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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...

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...

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