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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 05-30-2012 04:55 AM 2126 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After the false start our gardens had this springwith warm temps in March, and then the return of freezing temps had plants and people alike, confused. The large saucer magnolia had totally lost all it’s blooms and for the magnolia there was no second chance for flowers this year. Flowering spring blooms did their best to bloom in April but fluctuating temps kept the blooms from preforming at their best. Fortunately the dwarf iris blooms even in very cool temps, and if fact, the blooms tend to last longer with cool temps.

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With the beginning of May, Mother Nature did her best to give us hope that she would get the temps back on schedule. And even the bleeding hearts which had their tender shoots frozen repeatedly kept starting over and produce quite a decent show of blooms.

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The tree peonies managed to bloom right on time. And I might add, very lovely.

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It’s getting late tonight so I’ll close for now and continue my flower show tomorrow. :D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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sharad

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posted 05-30-2012 06:23 AM

Iris, I am glad you have already started posting pictures from your garden and will continue to do tomorrow. The first series looks very nice. It is sad your saucer magnolia suffered but the other flowers are doing well.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-30-2012 09:08 AM

ooh I love that last one!!! What a gorgeous colour.

You and Jroot—make me so envious of all of your flowers. You have create beautiful gardens.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 05-30-2012 10:22 AM

Glad to see you returned home to so many flowers in bloom Iris :-) They look great.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 05-30-2012 11:16 AM

Thanks Sharad. I seem to work slower these days and therefore am always trying to catch up. I definately will try to get more pictures up today.

MsDeb, when I see your gardens…..the veggies, the trees, not to mention the grapes, I am envious of all your space.
The yellow tree peony has the smallest bloom but it is very pretty. These first flowers of May have finished blooming and other flowers are now on ‘stage’.

Thanks Bon. I was amazed at the difference a week’s absence made in my gardens. You were right. While I was away many more flowers began to catrch up. ( but my tomatoes still have not caught up to yours. lol)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-30-2012 11:28 AM

How wonderful to be welcomed home by all your lovely flowers. I agree with Bon, they do look great.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 05-30-2012 11:37 AM

The trilliums were blooming in early May. As the flowers age they get a pretty pink blush to them.
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And here are two standard irises
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Lots of self-seeded columbine and they are still sprinkled throughout the gardens although the forget-me-nots have finished their blooming and are mostly removed.
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I’ll be back later with some of May’s later blooms.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-30-2012 11:46 AM

More lovelies! Please tell me, how tall and wide are the trillium? And the yellow irises in the third picture are my favorites.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 05-30-2012 12:08 PM

BEAUTIFUL
I’m having to re-start my columbine collection. We had those leaf miners a few years ago and somebody sprayed them (thinking he was helping) but picked up the wrong sprayer by accident – from pesticide to herbicide.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-30-2012 03:17 PM

What a shame Debbie.Your columbine were so beautiful. :-(

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 05-30-2012 04:02 PM

yah..I had so many different colours.
Next year – maybe I’ll remember to get collecting varieties again.
I do have some behind my house and I planted a couple in my Carolinian area. They are pretty small but they had flowers on them.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-30-2012 10:21 PM

Beautiful, Iris43. Truly beautiful. You can grow plants that I can’t. Sometimes I wish that I still had land that was not so severe. I am glad that you were able to enjoy the tree peonies. Mine were lost to Mr. Frost except for one tree. Maybe next year, they will be even better.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 05-31-2012 02:27 AM

MsDeb, I don’t have any of the fancy columbine that are now available. Maybe that’s one of the seeds I should start for next year. If I get some started, I’ll share with you.

Robin, I think it depends where the trilliums are growing as they will stretch taller if they are in too much shade. But trilliums do prefer light shade. My plants grow about 9 to 12” tall, with large leaves. The jack-in-the-pulpits tower above them.

Jroot, the frosts might have got my tree peonys but I covered them night after night with ground fabric. I found the PT woulkd tolerate light frost but when the temp dipped to -8* I covered them.

Here’s a few more May flowers.

Alliums with the delphinium plants in the background.

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Harlequin honeysuckle
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More alliums and perennial bachelor buttons
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My computer is not cooperating much tonight so I leave some pics for tomorrow.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-31-2012 02:53 AM

Almost forgot…....this is a pic of why I have been busy today…..

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posted 05-31-2012 09:06 AM

What a great variety of flowers you have in your garden Iris! They are all very beautiful. My favorite is Allium. What are those cute animals?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-31-2012 09:14 AM

oh my … beautiful gardens/flowers.

Baby raccoons… they are SO cute. Now tell us the story. Are they orphans?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-31-2012 12:45 PM

I’m glad you are enjoying the pics of flowers. :)

Sharad, as MsDeb has id’ed, the little critters are baby racoons. They are definately one of the cutest of baby animals.

The story, MsDeb, goes like this…...

As I was preparing to cook my supper on the bar-b-que Tues evening when I spotted some movement in one of my gardens next to the house. Checking it out I found these two little masked bandits. Too small to fend for themselves. I really didn’t want to interfere with them as the mother should have come back to get them…..if she was anywhere around. To protect my plants I moved the babies into Bobby’s cat-carrier, but left them in the area.

When Mom didn’t return for them within a couple hours, I started to try and find a rehab centre. (Much harder to find than you may think) I checked on-line for info in case I might need to feed them or whatever. I found looking after baby racoons is not for the faint of heart.

Racoons carry any number of nasty bugs and diseases. Keeping exposure to Bobby in mind, I really wanted to leave the animals outside but by 10pm it was getting quite cold outside and still no sign of Mom. The one rehab person I was able to speak with encouraged me to bring the babies inside for the night bc they would not survive the cool temps outside without a mother’s warm body. So in they came….some old towels piled in the carrier to help keep them warm. And while I did not want to handle them, I had to get some water into to them to keep them from become too dehydrated. With an eye dropper I was able to get some water into them. And they stayed the night.

Wed. I was still waiting to hear from a person who specializes in rehabitating (right word?) abandoned and injured wild mammals. Meanwhile all I could do was continue to drip water into them throughout the day. Finally 4pm I made contact with ‘Peggy’ who told me, she had just return from a ‘releasing’ of a coyote…..and that her rescue was full to over-flowing….as are all rescues throughout Ontario. However, she asked me to e-mail her pics of the babies, and then when I spoke with her again on the phone she agreed to take them. So finally I was able to deliver them to someone who knows how to handle and care for these poor little orphans.

Just as a final comment re. this experience, I need to caution anyone from being too eager to ‘help’ apparently abandoned wild little animals. As I said above, they carry some very dangerous diseases and were covered with nasty bugs. After examining the little racoons, Peggy said she thought the babies had not had a mother’s attention for several days as they were very thin and dehydrated. I was relieved to think they were not abandoned bc of my interference. She also was hesitant to reassure me that they would survive…they were in such poor condition. But I have to feel they will at least have a chance to survive now.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-31-2012 01:55 PM

aw :(
You did everything you could to give them a chance. Well done.

We had a “baby baby” raccoon once and our mother cat raised it. Made my role a lot easier. Little Charlie was such a treasure. When it got older we let it go in and out of the house as it pleased. It would just get farther and farther from the house. One day it wandered off. (And I’ll picture it in the wild rather than shmushed on the road somewhere).

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-31-2012 02:00 PM

Oh i here you on the baby racoons we have the mother and the babies in tree behind us and they love to go into my garden. Every night i go and look at them and they are so cute until they get into your garbage at night. i will post my pics of my garden soon . I like the pics you have up on your garden very nice.

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posted 05-31-2012 05:43 PM

Up-date on the babies….Peggy just called me. They have survived the night. She has removed over a hundred ticks off each of them. They are being fed a special diluted formula and she is going to give them an antibiotic to help in case there is any infections.

I know racoons are a huge problem in the wrong place and I would be the first to whine if they got into my garbage or (heaven forbid) the house attic. I know they carry disease…...but they are a protected species and if they are living in the wild they have a place in our environment. I really couldn’t just leave these little guys to suffer and die a slow and painful death.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-31-2012 05:44 PM

Lori61, thank you for your kind comments re. my garden flowers. I’m looking forward to seeing pics of yours. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-31-2012 06:15 PM

Just like those baby bunnies that Gabby was after … torn between protecting the babies and letting Gabby get them out of my gardens.

You did the right thing.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-31-2012 11:14 PM

I love baby raccoons.When we had the resort we had a mom and two babies come for dinner every night for one whole summer.It was awesome we would watch them eat the left overs on our deck through the patio door.Nice to see you rescued the poor little things.
You sure have a great flower show going on right now.Love them all.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-01-2012 03:10 AM

I imagine watching the Mom with her little ones was very special, Bon. I hope they didn’t re-pay your kindness by getting into your garbage cans later. :)

I was so surprised at how much my garden had advance during the week I was gone, Bon.

Here are some of the final pics for May….

The tall beardeds have started blooming

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And the herbaceous peonies…

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The foxgloves just starting..

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And lupines…

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And some visitors…

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Orchard oriole, male….
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Female orchard oriole….
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posted 06-01-2012 10:28 AM

Great pictures Iris.It doesn’t get any better than this. :-)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-01-2012 11:43 AM

Iris, you have a good heart. You’d never catch me bringing critters into my house, no matter how cute. The thought of all the creepy crawlies on them turns me right off. I salute you. I bet you sprayed bug killer after they left.

Please say you did.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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Iris43

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posted 06-01-2012 01:17 PM

Yes, Erika cleaniness is absolutely necessary…..even while handling the little critters. All the stuff I used for them had to be discarded…even Bobby’s cat carrier. I donated it to Peggy’s rescue centre as well as $ as she supplies everything she uses for her wild things from her own income.

So hint, hint, if you know of a rescue centre near you they too, may need donations.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 06-02-2012 08:32 PM

Iris, I believe you have made your backyard so wildlife friendly that perhaps the mother raccoon felt safe to leave her babies there and then something happened to her or she would have returned. You have a kind and thoughtful heart and it sounds like you did everything right. Your irises are stunning!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 06-06-2012 06:38 PM

I was overwhelmed to read the story of the baby raccoons and the pains you took to make them survive. I enjoyed seeing more of your garden flowers. They are beautiful. Equally enjoyable was the pictures of visitors to your garden.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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