Today was a beautiful fall day, and I took advantage of the sunshine to plant my spring bulbs.
Lots of sunset colours caught my eye this year, so we now have one planter filled with two types of orangey-pink tulips plus white hyacinths and another featuring orange and black striped crocuses, white narcissus with pink and yellow coronas, and blue hyacinths for contrast.
Then we have these gorgeous, gorgeous red-purple anemones that I’ve paired with dwarf irises and white narcissus.
I can’t wait to see everything in the spring! Most of these bulbs will bloom March/April, with some hanging on into May and the crocuses starting in February.
Wildflower & railroad
These pretty blue flowers are chicory, which are about as native to the area as the disused train tracks they’re overtaking. Chicory was brought from Europe to North America by settlers because the roots make a sort of coffee substitute.
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A profusion of pinks!
Proven Winners Supertunias in Silverberry and Bermuda Beach, and Superbells in Double Orchid
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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.
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 😅