Christmas Mantel

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Late July Gardens


Hello everyone, I thought I would drop by with a little update on our gardens.  It is hard to believe that we are almost into August already!  And as always that leads this gardener to wonder not only where has time gone but why does it take so long to get the many projects done!



I recently purchased two climbing hydrangeas which are being planted on the northwest side of the stone house.  I hope that as they become established I will be able to finally remove the Virginia Creeper which has been stubbornly covering our windows.  


We have two crab apples in the gardens at the house and they are drooping with little apples.  A few years ago we planted different varieties of flowering crabs in one of our fenced paddocks and named it "Crab Apple Grove".  Those trees are all becoming established but are still quite young.

An assortment of day lillies, always one of my favourite perennials.  I would like to add to the collection with some pale yellow varieties.



 This is some unknown variety of echinops which I purchased as a tiny plant at the local Horticultural Society plant sale.  I have divided it 3 times and each clump has become quite large with the plants reaching over 4 feet tall.  They are very striking in the perennial gardens.



I am not sure why it took me so long to see the value in hydrangeas!  Now I am hooked!  This particular plant was also a Horticultural Society plant sale find.




Today I tried lemon ginger tea.  To be honest I think it might be an acquired taste.






 Another sweet little rose resting in a little clay urn.

At long last our generator has arrived!  In the event of a power failure this device will provide sufficient power to keep our home and barn running without interruption.  We learned long ago that power outages are only romantic for the first 15 minutes.  After that the reality of not having heat, running water and frozen pipes sinks in very quickly.





This is a shot of our northwest lawn above the stone wall.  The garden was upended to make room for a large stone retaining wall and to make room for an addition.  There is still much work to be done to finish regrading the area and then to work on the plantings for the waterfall garden.  I hope to have the framework for this garden in place this year.



The forecast for this weekend is hot temperatures with a humidex over 35 degrees.  I am not sure how much gardening will happen this weekend!

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