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12-25-2013 07:02 AM

Merry Christmas 2013 - 5 replies

I want to wish all my gardening friends a very merry Christmas and holiday season. Take some yuletide beverage and then go check your dahlia bulbs. :) We got our power back on after 22 hours with no heat or hydro. Soooo all will be well for today. Here is a shot I took of the morning sky out of the front window. Hmmm … doe...

09-18-2013 02:04 PM

Hibiscus blooming here in zone 5 - 15 replies

September 18 I was quite pleased to see this lovely bloom this morning when I went down to my office. I have just finished bringing them in for the winter, and after giving them a hair cut ( pruning them down to fit in the space I have ), I was given this beauty on “Erin Rachel”. I love it. This 2nd shot is from my 29 yea...

09-16-2013 05:24 AM

Somehow the okra survived the two heavy frosts we have had. - 3 replies

Surprisingly enough, the okra has survived the heavy frosts we’ve had. Here it is with its nice hibiscus-like pale yellow flower. Lots more to come, if we don’t get hit again tonight. The hardy hibiscus have been wonderful this year. I have 9 different varieties, some doing better than others. They love the sun. I have all ...

08-21-2013 04:32 PM

Latest issue of Gardens Central - September 2013 - 8 replies

I thought you might be interested in seeing some information about my garden, – published this month in the September issue of Gardens Central. I am aware that Chapters carries that magazine, as does Lee Valley Tools. Probably other magazine stores as well. Here is a link to the magazine. One has to look at the 2nd last article t...

07-28-2013 05:39 AM

New garden structure - 9 replies

When my neighbour decided to remove the posts from his front porch because they were rotting at the bottom, I asked the chap who was installing the new posts what he would do with the old posts. He told me that he would be taking them to the dump as they were rotten at the bottom. Being somewhat thrifty, I thought that I might be able to use t...

07-27-2013 04:59 AM

More Bindweed info - 4 replies

The Toronto Star had an article this morning on Bindweed, the scourge of many of us gardeners. http://read.thestar.com/#!/article/51f2497993e8e4c2091d49b4-bindweed-has-made-me-an-old-bag Read it and weep! 30 meter deep roots?

06-17-2013 05:48 PM

first brug of the season - 5 replies

One of my brugs opened this morning, while I was at work but it greeted me this afternoon upon my return. An amazing fragrance. .... and look at all the buds promising flowers in the very near future. This one is over 7 feet tall. It was a challenge to get it outside and away from the florescent tubes in the basement, around which it had ad...

06-09-2013 03:48 PM

honeyberry recipes? - 8 replies

Does anyone have any fabulous honeyberry recipes? Mine are ripening as I type. Muffins? Pies? cookies?

06-02-2013 07:21 PM

Shots taken in the past day or so, here in zone 5 Canada. June 2 2013 - 5 replies

Here are a few shots taken in my garden here in zone 5 Canada, June 2 After a lengthy heat wave here, tonight we are expecting it to be quite cold, close to 3C. I hope my 40+ tropical hibiscus survive.

03-21-2013 03:34 PM

Canada Blooms 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - 5 replies

Gail and I went to Canada Blooms today, took a few shots, and thought we’d share with those who enjoy a taste of spring. I bought yet another peony tree for the lower area, and several hellebores for my secret garden. Enjoy. I hope the slide show works. <div></div>

03-10-2013 03:23 PM

Hibiscus flowers in Puerto Vallarta - 3 replies

I just got back from a trip to Puerto Vallarta, and on our property were many different hibiscus plants. I knew that Sharad would be interested and probably others as well, so here are some photos of what I have seen on our beautiful property of Los Tules, PV. Photobucket has been revised. I hope this link works. <div></div>

12-13-2012 09:51 AM

Garden Lamps from recycled stuff - 9 replies

I have finally finished three garden lamps which I will place in the secret garden in the woods. They are made from scraps I had laying about, as well as parts of a crib I got for free on Kijiji. The electrical work is recycled Christmas decorations that I inherited from my dad which we no longer use. The lens is from a broken florescent fixt...

10-29-2012 03:47 PM

Hurricane Sandy - 8 replies

I am just thinking about all the folks who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy. In particular, I’m thinking about how Radicalfarmergal will make out. My sister is not too far away, and she is battened down for the big storm. Fortunately, she is on high round so will avoid flooding, but may face the winds more. We are preparing for it ...

09-07-2012 05:50 PM

Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens, New York State - Sept 2012 - 4 replies

Recently, I had a few days off work, so my wife and I took a very quick trip to upper New York State to Canandaigua to visit the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. The property was the summer home of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson. Mary’s father was the governor of New York. They kept their primary residence in New York City wher...

08-20-2012 06:44 PM

Photos of flowers in my garden taken tonight when I came home from work. - 15 replies

Here are some shots of flowers taken tonight when I came home from work. We are so lucky to be living in such a glorious world.

07-26-2012 04:55 PM

... and the rains came ... - 13 replies

It finally rained last night. Much needed rain … about 3/4 of an inch. Hopefully we get some more tonight. The flowers loved it. I took a few shots tonight of those that weren’t beaten down by the rain.

06-25-2012 10:47 AM

Some more shots - June 24th - 4 replies

A few more shots taken last night and today. Rubus Adoratus ( wild raspberry ) like MsDebbieP. I first saw this in Finland a few years ago. Now I have two bushes in the bush below us. First Brugmansia bloom of the year, in the garden. I had not even noticed it, but smelled its heavenly scent, and then went looking for the source. The...

06-24-2012 06:14 PM

Better Late than Never - 4 replies

I was rewarded this morning with a lovely Tree Peony bloom. These usually bloom a month earlier, but it got hit with frost and the buds dropped. It aappears that it was determined to put forth a bloom, which opened for me today clearly a month past its norm. I love this butter yellow colour.

05-29-2012 06:32 PM

May 29th - flowers of the day - 5 replies

I had a chance to catch a few shots today of flowers in bloom here today – May 29th Some of the geranium cuttings I took last fall, are in bloom already. The yellow flag Iris are blooming profusely. Soon the dahlias will be sporting their flowers here. I was enjoying the vie...

05-27-2012 03:51 PM

May 27th. Some hibiscus blooms and a happy Bouganvilla - 8 replies

I finished planting today after 9 hours outside. I’m exhausted. At my vintage, I should know better. At any rate, I was rewarded with some hibiscus blooms. These were just put out the other day onto their final position on the deck. Enjoy !

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