Friday, 24 August 2018

Zinnia Madness

     I have only been growing zinnias successfully for a few years, but I have fallen in love with them! Years ago when I tried to grow zinnias, I had no success, so I gave up on them. Then about five years ago I decided to try again, once I learned that they needed to be planted later in spring. This made all the difference in the world, since I live in an area where spring can be cool and rainy. Here are some of my zinnias.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Summer Time Flowers

       Just a few flowers from my garden this summer. The sweet peas are a variety called sweet scent and they are wonderfully scented. I also have a new micro mini rose called Lavender Lace. It's been blooming non-stop for weeks and is scented too. The sweet William, honeysuckle, other rose and peony are scented too, so you see a theme here.

Coral Bells

Daylily Strawberry Candy
High Scent Sweet Pea

Sweet William


Rugosa Rose 



Lavender Lace Miniature rose

Monday, 6 November 2017

The International Friendship Garden

      This is a little garden that was built in 2009 right behind one of our local libraries. Even though the lighting was too bright (and it was windy) I thought I'd stop in for a few quick photos since I'd never visited in the fall before.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Autumn Colour

Here are just a few pictures I took in late October in my yard. 

Burning Bush
Morning glory flowers 
Viburnum Leaves so orderly 

Viburnum Leaves
Burning Bush
Dicentra Luxuriant still blooming
A late blooming Cosmos

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'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