Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Here's my plot. I plant just carrots and tomatoes, rotating them every year.
The sunflowers reseed themselves, growing anew every year.
This tomato plant is a volunteer, growing from seed that must have survived the winter. It produces big cherry tomatos, and they are really sweet.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Two years ago, I planted a few hibiscus. Last year, they were full of buds - which all dried up without opening. I was pretty disappointed, especially when I see what I missed - check this out! The flowers are about 8 inches across, totally out of proportion to the 3 foot size of the plant.
Hibiscus is very late to come to life in the spring, so don`t pull it out too early thinking it didn`t survive the winter.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
So this year, I have made a painful decision: out with them!
But getting out the roots is another thing. I know if I skip this step, they will be back next year. So I need to do a lot of digging and pulling. The plants are joined by underground runners, and the roots hang on tight, which makes it quite a job.
Stay tuned for the finished product: a six-foot deck, which will be a perfect shady spot to rest when the sun beats down on my east-facing deck in the morning.
OK - well - so after doing some research on the internet, we discovered that putting in a deck involves digging 4-foot holes for footings and a whole lot of precise measuring and cutting. That dream just will never become reality. So instead, I took away some of the good soil to spread around the garden. raked the surface level, piled on lots of eelgrass seaweed, and plunked down a comfortable chair supported by 4 patio stones. Voila! In no time, I had a comfy shady place to survey my kingdom.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
In June, the Garden Club of PEI hopped a bus and visited Kingsbrae Garden in St.-Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, a mere 4.5 hour drive from home. The long ride was worth it. Over 50,000 perennials, shrubs and trees, goats, alpacas and ducks, and a wonderful restaurant. It was a wet day, but the misty rain just added to the otherworldly feeling of serenity and magic.
Huge potted dracena dot the property. I'm trying to imagine how much work it would be to bring them in for the winter.
A big peony flower has been coaxed to bloom from a tiny plant.
Brugmansia, a tropical tree, produces huge drooping flowers.
Why is this tree in a cage?
An interesting idea: creating a "stream" with glass pebbles.
The resident goat reaches for a meal.
A lovely view with a bubbling water feature.
An old grindstone repurposed as a fountain.
A series of raised vegetable beds was covered with netting
to keep the deer from munching the salad greens.
This obelisk mirrors the plants and the photographer.
A raised spiral is an interesting way to display a plant many don't like growing in their lawns: wild creeping thyme.
A fanciful sculpture of a hard-working gardener
a perfectly manicured knot garden
the perfect symmetry of culver's root (centre)
an enticing walkway
no - this isn't a tree. It's a cast-iron frame crammed full of begonias.