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|654 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...
|669 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
|670 days ago||
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
|684 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...
|695 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. ...
|719 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 ...
|735 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...
|748 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!
|776 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...
|821 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=
|862 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...
|864 days ago||
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.
|868 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.
|882 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...
|891 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...
|907 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...
|917 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.
|938 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.
|949 days ago||
Botanical Gardens - Buffalo, NY - August 2011 - 11 replies
I was reading the paper last week, and saw that there was a special garden walk in Buffalo this past weekend. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it for the free garden tour, but my wife and I decided to go to the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo. It has a wonderful reputation, and it certainly is well deserved. We arrived there early...
|955 days ago||
Today was not so hot, but still somewhat steamy. I worked on another 30 feet of walkway in the bush, adding 5 steps, crushed stone, and a very small platform. I pulled out 8 bush roses that refused to bloom for me other than ONE day, and attract all kinds of caterpillars. I replaced them with 4 hardy hibiscus seedlings which had been star...