frost approaching

These days the weather forcast keeps threatening frost–so far we haven’t had a hard frost, but I took a few quick photos of annuals before getting in the car to go to work the other day, just in case. The garden next to the still-a-work-in-progress white garden is mostly annuals, planted under and around the…

Mid-October winding down

After a dry hot summer we’ve had a milder and wetter fall. Still no real frost, so the garden is lingering. Many of the flowers don’t know the flower season is over! Johnny jump-ups are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to stop in the fall. Many perennials are slowing down…

Using wood and stone

In the last year I’ve been adding a lot more wood and large stones to the garden. We’ve also been getting more serious about putting in a few small ponds or fountains, but that will take more study and planning. Maybe next year. Here’s an example of a recent stone/wood addition, in the white garden:There…

vegetables and flowers

My sister, my niece, and I are doing a “greens challenge”: seven days in a row we’re eating greens (broadly defined, including basically any really healthy-for-you vegetable that is green) cooked in various ways. Miso soup is an easy way to get greens in early in the day. The garden produces a lot of chard….

drought over

We’ve had lots of rain in the last week and the garden is happily soaking it in. So there are a few more slugs, and the top-heavy phlox are all bowed to the ground, it’s all worth it. A few days ago we took advantage of a dry day to drive to the Rideau Woodland…

early August garden

Some news from the place: my talented sister sewed some curtains for the sun porch. They keep the beating sun out on hot days and their bright yellow color adds cheer. Even when they are open, they dress up the room a lot. Here’s a picture:On the southside patio we’ve added a bench and a…

a dry summer

We did get a little rain today, thank goodness, but the garden is pretty dry this summer. In spite of that the lilies and phlox and daylilies are showing their colors. The back yard especially is almost dizzying.¬†When phlox bloom they create an amazing cloud of color. I love how there are so many different…

mid-July extravagance in the gardens

vegetables first:Here is David holding a head of broccoli he just cut in the garden. Yum! And I was busy the other day picking red and black currants: We freeze them and will hopefully make something interesting out of them. We especially have a lot of black currants. Maybe we can make currant cordial or…

building a new garden bed

David and I have gotten pretty efficient about building new gardens. The other day he said “shouldn’t you extend that garden bed so that it fills in this gap between these two beds? The spot was under the row of small pine trees. He hauled up some “Thelma rocks” for me to use in wall-building….

It’s all about the peonies…

I know they are not natives, they collect ants, they can flop no matter how well you stake them—but boy do I love peonies. Here’s why!Nuff said!

after the rain

Finally, we got some real rain. I managed to put in a bunch of annuals (thank you, Farr’s nursery in Russell!) into a section of the new bed near the tree swallow nest just before the rain. Here it is this morning:Nothing perennial there yet–I put an edge to it with a little rock wall,…