Friday, May 2, 2014

Another Spring....

A very long winter, but when spring finally arrived, late and breathless. she warmed the ground and pressed buttons and here, by the 2nd of May, the lilacs are almost in full bloom, - the daffodils have faded and in their place the tulips dazzle the eye in the sunshine.  The oriental peonies, all lacy and green around each burgeoning bud, promise a lovely display.

The apricot blossoms, just past mid April




The Lenten roses, keeping time with late Easter


Beautiful budding trees and roses





The first sign of bloom on the Bleeding Heart (the Liberal Plant to Conservative sons)




Love the blue of the Periwinkle


and the pinky apricot of the Quince blossom


Lovely Anemones in the garden and all along outside the freshly painted fence


Forget me nots - as if I could


I can hardly believe the rate of growth the peonies are experiencing.

Each morning they seem to have grown another foot, although I know that
is an exaggeration.

The new peonies (newly moved from the Hill Garden) are settling in nicely
not growing at the same rate but nicely budded.

And the Iris - no picture
but I am hoping for a glorious display.

Looking for more soil to fill containers with alyssum, lobelia, geranium,petunia
and oh, lots more.

Along the fence I planted castor beans, sweet peas and morning glories
and now I must find some scarlet runners.

A great gardening adventure, tho' I find my knees are springless these days
and I have to rest a lot, - but it fills the time with some joy and anticipation.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Garden, midsumer

August 4th, 2013

 
 A late lily - double perfection
 


The phlox made a lovely showing on the Altar, along with some yellow daisies

 
 
The Barn Flower chose to worship against the bright blue sky.  It is doing well for its first year planting.


 
In amongst the raspberries the Rudabeckia stakes its claim.
 


 
I have cleared the side bed of all the greedy violets that do not flower, but gobble up
each and every available space - it looks much neater now.


Finally, some beautifully scented potted nicotiana - fragrant in the evening, - and below, a nice spot to sit and enjoy the coolness that comes with the setting sun.


The Rose of Sharon proves once again that there is nothing like a good pruning
to produce gorgeous blooms

 
and at the gate, a cheery yellow greeting





 
A hot July, - a hot, hot July, - but the first of August
has brought a little respite
and I look for the second flush of roses, and must remark
on the early persistence of the new Wisteria Vine that already
has a strangle hold on the back fence.
 
 

 
 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The first part of July in the Garden

July 16th, 2013

June was cool and showery - July, so far, has been fairly warm, hovering most afternoons around 30 degrees centigrade. so it's early morning for me as far as maintenance goes.  And for the last week I have been able to hear the morning song of the birds.  It is quiet in the back garden and a lovely place to have the first cup of coffee, and then to fill the cup with raspberries for breakfast.  The pale berries have been a good size, and bearing well.  The red berries are later, - smaller, but sweet.

All the June flowers have faded and gone - the roses, the delphinium, the foxgloves.  I am hoping the foxglove will reseed so I can truly say I have been successful at growing them.  I have cut back the delphinium so they will hopefully bloom again in the fall, and of course expect an August flush of roses. 

All is now yellows and oranges as we approach mid summer, - the rudabeckia, the day lilies, the barnflowers, and eventually the sun flowers, although none are yet in bloom .



At the beginning of the month the lilies were gorgeous.  The ones I brought from the garden on the hill were not as large as usual, but very prolific.

 
 

The red and the pinks and the yellows that were in the garden when we moved here were lovely, but rather overgrown by the roses and the quince bush, both of which will have to be severely pruned.

Of course the star of the show was the exotic Spider Lily which I planted in pots with a dahlia and some alistras, which is yet to bloom.
 




 

 
 
 

The back garden is really very inviting and quite quiet and enclosed.  Of course the whole property is very enclosed and private, but there is always the side fence to lean on and talk to neighbours.


  The Bergamot does not make the same brilliant show as it did on the hill, but that is because there are not as many of them.  In time they will dominate the top half of the raised bed, and hopefully attract more hummingbirds to feed.
 
 The Shasta daisies have been quite untidy, leaning into the sunflowers and the wisteria vine against the fence, but they have been very large and saucy with their
yellow button centres. 
 
 
At the front the Rose of Sharon is responding nicely to the good pruning Frank gave it.
 

and here is my crop of potatoes!!

 
 
 
 


 









 
 
and one last picture, - the nicotiana in small pots, ready to scent the spot where I sit.
 
 
Waiting for the Sunflowers and the Barn flower to come into its own!