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689 days ago

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...

691 days ago

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 !

695 days ago

Flowering plants and seedlings in late May 2012 - 15 replies

Some flowers in late May 2012 and some of the seedlings that were started. The first shot is of Leaping Dolphins, kindly given to me by Iris43. The white peony is actually a tree peony. Alas, I lost the flowers of all others due to a heavy frost. The perennial peonies look like they will bloom soon though. The pots on the porch are ac...

710 days ago

I went to 6 local nurseries and look what I found - 19 replies

Look what I found today when I had a day off and browsed 6 local nurseries. Adding to the herd of tropical hibiscus. I think the Double White / Pink will need some time to be at its best, but I am quite thrilled with the others. JR

711 days ago

Guess who was featured in Fine Gardening. check it out... - 15 replies

Imagine my delight when I opened Fine Gardening this morning, and saw the featured garden. Check it out. http://www.finegardening.com/item/22850/reader-photos-johns-garden-in-ontario

724 days ago

Running Out of Room - 10 replies

Is anyone else running out of room for their seedlings and plants? Mine are taking over the house. If there are any more, I may be the first one to be put out! LOL The basement is at capacity ( One brugmansia is growing into the lights ); the living room and dining room have been invaded with plants; the bed room has seedlings in it; the...

735 days ago

Creative Urban Gardening - 3 replies

I saw an amazing site this morning which shows some really creative ways to design urban gardens and some rural gardens as well. Check it out ( especially the gallery section) and let us know what you think of the ideas. The garden is in California, but the ideas could be used anywhere. I am thinking of incorporating some of the ideas here. ...

760 days ago

Canada Blooms 2012 - Large slide presentation - 6 replies

My wife and I went to Toronto today to check out Canada Blooms 2012. There are LOTS of ideas that a gardener could incorporate, and LOTS of ways to spend money ( Actually I didn’t this year, but did come home with a few ideas ). Some of the features were pretty far out and abstract, and others were “same old again”, but they ...

776 days ago

Stratford Garden Festival 2012 - 10 replies

The other day, MsDebbieP and I were chatting via the GT messages, and I mentioned that I was going to be going to the Stratford Garden Festival. Unfortunately she had another commitment and couldn’t make it, so I thought that I’d share a few photos that I took whilst there. Notice the grumpy guy in the GT T-shirt. LOL Lots of...

789 days ago

Springtime in San Francisco Feb 2012 - 5 replies

We are on a quick trip to San Francisco, California and springtime has definitely arrived here. Today, it was a cool 11C but in a few days, it is predicted to be 20C – 68F. Here are a few shots which I took of flowers, market shots, and definitely signs of spring. Enjoy!

816 days ago

Time to start Winter Sowing - 3 replies

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/01/what-to-winter-sow-and-when/ The above is a link to tell us when to start our winter sowing, and what to start when … in zone 5. The timetable may have to be adjusted for one’s grow zone. FREE. The photo above is from this link as well. There are other interesting links which o...

861 days ago

the blooming of flowers - video link - 4 replies

A friend sent me this fascinating link on the blooming of flowers. Turn up your volume. Enjoy.http://player.vimeo.com/video/27920977?title=0&%3bbyline=0&%3bportrait=0href=

902 days ago

Bardini Gardens, Florence, Italy - 4 replies

Yesterday, my wife Gail and I went to the Bardini Gardens in Florence. Like the Boboli Gardens it is built on hill with some shade and some sun. It just goes to prove that one can buld a garden almost anywhere. There are magnificent views of the city. Truly a garden not to miss. The first five shots are from the Botanical Garden in Florenc...

905 days ago

Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy - large file - 7 replies

Some shots from the Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace in Lorence Italy, once owned by the famous Medici Family for many years. Fabulous art insided. Fabulous gardens outside. It finally stopped raining once we left the palace. The garden was moist with jewels of raindrops. ... a little mucky, but wonderful to see.

909 days ago

Prague Castle garden and Prague's oldest vineyard - 15 replies

Today, we visited Prague Castle and the vineyard behind it high above the city.

923 days ago

Hibiscus and Brugs are in for the winter - 11 replies

With the cold spell we had recently, I brought in all the brugmansia and the tropical hibsicus for their winter abode. Did some cuttings too. I did some cuttings of the pelargonium (geranium) as well. Just my luck that the weather turned beautiful again (which is a blessing for our Canadian Thanksgiving), although I’m sure it will be sh...

932 days ago

Cold weekend coming up. - 9 replies

Here in zone 5, Ontario, it is going to be a COLD weekend. Most likely there will be a hard frost. I’ve already brought in my Canna lilies, brugmansia and all my tropical hibiscus and other tropical plants. The frost will help the dahlias go to sleep for the winter, and then I’ll have to dig them up. Soon I’ll be bringing i...

947 days ago

Unexpected FROST on the roof last night - 15 replies

We had an unexpected frost last night. It was supposed to be a low of 10C, but got down to 4C, with frost on the roof. Hibiscus and Brusgmansia don’t like it below 10C, so I have a LOT of work ahead of me this morning, before I go to work. Brugs have to be dug out, and hibiscus moved to a place where they will be protected for the nex...

957 days ago

Late Summer Flowers - Sept 1 - zone 5 - 7 replies

I thought I’d show some of the late summer flowers, here in zone 5 Canada. You will recall I said earlier that there were few bees around this year. Some must have got onto the runner beans as you will see. They have been growing up the hibiscus tree and are now ready to harvest.

979 days ago

Mid August blooms - after the blessed rain we had - 13 replies

After the rain, the blooms have been forthcoming. Here are a few shots taken from the last few days.

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