Thursday, May 31, 2012
'Peach Leaf Bellflower'
and that rolling stone grass...
mark the end of the brick and stone
of the old house,
and the beginning
of the west side succulent garden
bordering the new back porch.
The gaps further down...
which is so exciting
for a gardener.
I've imagined a number of different
|Through the kitchen window|
during the days of rain 2012
In the backyard, in the east garden full of sunny perennials, our little magical one Alchemilla mollis 'Lady's Mantle' is crowding into it's neighbour, Knautia macedonica. Plenty of room for the monarda to spread it's pretty pinkness.
Another rolling stone container.
Some of those irises I transplanted last year.
planted in the summer of 2011
in her first real year
vining along fine
|hostas, lobelia in the tulip pot, Morden Blush, Wargrave's Pink|
west side garden
30 May 2012
|I found this|
Painted Lady butterfly
on the marigolds
|happy to pose|
made me long for cute bobbly antenna
|A Red Admiral|
on a verbena bloom
|I chased Monarchs all around the greenhouse today|
None would pose for a shot
This one hid in the Bidens
On the highest hanging basket
No zoom lens in my pocket, just an iPhone
Friday, May 25, 2012
|Clifford, little big guy|
dwarfed buy a planter box
it just doesn't suit the character of our home...
Watermelon radish - Chinese origin, ball shaped, red flesh / white skin, Crispy, mild, sweet. Grows best under cooler temperatures. Can be eaten raw or cooked.
Cherry Ball radish: Quick growing, small, round, bright red fruit. Crisp white flesh. Mild flavour.
Purple Dragon (heirloom) - Deep purple/red skin with orange-yellow flesh. Sweet, spicy flavour. Medium length, tapered.
Scarlet Nante - Dependable, sweet, and crisp. Bright orange. One of the most popular, easy to grow varieties. Stubbies.
Creme de Lite F1 - Creamy skinned, tapered, juicy sweet flesh. No need to peel, best raw but tasty cooked.
Velour Dwarf French - Long, purple pods. Stringless, great texture. Compact bush habit; long bearing, disease resistant.
Blue Lake Pole Bean: Smooth, stringless, and strong flavour, meaty texture. Long bearing, dark green pods.
Long Standing Bloomsdale - Dark green, thick textured, long bearing. Crinkled leaves, rich in iron. Prefers cool temperatures of spring and fall, easy to grow, likes to be moist.
Cynindra Formanova - Long, carrot-like dark red roots, tops are excellent greens. Slow to start, great producers. Keep moist.
Barbabietola da Orto / Dolce de Chioggia - Italian heirloom named for a fishing town near Venice. Alternating red and white rings, excellent for greens fresh eating, & pickling.
Peas, lettuce, mesclun, leeks, Brussels Sprouts, kale, Swiss Chard, 'Sweet 100' cherry tomato, 'Yellow Boy' tomato x 2, 'Roma' tomato x 2, Jalapeno Pepper, Asparagus, garlic.
Herbs: Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Italian Large Leaf Basil, Purple Leaf Basil, Lemon Verbena, garlic chives, onion chives.
25 May 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Petunia 'Sweet Sunshine'
|Lobelia 'Sky Blue'|
|Ipomoea 'Blackie' / Tuberous Begonia 'Million Kisses Amour'|
Lysimachia 'Goldilocks' / Calibrachoa 'Double Orange'
Coleus 'Colourblaze' / Hedera Helix 'English Ivy'
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Not far from that end the house and begin the back porch, where the new succulent garden will grow. In it I want to install one of these rain chains, pouring from the back balcony. I just can't decide which one. The copper would go with all out pots, the red would be striking, and the umbrellas, ...well, I adore them. Fish, maybe R...maybe..
|a bee visiting the pink flowers of our|
'Fraise de Bois' (Fragaria vesca) strawberry
fruit are slender and sweet
A hazard of working in a garden centre
is coming home each day with new adoptees.
I'm ridiculously excited about our new 'Striptease' hosta.
Lots of lemon verbena this year, a new 'Gay Parce' peony for the west side garden, and succulents for the west side of the new back porch.
Cosmos for Gromit.
I planted madly in the rain the other day: tomatoes and a jalapeno pepper, kale, Swiss chard, brussel sprouts, and the new yellow rose 'Rugelda' (Pavement Series, Hybrid Rugosa) for the middle trellis on the east fence. Though a little tender for here, he's not the first zone 4 rose I've grown - successfully. He'll just need a little extra attention during harsh winters. Our backyard near the lake is a micro-climate hot pocket, southern exposure, surrounded by old tall tree protection. It can be intensely hot during the afternoon from March - October.
|I'm excited to watch & photograph Rugelda bloom|
wegeila 'Red Prince' to the right, pink peonies to the left
in front: knautia macedonica, alchemilla mollis 'Lady's Mantle'
monarda ' bee balm' & rudbeckia goldstrum
|cornflowers & hostas, hardy geraniums & blue irises|
line the west side walkway
sky blue lobelia in a tulip pot looks sweet nestled between