Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Last Push & Bulbs

The count  ... the FINAL count .. as far as I know is 406 ... how it got up there is a mystery to me but there it is !
The most I have ever prepped my garden for winter and planted so many bulbs.
I don't know what came over me ... it just all happened in dribs and drabs but I so hope it looks like it does in my imagination to real life ?
Gardeners do that don't they ? ... use their imagination so much of the time to see the future in their gardens.

Right now it is rather dull and boring and the gardens want to go to sleep .. how can I blame them?
These coppery colours were much more colourful than what shows up in the pictures
I have two Autumn ferns that I am trying to yet again over winter ... they are very persnickety and I know I should be resolved that they will probably not return but I hold on to hope still.
Another oddly green plant is my Red Majestic corkscrew .. it refuses to drop it's leaves yet which said leaves refuse to let down their green guard still as well.
The Maiden Hair fern below looks like a ghost of itself.
I am trying to make gardening easier for next year so the Bittersweet vine just had to be done away with .. but the skeleton is very useful for the clematis that I will be planting there, as structure to hold on to .. so it has a use even in it's demise .. but oh those roots are going to be hard to get rid of!
The long bare look of the pathway from the gate .... BIG sigh !
The water feature area is bare as well .. but bits of greenery pop with the little cedar trees and the false cypress shrubs on either side of the Japanese maple.
Something to see as green through the long winter !

It was a windy day when I took these pictures of the squirrels hanging on to our tree.
I could not help but name this guy" wart-face" .. could you ?
They do a helpful thing by eating those darn wing-nut seeds from our maple .. other wise we would be knee deep in them !
Lately they have been frantic about eating and storing them .. does that mean our hard harsh winter is breathing down our necks soon ? eeeekkkkk !
Well the majority of the list has been stroked off ... I can breath a little easier and wonder what will happen in the Spring ... that has to keep me going !

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Mindful Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae ... 1915

Sunday, 8 November 2015

346 Bulbs later ........

OK ... I admit it ... I went way overboard with bulbs this year ... I was "bulb-driven"
It was a train that was NOT going to be stopped ... I was possessed by bulb-mania.
346 bulbs in nooks and crannies all over the back garden and ally way ... fingers crossed.

Our weather has been astoundingly warm and sunny ... almost eerie !
During that time I was working in a golden atmosphere provided by our Pacific Sunset Maple.
It had gotten over much of that terrible "black tar spot" that made it look like it had black measles.
At different times of the day but especially late afternoon ... it cast such a warm golden glow the atmosphere was phenomenal .. beyond description of how it made me feel .. almost like a kid again with wonderful memories of Autumn.

Even the Fothergilla shrub was basking in the glow of gold
Crimson Queen brought the deep rich red to the table
I am so glad to have a few Japanese Maples that show off such amazing colours
Unintentionally Orange Velvet climbing rose can't help itself with the warm weather ..
It has to bloom and show off it's contribution to the colour scheme.
It is almost scary to see such fresh foliage .. this is from another climbing rose.
Blue Star juniper doesn't seem to mind mixing with the leaves.
No wind ... quiet .... it really is such a wonderful place for feeling peaveful.

 This has been the most amazing Autumn with the garden ... but now most of the leaves are gone and the cold is creeping back in.
So I have to be realistic and brace myself for the coming winter and hope it doesn't drive me too mad?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Bulb Mania Help ???????

OK ... every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings ?
Every time another bulb order arrives in the mail a gardener gets ??? the BILL !!!
This has been one crazy year and for some reason the CRAZINESS has been buying bulbs in hopes of seeing a fantastic display come Spring time ... I have been working towards this for all the garden years I have put in to this place .. it isn't a massive display I am looking for but one a little more subtle and unusual perhaps ?
 So my last orders were one from Hortico for ornamental grasses .. 2 Piglets to bulk up the other 2 Piglets (sounds like an entry to a joke, I know ..) beside the tall cedars on the left hand side of the sun strip ... and Hameln at the end of the little dry stream bed to look more in proportion (fingers crossed)
I know they sort of look the same ... but truly they aren't Piglet is smaller Hameln is a larger "big brother" ?
... and now for the bulbs ?
These double flowered fragrant daffodils just grabbed me and made me get them ... now how could anyone resist them I ask you ... how sweet can it get ? Pompentte
Then I wanted something special to shine in the shadier parts ... this one fills the bill and again is supposed to be very fragrant. Thalia !

I have always loved striped crocus Pickwick ... there is something special about them .. like an Easter Chocolate bunny ... I don't know how I had that connection embedded in my brain but it is what it is!
How about some peppermint to go with that chocolate sensation ? Seeing these muscari just did the trick for me ... how cute are they ?
Did I mention this muscari ? .... the "neglectum" some how rings a bell that I don't have to give them a second thought .. that they will take care of themselves no matter what .. yahoo !
You have to love plants that at least say they try to do that !

The botanical name is "Ipheion uniflorum" the darkest blue of it's catagory ... I have never heard of this flower until it was offered from Vesey's bulbs .. it is supposed to flower right into early summer .. then rest .. and pop up again with the cooler days of early Fall ...you have to love that right ?
Then to finish things in a girlie fashion ... how about some PINK ?
Pink hybrid tiger lily ... with chocolate colored spots ... what else could I say to make it more appealing ? ... it just IS !!
So between Botanus, Vesey's and Hortico ... I have done enough to make up for missing out on August and September .... 'nuff said ?