The alphabetical garden tour continues with M and I hope you aren’t fed up with it at this point as we are mid way through the alphabet.
The plants beginning with M are all many and marvellous … mountain bluet, marigolds, miscanthus, money plant, mums, marsh marigolds, morning glory, mallows and milkweed.
It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think milkweed is close to the top as it is a plant that encourages Monarch butterflies.
One year I spent a lot of time adding mulch to the front gardens. I laid paper down first (after weeding) and put the mulch on top of it. I love how it looks in the garden and it really does help keep the weeds down.
Mushrooms will pop up anywhere in the garden. The small ones in the top right of the photo below were discovered last December.
I have lots of whimsical mushrooms that I made for the garden as well. I used old dishes, flower pot saucers, bottles and vases to create these. Each year they pop up in a different place, just like the real mushrooms. This photo shows them grouped around an old wooden ladder in the fence garden.
This little manhole seeker, which was a gift from a friend, is a great addition to the garden.
The letter M was found on the windows of the parliament buildings in Ottawa. My favourite is the intricate one in the biggest photo. Touring the parliament buildings was something we really enjoyed, but Centre Block is now under renovations which could take up to 10 years to complete.
I’m adding to my personal alphabet, and M words are – mother, motivated, mature, meticulous,
My series on Alphabetical gardening