Wednesday, 13 September 2017

September Veggies and Flowers

    Autumn is nearly here and we have finally had some much needed rain. The days are cooler too, which is much to my liking. My two cucumbers plants did really well this year, and they produced more cucumbers than we could possibly eat. I have shared and shared them with others. I think I might be known as the cucumber lady at the place where I volunteer, ha ha.
     I only grew three tomato plants this year, compared to six last year. They haven't produced as well either and I'm not sure if it was the extra heat or just the variety. I also caught our neighbourhood deer eating some, along with her offspring.                                                                                                             I'm growing two different types of peppers, and both of them have done well. I don't think I'll grow the little ones again because they are so packed full with seeds that there is little left to eat.
     I grew three different types of onions this year, but my favorite by far is still the basic yellow ones. They store so well that we will still be eating them next spring.
     I liked the purple flowered edible peas I grew this year as far as looks goes, but they were lacking in sweetness. I planted some lettuce for fall but I am going to let the rest of the vegetable garden rest until next year. I hope you've had a bountiful harvest this year!

Veggies from my garden
Cucumbers picked in one day
Dwarf Grey Sugar Peas
Agastache grown from seed

Acidanthera (left) and morning glory (right)


Dahlia Vancouver

Zinnia Profusion Rose

Zinnia Starlight Rose
Dahlia Marble Ball

Monday, 7 August 2017

August Garden

        August has arrived and along with it the temperatures have gone up. It's also been smoky the last few days, from all the forest fires burning in BC. If nothing else, the smoke keeps it a little bit cooler out there.
    A couple of years ago I bought a few milkweed plants, a pink variety and a white. The pink ones didn't survive the winter but the white ones did. They grew slowly and barely bloomed, so I moved them last fall and this year they have been flourishing. I haven't seen any butterflies around yet but the bees seem to like it too.
     I planted two different packages of cosmos this year. A mix called Cosmos Mini Blend and Capriola. I really like the look of the Capriola but the Cosmos mini blend are more vigorous and have many more blooms.
      One of our local garden stores closed their doors recently and I am sad to see them go. I picked up a few plants on sale, and squeezed them into my yard. One of them was Veronica or Speedwell and the other was a fragrant honeysuckle vine. The vine has been sulking but the veronica is blooming.  Happy Gardening!
Cosmos Mini Blend
Cosmos Capriola
Drumstick Allium

Daylily Strawberry Candy
Coral Palace Purple Palace
Our cat Oliver

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Photographer's View of my Garden

     A few weeks ago my daughter came by to visit and she brought along her camera to take some photos of my garden. It's interesting to have someone else take photos of my yard and to see the results because she took some photos that I would never think to take. Plus she's an amazing photographer and I'm not just saying that because I'm her mom, ha ha. I'll add the link to her website at the end. I am growing a new variety of peas this year, called Dwarf grey sugar, from West Coast Seeds. They are a heirloom variety with purple flowers. I have been picking them beyond the snow pea stage because my family picky eaters and they won't eat snow peas. They are still good though not quite as sweet as some. I grew the lettuce from seeds I saved last year. I'm almost surprised they grew, since this is the first time I ever tried saving their seed.
    My daughter loves peonies, so she took a lot of photos of my Sarah Bernhardt peonies. I wish I had more varieties of these pretty flowers but my yard is very full. I gave her some to take home and she made them look amazing, as always. She has a gift for photography and for arranging flowers. If you are interested in seeing more of her photos, here is the link to her website: Alyssa's Photography Website

Dwarf Grey Sugar Snow Peas
Mixed Onions
Peony Sarah Bernhardt 

Peonies my daughter took home and arranged

Peonies my daughter arranged 
Cosmos Mini Blend 
Elderberry flowers

Fleabane in the front
Veggie garden in the front

Hazelnut leafing out after we had it cut down


Viburnum and Lilac


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Peony Sarah Bernhardt






Iris and hardy Gladiolas

Painted Daisy

Saturday, 27 May 2017

May in My Garden

         Late may has finally brought some warm sunshine to my yard, and here are a few photos I want to share with you. The first photo is a picture of a burning bush shrub, with it's tiny yellow flowers. We usually only see photos of these plants in the fall with their bright red foilage, but they look pretty now too. Next are some feverfew leaves taken after some rain. This plant seeds itself quite aggressively, so I'm not sure if it is a blessing or a curse. Then there's my bleeding heart, new allium that came in a mix (so I don't know the name) and Sicilian honey garlic. This one really needed to be staked, but it's a new one to me so they are flopping all over. Then my new painted daisy plant, one of the few tulips the deer didn't eat, and spiraea buds and leaves.
    I decided to do a foliage container for my patio, so I bought some ornamental sweet potato vines for it. This is the first time I have grown them so I was very surprised to find this flower on one of the plants a week later. I couldn't resist the pink and white verbena, so I cheated on the all foliage container and added this in to the mix.
     I found a cool new plant in the nursery that I have never seen or heard of before, with giant sized pink blooms, almost like fuchsias on steroids. Have any of you ever grown one?
   Last of all is a photo of our cat Oliver who turned one year old this month. Happy Gardening!
Burning Bush

Feverfew with raindrops

Bleeding Heart Luxuriant


Sicilian Honey Garlic

Painted Daisy

Dream Touch Tulip


Sweet Potato Vine


Oliver one years old