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06-10-2011 05:34 PM

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 11:41 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 07:38 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, ...

05-14-2011 01:54 AM

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 11:25 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 11:31 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 11:04 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 10:57 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 07:28 PM

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 09:52 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...

02-15-2011 05:37 PM

Hermit Squares - 10 replies

I was experimenting with what I had left in the larder after Christmas and Valentines Day, and came up with this recipe. Hermit Squares jroot Makes 16 squares (can be doubled but use a 9×13 pan)• 1/8 cup raisins or currants• 1/8 cup chopped nuts ( I use pecans )• 1/8 cup flour • ½ tsp baking soda• ...

10-27-2010 03:08 AM

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.

10-02-2010 12:02 AM

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...

09-25-2010 02:44 AM

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...

09-22-2010 10:40 PM

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...

09-16-2010 02:40 AM

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.

09-15-2010 03:44 AM

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...

09-02-2010 10:00 PM

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. ...

08-25-2010 12:00 PM

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. ...

08-19-2010 10:48 PM

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 ...

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