I can’t tell you just how much work I’ve gotten done in the garden in the past week or two, or how many new perennials I’ve added. And there’s still room in some of the flower beds for more plants. I’m exhausted. But it’s a good type of exhaustion; the type that feeds the soul.
In addition to some perennials and a few annuals, I’ve also planted some vegetables. Not that many; just enough to get me started on growing homegrown food: a couple of cherry tomato plants, a couple of peppers (red and orange), a zucchini and an eggplant. Plus I threw in some herbs for good measure: oregano, parsley and basil. See, not all that much. I just don’t have enough experience yet with veggies and herbs, so I’m getting into it slowly.
As far as fruits go, I have three strawberry plants in one of the flower beds, and I’ve planted a raspberry, blueberry and blackberry bush on the left side of the yard; all three of which are growing very well so far.
On the other side of my garden (basking in the sun) is this season’s star addition: a cherry tree! Yes, we bought and planted a cherry tree a few weeks ago and it is absolutely adorable.
Take a look:
Isn’t it the cutest little thing? It’s tiny, but it will grow.
And, of course, there’s always flowers. Lots and lots of flowers. Come along, once again, for another stroll through my garden...
Even as the flowering season comes to an end for Pulsatilla vulgaris, it doesn’t leave quietly. There are three or four flowers left on the plant, and they are simply gorgeous.
I have a couple of ferns growing in one of my flower beds, although I’m not sure what types they are. My friend Joy who lives here in Kingston (author of a wonderful gardening blog, and a gardening guru) gave them to me a couple of years ago. They are not quite full grown yet, but they’re already looking spectacular.
I planted Aster alpinus 'Happy End' last year under my kitchen window quite late in the season last year, so I never got a chance to see it bloom. The flowers are even prettier than I’d hoped for.
In 2010, we planted Syringa meyeri 'Palibin', a dwarf lilac tree. It was so tiny and frail-looking that first year that I was afraid it wouldn’t get through the winter. But it did. And it’s now headed into its third season. It’s grown a little since we brought it home, but still quite small. And yet, despite its size, it is loaded with glorious lilac blooms. Every time I’m near there, it smells heavenly.
These spectacular white flowers belong to Anemone sylvestris; one of my favourite plants.
My Iris pallida ‘Aureo Variegata’, which I added in 2010, had never bloomed until now. The blooms are magnificent.
My two Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ plants have not only exploded in blooms, they’ve also exploded in growth. As soon as they’re done flowering, I’ll have to trim and tidy them up. I am happy that they are doing so well.
How many times have I said that I am in love with columbines? I am. Especially when I see flowers like the ones Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids' boasts.
Here is a quick glimpse of one of my large flower beds. As you can see, there is still plenty of room for more plants. This section has taken longer to fill because large patches of it sit in the shade for several hours a day. It’s been a bit of a challenge to find plants (I like) that will fare well here. The chair in the photo is one of a few where I plant myself with camera in hand and patiently wait for photo opportunities.
This is another place where I sit with camera in hand and snap photos of my backyard critters. I can sit there for long stretches of time in deep thought as I take in the serenity of Mother Nature; my favourite place to be.
And finally, my favourite discovery on this stroll: my wonderful husband...the best addition to my garden of life.
Thanks for walking along with me. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, join me in the backyard; that’s where I’ll be.