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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 09-16-2012 04:27 PM 1782 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It certainly has been a challenging year for growing almost anything. While I do not usually water either my lawn or the perennials in my garden, this year I did break down and water the flowers a couple times. It was either that or see them collaspe completely from lack of rain. Still, I didn’t water the lawn bc I was sure once the rain came the grass would recover. And while it has started growing again it would not take any prizes for being attractive. There are large areas that probably will remain bald until I reseed next spring. :(

The small vegetable garden I have did not fare much better. The early lettuce and radishes did not produce. Even the old stand-by onion sets have only produced skinny green onions. No cucs at all, or beets. And I bought new seed but nothing appeared. I have to admit though, I have a nice crop of beautiful tomatoes.

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Here’s afew other shots of the flower gardens….

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Whoops! Got kicked off the page bf I was done…..so here’s acouple more.

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And this brugmansia …......

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And a pair of cute little rose-breasted nuthatches (a first for me)

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Lots of butterflies, this is a mourning cloak

Top….
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And undersides…
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I hope you enjoyed some late summer pics. :)

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



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stefang

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posted 09-16-2012 04:42 PM

Hi Iris. It looks like you got good results in spite of the dry weather. Our summer here on the southwest coast of Norway has been mainly rain, way too much and September has been the same. We have had rain every day this week and the same is predicted for next week. I love this weather because I can do woodworking instead of gardening, but my wife is certainly not pleased with it! Maybe I should send her to Canada, ha ha.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Iris43

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posted 09-16-2012 04:50 PM

Mike, she would be very unhappy here this summer. Not only did we have record breaking temps….but no rain….for weeks on end. Too hot to work outside and everything drying up. I think you’re safer keeper her in Norway despite the rain. At least some things can grow.

I think the main reason for any success in the garden this year was bc I faithfully water some things. The planters, of course, definately needed to be watered daily. Anything else that did well were the perennials that liked the hot dry weather.

I hate to see the summer end but the cooler weather and rain has been a welcome relief.

BTW, good to see you on the board…..

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

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jroot

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posted 09-16-2012 05:52 PM

Yes, it is good to see Stefang on the board again.

Iris, your gardens are beautiful. ... love the brug! I guess you’ll be bring her indoors soon. I hope to get mine in this week. Last night I brought in all my hibiscus plants because the temperature went down to 5C, and they don’t like it under 10C. I guess it is that time of year again.

I find it interesting that you want to reseed in the spring. I am reseeding very soon, as I’ve heard the fall is the best time to seed grass.

I agree with you. I welcome the cooler weather.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 09-16-2012 08:14 PM

Iris, I always enjoy the photos you post of your beautiful gardens and all the wildlife visitors you find in it. Your flowers are so lovely, it is hard to believe you had such challenging weather this summer except for the fact that we had it too. My flowers took quite a beating this summer and definitely do not look as lovely as yours!

And I will also say, “Welcome back Stefang.”

-- "...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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MsDebbieP

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posted 09-16-2012 08:34 PM

LOVELY flowers!! and tomatoes.
My tomatoes were the only real winner I had, as well.

I thought the lack of other vegetables was because I had used old seed.
Next year I want to get it all “right”—the seed, the mulch, the driplines…

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

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sharad

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posted 09-17-2012 05:54 AM

Iris, it was great pleasure to see so many varieties of beautiful, colorful flowers and the birds and butterflies in your garden in spite of lack of rain and hot weather. Your lawn has also suffered. Don’t you use a sprinkler to water the lawn? It was nice to see you in pictures on the big event day. Mike, wish you spend good time in your wood working workshop and make some unique projects for which you are well known.

Sharad

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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Iris43

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posted 09-18-2012 03:01 AM

Thank you, Sharad, for your kind comments. We certainly missed you at MsDeb’s get-together….hopefully you’ll be able to make it some other time.

I don’t water the lawn with a sprinkler, Sharad. It would take too much water. My lawn has to fend for itself as I try to keep some of the flowers until the heat and drought are over. Grass will usually regenerate even after a prolonged dry spell. Even the flowering pots get watered by watering can. I find I have more control if I use a watering can.

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

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Iris43

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posted 09-18-2012 03:03 AM

Almost forgot…..I intended to add a pic of my sweet autumn clematis, a twin to MsDeb’s.

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 09-18-2012 09:01 AM

oh my!! Look at the size of your vine… WOW.

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

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justjoel

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posted 09-20-2012 03:45 PM

When my flower gardens grow up they want to be just like yours, Iris!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Iris43

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posted 09-22-2012 12:50 AM

Thanks, MsDeb and JustJoel.

The colchicums have started to bloom…..

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sharad

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posted 09-22-2012 07:46 AM

They are looking spectacular. This is my favorite color.

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 09-22-2012 10:18 AM

ooooh how wonderful.
I, too, absolutely adore this colour!! LOVELY

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

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jroot

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posted 09-22-2012 10:56 AM

Beautiful, Iris43. That is one flower I don’t have. Is it from a bulb?

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

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Iris43

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posted 09-22-2012 11:48 AM

Sharad, this is one of my favorite colours too. And this is one of my favorite plants. I start watching for it as early fall arrives and still it surprises me. One day there’ll be no sign of it and the next day, there it is! LOL

It is a very easy plant to grow from bulb. The biggest challenge is to remember where it is throughout the summer when the leaves that it has in the early spring disappear. I have inadvertantly set a pot of other flowers on top of them and only the small bit of colour peeking out from under the pot reminds me that they are struggling to see the sun in late Sept or early Oct.

The bulbs multiply rapidly.

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

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Bon

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posted 10-04-2012 03:55 PM

Great pictures Iris.Nice to see that most of your flowers survived this year and are looking so nice.Love that huge clematis.It is awesome.The giant salvia are still putting on a beautiful show here.I am saving some seed from them to grow again next year.Everyone that dropped by loved them… :-)

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

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lavender22

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posted 03-04-2013 10:53 PM

What great pictures Iris and a beautiful yard and garden. I love your hostas around the tree and all the lily’s are starting to bloom. I love hostas:)

-- I love hostas:)

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