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1272 days ago

Brugs indoors - 13 replies

I have moved my brugmansia indoors, and some of them have decided that they definitely like the warmth, not to mention the full moon we’ve had lately.

1297 days ago

Lemon Pie from scratch - 20 replies

Lemon meringue pie Pie crust shellUse your favorite recipe for pie crust or use a pre-rolled pie crust from the refrigerated section at the supermarket. Fit rolled pie crust into a 9 inch pie pan and flute the edge. Prick holes in bottom of pie crust shell with fork; place a piece of parchment paper in the pie crust shell and fill with pie...

1304 days ago

Gardening in autumn - September in zone 5 Canada - 9 replies

Here are some things to think about while working in the garden, here in zone 5 Canada. Your fall cleanup begins now. Pruning, pulling and planting is going to keep you busy this month. I know that I have to pull a number of my rose shrubs out which have not performed well in the past few iyears. This is the perfect time of year to over s...

1306 days ago

Hibiscus seed development - For Sharad & others - 31 replies

A while ago, Sharad wanted someone to post photos of seeds developing on the hibiscus plant. I pollinated my red velvet with a white, and seeds have started to develop. These seed pods have been growing onthe Red Velvet. We’ll watch them closely, and see what happens. Hopefully they’ll come to maturity, and we can plant them an...

1313 days ago

Added another photo - Don't you just LOVE the evening light these days. Backlighting at its best. - 17 replies

Don’t you just LOVE the evening light these days? Autumn light is “the best”. Backlighting can be quite dramatic. Here are a few shots that my wife insisted I get, .... after a long day at work ... They did pull my spirits up.

1314 days ago

September 14th. Flowers starting to burn out - 5 replies

Here it is, September 14th already. Where did the time go? The flowers in the garden are starting to “burn out” and shut down with the cool weather we are experiencing. I have brought in most of my hibiscus for the winter. I still have more trimming to do on the two 25 year old red hibiscus trees, but the rest are in the garage...

1326 days ago

September 2 flowers - only a few this time. - 8 replies

We just got back from our trip and saw that the flowers are going really well, in spite of the heat we are currently having. The dahlias are blooming profusely, but I have posted enough of them already. Sharad has shown us his okra, so I thought I’d show mine. I can see why many people think it is a weird hibiscus plant. ...

1334 days ago

Memorial University Botanical Gardens - 6 replies

I took a side trip from the group the other day, and visited the Memorial University Botanical Gardens. They are just outside of St John’s, Newfoundland. Surprisingly enough, for being so far north, they are in zone 6, due to the fact that there is a warm water current – the Grand Banks stream. It is a very pretty place to visit. ...

1340 days ago

Aug 19th - just a few of the flowers here now - 6 replies

Here are just a few of the flowers in bloom here now. You will see some shots of some of the brugmansia here. Many of them are in bud. Unfortunately, I will be away on business for a while and so will miss some of them in bloom. :( Fortunately, my sister will be here to enjoy them. I had to move all my potted hibiscus off of the deck so ...

1351 days ago

Flower/Plant Guessing game # 2 - 5 replies

Last night was a beautiful night for sitting out in front of the outdoor fireplace. I got some interesting shots at sunset. Today, it has been rainy, and I’m not working, so have spent some time figuring out another guessing game for you. How well did you do out of 24 shots? . . . . . . 1. Zebra Grass . 2. Japanese ...

1354 days ago

Shots taken in the garden August 5, 2010 - 8 replies

It is another hot day, in Canada, August 5th. Some of the plants seem to love the heat. Here are a couple of hardy hibiscus which opened this morning . I did not include the tropical hibiscus shots taken today. This heat and humidity is wonderful for them. Perennial Hardy Hibiscus Perennial Hardy Hibiscus Some other shots taken today.

1354 days ago

Guess the names of these flowers. - 8 replies

Let’s see how good you are at recognizing some familiiar flowers. Each shot has a number attached. Below you can verify your answer. . . . . . 1. Black Eyed Susan 2. Canna lily 3. Cosmos 4. Dahlia beginning to open 5. Dahlia already open 6. Phlox 7. Potentilla 8. Rose of Sharon . . . H...

1363 days ago

Warner Castle garden, Rochester, New York - 6 replies

We took a morning stop at the Warner Castle garden in Rochester, New York. There is no charge of admission. The house has not been renovated and is currently used by the local garden society for its offices. The highlight of the gardens are the sunken gardens which are quite attractive, albeit somewhat neglected. We were greeted by the res...

1363 days ago

George Eastman House Gardens, Rochester, New York - 4 replies

My wife and I took a quick trip to Rochester New York to see a couple of gardens. The George Eastman House was closed unfortunately, but we had an opportunity to peruse the gardens. They were quite lovely.

1363 days ago

Hardy Hibiscus which I saw in Rochester, NY - 5 replies

I was very impressed with this large hardy hibiscus growing along the side of a street in Rochester, New York, USA. A number of folks were taking pictures of it.

1365 days ago

Canna lily bloom opened today, and another quick shot of the Rose of Sharon - 7 replies

One of my canna lilies opened up today after yesterday’s rain and heat wave. Also, the Rose of Sharon bush is still blooming. Oddly and unfortunately, the lilac behind it did not bloom this year.

1370 days ago

A few more shots taken today, July 20 - 14 replies

Here are a couple of shots taken tonight after work. There is a container of brugs blooming its heart out, sending wafts of scent across the yards. As well, some shots of the lower “wild” garden. As you can see, the phlox are starting to bloom, as are the “Jerusalem artichokes” aka “Outhouse Flower&...

1379 days ago

July 11th, garden shots - 12 replies

I FINALLY had a day off, and poked around the garden for a wee while, and noted that there were some new additions.

1382 days ago

Hibiscus - morning opening to afternoon fully open - 27 replies

I don’t recall who it was that thought it would be interesting to see the hibiscus opening. I thought that it would be neat to have a time lapse photo, but with me working so much and the extreme heat, it has been out of the question .... so far. Here are some shots that I took this morning of three buds, and what they looked like w...

1383 days ago

Garden Shots July 7 - 7 replies

Some shots taken this morning before work, and also after work.

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