Early December in the Garden

 

December grasses

 

Clematis in December

 

Mushrooms in early December

 

A December Rhododendron

 

A December fern

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December 4, 2018

 

We have had a nasty time of things with Ric hospitalized and me needing to share his room for well over a week. The food was….you can guess.
We were in a scary place and are working our way out.
Ric was hospitalized and I was with him, being the only one to calm him. He weighed 132 pounds and blood pressure was low, as in 81/47.
He also has a “sliding hernia”…which you can read about if that sort of thing interests you.
Sarah (our daughter) & her husband Wayne are our heroes.
We are working with medical marijuana of various kinds to get him through terrible nights. I can’t keep up with emailing right now, but special thanks for caring and I’ll let you know details when I can. Likely after an appointment in Vancouver on the 11th….or even a week or so later once we find Parkinson’s disease results. . I am hanging on and have care all around.
Also Adam (our son) kept in touch from Haiti and is now in Boston and in touch.

Six on Saturday: November 17, 2018

And here we are in mid November, with Christmas featured in every store. This  has been a tough year for us and I am looking ahead to 2019! In fact, I am already eager to see the bulbs I planted. I just read that Buchart Gardens here in BC planted 300,000 bulbs this October. Imagine!

1. This is a Cotoneaster tree which we nearly removed when we first bought the property. So happy to still have it now!

 

2. The ferns manage to enhance this place even though some are turning brown at this time.

 

3.  A few of our Hellebores are in bloom.

 

4. This white heather is just beginning to bloom.

 

5. I fear this could be the last sunny day for a long while. I hope not of course!

 

6. Yesterday was the very last cleanup. I cut back the Amsonias which looked mighty messy.

I also wrapped a fragile Clematis in its teepee for the winter. The cold nights have begun.

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Six on Saturday: November 10, 2018

One needs to look carefully these days to find six garden items to share…

1. The fallen leaves…

 

2. The last oakleaf Hydrangea bloom

 

3. Seeds…

Japanesae Silverbell

Phlomis seeds

 

4. Rain on grasses (Panicum virgatum Cheyenne Sky)

 

5. More mushrooms…

 

6. Time to turn off the water from inside our shop….

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Six on Saturday: November 3, 2018

An incredibly tough and busy week….with a time change at the end! But this is the part that helps me survive it all!

1.The garden is mostly cleaned up, but a few flowers remain that I just can’t cut back yet!
Here are some late blooming asters and the white fall Anemones.

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2. A kind friend came by last Saturday and spent a long time helping me clean up leaves and organize the compost bins.

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3. Many pots will live outdoors under the eaves where they remain somewhat protected from the elements. Spring bulbs are planted in a few of these.

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4. The berries on the Disporum cantonense ‘Night Heron’ are hard to capture in photos. (for me!) The foliage still looks great these days, so I think I’ll cut it back in early spring. The dark new foliage is wonderful to see.

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5. It is quite wet these days, but even so, some colour remains.

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Yes, green is a colour too!

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6. More stuff: If there are any more dry days, there’s plenty of mulch left to spread around.

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We have had another dead tree cut down too.

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and the edging is mostly completed.
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PS: The Ginkgo tree…..where will it be come Saturday? Here’s how it looked on Wednesday. In Nigeria they say “Who knows tomorrow?” In just one day, all the leaves usually fall at once.

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Six on Saturday: October 27, 2018

So much beauty these days. It has been a perfect October…until the rains began this week. Of course we need rain, but the warm sunshine was such a motivator for garden cleanup! There are not that many autumn flowers, but lots of leaf color. Today there was a sweet young fawn outside our fencing. Inside, there was a yucky black slug (which I moved to the empty lot next door.) Then I planted the very last bulbs, hoping for a greater show next year.

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2. The Fuchsia Hawkshead is still in bloom too.

 

3. The Witchhazel Jelena has wonderful colour this year. The blooms begin in January and February just when you need colour most!

 

4. Amsonia hubrichtii hasn’t produced the amazing golden colour I was familiar with in Ontario. Still it is soft and lovely, in spite of the rain. I’m told I should prune these after their blooms are gone.

 

5. The mushroom season has been remarkable!

 

6. I need to do just a few more things before I give up: check the compost bins, rake leaves, get the hoses put away, clean up some tools too… Work on the plant lights as well. Tomorrow….IMG_20181022_130259.bjpg

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Six on Saturday: October 20, 2018

The neighbourhood seems alive with pre-winter tasks. A huge tree was removed from next to a neighbour’s house. It took hours to complete that task. Another tree person removed holly trees from our place. Later on, he returned with more wood chips for mulch! Our son-in-law repaired our gate, a job that wasn’t even on our list, though it makes a big difference. A friend repaired our hand railing next to the front steps and the plumber also came and did some fine work on our floor heating pipes. None of this was glamorous stuff, but Oh so nice to have done!

Now on to my six.

  1. The bulbs of course had trouble arriving on time, but Canada Post eventually delivered them just one day late. Friday (today) may be the day for planting. I hope so! About 75 bulbs should not take forever. So much on my list to do though.IMG_20181018_195222bWell, I only got a few planted today, the Muscari ‘grape ice’ and the Leucojum autumnale ‘September Snow’.  I had to run errands in the afternoon and somehow more Meleagris lilies and several Dodecatheon “Aphrodite’ returned home with me.

 

2. We have some wonderful Autumn colour still.
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Even a Hellebore is blooming!IMG_20181018_105329b.jpgHellebores

 

3. I enjoy the yellows in particular: the Corylopsis, Sedum Angelina. Later the Ginkgo will be yellow as well.IMG_20181018_104802b.jpgCorylopsis

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4. Here you can see the hostas collapsing and the Clematis seedheads ripening..IMG_20181018_104824b.jpgcollapsed

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5. Many pots have moved into the shop and more hoses need to be put away.IMG_20181018_104522b

 

6. I try to give DH an outing every day or two when he is feeling up to it. We went to see April Point the other day, not far from our home. There we saw a large mine sweeper from 1942 being upgraded.  The boat will be made for a tourist business. It seems that out of some 4,000 of these, only 4 remain. It was a lovely day for the three of them to be working on it. There were only a couple of other boats around, also a dog and a blue heron.
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Six on Saturday: October 13, 2018

Hoping for another week of good weather so that we can have the garden in good shape for winter. There’s weeding, edging and bulb planting still to work on. The bulbs are expected to arrive soon we are told! I love autumn and observing all the fun details in people’s gardens and in nature everywhere!

1.Lots of rain last weekend…. produced hundreds of mushrooms, diamonds on Katsura Red Fox and Cercis Forest Pansy foliage, and reflections of trees on our very wet garden bench.IMG_20181005_144719b

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2.Come Tuesday we had beautiful sunny weather and suddenly our young Stewartia tree changed colour.IMG_20181010_152550b.jpgStewartia

By late afternoon, the sun was so low in the sky that it showed off the pale yellow of the fading Hosta leaves and ferns.IMG_20181010_155049b

 

3.My garden friend and I decided to risk moving a young Fringe Tree that was in too much shade. I am excited to find out if it will finally bloom in 2019! I grew several of these in Ontario and just love them!

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4. A few muscari and crocus bulbs got planted, an Anemone and a Cyclamen found new homes, the pineapple lilies went into the shop for the winter along with the garden furniture.
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5. Some of my favorite shade plants are still looking fine.

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6. We went on a Sasquatch hunt at the spit and found him! He’s a recent arrival. He observes a fabulous view all day and night.IMG_20181010_143232252_HDRb

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Six on Saturday: October 6, 2018

 

Monday will be the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. I am making applesauce for the occasion as I type in my Six today. It has been a difficult week for us with my husband’s Parkinson’s Disease, but we are carrying on. Yet another birthday for me and I find October a beautiful month to celebrate.

 

1.Yes, the leaves can be wonderful.  If we are lucky, some of the maples and oakleaf Hydrangeas can be quite spectacular! Even when it rains! Often British Columbia sees very little of the red & burgundy hues, more yellows and plain greens.

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2. The hostas, after the first cold weather (3C) begin to fade and eventually will become mushy and need tidying up.

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3. Time to tidy up the pots of tomatoes and eggplant and put a few other plants in the shop under lights.IMG_20181003_110702b.jpgPatioCleanUp

The garden chairs and benches need to go indoors as well.IMG_20181003_110651b.jpgPatioClean-up

In this case the huge blue delphinium was simply cut back and mulch added.
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4.Some flowers are just beginning to bloom at the same time as others show off their seedheads and foliage.

This is Anemone Honorine Jobert with Chocolate Eupatorium and Gillenia stipulata.
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This late blooming creeping aster  had to be tied up to clear out the weeds beneath it.IMG_20181003_110604b.jpgCreepingAste-rtied-up

A closeup of the aster blooms. I love this plant! (Aster ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’)IMG_20181003_110551b.jpgopening

 

5. This clematis is very young and so it will overwinter in its pot and be dealt with next spring.IMG_20181003_110753b.jpgMaryRose-goes-to-bed

And these “ghetto” plants will be planted in new homes before winter:Heuchera, Clematis Mme Julia Correvon and various Agastaches.IMG_20181003_111511b

Clematis Francesca is showing a few late season blooms.

 

6. We are expecting the tree pruner to deal with a fallen tree and some invasive hollies.

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There are actually three hollies in this spot. I hope the guy can handle the stabbing foliage!IMG_20181003_170628b

We still have not received the bulb order, so there will be work later this month I guess.  I hope to get some edging done, and perhaps cut back some of the bamboos. We’ll see how it goes!

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Six on Saturday:September 29, 2018

This week’s sun has made a big difference in my outlook.

1. Fall colour:

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2. Time for colourful foliage, berries, seedheads and mushrooms

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3. This week saw the removal of 2 trees and a shrub. This made me nervous, but it was a wise decision.
On the left a variegated Cornus was removed as well as a small Japanese Maple. The Cornus was in fact not a star performer and threatened to grow too large for this location. The maple tended to drag its branches along the ground but not gain height. It was not visible behind the lantern.
On the right, an Osmanthus shrub blocked light to the clematis that grow up the lattice trellis.

 

4. Curiosities…

These white cyclamen produce their foliage after they bloom!IMG_20180927_162407b

Rhubarb at September’s end… Seems wrong but I like the large leaves.IMG_20180928_091337b.jpgRhubarb

 

5. Asters in blue, white and purple…IMG_20180927_162815b

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6. These clematis blooms appeared unexpectedly. (Francesca, Durandii, Roguchi2)IMG_20180928_085558b

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 Time to start the cleanup. I try to save the grasses, lavender and clematis until late winter, but sometimes I cut the clematis partway at this time to prevent the wind from blowing them around too fiercely. There’s still a bit of mulch to spread and of course the bulbs to plant.
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