Canada Garden: 09/05

Friday, September 30, 2005

Color from the Apple Barn

There is still some color in the back yard, I just have to look harder to find it. The non-stop begonias were really pretty this year, although it's hard to get a good picture of anything this orange. I've never been able to grow them before, but Gail told me to keep them on the dry side and they've definitely been non-stop this year. The gold mums wintered over from last fall, so I'll have to go back for another pot soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

View from the Back

Overall it's pretty sad out there. There's plenty of work to be done--weeding, cleaning up dead foliage, and moving plants. Tonight's forecast is scattered frost.


This little guy is definitely doing the sleep and creep thing. I planted this a year ago last spring, and it is still very small. The foliage is tattered--as is most in the yard right now--this summer's drought was rough on everything. Anyway, people just rave over cimifuga, so we'll see what it does next year. The second shot is another of the anemone. I've posted it before, but it's so pretty and I keep taking more pictures of it.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Kentucky Lake

We spent last week on Kentucky Lake. It was beautiful and we had such a great time. Mama and PJ went with us, and Lori and Todd joined us for a couple of days too.

Saturday, September 17, 2005


Here's Sting, a little frog that lives in PJ's petunias.

Josh & Andrea's Wedding

We went to Josh & Andrea's wedding today. It was a beautiful ceremony and we had a great time.

Friday, September 16, 2005


This is a volunteer that I've been watching for the last few weeks. It is from a coleus named Freckles that came from the Apple Barn last year. I love the surprise of a volunteer. Well, usually. I may try to keep this one over the winter. I wonder if I try to live with the coleus all winter if I will still love them next spring/summer. We'll see. There's much to be thankful for today: It rained! It's Friday. It's Friday before our vacation. Mama and PJ will be here tomorrow. I have a ton of work to finish before five o'clock today, but all-in-all, it looks like a very good day.

What a Difference a Rain Makes

Thursday, September 15, 2005

More White Blooms

Immortality is the white reblooming iris that Kathy gave me several years ago. They have multiplied and are blooming so well now. It smells like spring! They make me think of Kathy and wonder how her garden is doing. She has a beautiful yard. The other white bloom is japanese anemone. This is one of my all time favorites. It grows tall, multiplies well, and is so sweet in the shade. Mama and PJ will be here on Saturday. I can't wait to see them.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Tracy does my hair, and I don't know what I'd do without her. She worked me into her schedule today because I had to cancel my last appointment. She's the best!

Fall's on the Way

It's a little depressing to see everything aging in the garden. But lack of water is the main problem right now. We did have a little rain the other night, but it was indeed little. Even established perennials and shrubs look stressed. Mark is a good gardener--he watered yesterday, last night, and early this morning.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Mama's sweet autumn clematis

This thing will dress up any fence. It's even around the compost pile here at our house.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Today's Vase

Here are some of the flowers that are still holding on. The dahlia's look pretty good right now. The pink flower in the lower left is one of the New Zealand delphiniums. Those are definitely something to sow again. Hopefully they'll be hardy and these plants will come back next year. But even if they don't, I'll start some as annuals. For the most part, the yard has been looking pretty sad. We haven't had rain in at least three weeks and lots of things are burning up. I am still carrying water, but it's getting old and some of the annuals have been pitched. At this moment, the wind is blowing and I can smell the rain!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hardy Passion Flower

This was the first thing I saw when I got home from work today. It was a lovely surprise.


Benary's Giant

PJ's Birthday

I missed PJ's birthday! It was the 4th, and Jeff threw a surprise party for her. Mama gave her a little gnome for her garden. He's a cutie. I absolutely love the sweet peas! and in September! I never knew that was possible, but I want to try that for next year. The last shot is Mack, dressed up for the party. I love you, Sis!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Silver Tidal Wave

I posted pictures of these a month or so ago, but they are just so beautiful now, and they don't show any signs of stopping. The rose is lost to blackspot. Actually it hasn't performed well for the past couple of years, so we will probably replace it next year. I did baby the petunias through July with water and miracle-grow, but they haven't had any rain, water, or food for over a month.

Friday, September 02, 2005


This was taken in the early morning, so the flash washed it out a little. I had decided that I didn't like dahlias--too much trouble, the bugs eat them, they need water, they start turning brown before they open fully, the blooms aren't as big as the catalogs boast, they have to be lifted in the fall and stored over the winter. Not worth it! But, with a couple of changes, I got this huge bloom. I read on the dahlia forum that the side buds need to be pinched to make a bigger bloom. That made sense, so I pinched. And now it's cooler, which it really seems to like. So maybe I'll dig these tubers up, lug them down to the basement and replant next spring. Maybe.
I just realized that I haven't posted since Tuesday. The stories about Katrina's survivors keep pulling me back to the tv. I have much to be thankful for.