A busy and rainy week! The dog had to be taken for grooming, which she hates. We visited grandchildren at school to see their teachers and projects. Leo (7) lost a tooth. We moved plants in pots to their winter locations. Our lovely wooden bench, once it dries out from all the wet this week, may need added protection. More mulch was delivered and spread, and more awaits us. We heard a fine talk at Garden Club this week too, on Art in the Garden. Then there was Christmas shopping, also play practice for our daughter and granddaughter, etc. What six should I choose? Well, here goes:
- Garden Club took place on Monday evening and Lee Gas presented photos of his stone sculptures from his garden as well as from the gardens of friends. (https://www.google.ca/search?q=Lee+Gass+sculptures&dcr=0&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi3q-bdqcfXAhUP9mMKHXY_AigQsAQILg&biw=1339&bih=1038) Personally we have very little garden art because my husband prefers it that way. I do have a rain chain that I love, a handsome bench a friend made for us, but little else. I am keeping an open mind though. This is my grand daughter who loves Lee Gass’s work. This photo was taken last summer in his studio. It is a work in wood, still in progress.
This work in stone represents his wife… and was a wedding gift to her.
2. The bench our German friend built for us was oiled at summer’s end, but I still feel I want it protected more during our winter rains. I love this work and hope it lasts a good long time.
3. The shredded mulch we had delivered not long ago has ALL been spread and more of a different kind, this time chips, was delivered. We have begun spreading this around as well, but still more work to do.
The chips have been spread around the Parrotia tree and, to the left, around the small Callicarpa bush with its purple berries.
Yet more mulch around the Witchhazels and Hellebores.
4. I have pineapple lilies in two large pots which I store in the shop over the winter. They have huge sentimental value, so I feel safer keeping them in this 10C area. I am also testing a Lewisia plant in the shop as well as a Lysimachia beaujolais. The winters have been erratic here and so I don’t feel confident leaving some things out on their own with the elements.
Other plants have been cut back and potted up for safe keeping under the roof overhang so as not to drown in our winter rains. I can also cover them with fabric when severe snow & ice are threatened. These include Agapanthus, Cardoon, rosemary, bulbs and others.
Under the lights:
Outdoors under the roof overhang.
5. OK, this one is a big deal. Losing that first tooth! I think everyone remembers losing teeth at the time when class photos are taken! Anyway, this tooth had been hanging on for weeks and FINALLY came out at school. He is so proud and loves sticking his tongue in the newly created space.
6. Another huge deal, this time for me. I am a huge Clematis addict and one of the big names in clematis lives in British Columbia. We chatted on the web and he invited my husband and me to their place for a visit in Victoria. We drove there this week and had such a lovely time! We ended up having many things in common besides our love of Clematis: travels in Africa, pet dogs, children and grandchildren, pet therapy animals, gravel pit rehabilitation, meeting famous plant breeders around the globe, deer that threaten our gardens, and much more. What delightful people!
I came home with eight young clematis varieties, all with good roots. My new babies! So here they are. Let them be safe this winter! Oh lucky me…
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