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02-20-2012 01:38 AM

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!

01-23-2012 03:51 PM

Time to start Winter Sowing - 3 replies 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...

12-09-2011 05:49 AM

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.

10-29-2011 09:25 AM

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...

10-26-2011 10:51 PM

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.

10-22-2011 09:02 PM

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

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

10-08-2011 05:40 PM

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...

09-30-2011 02:15 AM

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...

09-14-2011 03:36 PM

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...

09-04-2011 03:47 PM

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.

08-13-2011 05:39 PM

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.

08-03-2011 03:06 AM

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...

07-28-2011 01:25 AM

July 27th. Not quite so hot, but still steamy. Some flowers to share - 9 replies

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...

07-21-2011 08:53 PM

Hot and Steamy July 21st here in Southern Ontario - 13 replies

It is a HOT and steamy day here on July 21st, here in Southern Ontario. The air conditioners are overworked. I am NOT looking forward to my electricity bill this month. When watering this morning, I took a few shots of some of the flowers in bloom. The brugmansia this morning were beautiful at 6:30 a.m., but by noon hour they were wilted. ...

07-09-2011 11:31 PM

Some of the July 9 flowers - 16 replies

This afternoon, it was too hot to work in the garden, but I had some time to take a few shots.

07-05-2011 04:27 AM

July 4 blooms - 7 replies

After the heavy rain the other night, the blooms have really taken off. Here are a few of the ones here in zone 5. There are a few more just waiting to come out.

06-27-2011 04:29 AM

GT Get-together June 26 2011 - 23 replies

Here are a few shots from the get-together. NavyCop begged us not to include photos of food, so I’ve limited them to shots of MsDebbieP giving us a tour of her plentiful gardens, and some of us discussing what is happening in gardening, not only on GT, but around the world. Daltxguy brought us wonderful insight as to what is happening in...

06-26-2011 03:28 AM

Working on Garden Nook - too late for competition - 7 replies

While cruising the Aberfoyle Antique Market, I spied a lovely candelabra for which I haggled/bargained a good price. I discovered some concrete urns as well at a good price. While driving back, I saw someone had some ferns and hostas for sale by the side of the road, and once again the price was right. After a few days, I went to the St Jacob...

06-16-2011 02:20 AM

Peonies are so beautiful this time of year. - 13 replies

My peonies are just starting to open, but I love them so much this time of year. Here are just a few of them

06-14-2011 02:20 AM

Casaloma June 2011 - 15 replies

My wife, son, and daughter-in-law went to visit Casaloma, in Toronto, Ontario today for a brief garden tour. Here are a few shots of the gardens taken on June 13, 2011. Casaloma was meant to be private home but the builder went bankrupt in its creation, and eventually the Kiwanis Club took over the ownership. Just this year, the City of Toro...

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