How are things growing?


The garden is very white, entirely unintended.  The columbine has come beautifully this year.  The last two it struggled as a result of getting wind born spray meant to control the dandelions in the lawn.  They don’t bother me, but hubby insisted.

There are a few Lily of the Valley left after the front was replanted.  The Anenomes are huge this year, possibly due to the winter kill thinning them down to much smaller clumps.  I love the hint of mauve toward the centres.

The Icelandic Poppies are blooming profusely, almost all of them are white.  Once the blue and purple Delphinium start blooming they will compliment perfectly.

I am so pleased with the little Violas I picked up at the greenhouse this year.  They are vibrant little bunches that bloom, and bloom and bloom, not getting leggy at all.  They are so sweet, a long time favourite.  It brings to mind my grandmother’s garden and the long beds of pansies along the walk to the front door.  Every time I visited while they were in bloom I would beg permission to pick a bouquet.  Some times, not too often, she would say yes.

The flower beds are not entirely white, there are patches of colour here and there.  Only one of four bleeding hearts survived.  I think the application of herbicide mentioned earlier contributed greatly to the demise of the one in the front garden.  The survivor at the back fence is flourishing.  I am a bit concerned about it however, as an equally large Delphinium is crowding it out.  We’ll have to see how they get along this summer.

As I have stated on numerous occasions, purple is my favourite colour.  I am thrilled with the very dark purple, almost black columbines that I planted last year and returned healthy and robust this year.  Late tulips in the front garden are almost the same colour.  Things definitely are growing well!

And…the chives are blooming!

Summer Delayed


This is our third May Long Weekend living in the Peace.

In 2010 it snowed.  The trees were much further along in leafing out and many of the poplar trees were permanently bent or snapped in half from the weight of the snow.

Last year nature lulled us into a false security of no more snow until fall with flurries in the beginning of June.

This year, true to form, it has snowed.  The flowers were coming along so well too. 

The bare spots to the left is a result of radiant heat from the house.  That may be the salvation of the delphinium.

The chives were just about ready to bloom. A number of delicious meals have been enhanced with their lovely garlicy flavour.

I knew I should have taken pictures of the white icelandic poppies when they boasted their showy heads yesterday.

Retrospectively, I suppose I shouldn’t have been so eager to pull up the yellow and orange offerings, it would have provided a more interesting picture.

I am a little worried about our flowering shrubs, hopefully it didn’t get cold enough to damage the buds.  I am especially concerned about our crab apple tree, there was indications for a wealth of flowers, increasing the possibility of actually seeing fruit this year.

There is not as much concern for the roses.

Tulips closed to surprise