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F for Four O’clocks

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

~ 4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring.
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Rose of Sharon

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

~ A few years ago I was given a cutting from a Rose of Sharon bush and this year it is finally big enough to bloom.  And not just one or two blooms but it is going to have lots of blooms.  The photo on the left was taken at the beginning of the growing season in 2017 and the one beside it was taken in August 2018.         Now in 2018 it is taller and fuller and has buds on it. It blooms on growth of the current year.  Pruning is done in late fall after
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Rhubarb

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

Seeing the rhubarb poke through the ground on a chilly day is always a good sign that the garden is awakening after the long winter.  Technically rhubarb is a vegetable but we tend to treat it as being in the fruit category. On April 20, 2018 you can see the rhubarb crowns just poking through the ground after a wicked ice storm late in the season.  The crowns and first leaves are red, but quickly turn to green. And here it is on May 3, 2018, growing quickly with lots of new shoots under those big leaves.  Growing rhubarb doesn’t
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L is for Lady’s Mantle

Categories: Plants.

L is for Lady’s Mantle – alchemilla mollis. This beautiful perennial plant is best known for its leaves.  I love to photogaph the cup shaped leaves after a gentle rain.  The rain drops will bead up on the leaf and slide slowly towards the center.   I have a series of photos I’ve taken, printed and framed, in the bathroom.  Each has raindrops on it … lady’s mantle, hostas, and hens & chicks. You can see the flower buds forming in the center of these leaves. The plant gets quite big and round and about 25 cm. high.  There are
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The Plant Nanny

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

~ I love the challenge of recycling and reusing, and wine bottles is a favourite thing of mine to use in the garden.   It takes awhile to collect the blue bottles but the green is fairly common for wine bottles.  A feature in my garden is my bottle tree. It has had a few different transformations over the years.  It started out on a lilac bush that just stopped growing so I trimmed it down and added the bottles and other things.  After awhile that trunk just snapped away, which was expected as it was a dead tree. It
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2sDay Blooms

Categories: 2sDay, Plants, and The Garden 2017.

It’s 2sDay and time for photos of 2 of the same thing. This week I have 2 photos of 2 different blooms in the garden. These deep purple tulips were planted a long time ago and haven’t bloomed for a few years.  It was lovely to see two blooms open this year. The mountain bluet spread quite a bit from last year and promises lots of blooms.  Here are the first 2 that opened a few days ago. With the nicer weather arriving I will be spending less time posting and more time out and about.  I probably won’t be
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Purple Hyacinth Beans

Categories: Plants, Seeds, and Vegetables.

Purple hyacinth beans or lablab purpureus. This is an ornamental, annual vine that I grow for the lovely flowers and coloured beans. Plants like full sun and will grow well on a south facing wall.  Soil should have good drainage. The interesting little seeds made me think of a mouth on a head with no eyes.  Plant seeds outside after all chance of frost has passed.  Or start inside about 4 to 6 weeks before planting outside.  Seeds will germinate in 10 to 15 days. About 7 days later the seeds were sprouting. And a few more days after that the
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