Tiffin's Cottage Garden
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The trilliums are in full bloom right now, in the backyard.
The hostas are coming out in Hosta Avenue at the side of the house. This is a shot from last year but it looks pretty much the same.
In about a week or so, the front garden will look like this:
And they do come! This is a butterfly bush, which won't bloom until late summer.
This is why our gardening season is fairly short:
With the lovely woods all around your home, I'll be back to visit a lot (no pun intended!).
Thanks, both. Squeaky, I'll try to remember to take pics of our country road in the autumn.
Tardis (great handle!), they are just shooting up now, with the purples coming out first, followed by the yellows, then the reds and pinks. They are one of my favourite flowers.
My younger son bought a house last year, and I am so envious of his large treed lot which is bounded by more heavily treed lots.
I wish we had more land, but I'm not about to move to a new house at this point in my life. I recently found out that our lot is one of the smallest of the lots (if not the smallest) in my neighborhood.
I'm just on the edge of finding my garden too much for me size-wise, so your smaller lot might not be a bad idea in the end. We only have half an acre (most lots are 2 acres hereabout) but have wondered about moving to something smaller. After 23+ years of working on my garden, I get all anthropomorphic about it and hate the thought of leaving it. However, I am moving more to shrubs and away from perennials which need dividing and intensive tending...or to things like goats beard, which pretty much just does its own thing. I lost three or four shrubs to winter kill though.
Heh! I thought perennials were the answer. I guess not. I want a beautiful garden that takes care of itself.
I have no idea what goat's beard is other than the hairy thing that hangs from a goat's chin. :)
I have about 4 big clumps all together, so it puts on a good show.
Nice thread, nice gardens!
We have 1/3 of an acre, fenced in the back and next to a wooded lot (never built upon). We're trying to do what we can to make it easy to maintain before we get much older (both my dh and I will be 52 this year).
If I get to the point where I can't care for my gardens, I'll use containers!
Very nice! A joy to the eyes. I too love the look of the old irises.
Wow, your garden looks great, even in the snow! 1/2 acre is a lot to tend. I have about 1/40 acre and even that's too much sometimes.
Thanks, all. Spent the afternoon planting many of the front and back deck containers. I am mad for heliotrope because of the fragrance, so did three planters of it and got the geraniums all in. I love them in pots on the deck because I pretend I'm in Italy with their riot of colours. Got the new clematis in on the trellis--hope it is hardier than the one that died this winter. Also stuck another goats beard in and moved some cimifuga. They are calling for frost tonight so I'm glad I didn't do the impatiens or the herbs (basil - sweet, Thai, and spicy globe, oregano, cilantro--rosemary and parsley done).
It was a glorious day here: blue blue sky, sun sparkling on all the leaves coming out, coolish with a breeze so the mosquitoes were discouraged (although when the wind died down, they were THERE!). There is so much to do, maybe 3 more weeks of solid work, so I can't rest on my laurels. June is my favourite month for the garden because the peonies and irises are all out, along with the lupins and flowering shrubs. The pinks come out and the lilies and montbretia put on a show. The heart sings!
fuzzi, I will, once the pots fill in a bit and the deck gets restained (it gets chewed up in the winter).
Went out in my bathrobe early this morning and said to the not-harebells, "Now I know your true name, creeping bellflowers and you are doomed". As every reader knows, once you know something's true name, you have power over it. *evil cackle*
24> LOL - names are powerful (don't forget they have another one, "campanula rapunculoides") but Roundup is really the only thing that works. They are the exception to my no-herbicides rule.
And did they quake all the way down their precious little roots at your threat? :)
fuzzi, I think they laughed like gangsters. It's roundup time. Like Tardis, they are the exception.
I'm trying to NOT use Roundup, but I might make an exception for the Poison Ivy...it keeps cropping up in my (sunny) flower gardens, and I'm allergic to it. I've been spraying bleach water on its leaves, but that doesn't kill it completely, just sets it back a bit.
There are other herbicides besides Roundup. I use 2,4-D for my poison ivy. It has a short half life and is not as toxic to wildlife.
2wonderY, the roundup we have available here isn't like the old stuff, which is no longer available commercially. It too has been modified to be not so toxic. In fact, it barely works, just leaving brown spots on the leaves. I will look into that 2,4-D, thank you!
We've been tearing away at the garden so it isn't particularly photogenic at the moment. #2 son (by 2 minutes) relaid some flagstone and we're trying to figure out how to get 3 yards of limestone screening here to refresh the paths and put between the stones, without paying a $60 delivery charge. We don't have a truck of any kind. So that looks ratty.
Himself dug out a 6' in circumference and 8' high rosa rugosa which was becoming invasive--spreading runners out into another bed and choking out other plants--as a birthday gift for me. He and the lads gave me a tree peony and a weigala to replace it. I need to do a thorough weeding, soil replenishing where the rugosa was. Right now it looks like a crater hit the bed. The lavender bed hasn't been pruned yet and is full of grass, so it looks awful.
But the purple flags are blooming--about 2 weeks early--and the lupins are starting to flower as well, so I wanted to take some pics. If I do, would you just turn a blind eye to the surrounding mess?
Absolutely, I'll turn a blind eye.
After all, it's a work in progress, right? :)
Before, during and after pictures help you track progress, see how far you've come in the garden development, too.
31: I think we all have surrounding mess. And the presentable version is so much more impressive when you can see where it came from. (I confess that I have not directed my camera toward the back porch, or the storage area.)
The planters aren't in situ because we've got the deck cleared to stain it.
I love those paths!
And your purple theme is pretty. Are those iris and lupines?
I do like that path! Does the "purple phase" garden have other colours at different times of year? My mother-in-law used to have a bed that did that. I always admired it but I don't have the discipline to stick only to plants that do that :)
Thanks, Fuzzi (yes, irises and lupins--the pasque anemone has just gone to seed) and 2wonderY!
Tardis, it was more happenstance. The purple flowers come out first, so I get irises, lupins, montbretias, creeping phlox, columbines, etc., but the pink things like peonies, pink & bronze irises, dianthus come out not long after and overlap for a bit, so it's all purple and pink. Then the yellow & orange things come out: irises, lilies, brown eyed susans, so it goes pink, orange and yellow for a bit. The roses are all colours but have lots of punches of red. In July, I get things with white in them, like the cosmos, goatsbeard, moonflowers, so I get a lot of red and white (for Canada Day!). Then in August and September, the shrubs with leaves that go red or gold carry the ball into the end of the growing season, with the echinacea and brown eyed susans.
It's all just magic, isn't it!
We're just doing the path in flagstone where it meets the lawn and enters the garden, on both sides of the blue spruce and at the road edge entry. The rest will be limestone screening, as it is now, but built up a bit. I have to be able to wheel the wheelbarrow between the borders and the limestone is actually easier to run it on than the stones, which are rough and bumpy (#2 son got them from a friend's father's quarry).
40: it was more happenstance.
I'm actively trying to cluster by color and not doing as well as you have by chance. :-)
Oh crumb. Went out to clean up the last of the mess from the rosa rugosa having been taken out by Himself and #2 son, and found that they'd also taken out my Joe Pyeweed AND my butterfly bush! They are late to put out leaves so they probably thought they were dead plants. *sigh* There is a big root mass where the butterfly bush was, so I wonder if it will live? If I were a betting woman...naw.
Men try to be helpful, but they do kill a lot...
...never let a man have a chain saw or power hedge trimmers without female supervision...
I so totally agree.
Last year I invited over our local native species garden club reps. Little did I know that in the morning my hsband hacked away half of our hedges, exposing the fencing and evicting a nest of birds. I was mortified when the reps from the club showed up! :)
By the way, here in Maryland, USA, we consider plant butterfly weed (a native species to us) in lieu of butterfly bush.
I'm waiting for my Joe Pye weed to bloom. It was new last year so it didn't bloom then, but it's already very tall!
Did two days of hard gardening. By hard, I mean digging, pulling old rugosa roots, weeding, etc. Got some compost soil top dressed around the new weigala--which is already putting out ruby red trumpets!-- and threw down some cosmos seeds where the butterfly bush used to be, as well as some Love Lies Bleeding. Hope some of them take, as it's awfully late for seeding.
My bender overers are a tad stiff, and my feet are sore (pushing the shovel).
The Siberian and pink irises are out, as are the lupins, all of which are about 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Also the yellow and bronze irises. Everything is crazy. It's like the garden is exploding into bloom. The cranesbills are blooming. So are the pinks. The peonies are about to. There won't be a stick left by August.
Hmmm maybe seeds will do ok after all...
47: Hmmm maybe seeds will do ok after all...
Well, sure doesn't hurt to give them a shot.
There are about 5 sprouts shooting up from that root ball, so maybe I'll have a butterfly bush after all! We have had two days of good rain here: steady, hard at times, deeply needed. I haven't gardened (fellow gardeners will understand how the house occasionally needs a serious mucking out during gardening season) but I have checked between cloudbursts. The peonies are bowed down from the weight, so I hope they survive enough for at least one cut bouquet. More rain on the way today.
I looked at the 30-odd packets of seeds I had just sitting here and just decided to scatter them in holes left by weeding, to see what happens. Cosmos, poppies, love-lies-bleeding, pink forget-me-nots are in. If nothing happens, well, nothing happens. But if things come up, it could be a lot of fun out there this summer.
You've still got peonies blooming? That's great. Mine were done two weeks ago - and the plants look like they've already been through a long hot summer - very tattered.
Butterfly bushes are pretty tough. I hope yours comes back with a vengeance!
2WY, yes, they came out and BLEW UP early in that heat spell a week ago. The whites are still out but my favourite double pinks have been battered by the rain. The dark rose ones are just starting.
Fuzzi, we live in hope!
Nice gardens, so well weeded and looking healthy!
I am coming to the realization that, at almost 52, I just am not going to be able to keep up with my gardens, and will have to downsize, sigh.
You're very kind but believe me, there is a ton of grass along with those blasted bellflowers.
In my mid sixties, I hear you! I'm gradually moving things over to shrubs, dreaming of putting cedar mulch around everything. At some point I hope to have only one border with flowers. Himself says we should just move but I'm not quite ready for that yet. Besides, packing and editing books just might be worse than weeding.
Nice slide show! Your garden looks so mature. Amused at the futile attempt to photograph cat.
My butterfly bush was seriously damaged in a freak snow storm last October; heavy waterlogged snow broke several branches at the base. So I sawed them off, and there wasn't much left except a stump and stubs and a skinny droopy twig with leaves. I was somewhat hopeful that I'd killed it because it's not native and I want to replace it. Alas, it not only survived, but now appears to be thriving, all poofy and green.
Thanks, Qebo. I think I enjoy seeing the beginning efforts of some folks here precisely because my garden is so mature and set, unless I do a major overhaul of a border. Where do butterfly bushes originally come from? Mine really does attract butterflies, so I am keen for it to continue, especially when the monarchs migrate in the fall. There is about a week when they go through in waves, along with the admirals.
Native to China. Attracts butterflies (mine attracts more bees), but doesn't support caterpillars. This was news to me last year. Way cool that you get monarchs. The host plant for monarchs is milkweed.
We have tons of milkweed growing along the road but they seem to like the B.F. bush as well. Thanks, re China.
I'm going to take down some of the earlier photos above, fyi, as I don't like leaving too much personal stuff lying about the hinterweb. It's fun to post them but I don't leave them up forever.
ETA: I took the shots of the house in the slide show to show Squeaky how surrounded by trees we really are. That little bit at the front is the only area getting enough sun to sustain things.
Your garden looks so pretty! Especially the blooms all around the birdbath. I also like the futile attempt to photograph the cat! :)
Lovely floribunda! It looks like a lovely environment to sit and enjoy - or to get out and grub in, as well.
Thanks for the tour.
Thanks, 2WY--I never seem to just sit and enjoy but it does give me a lot of pleasure, even with aching glutes from finally trimming and weeding the lavender.
I know- I can't just sit in my yard either, unless I have company. If I try to sit, I see too much that needs done. I'll work until it's too dark to see.
Because it has been years since I've seen the butterfly bush come up from the earth and not off of woody stems, I'm second guessing myself that what is coming up really IS a buddleia or butterfly bush. Does anyone recognise these leaves as buddleia?
I'm leaving it large so you can really see them. Those aren't rocks, btw, those are eggshells from the compost dressing I put on that border. Well, maybe one or two rocks sprayed over from the plough going down the road and hitting the gravel edge.
It doesn't look like my butterfly bush and I've had several come up from seed. It's pretty though, whatever it is.
I happened to take a photo of mine yesterday:
ETA: Shrunk after diagnosis so as not to overwhelm the thread.
qebo, that's what I thought it should look like! Oh crumb, what have I got there? I'm pretty sure it isn't more of that pesky Japanese anemone but maybe it's mutating because it knows I'm digging the squatters up.
Now I'm wondering if that isn't the Joe-Pye Weed? Gosh I wish I had paid more attention to the leaves.
ETA: yup, think that might be it. Which means--rats--the butterfly bush is a goner.
We have been in a heat wave here (temps in the roaring 90s for weeks), which is not the norm for our winter hardy little Canadian bodies nor for our zone 5b gardens. I've been spot watering as needed (on a well, so circumspect with water, even though we have a lot flowing down there)--things like the poor Veronica, drooping in despair. However, this morning the heavens opened and it rained straight down for a couple of hours (see Fuzzi's rain photos). There is more up there and it's supposed to rain throughout the afternoon--hallelujah!
Consequently, the weeds have had a field day. They LOVE the heat, they say. And they get almost cemented into the ground. Howevah, the echinacea and rudbeckias are going to bloom soon, along with the Russian sage, the one remaining butterfly bush and what I am now positive is a Joe Pyeweed. Oh, and the pesky Japanese anemone has yet to come. When I bought the one little plant, the woman at the garden show said with a delightful English accent, "You don't want that, it's a thug. Takes over everything." For several years, she was wrong. Now, she's right. I have about 15 of these bullies growing up everywhere and have been digging them out from around peonies, etc. But oh they are lovely with their pale pink blossoms blowing in the winds of late August/early September. Maybe I'll just pick a big bouquet of them so they won't self-seed and enjoy them for what they are.
Yeah, "cemented into the ground" is right. We've also been in the 90s with no rain, and in the evening I go out to water the plants I want, don't have the energy to also pry out the plants I don't want.
I think we're under the same weather system at the moment. One of my dearest friends lives in Erie, PA, and she has been moaning about the weather along with me, although by the lake I think they fare a bit better than we inlanders.
Maggi commented on fuzzi's thread that everyone should garden:
When I was a grad student working and living in Toronto, oh some 40 years ago, I felt such a kinship with the folks in Chinatown just south of us and in the Italian neighbourhood where we lived because everyone had a garden. We fit right in because we made a big garden in our backyard, with a riot of flowers all along the fence. We grew herbs, which we shared over the fence even though we didn't speak the same language. We grew things our mothers would never have thought of like eggplant and artichokes. When I would walk home from work in September, you could smell grapes in the air on our street because all the Italian neighbours were mashing theirs and making wine. An old man to the left of us gave us a bottle full of white grapes in a bottle of homemade wine--hooo boy, what a kick that stuff had! I had given him zuccini and oregano as they had none.
Down in Chinatown, little postage stamp front lawns were a miracle of compact gardening. Peas would grow up amazing lattice works, with lettuces, cabbages, you name it, growing all around. I would always slow down to see what was growing and would often meet a smile in a fellow gardener's eyes as she straightened up from her work.
Like fuzzi, they grew the most amazing things in pots. The Portuguese church was a riot of colour all summer, with enormous pots of flowers surrounding the whole church along the sidewalk and up the stairs. Their balconies and porches spilled over with colour, beautiful pots of vivid colours all down the steps. They showed me that putting wild colours together in a pot could make an explosion of joy--I have never planted single colour geraniums together since. Orange, purple and hot pink!
I had been a small-town girl, somewhat terrified of The Big City but living among people who could take a little scrap of dirt and turn it into a food and flower producing miracle, well, they showed me that we're everywhere, we folk who need to muck around in the earth to make things grow.
Nicely spoken, tiffin. Don't we all need a little more color and brightness in our lives?
What's it about flowers and puppies and kittens and babies that melt our hearts and make our burdens a bit less?
We were away for 3 days. Came home to find things dying from the drought here. We haven't had rain in a month and these hot, hot temps. I'm going to start hand watering in the garden tomorrow--I have been doing so with my clematis and deck pots (of course) but I couldn't bear to lose my roses. All the flowers on the roses were crisped. No rain forecast for all next week either. The corn is wilting in the fields around here. Very serious.
Correction: we have had one very short rain in a month. Just not enough. And I have had to buy weed killer, which I never do, because they are cemented in and I can't lift them.
I am sorry, tiffin. It is hard to watch your garden plants suffering and wilting. Good luck with the hand watering, I hope you'll be able to save your roses.
Tiffin, have you mulched your roses and other plants? If not, I would recommend it, because it helps prevent drying out of the soil.
Yes, fuzzi, but the drought and heat are so severe it doesn't matter. Thanks, though.
Rain at last! A steady, deeply quenching rain which has been going on for several hours now. The woods across the road and my garden are drinking it in. It came just in the nick of time as things were in severe difficulty. And the ground water will be replenished (we're on a well). Hallelujah!
Nope but up to my eyebrows in weeds. It has been too HOT & HUMID to weed and now it's raining again (which we need). I'm hoping this coming week will level out so I can do some serious deadheading and weeding. Serious garden fail going on here. Thanks for asking, fuzzi.
My garden sounds like your garden...
...it happens every mid-Summer here.
Serious garden fail going on here
I harvested a whole two green beans today. I planted a whole pack of beans, only two plants sucessfully grew, and this was my first harvest. I ate one; my husband at the other. :)
88: Similar here, I'm wilting in the humidity, thunderstorms are passing through, weeds are sprouting, annual flowers are past their peak.
My garden is a mess but I do have some little green tomatoes hanging on numerous vines. The blueberry bushes have just about stopped giving me blueberries but I give them the gold metal for this year! Very little work, and a constant production of a handfull of blueberries just about every day for several weeks! The frontyard strawberries are producing brilliantly red berries which are so sweet you would swear they had added sugar! I need to baby these plants and let them go to it again next year! That will be the silver metal winner of the year. And for the bronze: the raspberries in the backyard need some help with their support system, but they did give me some yummy berries.
Conclusion: my gardening efforts probably should focus on berries. Everything else was either not picked at the moment of best eating, or just not picked. Shame on me.
Need to do some clean up this weekend, but really we have another good 6 weeks of growing and so I might plant some cool weather plants in the pots. Lettuce!
Three solid hours of weeding and deadheading today! I feel so GOOD about it!
I started to go out to my garden and then I remembered I needed to go do the same at my rental property. I went down there and pulled and raked for as long as I could stand it, and then visited with some friends. I used to live in that house so it broke my heart to see how badly the site looked! And I enjoyed visiting with friends I'd not seen for a while.
It was really humid and I soaked myself through--it was also quite funny because the elastic went in my 27 year old LLBean slacks (which are now my gardening pants) and I kept having to hoist them up! But the rain over the last two days softened the ground enough to allow the weeds to come out. They had been cemented in during the heat wave of over a month--yep, that's how long it has been since I weeded--so it felt beautiful to be pulling thistles and clumps of grass out, along with some other stuff I don't know the name of. I need a solid week of this kind of work to get it up to snuff again.
I also pruned the forsythia, weigala and flowering almond so the bed by the front of the house didn't look like the Clampetts live here. I imagine no one else but me would notice what had been done because people going by just see the flowers but the state of the paths through the garden was just about putting me away.
Maggie, I know how you feel about the house you used to live in looking not-so-great. Our first house that we owned was a sweet little place and I had made a lovely garden in it. It went to rack and ruin for a while after we sold it, which made feel sad as Himself and I had really made a little gem out of the place. I don't even want to think about what might happen to my garden here once we have to sell this place.
We're still in the first house we ever bought (6 years ago), but I have always beautified the places we've lived, no matter how squalid a rental it was. I planted perennials and added compost and dug and made nice flower gardens.
And, sad to say, in EVERY place we've be back to since we moved out, the gardens are gone, grassed over and mowed.
I'd rather weed and tend a garden than mow grass any day.
Makes me think of June beetles, the ones that buzz loudly as they circle your head...
I googled it as I hadn't seen one before: it's a member of the scarab family, like Egyptian scarabs! Still looking for those pics of the wolf spider I took in our back shed a couple of years ago: Canada's only poisonous spider and it was in the old tin shed where we store the off season tires. Biggest thing I've ever seen.
I didn't think wolf spiders were poisonous...?
EDIT: yes and no...
Even though the wolf spider is poisonous, its venom is not lethal. The wolf spider is not known to be aggressive; however, they will bite if they feel like they are in harm or danger. They also move extremely fast when they are disturbed. If bitten by a wolf spider, the wound should not be bandaged but an ice pack should be placed on the bite so that the swelling will go down. And if necessary the victim should avoid any movement if at all possible. It is extremely important that one sees medical attention if bitten by a wolf spider or any other spider.
I'd love to add more butterfly friendly plants to my yard next year!
I can't find those wolf spider pics anywhere. Its body was about 3" and with its legs, I'd say it covered about 5". My one lad went in the shed to get something and said "what the *rude word* is that". I took one look and ran for the camera, snapped a couple of pics of it and later identified it as a wolf spider.
This spring, Himself took four summer radial tires down to the garage in the back seat of MY car (well, they were for my car, so that makes sense), to have the snows taken off. When he went to pick the car up and pay for the work, the mechanic said "what are you feeding the spiders up at your place?". It had wintered in one of the tires and he had driven it down in the car! When the mechanic banged the tire on the ground to put it on, it crawled out. He said he killed it with a tire iron. Yoicks! Just the thought of it being loose in my car while I was driving around.....
Darn, I edited that first pic to turn around but it's showing up on my screen as sideways. Is it ok to everyone else? And sorry about dull light in pics: one of my lads was fiddling around with the flash on the camera and it now has gobbledygook on the screen, which I don't know how to correct, plus the pics are dark.
108: Darn, I edited that first pic to turn around but it's showing up on my screen as sideways. Is it ok to everyone else?
It was sideways, but now it's OK. I've had the same issue with Photobucket; sometimes there's a delay.
fuzzi, it's right way up for me now--funny world.
Thanks, maggie and 2WY. I love fresh flowers in the house but my garden is almost kaput. Just the Japanese anemones and brown-eyed Susans blooming now. The poor roses blew up in the heat wave of over a month.
Now they're showing right side up for me, too. Go figure.
The only flowers still blooming are some of my Marigolds, the Coreopsis, and the inevitable and indestructible Vincas...
Currently reading The Garden in the Clouds by Antony Woodward. Just delightful so far.
Please add a description and a review as you go along, tiffin. Thanx.
2WY, this book would be right up your alley, I think, given your mountain retreat and affinity for dealing with the nasty and determined. In his 40s, Woodward (a writer) and his wife decided to escape from London to a farmstead high in the Black Mountains in Wales. They searched for several years and finally found this fabulous derelict farmhouse at around 1,200 feet on a mountain: Tair-Ffynnon or Four Springs. His description of seeing the place for the first time and then the auction to win it, their first days in it and his decision to build a garden there so he could get into the famous British Yellow Book, well, it's just delightful (even if you know that much of the actual doing of it would be a hard slog).
With his seven days old daughter, Maya, they "drove through the hill gate, bumped up the track, and arrived, officially, to inspect my dream hideaway. Admittedly, to an impartial observer, the place's appeal might have seemed obscure. The yard was littered with derelict cars and bits of twisted metal, jostling with random lumber heaps, rubble and old tyres. Geese babbled and puttered in the mud. A wall-eyed sheepdog ambushed us as we got out of the car with a series of terrific lunges to the limit of a long chain. The assorted outbuildings all looked on the point of collapse. As for the house, it was hard to say which side was ugliest. It had received a full 1970s makeover, burying all trace of the stone cottage it presumably replaced beneath breezeblock, render and concrete tiles. Cavernous, flush-fitted windows gave it a surprised look. The fields around were so lumpy with anthills they appeared to have a kind of geomorphological acne, and ruckled up like bedclothes on the steep slope. There was a suggestion in the hulks of broken farm machinery that things had grown here, but it was hard to conceive what or when. // But I was not an impartial observer. I was in love. My only concern was that, with so much emotion invested, I might cock up the bidding. Which was why Ian had suggested Mr. Games as our man."
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I'd love to add more butterfly friendly plants to my yard next year!www.louisvuittonend.com
Woodward's mother was a botanist and his father some kind of scientist, who was the actual family garden designer, so it was in his genes to want to garden. I'm at the part where he is researching what kind of plants will grow at that elevation, driving around to other high gardens to see how their owners have managed. It's all wonderful, from installing the Aga to the fogs, to the wind that blows windows out.
Living on the Canadian Shield as I do, with rocks always hitting my shovel with a solid clunk if I go too deep, I am fascinated by this operation of creating a garden with the added hazards of sheep, wind and astonishing attacks from the weather.
I have flagged >119. This is a reading and book site, louisvuittonend, not a place for trolls to flog their wares. We don't take kindly to this kind of invasion.
> 118, 120
I agree that The Garden in the Clouds sounds like a fun read. Just wishlisted it myself! Thanks for your recommendation.
By the way, do also read Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. It's a funny but lovely story of a woman who created an urban garden in a run down section of Oakland, California. My review of that book can be found here.
P.S. 2wonderY did NOT like this book. Read that review as well! :)
On to my wishlist, also. Sounds like great fun! Let me also encourage the reading of Farm City: The Eduction of an Urban Farmer. I loved it. Funny, yes, also very uplifting I'd say.
The garden is closed for the winter. I'll start a new thread for next Spring.
I think we're all looking forward to new threads in the Spring!
Check out the seed catalog thread...
Horrific ice storm here. Tree limbs down everywhere, ice coating everything and it's still raining, although I think it might have stopped freezing on everything. My poor beleaguered birch tree which lost an entire clump of itself in the big ice storm a decade ago, is once again under siege, with its branches pulled right down.
I can hear sounds like rifles cracking in the woods across the street, as branches snap under the weight. Every now and then the wind will cause an explosion of ice to fly off of a limb, sounding like glass breaking as it crashes down.
Feeder coated in ice:
Well, it finally got cool enough to garden (we had a record breaking week of humidity and hot temps--the mosquitoes were the size of helicopters and the blackflies were out early too), and I put my lower back out. File this under the "It's Always Something" clause. However, I sat on my gardening thing (the one that's a bench on one side and a kneeler on the other) and got the entire lavender bed weeded, a monumental job because the grass thought it was it's private pasture. Lavender is all trimmed, putting out new shoots, with room to spread its toes now. Finished the last of the planters, so the herbs and deck flowers are all in. Now for the rest of the half acre!
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