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What’s in the Garden? – D

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for ABC Wednesday and my alphabetical garden tour this week shares what’s in the garden starting with D – birds, plants, whimsy and more. My most favourite flower is daisies. I have both oxeye and shasta varieties in the garden. Other plants beginning with D are daffodils, dianthus, daylilies and of course dandelions. Dandelions are very important to the life cycle of the bees and we do not spray or use insecticides of any sort in our garden.  We have a few varieties of woodpeckers but the little downy is the most timid.  They will stay on the
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Daylilies

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2019.

Daylilies are the perfect perennial for the garden as they require very little care, will grow in hot, sunny locations with little water and seem to tolerate most soil conditions. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and they come in many varieties and colours.  The inner part called the throat can be a different colour to the actual leaves. Daylilies are perennials and the clumps get bigger each year.  Clumps can be divided in the spring before blooming.  The bigger the clump, the more scapes and then more blooms. Many buds will form on one stem and one bud a day
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D for Doves

Categories: Birds.

There is always an abundance of mourning doves in and around the garden.  They are year round visitors and it is lovely to hear their wooing or cooing call in the spring and summer months. In winter they settle down into the fresh snow on the deck railings and soak up the sun.  Sometimes there is a whole line of them. Their head always seems to be on the small size for its body.  They are a softish brown to a buff coloured tan with black spots on their wings. They are fluffy and content … I’m not sure I
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A for Angel Trumpet

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

Angel’s Trumpet or datura are members of the Solanaceae family along with brugmansia.  It is a heat loving plant that loves hot days and cooler evenings.This is a plant that I haven’t grown in my garden for a few years, ever since I found out the blooms, leaves and seeds were toxic … harmful to both people and pets.   But last year I had a couple of plants that grew unexpectedly.   Don’t you just love those volunteer flowers?The white blooms are lovely and open towards the end of the day. I love the slight tinge of purple towards the center
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A Narcissus By Any Other Name …

Categories: Plants.

… is a daffodil  or a jonquil but the genus name is Narcissus. So it is N for narcissus for ABC Wednesday. These lovely spring blooming bulbs come in a variety of sizes and colours. Bulbs should be planted in the Fall before the frost sets in. Choose a sunny location with well drained soil.  These daffodils are Double Ice King, originally planted in 2009. After blooming, leave the foilage and just snip away the spent flower, which allows nutrients to return to the bulb for the following year.  These daffodils are Sempre Avanti, originally planted in 2004. These daffodils
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Dianthus

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

ABC Wednesday is up to D for this week.  Here are some blooms to lift your spirits over the winter. Dianthus or pinks are a low growing, herbaceous perennial plants that get covered in masses of scented pink flowers in the spring.  The pinks prefer several hours of sunlight for optimum growing.  These plants will spread rapidly.  The old fashioned name ‘pinks’ doesn’t come from the colour but from the serrated edges on each bloom.  They look like they have been trimmed with pinking shears.  The plants come in varying shades of pinks and whites. Seedpods can be left to develop
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