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08-13-2011 10:39 AM

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.

08-02-2011 08:06 PM

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...

07-27-2011 06:25 PM

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 01:53 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 04:31 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.

07-04-2011 09:27 PM

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.

06-26-2011 09:29 PM

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...

06-25-2011 08:28 PM

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...

06-15-2011 07:20 PM

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

06-13-2011 07:20 PM

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...

06-10-2011 10:34 AM

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

06-09-2011 04:41 PM

June 9th, after excessive rain, there are a few flowers still standing. - 5 replies

After two nights of excessive rain, wind, thunder, lightning, there are still a few flowers remaining. Probably the last day for the white tree peony Batchelor Buttons or Corn Flower Nice Pink Hibiscus opened today. I think I’ll have another colour tomorrow. Yellow Flag Iris beside the fireplace. Wild Spring Phlox

06-05-2011 12:38 PM

June 5th, flowers enjoying the sun - 14 replies

Today, we finally have a nice day. After yesterday’s violent storm, I was not sure if there would be much left, but all seems well. This morning, the yellow and also the white tree peony started to bloom. They are quite young, so not much of a tree …. yet. I look forward to a few years from now. Also, ...

05-13-2011 06:54 PM

What a difference a few days make ! - 22 replies

What a difference a few days make. I’ve been able to start acclimatizing my hibiscus and tender plants from indoors to the verandah and the screened in area. The seedlings are all out and enjoying the rain and heat. Some of the brugmansia have made the trek from indoors to a protected area under the deck. Last week, there ...

05-07-2011 04:25 PM

Keeping warm in the cool of Spring weather - 10 replies

I already had an outdoor fireplace, that tended to smoke a lot because I did not have a proper draft or chimney, so the other day, while perusing some of the recycling ads, I noted that someone wanted to get rid of an old Franklin stove. It was a bit larger than my opening in my fireplace, and only had three of the four legs, but I thought that...

03-29-2011 04:31 PM

Some Florals from a quick trip to New York City March 2011 - 7 replies

My wife and I just returned from a trip to New York City ( end of March 2011 ). It was VERY cold, but spring is definitely on the way. Here are a few shots from “The Big Apple”. We visited the Cloisters on 190th street. You will also see forsythia in bloom near the United Nations building. There are quite a few shots taken in ...

03-17-2011 04:04 PM

Forced Forsythia 2011 - 28 replies

I was walking around the lower garden and saw that my forsythia had gone kind of lanky in some spots last year, so I trimmed a few of the branches back, still leaving enough for a good bloom this spring. These branches were brought inside and placed in a vase with warm water. They opened within a week, and now we have forsythia blooming indo...

03-17-2011 03:57 PM

Canada Blooms 2011 - 4 replies

My wife and I went to Canada Blooms today ( March 17th, 2011) and were quite impressed with it. It seemed to be much better than recent years and more en par with some of the original shows. I admit, I was not going to buy anything this year, but I couldn’t turn down a rotating composter at $70 tax included. I have to put it together ...

03-02-2011 11:28 AM

Hibiscus slip - 12 replies

Look what decided to open today. Spring must be coming ! This is a cutting I took last fall of one of my hibiscus. I thought the colours were nice and “spring-like”, so decided to share. Happy Gardening. I have some sprouts coming up from my “okra” pale yellow hibiscus. Hopefully they will survive thei...

02-20-2011 01:52 PM

Sweet Potato Pie - President Obama's favourite recipe. - 2 replies

The recent chatting about sweet potatoes reminded me of this recipe. According to the newspaper, this appears to be President Obama’s favourite recipe for Sweet Potato pie. I have made it, and it certainly IS good. ... fit for a president. :) Sweet potato pie Adapted from The Glory of Southern Cooking by James Villas. He complai...

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