A room full of beauties
Friday, May 31, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
A bright cheery calibrachoa.
A pair of hummingbirds has been frequenting the pulmonaria. Normally any hummingbirds that show up in the spring are just passing by, but this pair is hanging around so maybe they will nest on the property. Bumblebees also like the pulmonaria and I witnesses a near miss mid-air collision between a hummingbird and a bumblebee. They both startled at the last second and veered away. Pretty funny.
I had put up a hummingbird feeder for the first time in ages even before I saw the pair. They haven't found it yet but I'm sure they will before too long.
The flycatchers have discovered that Pepper, the horse, attracts blackflies and they hang out around him and easily catch the bugs out of the air. Great partnership.
A pair of cardinals is also spending a lot of time near the house so maybe a nest with them, too.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Pulmonaria is easy to grow especially if you have heavy soil. They like to be in partial shade and will droop in hot afternoon sun. They can get powdery mildew but it won't kill them. They are great for bumblebees in the spring. They can be too vigourous and spread more than you want, but they are shallow rooted and unwanted plants are easily dug up. Some people find the slightly prickly leaves irritating to the skin but I've never had issues with them.
Pulmonaria is one of my favourite plants.I think the spotty leaves are so cheerful and the spring flowers are wonderfully colourful after the dullnes of winter.
The mystery plants from the last two posts are orange campion. I'm absolutely sure about that! I didn't think they would make it through the winter so I kind of forgot about them, but they came through with flying colours. They'll bloom in late June.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
I was poking around in the gardens today and noticed a spot of white. The missing snowdrops! or rather snowdrop. Another set of leaves nearby may be another one. But the best of it is that it is a fancy double one although I had ordered the plain ones.
I think my mystery plant from last post is a phlox that happens to have red leaves when it first comes up. I actually have two of them. I must have bought them on the sale rack at the end of the season and I still can't remember what colour they are - probably red .
Sunday, April 28, 2019
I emptied out a gallon pot that had soil in it from last summer, and out flew a sleepy bumblebee. I looked it up online and found it is a tri-coloured bumblebee. It has a bright orange band around its middle. It was probably a queen , the only survivor from last year's colony. She will start a new colony soon which will have about 200 bees when it's mature. The pulmonaria is starting to bloom so there will be lots of pollen .
In spite of our cool spring, there has been a lot of flooding around the various rivers in Ontario and Quebec. A significant bridge going in to Montreal is closed, and another one in Ottawa is also closed.
We had a good amount of snow but not an extraordinary amount, but we never had a real meltdown in January like we usually get so there is lots of snow melting now. We've also had several rainy days which, of course, doesn't help. We are fine because our property is well away from rivers and our bush absorbs lots of water, but many people in flooded areas are displaced. A small century old hydro dam in rural Quebec about an hour from here is at risk of failing and the authorities have evacuated all the people downstream.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
I hope you are all enjoying some spring weather.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
After it stops blooming, the leaves will fall off and it will enter a necessary dormant period during which I will cut back on the watering and light. Two or three months of rest will allow it to renew itself and then I can start to encourage it to grow again by increasing the light. I will only increase the watering when active growth starts. Here's hoping it works.