22 September 2017

Goodbye Summer - Fall Equinox 2017

As of 2:02 pm MST, we say hello to autumn and goodbye to summer.  It's been a very chilly end here.  The last three days have hovered around 5 Celsius and it's been rainy.  Some areas nearby have had snow!  To welcome autumn I thought I'd share a few photos that compliment the season.  Happy Fall everyone!








Tiger Eye Sumac

10 September 2017

Orchid Species Foundation Annual Show

This weekend is the annual show of the Orchid Species Preservation Foundation at Salisbury Greenhouse in Sherwood Park and I had a sneak preview yesterday. Here are some photos of some unusual and unique orchids.  They are so fascinating in their variations.

The show runs September 9-10 at the greenhouse.  

#shpk #salisburygreenhouse #orchids #abgrows

18 July 2017

Front Yards in Bloom II, 2017

Here are some highlights from my second batch of signing and pre-judging for Front Yards in Bloom 2017.  There were some astounding yards as you can see.

This has been so much fun!

09 July 2017

Front Yards in Bloom 2017 part 1

Good morning.  It's Front Yards in Bloom 2017 time and I am going through the photos I took of some of the nominees the end of June.  Today I have 31 more signs to place and it's going to be a hot one!  With the humidex values it will feel like 34 C but at least there's a breeze.

While K and I were out placing signs and doing some preliminary judging, we had three gardeners invite us into their back gardens.  I love when they do that!  We saw a lovely peony garden in one back garden, some beautifully designed pots and a beautiful shade garden in another (I do love a shade garden!) and then our last stop, which wasn't even on our list, was a sweet little lady whose garden we were drawn to and had to nominate.  She took us on a tour, explaining the old Virginia Creeper with a massive trunk and how it came to be the shade for their sunroom.  She grows climbing roses, one of which is a John Cabot and has extensive beds on the side garden and all around.  It's obviously a labour of love and she does most of it herself.  She explained how she had her son come help her tie up the heavy white climbing rose to an archway.  We left with an open invitation to return any time.  How lovely is that?

The following collage is of homes I saw enroute and enjoyed the impact they make on their neighbourhood.

This last collage is of a magnificent home with a brass turret.  K's favourite!  It hasn't been nominated but it is a beautiful composition of textures and greenery and no obvious flowers.  It has astounding curb appeal and was too lovely not to share.  Sadly, I realized later that I have no photos of the turret!

Off to another day of beautiful neighbourhoods!  Enjoy your day!

Rose Delights

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” 

As June drew to a close, the roses became the star of the show amongst the shrubs at the greenhouse and in the city, roses blossomed eagerly. The following collages are a mix of both locations where roses stole the spotlight.  

“I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.” 

This post is in honour of my mom who taught me the love of gardening and especially the beauty beyond the thorns.  Today her garden has a dedicated rose bed that fails to contain her enthusiasm for this magnificent shrub, nor mine as I love to add to her collection.

31 May 2017

Canadian Celebration Tulip

To honour Canada's 150 anniversary of confederation, the Canadian Celebration tulip was planted across the country.  This lovely white with red tulip resembles our Canadian flag.  It's a mid-season bloomer and can now be seen blooming in my area.  Here are some photos of this striking spring bulb.

22 May 2017

Spring 2017 Has Been a Blur of Activity

Hello all.  I've been a little MIA and I apologize.  It's been a bit hectic here and I'll let  you in on all the latest news.

Weatherwise, spring didn't come in like a lion, so we've been fortunate here in that respect.  By comparison, May 2016  was likely the fourth wettest on record.  But it has been a cooler and wetter spring than we're accustomed to.  While that may be good for perennials it certainly presents challenges to local farmers who have still not been able to get into their fields to bring in last fall's crops.  North of us, some farmers' fields were flooded beyond recognition.  Still, not as wet as last year.

In other news, we have a new grandson!  Born March 29, one day after his daddy's birthday, he was just over a week overdue.  He's a cute little chubbers who easily doubled his birth weight and then some.  He has his days and nights mixed up thanks to colic which seems to be abating now.  Big brother is beyond thrilled to have a little brother.  He loves to hold him and share his toys with him.  They'll be great pals.  Too bad they're a province away.

My son's wife's two daughters are finally here in Canada. :) They arrived from the Philippines the end of April.  They're two lovely and shy girls.  Canada feels a bit cold to them compared to high 30's (celsius).

I'm back to work at the greenhouse and it's incredibly busy now that May long weekend has arrived.  Everyone is eager to get their plants and dig in to their gardens and containers!  I got my Mathiola (evening scented stock) and a Chocolate Sprinkles tomato plant!  I'm slow to start because I've been so busy! Besides working at the greenhouse, I am a moderator for the greenhouse's Facebook page and recently started acting as community manager for a new Alberta gardener site.  This site is for the gardening community and if you love to garden and live in Alberta you should join.  We share tips, get advice, share photos and recipes.  We help each other solve problems and give inspiration for those tough areas.  We brainstorm together and generally just share our love of gardening together.  (abgrows.ca)

The day is drawing to a close here so I'd love to share just a few photos of what's happening in the garden world.  Til next time Cheers and happy planting!

A Canada goose thought this pot would make a lovely nest.

Prairie sunsets are the perfect ending to a spring day.

Until next time,

~Cheers and happy gardening~


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