The fresh flower season is now well and truly over. The recent frost finished off the dahlias and cosmos and they are now heading to the compost bin. I did manage to pick the last few stems of flowers and had fun displaying them as a group in bud vases. This rose was an added… Continue reading The End of one Season and the Start of Another
First, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and reading this blog post even though I seem to have disappeared over the summer and have not been keeping in touch. Summer is rapidly coming to an end so here is a quick round up of what is blooming in the garden right… Continue reading Where Did The Summer Go?
Around this time of year all of the things I think of as meadow flowers start to bloom. For me that includes cornflowers, ox eye daisies, scabious, buttercups, yarrow and, of course, wild grasses. I always make myself an arrangement that reminds me of those long summer days spent picnicking in beautiful meadows, watching the… Continue reading This Week’s Flowers – June 28
At this time of year, with temperatures increasing and the day length still getting longer, there is a sudden burst of growth on everything and it seems hard to keep up with what's happening in the garden. Flowers and lushness abound! I had no trouble stopping for a while today though to watch the busy… Continue reading EARLY JUNE AND THE FLOWERS ARE COMING – PART 2
It has been a wild ride these last few weeks. Raising seedlings, getting them all planted and off to a great start relies on the cooperation of the weather. The cold, then scorching heat delayed things a bit but then on the day of my seedling sale Ottawa was hit by a massive damaging storm.… Continue reading EARLY JUNE AND THE FLOWERS ARE COMING!
We are fast approaching the May long weekend when it is traditional to start planting up our gardens. The weather this May has been challenging, with days of record breaking heat that forced the tulips and blossom to burst open and then heavy rain that flattened everything. Many of my seedlings have been delayed by… Continue reading SEEDLING SALE, EVENTS and MORE
We are all still waiting in anticipation of spring finally arriving. The flowers are telling me that growth is easily delayed by 2 weeks compared to the last 2 years. This is one of the reasons that I do not offer fresh flowers for Mother's Day - we can never tell from year to year… Continue reading Mother’s Day and More
One of my favourite must grow flowers are sweet peas. Just their beautiful scent and pretty ruffled petals makes it worth while - plus if you keep picking they are prolific bloomers. Here’s a few tips to get you started if you want to try them yourself.1) Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours… Continue reading STARTING SWEET PEAS
I was recently asked for tips on drying hydrangea flowers so here is my summary of what I have learnt over the years through trial and error and research. Small hydrangea heads drying in a basket The first step is to pick the hydrangea flowers at the correct stage. You need to wait until the… Continue reading My Guide To Drying Hydrangea Flowers
These Rudbeckia 'Sahara" in my garden are making me smile today. Rudbekia 'Sahara" They are just so cheerful and make a gorgeous splash of colour with so many different shapes and shades of flower. A mix of different colours and shapes growing in a group together. One of my Rudbeckia 'Sahara' plant is now going… Continue reading HAPPY FLOWERS!