Spring Won’t Be Long!

Despite all the snow on the ground I can feel it coming…….spring.  My first chore will be to order the part (+spare) I need to fix my riding lawn mower properly. Last year it was left jury-rigged where the blades engaged but couldn’t disengage. Hard to pull a lawn sweeper to any good purpose when the blades scatter your clippings everywhere!

Winter Slumber

The season is over. I feel I started off well and fixed many things in the garden I had been putting off but I also faded out at the end. Now my garden looks like this until spring. In the meantime I will post here on occasion but my focus will now shift to my other blog – Kathy’s Kiosk. There I continue to show and tell about life in the country and also about my life as a volunteer at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre.

Mid Summer – Tiger Lily

The Asiatic Lilies are done and now the Tiger Lilies (lillium lancifolium) are just coming into flower along with the day lilies. This is only the second year I’ve had these blooming in my perennial bed but I’ve found them to be very hardy. They are rated for zone 2. These plants do best at the back of the border as they are quite tall – about 4ft.x1ft.- and would look better in clumps.  I think the only drawback to this plant is having to bend over to look up into the flowers!

Hansa Shrub Rose

The ‘Hansa’ is one of the earlier modern hardy shrub roses. I’m convinced this rose is one of the hardest to kill!  It grows 3′-5′ tall and wide, has deep pink/fuschia double-petal flowers, a semi-strong ‘rose’ fragrance and flowers steadily from mid-June until fall. It tolerates a variety of soils and conditions. A very good beginner’s rose.


Maltese Cross


I’m happy I decided to give this plant – Maltese Cross (campion, latin ‘lychnis’) – a try in my big sunny perennial bed. It takes the cold, it blooms from late spring ’til August, it’s a brilliant jewel-tone red and it handles conditions of wet and drought fairly well. It grows 2-3 feet tall but only about 6 inches wide and would look best in group plantings in the middle to back of a border.