Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Summer heather
Sedum'Frosty Morn'
View from treehouse window

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Our hearts go out to victims of Katrina

Lawn Mower
Origanum'Beth Chatto'
Fall Footwear
Acer Grisseum

Goya de Lully

This is the sire. If you go to their site, there are some video clips of him. God it makes me miss riding!

Ahh..Fall is in the Air and I love it!

Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather and the shorter days. I think it comes from me being a comfort hound. A name my friend Wendy gave me years ago.

When I used to live on a farm, I loved getting the firewood stacked and the hay tucked in the barn ready for a long winter. Life is different now without my daily chores of cleaning the horses stalls and sweeping the alley way. Picking manure out of the paddocks and hauling water buckets around. I really miss that lifestyle. The hard work and the privacy acreage affords. Life changes though and now I still enjoy a woodshed full of firewood and cozy evenings playing canasta by the fire. Devouring garden books and magazines, planning changes for the spring garden is another favorite fall/winter pastime. I get some of my best ideas sitting on the window seat with a cuppa tea in hand gazing out at the garden.

I think it is the planning and dreaming I like the best about gardening. A close second is searching the nurseries for the treasures I'm seeking. Then the satisfaction of it all coming together as I had invisioned in my mind. I love gardening!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Mrs Wilson let me drive!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Fall is in the Air

No More Spam!

Like Zoey, I've had to disable anonymous comments because of spam. Shame there are so many idiots out there.
Gunnera Flowers
Green Tomatoes
Purple Sedum
Honeysuckle berries

Friday, August 26, 2005


Last night I was invited along to see a incredible garden. The garden was done a year ago by a local landscape designer. What makes this garden so wonderful is that it was made for a gentleman in a wheelchair.

The garden is quite large and is situated on a lovely waterfront lot. The cement paths are all done in smooth concrete with fern and other leave imprints in it. Gorgeous! The paths wind down into a lower area in the middle which is the firepit. There is no grass anywhere, just a major planting of mixed low growing plants. I wish I would have brought my camera!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Red Veins

Boring closeups

I've decided that instead of boring people with close-up after close-up, I will post most of these pictures to my photoblog. ( I enjoy taking these types of photo's and want to continue in this direction. I have read on other peoples blogs that alot of people do not like alot of closeup pictures. I will still put some on my garden blog because I wouldn't be able to stop myself. I love them!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Paper and Flowers 1

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Rock Wall
Rose of Sharon

Blogging Burnout?

Nah! I love blogging but I admit I have been slacking off lately. The only thing I want to do garden wise right now is rip apart my rockwall garden and start again. The weather has finally cooled today but it has been so hot and dry that there is no way I can attempt that undertaking for awhile.

I just purchased Chelone lyonii and Salvia guaranitica'Black and Blue'. Has anyone tried that variety of Salvia before? The hummers are suppost to like it.

Another thing that is bugging me is my weeping Katsura tree. I paid alot of money for it(my husband picked it out)and it just isn't working for me. Anyone looking for one?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Clean Tomatoes

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

It's raining,it's pouring and I'll soon be snoring

I just got home from a great afternoon garden tour of my friends sister in laws garden. We walked the garden with zinfindel in hand. As it rained we drank some more and ohhed and ahhed at the appropriate times and cheered on numerous occasions. The gardener then invited us indoors to drink some more wine and eat some nibblies she had prepared for the occasion. So much for making dinner for my husband and child....I must sleep now.....

Monday, August 15, 2005

Wet rhodo
Dahlia'Cafe Lait'
David Austin'Heritage'

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Mrs.Wilson's Dahlia
Pollen collector
Sedum in pot

A Lovely weekend indeed!

My boys headed off friday on a father/son camping trip. This would be a first that I would be alone at home for an entire weekend. Yipee!!!

The first thing I did was clean my house and put fresh flowers in all the rooms. Then did the sushi thing with mom , came home and read magazines. Saturday morning I got up early and went for a long bike ride. In the afternoon I went for a three hour kayak trip. Hot day! but great all the same. On the way home I bought some fresh veggies and crab,stopped to grab a bottle of red wine and a chick flick. Heaven! This morning(Sunday) I was up and in the garden by 8:00. It just doesn't get any better that!

Friday, August 12, 2005

I love a good deal

Ya gotta love a good deal. Actually it's more like I got ripped off last time. Nobody was holding a gun to my head I know. I picked up a healthy one gallon Euphorbia'Tasmania Tiger' up for $6.99 at Quality Foods tonight.

My mom treated me to a delicious dinner of Tempura Udon,sushi and a cold beer. Nummy!
The weekend is off to a great start.
Neighbors view(over the fence)
Summer garden
Hibiscus over the fence

Thursday, August 11, 2005

White Lillies
Hydrangea'Annabelle',geranium'Roxanne' and Carex'Evergold'

Weekend in the garden

I have been so lazy lately that I've decided I am going to dedicate this weekend to work in my garden. I have been neglecting my compost pile too. I figure one or two days of serious puttering should bring it back to semi tidy. Happy Hour is always more satisfying if I actually accomplish something during the day.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Bee bum
Quiet place

Monday, August 08, 2005

Bob and Karolyn's garden

My friends Bob and Karolyn have a beautiful garden. Actually one of the most stunning I have ever seen. They are both very creative and talented. I phoned them Saturday evening to ask they would mind if I took some pictures of their gardens. They said sure and that Jerry Pavia(international garden photographer) had been there that morning. He was on holidays here and phoned a local garden center and they recommended this garden. Cool or what!!!! The next four pictures are from their garden and I will be taking alot more.
Phlox and beebalm