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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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R for Robins

Categories: Birds.

We always await the return of the robins … a sure sign that spring is on the way.  Spring arrived on March 20, 2014 this year but we all know that the first day of spring isn’t always the first spring day.  We long for the warmth of the sun, the growth in the garden and the chirping of the robins.
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R is for Rudbekia

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

Rudbeckia or black eyed Susan, brown eyed Susan, gloriosa or rudbekia. I love this native/wildflower that grows in the garden each year. There are over 20 varieities, sometimes called coneflowers. I have at least 6 different varieties, but don’t know the technical names.   They require little very care, self seeds itself and displays varying colours of blooms. They grow about 45 to 100 cm. high in full sun and will tolerate dry conditions. It is sometimes listed as a perennial or a hardy biennial.   Blooms appear towards the end of June and last right through to fall. The plant
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