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pink roses

IMG_6700Last year we put in a new flower bed at the end of the path. It was filled with an assortment of different roses collected from other spots on the property. One was an old style high-bush one that had come through the east fence and while surviving, wasn’t doing well in the shade of the large conifers. We weren’t sure that it would make it due to the small amount of root that came out with it, but it got through last summer and showed some growth. This year, it started out strong, set a bunch of buds and has been in constant flower for almost a month. It has pretty, full blooms in a pale pink that are also quite strongly scented. (unlike most of our other roses) Considering how well it is doing and the abundance of flowers after only one year, we’re planning on looking for a support structure for it and the white climbing rose next year.

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IMG_6541It has been a glorious few days weather -wise. With it suddenly in the high teens and low twenties, the plants are busting out all over! We are always especially impressed by the haskap bushes. In just a few years they have gone from sad little sticks to substantial shrubs. The varieties for this zone have been hybridized from the Siberian species and it shows. They are incredibly early in setting their flowers. It’s just a bit odd to have a shrub in full flower at the same time as the daffodils! It’s not a bad thing, certainly as far as the bees are concerned. At one point today I could see almost a dozen bumblebees darting about among them. Even if we didn’t want the fruit, I’d almost be tempted to keep them around just because they make the pollinators happy, and happy bees are essential to a fruitful garden. That being said, we’re still excited about the potential fruit haul. It looks like they might be big enough this year to provide for at least a crumble or two! (and I really like how they also fruit early enough that the birds aren’t providing for nestfuls of hungry chicks yet, so we won’t have to work too hard on fending them off)

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flower crown

flower crown

Before we went through the last long, white winter, it was a fairly dreary fall. During one of those periods of grey weather and cold rain I indulged an urge for brightness and made a couple of flower crowns. Packed away in the stash was quite a range of beautiful faux flowers. Most were bought years before, when I was just starting to do the floral masks and are of a quality that I haven’t been able to find anymore. It was so much fun to sort them out into colour groups and put them together. Both ended up being ridiculously lush, but that makes them even more fun to wear. I confess that this one is my favourite of the two, but a chunk of that is the colour scheme. (and I love the peony and the two large lilies) I keep being tempted to paint a pair of very-realistic-but-fake deer horns I have in the dark charcoal black and add them, just to run with the whole Hannibal vibe I think it turned out to have. (which isn’t surprising since I’d burned through the accumulated season on the dvr, not long before doing it)

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Over the last few years, we have added quite a number rosebed of plants to the property. Some of them have finally established enough that it was possible to split and spread them around a bit. We have two varieties of shrub roses and both have firmly established themselves and keep striking out for new territory. Since some of that territory is already spoken for, it made sense to set up a whole new bed. Along with the shrub roses, there was another, older style high bush rose that had come through the east fence and was struggling in the shade. Along with those we also had a low, creeping white rose and a trio of miniatures that had survived going into and out of the teapots for the past couple of years. All together, there were enough for us to set up a whole bed of roses. We cut into the lawn at the start of the path and that gave us borders on two sides. I like where it is and while it’s filled with more tomatoes, this year, than roses, it should be looking more like it was intended by next spring. I’m also a bit amused that all the roses, whether they were bought, volunteers or were just survivors, have turned out to to be white or just slightly off-white.

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We have a couple of freestanding flower arrangements on bf the property and when I saw this huge butterfly flitting about one I ran off to grab the camera. Luckily, it stuck around long enough for me get some shots. It seemed to not be comfortable with me getting too close so I hung back and used the zoom feature. Going through some websites, it looks like it is a Giant Swallowtail ( Papilio cresphontes ) and from the descriptions of their flight differences, probably a male. The flight movement was much closer to a bird than most other butterflies and he was incredibly flappy about the wings, even while feeding, which made taking the pictures difficult. I really couldn’t get over just how large he was, which shouldn’t be a surprise since they are the largest butterflies native to the region, but I don’t remember ever coming across one before. The marigolds seemed to be what he liked the best and he sampled several ones, on both sides of the planter, before heading off.

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The plants on the property have come from a number of different sources. lily flower Late last year we were given a few day lilies. It was well past their flowering periods so I had no idea what colour they would produce. (while they were a gift, they didn’t come with much in the way of information) An additional pair of unknown lilies were bought this spring. There were enough in total to fill in between the pair of flower barrels. All of them have settled in well and have flowered already. It turns out that the centre group is a slightly peachy pink while the pair at the ends are a buttery yellow. At least they turned out to be complimentary! I have also been impressed with how long they’ve managed to stay in flower. We’ve had almost a month of them in bloom!

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We were out this afternoon, picking the last few tomatoes

hummingbird, September 2013

hummingbird, September 2013

when a tiny visitor was spotted in the nasturtiums. I’ve seen a few hummingbirds, over the years. Rarely more than one a year and never had them stick around long enough to grab the camera, so it was pretty exciting to have one hang around for a bit. This one was alternating between snacking among the bright nasturtiums and resting in the sun on the tomato hoops. She seemed quite calm about us gawking, although we did stay well back, since we didn’t want to scare her off. There was also some adorable squeaky commentary, when she was feeding, and some sticking out of the tongue after each bout. It made us wonder if nasturtium nectar has the same peppery zing as the petals!

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