New Beginnings

May 9, 2015

A new gardening season has begun and everything gardeners have dreamed and schemed about during the long winter months is starting to happen.

Here in my zone four garden, things have gotten off to a bit of a late start.   The cooler weather just seemed to want to hang on a little longer.   I usually have crocuses blooming on my Dad's birthday, in mid-April, and this year there was just the slightest bit of yellow poking through the bud.

first hint of spring - the 'Golden Yellow' crocus

It's going to be an exciting year in my garden.   It is going to be featured in my local horticultural society's fundraiser - an open garden weekend.  I'm very excited about it.   The weekend is in mid-July, which is traditionally one of the 'greenest' times for my garden.  This year I have plans to use a lot more annuals than I usually do.   I actually don't really plant much of anything in the way of annuals, except a few in hanging baskets and containers.

This year I have started some dahlias, which I intend to put in pots, and spread the pots throughout the back border, to add colour where it's needed.   I've also planted double annual poppy seeds throughout the long side border.

I'm really hoping that the delphiniums will be in full glory during the open garden weekend.   I very carefully kept a little blood meal around the tender shoots, warding off the rabbits, and am hoping now that they 'danger' period of them becoming breakfast is over.   (The rabbits now seem content to eat the clover in the grass.)

I also have a few projects in mind, to add some whimsical features to the beds.   I'll add a post about that in the coming weeks.

Until then, here's what has been going on so far:

Crocus 'Golden Yellow'
(a few weeks later) 

|Crocus 'Pickwick' 

Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) 

Mosaic Monday

September 22, 2014

Linking with Judith again, at her beautiful gardening, tea (and much more blog) Lavender Cottage.
Check out the other lovely mosaics there.  

Clockwise from the upper left is 'Bowl of Beauty' peony, rudbeckia, 'Pandora's Box' daylily, 'Bressingham' coral bells, and double shasta daisy with little friends.

Mosaic Monday

September 15, 2014

I'm doing my first 'Mosaic Monday' post, joining Judith at her lovely Ontario garden blog,
Lavender Cottage.  

My mosaic is photos of different colours of my cherished Perennial Phlox.   The reasons I love growing them is that my dear friend, Rita, gave me most of them, they are very long blooming and bloom late in the season.

AND they provide the big drifts of colour that I so dearly love.

Have a great week everyone and happy gardening.

Late Season - Full Glory

August 29, 2014

Usually the 'full glory' time would be a little earlier than now, but maybe only a week or two.   The most colourful time in my garden has always been the late summer.  That's when the perennial phlox come out, the rudbeckia and coneflowers are still out and a few daylilies are hanging on.

Here are some pictures taken over the last few days.  

taken from the border around the 'future firepit' with the back border in the background
part of the back border - perennial phlox, white coneflower, rudbeckia, 
perennial lobelia with pink phlox in the background
purple coneflower 'Ruby Star'  
perennial phlox 'Bright Eyes'
rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' 
back of the hacienda
Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!