Category: garden blog

Yesterday evening we took our Sparks group to …

Yesterday evening we took our Sparks group to the local garden centre for a year-end wrap party. The girls each got to plant a succulent and then decorate the pot with coloured sand, stones, bits of glass, marbles, etc. They had a blast!

I’m sad I was too busy to take photos of the girls’ creations, but if you imagine the one in the photo if a circus threw up on it you’d be pretty close.

May 24, 2018 11 days ago I planted this tomat…

May 24, 2018

11 days ago I planted this tomato seedling after accidentally severing it from its root ball. I buried as much of the stem as I could and did my best to keep the soil moist. Tomatoes can grow new root systems, but the biggest hurdle to clear was keeping the plant hydrated enough to avoid vascular collapse long enough for rooting to occur. Think of it like cut flowers in a vase; the stem alone can draw water for a few days, but eventually the flowers wilt.

As you can see, the plant is alive and healthy today! It’s still quite small as all its available energy has had to go toward growth below the soil, but it should take off soon. Meanwhile my father-in-law’s plant is fully 2 feet tall 😅

Today’s aesthetic: dead ‘Black Hero’ tulips we…

Today’s aesthetic: dead ‘Black Hero’ tulips wearing tattered ballgowns and this Sweet Caroline ‘Raven’ sweet potato vine, affectionately nicknamed Ebony Dark’ness

My parents have a beautiful yard full of rhodo…

My parents have a beautiful yard full of rhododendrons. Some of them are older than I am!

Most varieties of rhodo are too big for container gardens, though plenty stay under 3’/1m. They are also pretty tolerant of shade, so even a small yard can host a rhodo or two!

May 13, 2018 Disaster! A runaway tomato cage …

May 13, 2018

Disaster! A runaway tomato cage decapitated one of my tomato seedlings today as I was preparing to plant mine in it’s final home.

The victim wasn’t the seedling I had planned to keep for myself, but ‘you break it, you buy it’. So, now we have a two-part science experiment.

Hypothesis A: the root ball and remaining stem will send out new shoot(s) and continue to grow

Hypothesis B: the rootless stem will produce a new root system and continue to grow

It’s maybe not as hopeless as it seems; tomatoes can grow roots nearly anywhere along the stem and particularly from leaf nodes. This is why you should bury tomato seedlings up to the top few sets of leaves when you plant them. The deciding factor will be if the planted stem can hang on long enough to grow new roots.

I might be buying a seedling for myself next weekend!

Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylp…

Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylphide’ and is a very dramatic magenta against the deep merlot of the ‘Black Hero’ tulips. Zoom in to see all the cool details!

It’s raining today, which gave me the opportun…

It’s raining today, which gave me the opportunity to take some of the coolest photos I think I’ve ever taken.

The way the raindrops bead on the backs of the petals, which are so translucent you can make out each drop clearly from the other side; the contrast of the coral corona against the rich greens; the way the light silvers the droplets – I’m in love 😍

‘Black Hero’ tulips Sunday – Tuesday – today

‘Black Hero’ tulips

Sunday – Tuesday – today

This ‘Perfect Lady’ narcissus greeted me on th…

This ‘Perfect Lady’ narcissus greeted me on the way out the door this morning. It’s lovely to see the bulbs I planted last fall starting to bloom after a dreary spring.

April 23, 2018 Added these beauties to my dec…

April 23, 2018

Added these beauties to my deck garden today, Baby Senetti ‘True Blue’ and calibrachoa ‘Creamsicle’.

Not too many flowers come in really blue blues like this, and I had to stop myself from posting four hundred photos of the same flower from infinitesimally different angles.

Enjoy!