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|920 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...
|966 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=
|1007 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...
|1009 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.
|1013 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.
|1027 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...
|1036 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...
|1051 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...
|1061 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.
|1083 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.
|1094 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...
|1100 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...
|1106 days ago||
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. ...
|1118 days ago||
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.
|1123 days ago||
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.
|1131 days ago||
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...
|1132 days ago||
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...
|1142 days ago||
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
|1144 days ago||
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...
|1147 days ago||
June 10 blooms - 10 replies
June 10th has brought out more blooms. The ever elusive flower on the Dutchman’s Pipe vine. First Bearded Iris to open Flag Iris by fireplace Many of the Dogwood trees are in bloom. The Beauty Bush started to open last night and has definitely opened this morning First herbacious peony to open