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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A Struggle ...

I am shaking my head thinking "what happened this year ?" .... I missed so much of it and let my garden run wild on it's own.
I have had comments before that my garden was too "neat" ... which made me giggle ...
Now ? ... if anyone saw what was going on they would not accuse me of that .. it is running wild and I am thinking where did the gardener go ?

Sweet Autumn clematis has been blooming like mad and crawling over the top f this arbor to rest on my neighbor's hibiscus "tree" behind it ... so far she hasn't yelled at me ?



The other one has been busy filling out in the ally way
The ornamental grasses have been filling out as well and they are really pretty

The colour actually echos the hydrangea flowers on the opposite side
Speaking of hydrangeas ... they have been gorgeous this year.


I can't even mention how insane the rose canes have been ...
I am sure it is because it has been such a hot dry summer they took off like crazy ...
My big chore is to tie the canes in where I can and trim off what I can't manage, which makes me shudder but what is a girl gardener to do with crazy canes ? Whip & Chair time ?
I know ... how could I let it get to this stage ... right ? ... shudder ... GUILT GUILT !!
Normally I would NEVER show a picture like this but I am only human and I like to share my mishaps with other gardeners ... spread the shame ? LOL
Now that I dumped that "Guilt Bucket" ... a pretty picture of how the heucheras are colouring up now.
How is that for a HOT colour contrasted with the yellow hosta ? Yup  .. it sizzles eh ?
OK .. last little look at the back so some things look almost normal ?
Yellow Wax Bells are budding up nicely .....
So the garden back here in general has been surviving thanks to the sprinkler system (as in the front)
It really was SO worth the investment, kept me from losing what is left of my tiny mind!! ...
I am hoping to get over the slump I am in and start Fall clean up ... so many things to do and a few bulbs to plant as well ... not as many as I did last year (PHEW!!!)
I think the best thing to do is go out with my clip board (look as nerdy as possible) take notes on what I need to do in each area and ? just get it done .... GASP !!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

When your "passion" bears fruit ...

Well .. surprise is one way of describing what Garden PA pointed out to me .
How it escaped me ?? has me wondering just how many brain cells really have packed up and left "home" ... leaving my garden brain section in a questionable state.
Here is the amazing little fruit !
The vine is leaning against the side of the house on the deck so all this summer heat may be encouraging it.
We are hoping to see more developing ... have you ever eaten passion flower fruit ?
So .. what else is my poor garden with missing gardener doing on it's own ?
It still appears full and lush .. we had such a tiny bit of rain yesterday, it was a TEASE.
The sprinklers are now set for every odd morning now .. 5:30 ... trying for the best time in the morning so refresh and revitalize ?
Meanwhile ... Casa Blanca finally opened.
I know it seems I am too centered on lilies  ... but they have been such beauties in this ghastly heat.
As for other plants ?
My containers are still surviving ... I manage to run out and water them, nightgown and all .. ugh !
I made them from basic baskets bought at Home Depot but they have become Frankenstein pots !
"Black Rattlers" from the baptisia .... I consider them Halloween decorations .. go figure ?
Helenium and Golden Jubilee hyssop are so pretty together as they mature.
Different astilbe bloom in succession .. Delft Lace is gorgeous beside My Monet weigela.
Little Lime ... is lime
Southern Bush Honeysuckle is blooming yet again ....
And ... very hungry butterflies will linger longer for you to take pictures of them.
This poor wee one had a tear in it's wing ...
So here we are into August and I am setting a record for not being in the garden .. the guilt is tremendous but there is little that I can do at the moment, other than feel GUILTY.
Yet I make plans, and ? order garden books on sale from Lee Valley ... go figure ?

Monday, 25 July 2016

Mystery Lilies Revealed

I have been such a terrible gardener of late ... the heat, and NO rain cycle, has me crazy .. well .. crazier than usual and that is BAD.
Ignoring all of that my gardens have been literally saved by the new sprinkler system and I am one grateful gardener.
So now that I have gotten the mea culpa over with ... on with what has been happening in the garden of late.
Mystery lilies have been such a smiling surprise : )
Poking through the "jungle"
"Update" on the name of said mystery lilies "Muscadet" ... a true beauty !

I really have to look up what name it is .. I love the simple beauty and those pink freckles.
I am still waiting for my Casa Blanca lilies to open which is setting a record for being late for the party this year !

The roses are doing better than ever (once we got over the  ..ugh .. aphid thing)
I think they are loving the HEAT.
Climbing rose compassion is a beauty !


Other parts of the garden are also loving the heat I think .. they seem to be blooming their little boots off ..
The bees and insects galore have been in full party mode enjoying the buffet

My two smaller sized buddleia are enjoying their freedom to stretch out which in turn has me rethinking their positions .. too crowded is the flashing sign over head that I keep seeing of course.

A new plant I became enticed to buy was from Gracie's garden (Gardening with Grace) a lobelia that was impossibly PINK , her signature colour .. which seems to becoming mine as well.
It is an odd looking plant and I am not sure it will over winter but here it is.
 Is that PINK or what ?
On to light blue ? .. I have fallen for this compact Japanese aster .. I hate dealing with asters that are too tall and floppy .. a pain in the garden butt ... this cultivar is perfect for me !
I highly recommend it !
Last shot to have a smirk over is our Sophie waiting ever so patiently for the incredible "Mr Chips"
Our trained ? (he trained us actually) chipmunk who has such a hoard of sunflower seeds I am in fear of what will irrupt out of the garden next year ?
In any case , the "dish" is set and so is Sophie !


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Pearls, the Girls and OOPS !

Well this heat just won't quit and the rain just won't fall even though they are baiting us with some forecasted tomorrow .. I will believe it when I see it !!
Meanwhile .. I am still in slug mode neglecting the garden but it seems to be carrying on without me.
I am too lucky to believe .. the sprinkler system is a miracle for us both ... phew !!

The "pearls" .. in regards to my cimicifuga.
I have a few different kinds so their blooming goes through out the season.
This first one is my starter ... she has survived living next to our big Pacific Sunset maple.


Veronicastrum is similar in shape but not a pearl type of girl.
Lavender Towers is a big one and I do have to split her in the Autumn .. when this blasted heat gives up eventually.
She is a statement piece  because of the height .. taller than I and I am 5'9"
Blooming all season as you dead head her .. she takes hair ? cuts very well!

Now for some awesome lilies that have really caught my attention.
I planted them last Autumn and I still have to look up in my log book what the name is but wow that soft dusty pink is gorgeous!
Is she not a beauty ? ... and yes .. I know .. I have a couple of lily beetles admiring them too.
These are my mystery lilies at another part of the garden.
So far so good with strength and few beetles thankfully.
The "Knee High" sweet peas have been amazing.
I cut flowers every few days and the scent is fantastic.
I have tried growing a perennial sweet pea before but it never quite took.
These, even though annual .. I would keep growing because the flowers are so enticing : )
To my office
To how delicious these little flowers are for eyes and nose

Question ... when is a crocus not a crocus ? ... and how does one enjoy them if one has a CRAZY chipmunk who devours them all ?
Judge for yourself
Now really .. how close can you come to what looks like a crocus but isn't ?
Mr. Chips doesn't bother these ones thankfully.
Lastly a tree full of flowers that isn't from said tree.
My old lilac tree has just about given up the ghost so it is now a still living structure for "The President" clematis which hopefully will bloom a long time making it look very beautiful .

Now for the OOPS .... I am too embarrassed to say I totally dropped the ball on early watering of one of my oldest Japanese maples "Crimson Queen" ... I feel terrible about it all.
It is now suffering the delayed reaction to the Spring drought and looks so sad.
I can only make sure it is well watered now and cross my fingers for next year.
Here is the ghastly evidence
How I could have let this happen is a dig at my garden soul ...  no matter how much you think you know and have learned for so many years, you can still stumble and have a resounding BooBoo !