Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lyndale Park Gardens

Minneapolis GBF - Day 1 - Garden #3

Our third stop of the day at the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling was Lyndale Park Gardens, a 61 acre park which was founded over 100 years ago on the shores of Lake Harriet by Theodore Wirth, the superintendent of the Minneapolis Parks System at the time.

The gardens include a one acre rose garden, a peace garden and an annual-perennial garden, the latter being where I spent the limited amount of time we had.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Harvest Monday - September 26, 2016

It's the last week of September and we are finally enjoying a bit of cooler weather.  I'm starting to do some end of season cleanup on each bed which involves removing all of the spent plants & weeds and applying a topping of compost.  Then, of course, I stand back and admire that nice clean bed which is full of potential for next year :)

One of the beds that I cleared out was the sickest of the tomato beds - Bed #2.  I didn't actually harvest a lot from that bed as it's production was pretty much done.  Bed #1 is also in rapid decline, but there are a few large tomatoes in it.  I'm waiting just until they start to show a bit of colour, then I'll be picking them and clearing out the bed.

Trail of Tears beans (for drying); Summer Dance cucumbers
Tomatoes:  Amos Coli, Speckled Roman, Juliet, Mystery tomato & Sungold

Monday, September 19, 2016

Harvest Monday - September 19, 2016

Here we are in the middle of September and our temperatures are finally seasonal.  Well, more or less seasonal.  We are in for a warmer than usual week – temps in the mid-20’s (around 80F) until Friday – but then it’s back down to cooler fall weather.

So on to the harvests, starting with the smallest - a couple of golden raspberries.

'Fall Gold'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Studio Garden of Donna Hamilton

Minneapolis GBF - Day 1 - Garden #2

Donna Hamilton transformed a grocery store in the middle of Minneapolis into her studio and, right alongside the bricks and mortar, she created a garden that is overflowing with colour & keeps pollinators very happy.

Donna made the most of every planting opportunity, including the “hellstrip”
...the narrow strip of land between the sidewalk and the street

Monday, September 12, 2016

Harvest Monday - September 12, 2016

We woke up to a rather chilly 5C/41F morning today - a sure sign that fall is around the corner.  The rest of the week looks perfect, however, with days in the mid 20's (70's ) so I'm hoping to do a lot of catch up.

The tomatoes are still chugging along, although most of the harvests are now coming from the healthier bed in Area #2.

Variety of tomatoes including Juliet, Sungold, Opalka, Amos Coli,
Bloody Butcher and Mountain Magic

Friday, September 9, 2016

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Minneapolis GBF - Day 1 - Garden #1

After a great sleep in a very comfortable king sized bed, I had pretty much recovered from the travel fiascos of the previous day and was raring to go, bright and early.

The first stop on Day 1 of the Minneapolis Fling was the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States.

Eloise Butler was a teacher in the late 19th, early 20th century who was passionate about nature.  A quote on one of the plaques at the garden perfectly illustrates her love of nature: “…a bit of natural growth is a source of greater delight to the true nature lover than the most beautiful and most highly cultivated garden” –Eloise Butler.

She, together with several other teachers, were the force behind the creation of the “The Wildflower Garden” in 1907, a 3 acre natural botanic garden.  During her time as curator, the garden was expanded to 23 acres and tens of thousands of native plants were added.  Eloise died in the Garden in 1933, at the age of 81.  I have a feeling there is no place she would have rather been in those final moments.

True to her mission, the garden that now bears her name showcases plants in their natural setting.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Journey of Misadventure

The kids are now back at school and I finally have a bit of time to start writing about the gardens that we saw during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis, which took place in mid-July.  As I sorted through all of the photos, it was as if I was re-living those beautiful gardens.  The Fling is so often a blur of places, gardens and people - it's wonderful to sit back, relax and really think about what I saw.

Group photo taken at Como Park Japanese Garden and Conservatory

Monday, September 5, 2016

Harvest Monday - September 5, 2016

Well, we had quite the unexpected treat come out of the garden last week.

First ever fig...

That’s right – an honest to goodness, ripe from the tree fig.  It was small, but it was perfectly ripe and oh soooooo good!