around long, in fact it is already melting away. The Stumpys stay outside all winter as I love to take photos of them and they add lots of winter interest to the gardens. The Stumpys were made with tree stumps, mostly collected from the yard waste landfill and faces from various dollar stores.  I always add a hat, usually a flower pot
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Getting More Seasonal

Categories: Birds, The Garden 2017, and What's Been Happening?.

~ The weather is getting more seasonal as we move into October.  The Fall colours haven’t been as spectacular this year and the past few days have been rainy and windy causing the leaves to flutter to the ground. We have a few different ways to check on the weather, besides just looking or standing outside.  One of them is a Fitzroy storm glass.  For just about all of the summer this barometer didn’t register anything and I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and needed resetting.  But in the past couple of weeks the crystal formations have been
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Fall-ing into October

Categories: Lens Friends and The Garden 2017.

  We are into a new season now.  September finished off with a really hot spell, in fact some of the days were hotter than the in July and August.  A quick rain storm abruptly brought that weather to an end and in a matter of minutes the temperature started dropping down. It was so hot the squirrel was relaxing under the back tree. The garden has been un-decorated and all stored away in the garage and shed.  I planted up a new couple of new yucca plants that I had grown from some root when a big plant got
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Monk Peas

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

Monk peas have a fascinating story with them and are classified as heirloom seeds.  Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, discovered the basic principles of heredity.  after extensive studies and used peas most of the time because the offspring could be quickly and easily produced.  These seeds grow into dwarf plants with pink and white flowers and are perfect for making pea soup.  They were planted on May 14, 2017 and by May 19 they were sprouting. The pretty pink and white flowers started to appear by mid June and the small pea pods developed as the flowers finished. On July 12, with the
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The Promise of Tasty Veggies

Categories: The Garden 2017 and Vegetables.

  The month of July has arrived.  June broke all rainfall records as it just kept raining and raining and in between we had a few lovely sunny and warm days.  We all know we shouldn’t over water our plants but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature!  We are on the verge of being water logged! On my last garden update I shared the different garden areas and this time I’m sharing the kitchen gardens on my plant tables.  I love popping out the back door and just off the deck to pick the fresh veggies.  The plants
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Yellow Bloomers

Categories: The Garden 2017.

  The garden is amazing and there are so many different yellow blooms this week.  Who knew yellow came in so many different shades?  We had a few very hot and humid days and we’ve had some terrific short downpours of rain.  I think I’ve only had to water the veggies once or twice. The yellow honeysuckle vine is blooming.  I can’t get too close to get photos as the wren’s nest is among these branches and the young are hatched and busy being fed by the mom and pop. I”ve been able to move lots of plants from the
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Pressing the Hosta Leaves

Categories: Garden Projects and The Garden 2017.

The hosta leaves are amazing this year, perhaps due to the very wet spring we had.  This is the shady north facing hosta garden and already the hosta are overlapping each other.  Other plants that grow really well in this garden are bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, trillium and astilbe. I love all the different shades of greens mixed with creams and whites and all the different textures and patterns on them.  This year I decided to try using the flower press to save some. I’ve got two different flower presses, a traditional wood one and a clay microwave
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The Tea Thyme Tree

Categories: Garden areas, The Garden 2017, and Whimsy.

Last year in the honeysuckle garden I hung all sorts of tea bits and pieces when I was inspired after seeing something similar at the Saylor Cafe in Bloomfield.  In mid April of this year I started to hang the cups, jugs, mugs and pots for another year.  I also added the old bistro set that was in another part of the garden.  The legs are broken but I just hate throwing things away. Skip from April 14, 2017 to May 20, 2017 and this is what the area looks like now.   The honeysuckle shrub is no longer bare,
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