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Okra

Categories: Plants and Vegetables.

 This is the first time I’m trying to grow okra seed in my veggie container garden.  The seeds were given out at Canada Blooms, which we visited last March. This isn’t a veggie that is on my shopping list and I did some research on it to see how it grew and what it could be used for.   After all that I’m still not certain I’ll add it to my shopping list but it is a learning experience to try different things each year.  Okra is native to Africa and is related to hibiscus, cotton, and hollyhocks.  After blooming it produces
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Y for Yucca

Categories: Plants.

Yucca or Adam’s Needle is a gorgeous, tall perennial, ornamental plant for the garden.  It is classified as an evergreen shrub that doesn’t shed its needles and it doesn’t have a trunk.  It likes dry and sandy soil conditions.
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It Paid Off!

Categories: Plants.

I love it when an experiment works.  Earlier in May I shared photos of a fuchsia that I had over wintered.  Since all chance of frost vanished the fuchsia has been outside in the gazebo.  It has been thrilling to watch it grow and develop.  I just might have blooms in a little while.
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Calendula or Pot Marigold

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

Calendula officinalis … calundula … pot marigold These bright yellow and orange annual flowers have a long blooming period – from mid summer to first frost. This plant prefers a fair amount of sun but isn’t overly fussy on the soil conditions. But they do like to be watered on a regular basis. The petals have been used for medicinal purposes for many years.   To encourage continual blooming be sure to snip off the spent flowers until towards the end of the season when you will want to leave them on so the seedpods develop. Sow seeds early in
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Parrots in the Garden

Categories: Macro and Plants.

I’ve got parrots in the garden … not real parrots because we don’t live in the right climate … but parrot tulips.  Parrot tulips are known for their colourful, curly, fringed petals that perhaps resemble parrot feathers.  They have gorgeous colour combinations.  These are the tulips that I grew in pots this year and I have been really pleased with the results. Enjoy!    The buds are like parrot beaks and that is where their name comes from. Do you have any parrot tulips in your garden? some of my other macro photos.  More from The Gardener Side plants … seed info … veggies & herbs … bulbs,
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