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





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!



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.
This Heuchera Obsidian will winter over in a pot.IMG_20181010_154635b.jpgObsidian


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.



The sun is low in the sky these days and it sets (way too) early .IMG_20181003_171132b


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





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.


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.

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.


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:

Gentian true blueIMG_20180927_161738b

Anemone Honorine JobertIMG_20180927_161831b

Hydrangea Pinky Winky has turned colourIMG_20180923_131234b.jpgPinkyWinky

Allium OzawaIMG_20180926_174510b.jpgOzawaAlliums




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







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




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



 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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New Curtains

The kids are getting new curtains for their bedrooms.  The visitor from Germany, Sandy, decided to teach Ivy how to do this and gave her lessons on the sewing machine. She loved it!

First she ironed the edge she was going to stitch.



Next she learned to set up the machine with Sandy.


Then there was plenty more to sew.



She wanted lots of yellow fabric added to make them longer.


Then she trimmed off bits of extra thread…



Et Voila!


Thank you Sandy!



Six on Saturday: September 22, 2018

Both sun and rain,  warm and cold this week.  A week for removing some rather insipid plants, rescuing a few as well.  The potting table is now what I call the garden ghetto. There is a jumble of plants that need to be planted either in the garden or in pots to overwinter in the shop. Just today, returning from an eye doctor’s appointment, several Agastaches, three sad looking Clematis and Aster ‘Prince’ jumped into our car.  I hope for some good weather and free time to work on all of this!IMG_20180919_172725b

Also, I bought some bulbs to fill in a few areas next spring. This has been a tough week, so thank heavens for the garden! And now it is officially Fall, my favourite season.

Today’s Six:

1. The rhododendrons have buds and it is exciting to already know what will be coming in spring. We have planted a few new ones and look forward to seeing them. This one is called Windsong and will have an almost green flower.



2. Little Miss Ivy likes this Arasaema candisissimum.  She thinks it looks like a giant clover with a pink bloom. Several young but unusual Disporum cantoniense were planted too close to this plant, so we moved them.



3. Autumn is often about sedums and asters. After a rain, the asters and echinaceas are not always vertical. This is Sedum Lime Twist.

This giant aster was pruned by more than half in mid June. Now it is taller than I am and yet to bloom.



4. The fresh new foliage of Corydalis cheilanthifolia is wonderfully fern-like at this time of year.  I love the blue colour as well. The yellow blooms were mighty pale in my garden, but are supposed to be a happy yellow.



5. It was time to rescue this Hakonechloa from an overly dry and shady spot. I hope it will enjoy its new home next year.



6. Beautyberry, also known as Callicarpa, is one of those late treats in the garden. It is not such an interesting specimen while you wait however. The fall berries do make up for this though! Mine is growing in a large pot still – after at least three years – because I can’t decide where to keep it.



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Six on Saturday: September 15, 2018

1.  Last weekend we participated in the local Fall Fair. The grandchildren entered many competitions and received lots of ribbons for categories such as “largest egg”, “smallest egg” , “5 vegetables”, “7 flowers in a floral bouquet”,  a photograph, etc.

The two boys, 8 and 6, received ribbons for their bouquets.


2. All three received ribbons for their vegetable entries. The youngest received the first prize ribbon! I laughed when I saw the tiny tomato he included because he is not at all fond of tomatoes.

3. The oldest, 9, submitted crafts  and paintings:IMG_20180909_111020b.jpgCampsite


She also contributed a close-up photograph of a young heron on their property. I was impressed as she has just begun to use her camera.IMG_20180909_125014b

The 8 year old middle child also contributed his painting of birch trees with shadows.

4. The middle child also won the “dozen most different eggs” event, beating out his mother to his great delight. (His are in front with the yellow tag,  hers are placed behind his with a white tag).IMG_20180909_110714b


5. My friend Ryan gave a talk on melons from all around the world and we got to try some of them too. (So rainy! Several display tents blew down.)

6. I am told that the British Clematis Society annual Journal ‘The Clematis’ for 2018 is well under way and that they expect to publish on November 25th. At last I finished my article for the BCS in time. I was asked to write about our garden tour that took place last June. Each article is being proofread at this stage and my review was short and sweet!  What a relief.
Then today, I was invited by the local quilters to attend their slide show of the quilts displayed in all the gardens. I was so happy to see these photos because I had missed the day for contributers to tour the gardens due to a previous engagement.

Watching the photo show by the quilters’ GuildIMG_20180911_121410b


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Today’s Garden: September 12, 2018

I’m exhausted, so this will be mostly photos from a partly sunny day with a strong garden helper.

Lots of seeds and autumn colour (Oakleaf Hydrangeas, Amsonia Hubrechtii, Astrantia, and Red Fox Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Rotfuchs’)IMG_20180912_150818b.jpgSeedsAutummCcolour


There are lots of seeds, berries and grasses. Love them! I don’t know the name of this ornamental grass, but I enjoy its many colours every year at this time when I look out our diningroom window! These are cherries of Cornus mas on the right..


This oddity is a Magnolia seed pod. This is a quite young tree and so the seed pods are a new experience for me! I found many different ones when I Googled this.



The patio tomatoes are doing fine. This tomato seems quite firm.



This tall Cotoneaster tree was nearly removed when we moved here, but I’m so glad we kept it now! Look at those berries!



At last, Fuchsia Hawkshead is in full bloom. I always look forward to this time.



Japanese Anemones have begun to bloom too. This is A.Honorine Jobert with its fat buds.



To add to the white flowered theme, here are my white Cyclamen in bloom.



Cimicifuga is fun in several ways. The foliage, the buds, the flowers and the seed heads!



This is Clematis Francesca, showing off one last bloom!



Hosta Waterslide has wavy foliage and very lovely blooms too. I don’t always like Hosta blooms, but these are so pretty!



This bee is certainly enjoying Hydrangea Plum Passion.



Last but not least,  the beginnings of fall mulching.  After weeding, pruning, planting and edging around the Rhododendrons, a layer of mulch really improves everything! The yellow leaves are our redbud tree in autumn clothing.


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Six on Saturday: September 8, 2018

1.Cool nights mean Autumn colour. There’s a definite fall feel to the garden now. The angle of the sun has changed. There are longer shadows. There are seeds and dried flowers about, apples and pears on the ground. No more blackberries here. Ornamental grasses are strutting their stuff. Just look at the Hydrangeas!

Oakleaf HydrangeaIMG_20180905_084439b.jpgOak-Leaf

Quickfire HydrangeaIMG_20180904_180215b.jpgQuickfire

2. Aster-like plants and Coreopsis Sienna SunsetIMG_20180905_085859b.jpgAsterCoreopsis

3. Agastaches have great variety… and wonderful scent!.

Black AdderIMG_20180905_083915b.jpgBlack-Adder

Agastache rupestrisIMG_20180905_084156b.jpgAgastacheRupestris

4. A favourite delicate-looking grass: Calamagrostis BrachytrichaIMG_20180905_084025b.jpgBrachytricha

5. Cornus Kousa has entered its fall stage. Here it is in fruit.

6. Clematis are in their final stages…

Princess KateIMG_20180905_085718b.jpgPrincess-Kate

Purpure Plena ElegansIMG_20180905_085632b.jpgPPE

Pink PrideIMG_20180905_090105b.jpgPinkPride

Jan FopmaIMG_20180905_084401b.jpgJanFopma

Buckland Beauty on our arbor.


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Six on Saturday: September 1, 2018

This was a very busy week, filled with a birthday party for our middle grandchild,  a trip to the Vet’s for renewed thyroid medication and food for Phoebe-dog, a doctor’s appointment with my husband, and more car repairs for the old Honda. A young blue heron fell (or was chased) from its nest at my daughter’s home where there is a heronry of 4-5 nests. The rescue people think it has a good chance of survival if it will grow enough feathers before winter. They are watching its (broken?) leg closely. It was transferred by ferry to their location in a large dog carrier!

There was not much time for the garden, yet I managed to water the driest areas. I also worked on an article about our June garden tour for the British Clematis Society. I hope I make the deadline for this. My friend often asks me for an “easy” article with photos when he is in need of non-scientific material.

And now for my Six.

  1. This is my favorite time of year in the garden, but you must realize by now that I must search for colour in the garden after our heat and drought this summer. Persicaria is one of the few plants I can count on. Soon I will have to think about dividing this I suspect! It already grows in two locations here


2. I am still enjoying our bench area. The path needs some raking soon to keep the mulch in place. I have observed feral cats in the garden recently too. I guess our dog is too old and lazy to chase them these days. There are hanging branches nearby, and I have spoken to a tree person about removing a few in September. This person was finally able to deliver 5 yards of chips for mulch this week. It will be a while before that gets spread I think, but I was lucky to locate it because with the fire bans, no one is permitted to use power saws and tools. This load came from off our island where the ban is not in effect. It is Balsam and Fir and smells WONDERFUL!


3. This Oregano Herrenhausen plant grows nicely with a creeping white aster. The aster has not begun to bloom so far, but I love it’s blue-grey colour and texture with it.


4. Only a few of the red Corydalis that I planted about 3 years ago have returned this year. I thought they would stand out nicely in late summer when there is not much colour, but they are a bit skimpy I think. Too much shade I guess. Cute though.


5. I love most ornamental grasses and the way they highlight the garden. They are beginning to shine at this time. Panicum varieties are my favourites and they enjoy lots of sun – but the Hakonechloa shade grasses are really eye catching as well.
Panicum Cheyenne Sky develops lovely burgundy highlights.

Panicum ‘Northwind’ is also a delight. It is known for its narrow upright habit. Mine is just beginning to form its inflorescences.IMG_20180824_080513b.jpgNorthwind
Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’ has been growing in almost full shade.  Mine remains green so far, but its main feature is supposed to be orange and red tones in cooler autumn weather. I’m waiting!

The brighter Haconechloa macra Aureola or Hakonechloa ‘all gold’ really brighten up dark spots in the garden!

Molinias, usually large, are fabulous too! (I can’t stop!) I’ve had this one for years. It really makes a statement when given enough room!IMG_20180831_141844b

This Molinia variegata, on the other hand, is small even when its inflorescences shoot up. I have three in this area to contrast with Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’.

6. Yesterday I picked up some potted hardy cyclamen plants. In North America these are nigh impossible to find. I have always needed to plant Cyclamen as seeds or single bulbs up until last year when I located tiny (1″?) pots. These new ones are strong looking healthy plants with lovely markings. I don’t know quite yet where I’ll be planting them… since they were an impulse buy.

The garden thinks that fall has begun! Do you?

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Six on Saturday: August 25, 2018

This has been the worst week ever in British Columbia for terrible air quality. We have had sore throats, headaches and stinging eyes. Yesterday things began to clear, but so far, still no rain to help end the wildfires. I am enjoying the cooler clearer days, but am still dragging the sprinklers about!



1.The hydrangeas are still doing very nicely. Here you see Purple Passion and Limelight in bloom.




2. The patio vegetables have been toasted by the high temperatures. The eggplants are doing well, except for the leaves…but the tomatoes have blossom end rot. I’ll pick the ripish ones and see how things progress, perhaps with some added calcium.




3. This is the last of the St John’s Wort. Cheerful, but its creeping habit could become alarming soon.



4. This week our granddaughter attended a theatre camp in town. They learned their lines and songs, prepared their sets, chose costumes, etc. Ivy, nine years old, played the role of a witty librarian.  Normally she does not wear glasses. Their performance took place outdoors in lovely surroundings (Spirit Square) which I am also sharing here with you.





5. We are working on adding a few Rhododendrons.  So far we have cleared an area for this R. True Blue. They have been sitting in pots for too long. Although they have been watered, they have not liked it. Rhododendrons seem to all lose lower leaves at this time of year. It will be a long time until we see how they take to this spot. We have about 4 more plants waiting impatiently.



6. And that brings us to clematis once more.
This time, mainly seedheads are involved  but also a few blooms.

Buckland BeautyIMG_20180818_180509b

Peveril ProfusionIMG_20180818_180551b.jpgPevProfusion - Copy

No name…but my favouriteIMG_20180824_082525b.jpgClematis

Seedheads for the above plant.IMG_20180824_082702b.jpgseedheads

There are a few more clematis waiting in pots to be put in their permanent homes. Like the Rhododendrons, they are impatient for this!

I would like to express congratulations to Clematis
on the Web on their recent award.


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