Archives for garden journal 2013

Love Me Tender

Are you in love with some tender perennials? … the cannas, the callas, the Peruvian daffodils, the gladioli, the dahlias, the four o’clocks … When the frost arrives in my part of Canada it is time to dig those roots out of the ground or the pots and save them for another season.  If they are left in the ground they will just turn mushy and won’t grow for you next year.
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October Blooms

Wow, the end of September and the start of October have been absolutely gorgeous.  Afternoon temperatures have been between 20 and 25 Celsius.  Overnights have been cooler and some mornings have been foggy but we couldn’t ask for a better start to Fall. Some of the garden plants are still blooming.  The garden decorations are finding their way into the garage for winter.
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Heading into Fall with the Fence Garden

Here we are heading into Fall.  We have been spending time getting the gardens ready for winter by trimming, moving, adjusting and more.  It is also time to compare the fence garden from last year and this year. We continue to work behind the scenes on the fence garden … emptying the composters.  There is a possibility that a new garden shed might go behind the fence, but then again it might go into a totally different spot. Here is the fence garden in September 2012.  Looks like I had cut everything back already and thinned out a few things.
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The Gathering is Beginning

September arrived with some cooler weather and some thunderstorms and heavy rain.  You can feel the Fall weather heading our way. It is that time of year when I start to leave some blooms on the plants and let them go to seed.  Some fading blooms are left on the plant as they add some height and interest to the gardens in winter, plus the birds, especially the goldfinches enjoy snacking on the seed heads.  But I’m also a gatherer of seeds so that I can enjoy the beauty of the flowers the next garden season.   So out came the
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August is Ending

Wow August is just about over and that means about 3 more weeks of summer till the season changes.  Many blooms are fading now and will be trimmed down in the next week or so.  But there are sill some lovely blooms to appreciate throughout the gardens.  We had some much needed rain at the beginning of the week, which made it easier to tackle the weeds. The 4 o’clocks are still putting on a wonderful display of colourful blooms.  Besides the pink and variegated there are yellow, deep pink and white.  The pots in the full sun on the
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Focus on the Fence

It is time to compare the fence garden from 2012 to 2013.  This image was taken a bit later in the month last year but is still good for comparison. It was dry last year, as you can tell by all the brown leaves that dropped from the poplar trees at the back of the garden.  Some of the plants had already been cut back. Here is the garden this year … plants are taller, changes in the garden whimsy.  The wanna be grass or green stuff as I refer to it has just been cut so the brown leaves
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Garden Update Mid August

I’ve missed a couple of weeks of garden updates while our family was visiting.  But for the past couple of days the weather has been wonderful for working outside and I’ve been trimming, deadheading and planning what to move and to where.  It is still so dry to move anything yet, but when the weather and soil is right I’ll know just what I need to do.  I”ve also been taking some photos of the various parts of the garden and of some of the plants that are blooming. The Let’s Streak hosta is just starting to bloom.  There are
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The Windmill Garden in August

I’m rather later with my weekly garden review this week.  We have family visiting from British Columbia so my days are spent enjoying 2 little grandchildren and their parents.  I don’t have lots of photos to share of the garden but have taken time to update my plant growth.  I’ve been using scheduled posts every couple of days but will be back to regular postings at the end of the week. An extra pair of strong hands and muscles helped move an old cement fountain from the garage into the windmill garden.  It comes apart into 4 pieces and the
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Goodbye July

July is coming to an end.  What a month it has been … heat, humidity, thunder, brief downpours, but no steady rain. Last Friday night we had terrific thunder and wind storms.  Thankfully that took away the awful humidity and left us with temperatures around 25 Celsius … so much better for being outside. Harvesting the veggies is in full force this week.  Yummy sweet tomatoes and fresh green beans.  Nothing tastes better than home grown. The wonderful daylilies are coming into full bloom … the yellows, peaches, reds, pinkish. The tipsy pots are still doing really well and needed
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