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
Lettuce
Mixed Onions
Plum
Peony Sarah Bernhardt 

Peony
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
Persicaria

Sedum

Viburnum and Lilac

Yarrow

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Peony Sarah Bernhardt

Elderberry 

Cosmos

Geranium

Campanula

Columbine

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

Allium

Sicilian Honey Garlic

Painted Daisy

Dream Touch Tulip

Spiraea

Sweet Potato Vine

Verbena




Oliver one years old

Saturday, 22 April 2017

April in the Garden

      April is one of my favourite months of the year. I love all the flowering trees and bulbs, and even the erratic weather. I think I've mentioned before that I turned a relentless sucker from our neighbour's plum tree into a espalier- styled tree along our fence. Last year our neighbours cut down their plum tree, and I wondered what affect that would have on my sucker. So far, it's meant that I had a lot of blooms! Maybe, just maybe, I will even get a plum! I went outside with a paintbrush to help the bees out but I think I may have been a little late.

Most of the edges of the flowers on my camellia were touched with a bit of brown this year, due to the cold spring, but I added one of the better looking photos here. There's also a few pics of my other bulbs and our one and only tree that we had cut down. It was a hazelnut tree that had the dreaded Eastern blight that has affected so many hazelnut trees in our area. I'm hoping that by some miracle the new growth will come back healthy. If not, I'd love to hear your suggestions on how to hide or incorporate the trunk so that it looks better. Happy Gardening!

Plum flowers

Plum tree

Muscari

chinodoxa

Anemone blanda

Camellia

Hazelnut when it was healthy

Our hazelnut now

Chester our garden inspector  

Oliver the assistant

Chester intently watching the neighbour's cats 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Oh Deer

    There hasn't been a lot blooming in my garden in the last month, but I did manage to get a few photos of my King of Striped Crocus. It's a good thing I took them when I did, because a couple of days later a deer came along and ate every single one. He or she also ate all my tulips but I'm really hoping they will still bloom since the flowering stem hadn't started to grow yet. He was also sampling my succulents and who knows what else. Thankfully, we don't get deer too often but when they do arrive, they sure can wreak havoc on a garden.

    I started my first batch of seedlings a few weeks ago, and will be doing my second batch soon. My first batch contains peppers, tomatoes, dahlias, spinach, lettuce, agastache and two types of cosmos. My solitary spinach already died, and I have no idea why. Last year I had trouble with them too. I've never grown agastache before but so far they are doing well. I started the seeds indoors but quickly moved most of them to my little cold frame on my covered patio, so they could get the light they need. I am keeping the tomatoes, peppers and dahlias indoors near a south window. I also planted peas and sweet peas outside. The peas are up after two weeks, but no sign of the sweet peas yet. If you have any suggestions for deer resistant plants, I'd love to hear them.
King of Striped Crocus

King of Striped Crocus
Sarcococca
Random mushroom and chives

The Culprit

Pink Dawn Viburmum