Dogwood

Well it was exciting when my garden helper first arrived and identified my garden plants. One little tree amidst the ferns and wild berries was a small dogwood tree.
Later I met a landscaper who told me that he had moved the dogwood for the previous owners because it wasn’t getting enough light.
I was dismayed when all the dogwoods began to bloom on our island, but mine was NOT. I examined it carefully and actually found minute flowers all over it, but they were green. I began to think that it would never get enough light to bloom.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I spoke with the lady who runs the nearby nursery and she said dogwoods mostly begin the way mine seemed to be, and to have patience. So this past week I have been studying the small green flowers as they get bigger. Today I see that they actually have pink edging. I think I actually have a real dogwood now!

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Sunny Day in the Garden

I`ve been working on various paint & sanding projects today, mostly in the shop. I opened the door and put the young tomato plants in the sun for a few hours while I worked on repairs to an old chair. All but one of these belong to my daughter who is still preparing her vegetable garden. I also have broccoli and Brussel’s sprouts for her. (Turns out her goats are sensitive to the B.sprouts so not sure what will become of those.)

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Then I stained the lower boards on the back of the house where the stain had vanished. I gave Phoebe the dog a beef bone to chew while I was working outside. After all that was cleaned up I went indoors for some fruit and a bagel…and noticed the bright red rhododendron right outside the kitchen door. Picked up my camera to show you.

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I turned on the hose to sprinkle the new bed where plants have been parked. The bed will only be ready next spring, so I’m undecided on where to place these pots.

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I snapped another rhodo for you and also wanted to share the emerging foliage on Cercis Forest Pansy.

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In the Garden

A quick walk about today. Come join me…. in the front yard. May-14-2015Garden-004b - Copy The small Loropetalum just might grow into a large shrub over time.May-14-2015Garden-002b - Copy Previous owners planted all the rhododendrons.May-14-2015Garden-020b Now for the back yard. This is an overall view from the sauna’s deck.May-14-2015Garden-009b   Here you are looking back toward the sauna, across a newly planted area.May-14-2015Garden-012b   To the left of the above photo is a path to a “secret trail”.May-14-2015Garden-011b From the deck you can see 3 trees: a dogwood, a small variegated cornus alternifolia, and a full moon maple. May-14-2015Garden-005b May-14-2015Garden-006b May-14-2015Garden-008b Here are a few of the rhododendrons. The pale pink ones are powerfully scented.May-14-2015Garden-016b May-14-2015Garden-015b May-14-2015Garden-013b There is lots of work going on with perennials and clematis. My fingernails tell the story! It is also time for watering things daily. There is not much room for a vegetable garden . Almost all sunny areas are devoted to clematis .

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A Busy Week With Memorable Photos

IVY turned SIX on Sunday.  She helped Mommy bake the cake for her friends who came for a Scavenger hunt.

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The following morning, Forrest decided to ride his bike down the porch stairs. After getting his cast at the hospital, he stayed close to Mommy. But in the evening he jumped in the bathtub and got the cast wet before anyone noticed.  Today he rode his Big Wheel one handed and standing up.

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The Secret Path, continued.

Some of you may recall the first installment, the start of a secret path in the shadiest part of our property. (https://gardenbugworld.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/a-path-to-a-future-secret-spot/) We’ve managed to move ahead a great deal in large part because of a very mild winter which allowed us to work quite steadily.  DH managed to repair the deer fence all around which makes us feel more secure about the plants lasting!

One of the features of this spot is the presence of Salal, Elderberries, Salmonberries and Huckleberries. The Salmonberries have lots of prickers and so we finally got that cleared up quite a bit this week. Now the ferns are the main feature which is quite nice and there are spots where Hostas and Hepatica and Primula grow. I love the bright green foliage of the Huckleberries. It will be a continuing battle with the prickers and lamium I’m sure.

One fairly large spot is covered in cardboard. We expect to cover this soon in sawdust and leave it to break down the weeds until next spring when we can plant more shade plants.

In another spot a small bench will be built. It’s all coming along nicely.

Follow along with me:

The Full Moon Maple on the left begins the trail…

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Next spring this area will be planted. Right now I will probably add more cardboard as I find it. There’s a Witch Hazel Diane in the open spot.

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Walking on past a few newly planted Hosta areas.

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A bench is planned for the front right area.

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This is the final bend in the path where three Corylopsis are planted. Quite a few dead Elderberries were removed here. There’s a support here for a clematis as well. I am hoping it will tolerate the lighting now that things have been cleared out.

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The end of the path is largely planted and so the big wait begins.  I have never planted a big area from scratch  before, so I imagine there will be some adjustments over time.

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The final step will involve sawdust covering of the path and the cardboard section. Lots of “wait and see”. It’s been fun!

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The Colours of Spring!

My spring gardens always seem to be packed with blue, yellow and white. Even here in the shade garden there are blue Hepaticas, Dodecatheon and Trout Lilies in white, and a yellow Epimedium.

This week the Kerria is performing well.

 This is a mystery Hosta which I quite like. I hope it does not change too much as it matures!

These Camassia buds appeared suddenly when the weather turned warm. They should be blue soon!

Forget-Me-Nots are a sure sign of spring. They are a little bit too enthusiastic here and I’ll need to remove many…along with Sweet Woodruff.

Just the right number of Bluebells showed up. I’m happy to have them.

I brought two kinds of Dictamnus to our garden, I think this is the pink variety.

This I am told is called “Glory-of-the-Snow.” I know it as Chinodoxa. I had never seen this white form before.

I am so happy that I was successful in bringing this Gillenia stipulata to BC! I LOVE IT!

This form of Rosemary claims to be 1 foot tall and 1 foot wide on its tag. But others say it is a creeping form, which means it could grow to 8 feet. I can only imagine which will be correct….

Shortly after our move I ordered Spring Green tulips and planted them in a pot. I intend to plant them near the Camassia after their foliage dies back..

The clematis are mostly happy with their moves. Some are a good four feet tall already. Two others are showing no signs of life so far. These two are from a mail order, so I’ll try to be patient….

This one is Tie Dye and seems to be healthy and happy.

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Outdoor Work Advances: Part 2

No shortage of rain here. That and lots of cougar sightings have kept me out of the garden.  But weather hasn’t kept me from nurseries, and so eventually I find my way back to digging and planting.

This weekend I should be enjoying my Pasque Flowers, but they look quite sad and droopy due to the rain. But they are planted! Almost everything is planted by now, but the eternal problem of deciding if the locations really work has begun. I call it “Plants on wheels”. The most difficult for me is finding homes for all the clematis.  Determining ultimate size of plants is tricky. Deep shade areas are a challenge too.

I will need to accept that at this smaller property I cannot grow everything I would like… Which means that I am once again reminded that gardens are about the process. I suspect that even this new (to us) smaller spot will never be “completed”. For now I am enjoying an early spring filled with newly planted trout lilies, dodecatheon, woodland phlox, hellebores, epimedium and other delights.

Emerging plants are also intriguing: the brown foliage of Rodgersia, new green and purple stems of Clematis, fat buds on Camassia, lacey shoots of Gillenia stipulata, purple and oranger buds of Wallflowers, green shoots of Kirengeshoma and Ornamental Grasses. All add to the excitement of the season.

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Trout Lilies

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Epimedium

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Phlox Sherwood Purple

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Hosta Halcyon

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Wallflower

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Dodecatheon

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Thalictrum Black Stockings

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Camassia? We’ll soon find out!

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Rodgersia podophyllum

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Japanese Maple

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Anemonopsis macrophylla

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Carex buchananii

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Clematis Juuli

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Persicaria Golden Arrow

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Gillenia stipulata

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Kirengeshoma koreana

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Magnolia about to open…

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Planter for shade

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Many more… and I am eager to see them all thrive!

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