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421 days ago

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.

494 days ago

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>

505 days ago

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>

592 days ago

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...

637 days ago

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 ...

689 days ago

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...

707 days ago

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.

732 days ago

... 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.

763 days ago

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...

764 days ago

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.

790 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...

792 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 !

796 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...

811 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

812 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

825 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...

836 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. ...

861 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 ...

877 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...

890 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!

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