Sunday, February 3, 2013

Winter wonders...


if I look hard enough, there's beauty even in the winter...

on a cold and bitter winter day, ice crystals cling to the sugar maples high in the sky...

a wonderful contrast of azure blue and the whitest white...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fall is upon us...

"Sweet summer is gone; they have laid her away, 
The last sad hours that were touched with her grace,
In the hush where the ghosts of the dead flowers play;
The sleep that is sweet of her slumbering space..."
 - Archibald Lampman


after a long dry growing season the last bits of colour fade away...

the first leaves from the sugar maples begin to carpet the garden...


the crimson tones of the virginia creeper (parthenocissus quinquefolia), the sedum 'Autumn Joy', and the staghorn sumac (rhus typhina) herald the coming winter with a final blast of colour... 

beautiful colours abound, yet I can't help but feel sad... the winter has become a cold and desolate concept to me since I began gardening... the long wait until spring always seems unbearable to endure...


Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Apogee of Bloom...

September is often the peak of a garden, and despite this years low rainfall, my garden has not disappointed me...

the obedient plant (physostegia virginiana 'white crown') blooms under the tallest staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) in the memorial garden...


the scarlet runner beans (phaseolus coccineus) have been profusely blooming since late June .. each flower turns into an edible bean pod best eaten young... 

scarlet runner beans are ornamental vines that are not native to Ontario, but are treated as annuals for their easy growing, and edible nature... mine are clambering up hemp string tied to a bird feeder pole...

the new stiff goldenrod (solidago rigida) has done very well here... the leaves are a lot different than the typical goldenrod (solidago canadensis)...

while the flower clusters are similar in size, the flowers themselves are much bigger...

the brown eyed susan (rudbeckia hirta) grown from seed is a spectacular addition to my garden!

each flower shows a variation in shape... 

the hops have done much better here then in years past despite doughty conditions... 

indian grass (sorghastrum nutans) 

flowering indian grass...

a pleasing mix of indian grass and goldenrod...

the black eyed susan vine (thumbergia alata) that i grew from seed had covered the dead oak sapling...

I had to deadhead most of the purple coneflower (echinacea purpurea) flower heads early and disposed of them in the garbage... they were infested by what I think is the Sunflower moth (homoeosoma electellum)... the central cone became blackened and rotten and inside there is a 1/4" larvae .. the front xeriscape garden was hit last year with this pest, but this year they attacked both gardens...

a couple coneflowers were spared...

despite the drought, most of these native species are as lush as ever...

the flower of the rose of sharon (hibiscus syriacus)...


despite it's resistance to clematis wilt, native virgins bower (clematis virginiana) has partially succumbed to it... it also seems like its being attacked by powdery mildew, and I am thinking that the neighbours are accidentally over water it from their side of the fence...

the transplanted hostas are not doing well... far too much sun and I will have to move them next year...

the ever cheerful black eyed susans (rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’)

a spider awaits its prey...

tall tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris)

the transplanted staghorn sumacs (Rhus typhina) are taking to their new home and task of pushing out the invasive buckthorns behind them... the virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is finally clambering up the chinese honeysuckle...