Friday, July 13, 2018
I started a few zinnias in the house this spring and they are starting to bloom in the garden. I think starting them inside gave them a good boost, and they are very sturdy plants now. They like the hot, sunny, dry weather we have been having, and the flowers colours are really vibrant. I find zinnias are prone to disease and insect damage, but this year they are not being affected by either.
Some of the pansies in pots are still doing well. This plant started out as white with a dark purple splotch, but is now turning to a lovely lavender with dark purple.
The weather is not so hot now, but we really need some good rainfalls. They are predicting some rain this week so here's hoping they are right.
Monday, June 25, 2018
The gardens are doing well as we have had lots of sunny weather, but not overly hot. Next week is supposed to be in the 30's so that will stress the plants more.
I'm already picking zucchini, celery, lettuce, Swiss chard and I've managed to outfox the chipmunks with regards to a pot of strawberries and will pick a couple later today.
Friday, May 25, 2018
After the spring bulbs have finished, there is a bit of a lull in the perennials. Some flowers are blooming though. Here are some pretty Virginia bluebells. I like the way they start out pink and gradually mature to blue.
I thought some bright celosia would contrast well with the lobelia.
We might get a thunderstorm tonight which will freshen everything up.
Monday, May 21, 2018
I grow my vegetables in containers and raised beds. It's much easier to control the soil and fewer weed seeds make their way into a raised bed. I do get some weeds in my big pots but it's so much easier to pull them out when they are up at a convenient height. Of course if you want a big garden, container gardening probably isn't practical but it is surprising how much produce you can get from a small space.
Here I have used an opened-up cardboard box to mulch near a tomato plant. The hose water uncovered some of it but I can quickly shovel a bit of dirt over it again. You can use lots of things as mulch. It just has to keep out the light. Old clothes, old reusable shopping bags, even opaque plastic if you punch a few holes in it are all possibilities.
I also don't stress if I have some weeds in the vegetable garden. Unless they are really out of control, the vegetables still grow just fine.
Here is a messy little patch that has been planted with nasturtiums and rudbeckia. In a couple of weeks, I'll know where the nasturtiums have sprouted and the rudbeckia will be bigger. I'll mulch around the plants with newspaper covered in dirt and I'll be set for the summer.
I hope some of these tips help you to enjoy your garden more. And remember , it's a garden, not a living room. A few weeds are not the end of the world.
Monday, May 14, 2018
It's always fun to see what annuals are for sale as the selection varies from year to year. This year Home Hardware had a flashy selection of hibiscus. In our climate, it's used as an annual. You can see how big the blooms are compared to the petunia. I'm curious to see if the hummingbird that usually comes in June will like it.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
I saw a Mallard pair swimming in the ditch by the road in front of our property. I thought it was rather sad that they thought the ditch constituted a pond, rather like the urbanites in their 500 sq.ft. condos who think their little rooms constitute a house. But I guess we have to make-do with whatever is available.
I saw two lovely rose-breasted grosbeaks this morning. So happy they have stopped by. Usually they move on in a couple of weeks. Now I am waiting to see or hear a Baltimore oriole. They also come by this time of year and have a beautiful flute-like song.
We are expecting thunderstorms this evening so that will perk up all the plants.