Thursday, December 16, 2021

So Darn Exciting!

I'll be doing a post on the changes to the veg garden in the new year but there is one big change happening as we speak that I am SO darn excited about.  After 10 years of dealing with rickety, makeshift fencing supported by u-posts and a plywood "gate", we are finally ditching the lousy chicken wire and having an honest to goodness fence put in!

These openings are for two 8' double gates that will swing completely open
giving me easy access when dealing with compost, mulch, etc.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Colour In the Fall Garden

I was having my coffee in the garden yesterday morning - a habit that I've recently adopted, rain or shine - when I became inspired to document the colours that I'm seeing in the garden right now.  While we normally think of deep oranges, yellows and reds when we speak of fall colour - and indeed there are a lot of those mixed in here - there are also a lot of other colours splashed around the borders.

Trees are usually top of mind when it comes to fall colour but this post focuses on perennials, although I couldn't help including a couple of my favourite annuals and shrubs as well.

P.S.  I'm really trying to up my game when it comes to including proper botanical names (à la Kris from Late to the Garden Party - she is the botanical name goddess!) as it really does ensure we are all talking apples and apples vs oranges, if you get my meaning.  And while I may never refer to a nasturtium as a Tropaeolum - even if I could pronounce it 😄- I 'm going to try my hardest to at least mention the botanical name in my blog posts.

So here we go - first up is one of the biggest pleasures in the garden right now - Seven Son Flower.  This cultivar is Proven Winners "Temple of Bloom":

Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Flower)
'Temple of Bloom'

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Overwintering Caladium

It's been a minute, hasn't it?  In the past couple of months, we've been busy getting the new vegetable garden ready...and, as usual, it's taken a lot longer than we anticipated.  But we are almost at the finish line.  So exciting!

11 new beds plus a good 3" layer
of chunky wood chips in the paths....

We also decided to take a much needed vacation at the beginning of September - and we all know how that goes.  A one week vacation actually eats up 3 weeks when you take into account the amount of time spent getting ready for the vacation, going on the vacation, then catching up after the vacation 😎.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Limbing Up

Pruning advice for most ornamental trees indicates that it's best to do so in late-winter - for us, that would be around February/March.  The problem is, the last thing I'm thinking about at that point in time is pruning so I either end up doing a bit of tree maintenance at the wrong time of year or it doesn't get done at all.

This type of thing happens all the time - I look at a plant in the garden and think "I want to prune / divide / move that plant next winter / spring / fall, and then I completely forget.  This year I decided to start a monthly list of things that need get done the following year, which includes pruning trees that require a bit of tidying up in late winter.

There are a couple of trees on our property, however, that do best when pruned in early to mid-summer:  Maple and birch.  The fact that maples "bleed" if injured in early spring (maple syrup!) didn't even occur to me until just this week.  Sort of a 'duh!' moment 😉.  This, of course prompted me to do a bit more research which lead me to find out that maintenance on birch trees was also best done during the summer.  So both of these trees were removed from my winter list & added to my July list.  And since we are still in July, I tackled the maple trees that have been a right pain (literally) for years now.

Mowing underneath the maples was not easy

Monday, July 26, 2021

Front Entrance Pots - Success at last!

This is the tale of my front porch.  I've been meaning to write something up about my journey for a while now so, heads up, it's a bit may as well grab a cup o' something 😉

I am absolutely thrilled with my front entrance pots this year.  I have made a go of this area - albeit as more of an afterthought than a concerted effort - for a few years.  This time, however, I wanted to do a better job - plus I was able to get out to the garden centre a bit earlier than usual and actually snag some lovely plants, which definitely ignited my enthusiasm.

Going to the garden centre early in the season means that there is still
plenty to choose from & I ended up with a couple of trays of goodies

Monday, July 19, 2021

An Earlyish Garlic Harvest :)

 It's not surprising that with all the heat this year, the garlic harvest is about 2 weeks earlier than usual.

The garlic bed before harvesting

When to harvest garlic is all about the visual cues rather than a set time on the calendar.  Once there are only 3 or 4 green leaves left (these will form the wrapper surrounding the cured garlic bulb), that's my signal that it's time to harvest.

Bottom leaves have dried up
but there are still 3 or 4 green ones

Another cue comes from the leave tips, which should be starting to brown...check!

Practically all of the tips are browning

I could have waited another week or so to harvest but I decided that I had better take advantage of the couple of days of dry weather we've had.  The water to the garlic bed was turned off about 3 weeks ago but I was getting a bit worried as it has been raining here consistently ever since then, practically every other day.  In fact, just over a week ago I turned off the drip irrigation to the entire garden.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

A Lightbulb Moment? Getting to the Cherries before the Birds.


About a year after we moved here, we planted a cherry tree beside our house.  At only 4' tall, it was a tiny thing but it was nonetheless a very exciting moment as this, together with a plum tree, were the first edibles that I planted in our garden.  My kids were toddlers at the time, but we needed the mandatory stand beside the cherry tree pic.  I obviously picked the worst time of day as is evidenced by my son's "the sun is so bright, I can't open my eyes!" squinting, lol.

We tasted the first cherries that year