Six on Saturday: May comes to an end

1. The Meconopsis stand out in the partial shade garden.



2. Some early Clematis have begun to bloom: Brunet,  Sophie and Bambino.





3. Things that hide:
Last week I shared Podophyllum Spotty Dotty with you. This time I will show you how the buds form underneath the foliage.


The mulch we spread seems to provide lots of mushrooms all about. I like the look!



4. A mystery solved.
When we arrived in British Columbia in 2014, we set to work immediately on renovating parts of the garden to include some of the plants I had brought with us from Ontario. We noticed a small plant that did not seem like a weed, but that did not seem to grow much. Later on, we removed a large shrub nearby, and the small plant began to grow, seemingly because of added light. Here you see the foliage and the hidden “blooms” beneath. It seems to be known as “Mouse Tails”, (Arisarum proboscideum) and is a spreader in these parts. Must be wild here, though I’m told it is native to Spain!


5. A special road trip to the acreage of a rhododendron addict on Thursday! Oh my! Even though they are half over with after all the heat we have experienced, it was AMAZING! I need to rethink things around here!I Only came home with one….for now! Just enough of a bloom left to see the form and colour.


6. Dictamnus is a plant I am very fond of. It is a slow grower, so if you look for it, try for the biggest possible plant! I brought both the white and the pink version with me from Ontario. Some years it performs better than others. This is a good year! 🙂


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Another very busy week but perfect weather…which means watering with the sprinkler! Here is this week’s garden in photos. (No particular order)

1. Stairway to Heaven…Jacob’s Ladder.32689416_914810958690137_4225366616528912384_n

2. Podophyllum Spotty Dotty is about 15 years old or more!

3. Azalea Fragrant Star was added to our front gardens last year and is doing so well!32858306_915609285276971_3785113656732155904_n

4. Magnolia Sunsation is officially a tree. That means that birds land on it occasionally! That’s my test! Moved here from Ontario 3 years ago, it finally had over 10 lovely blooms this spring. Not terribly long lasting in the heat, but so pretty!32777103_915608771943689_5195293957088608256_n

5. Clematis follow me home. Seriously! This is Fair Rosamond and her early blooms are quite different from what I expected. 32703885_915384148632818_8813402423310680064_n

6. Hosta Waterslide was planted as a baby last summer and has returned thank goodness! I am enjoying watching this one grow. 32838655_915565905281309_6509715693838008320_n

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A quick check-in this time after our return from the Toronto area. Our trip was filled with travels back to the old farm, visiting good friends, an award for my husband, a visit from our son who lives in Boston, and also plants for me. (Clematis and Thalictrums)

Our daughter has kept us busy with activities with the children: a play performance, a concert (today!) and a Birthday event tomorrow. To top it off, her Mama goat had triplets, one for each child to name.

Somehow, I managed to mow the lawn, weed and water between events.

First night with triplet kids!
A new potting bench built by a friend
My baby Magnolia “Sunsation” is finally turning into a tree.
I love subtle but beautiful Enkianthus.
Dodecatheon is also known as Shooting Star
This is the land of Dogwoods which are now at their peak!


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Six on Saturday: April28, 2018

We’ve had a heatwave! Things are popping up all over and some even wilting and needing watering.  I’m not complaining!
The tree pruner came and cut down a large tree that grew on top of an old old stump. They also tidied up all the “wood” near the road where blackberries grow. I always love watching these people work. In one hour they accomplished so much and even carted it all away.
These are just some of the colourful blooms these days. Many other plants are just now surfacing. Lots of hostas among them.


1. A blend of Anemones, Fritillaria and Euphorbia.



2. The first Rhododendron to bloom is the bright red one. Not my favourite garden colour, yet impressive!



3. A surprise plant for me. I never saw this before, but it seems to like it here. Obviously a yellow violet, but not sure which one. Perhaps Viola glabella  stream violet, yellow wood violet



4. We inherited a wonderful ground cover when we bought our home. It is commonly called Kinnikinnick, a beautiful name to roll off your tongue!
Kinnikinnick is a Native American and First Nations herbal smoking mixture, made from a traditional combination of leaves or barks. Recipes for the mixture vary, as do the uses, from social, to spiritual to medicinal.



5. Lamprocapnos formosa (bleeding heart or Dicentra) is a flowering plant with fern-like leaves and an inflorescence of drooping pink, purple, yellow or cream flowers native to the Pacific Coast of North America. It is just now in bloom here!



6. The first Clematis to return and bloom here this spring! I love the plump buds! The flowers are already open because of the heat, but the photographer hasn’t yet done her job!


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Six on Saturday: a day late….


Our huge Japanese maple is leafing out. Always lovely to watch!



The daffodils are still blooming –  a delight!



Old bricks have been removed from edging and are waiting for pickup. (Our daughter wants them.)



Two new-to-me fritillarias. One is named Ivory Towers, (left), the other resembles Pallida, but seems larger.



The pale yellow rhododendron was planted just last year. The new lavender one is Rhododendron pemakoense, a very dwarf plant with tiny leaves and a wild appearance.



Newly planted last fall and blooming this week are Soldanella (left) and Omphalodes Cherry Ingram (right)


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Six on Saturday: April 14, 2018

  1. This week was a real mix of weather! We have had hard rains, glorious blue skies, both of them together, and wind so strong that the ferries did not operate at times! In spite of all this, the garden is filled with daily surprises. Sometimes they are pleasant and other times not…as in the branch which fell into my Corylopsis from my neighbour’s yard. No damage though… This was a pleasant surprise!





2. There was hard work in places: Here major digging to make a home for baby clematis Royalty and Clematis Mrs T Lundell. Many rocks were found….
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3. Here at our front entrance area, a layer of dark mulch was shoveled to suppress weeds.



4. One of the very pleasant surprises were these morel mushrooms which appeared. My husband had them fried up in an omelette!



5. Another surprise was a plant order that arrived very late from the states. I was in agony over the delay, certain that everything inside would be a mushy mess. In fact, I think most everything will survive with patience and decent temperatures. Some of the plants have very white new growth due to the lack of light over the past two and a half weeks! The saga is too difficult and painful to explain…



6. I’ll share here some of the plant highlights in the garden. Chocolate Corydalis (with pale lavender blooms, Clematis Constance (new plant which I grew in my former garden), and Fritillaria persica.



Next is a pink and white Hellebore, variegated Comfrey, Thalictrum Black Stockings beginning to gain height, and a hellebore from our former farm with a white & purple Epimedium which seems to have come along for the ride!





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Six on Saturday: April 7, 2018

It is so exciting to see things rapidly coming alive in the garden these days! All that mulch we spread last fall has certainly helped slow down the weeding problem.

1. The most obvious colour these days comes from the bulbs: Crocus, white Heloniopsis, tiny fritillarias, Daffodils and soon Martagon lilies , Bluebells and Leucojum should appear. The snowdrops are mostly just greenery now.


2. Podophyllums like Spotty Dotty have just begun to emerge as well as similar plants like Dysosma versipelle, and Panda Face Ginger Plant.


3. So many perennials are showing new growth all of a sudden: some of them are Epimedium, Anemonopsis macrophyllum, Sedum, my artichoke plant, meconopsis and a fern-like Japanese plant called Pteridophyllum racemosum.







4. The return of clematis is perhaps one of my biggest thrills.  Here are a very few of many appearing these days: the top row shows atragene Joe Zary on an obelisk and Blue Dancer on a wall trellis. The next early risers are Perko, Eetika, Semu, Marmori and Gravetye Beauty. I am still finding permanent homes for more clematis. Just this week I unexpectedly found more obelisks on sale. The big problem is there’s no more space!


5. There are spring blooming shrubs now which cheer up our surroundings: Salmonella (too high for me to photograph their pink blooms!), Ribes (flowering currant), as well as Corylopsis spicata. The Witchhazels are history as far as blooms go, but their foliage is slowly appearing.




6. Buds and Blooms on perennials are taking off too. We are enjoying Primulas, Anemone blanda, Pulsatilla and Pulmonaria. There’s more to come too!


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Friday & Saturday


Our son-in-law spent an hour or so building our new wagon. Then the grandkids had to take it for a test drive!


Ivy, almost 9, pulled her younger brothers along our shade trail. Forrest is hidden in the back seat and Leo is studying nature all around .