Here’s the first big bloom of June. This is from a store-bought peony I recently planted. Pretty and fragrant too! Peonies can grow quite large (3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.) and will need the support of a peony ring if you wish to keep the huge flower heads upright. Some people like the sprawling effect. They bloom from early to mid-summer. Peonies can live for 20 or more years in the same spot! They don’t like being kept wet but are otherwise easy to grow. Planting is the key. Plant at the same level it was grown in the pot. Too high or too deep and it won’t grow.
This is one of my very favourite perennials – euphorbia (cushion spurge). It starts out with the bright yellow/green flowers seen below as it assumes its 2 ft. x 2ft. summer shape of a perfect half dome. Its perfect shape is an accent in your garden during the summer as it just stays green. Come later in the season each flower becomes speckled with yellow and orange buds. Soon the whole plant is afire in a lovely fall colour. It prefers a hot dry sunny spot.
Gardening season 2012 has started on The Acreage!!!
We’ve had an extremely mild winter and I’m hoping we’ll have an early spring. It would be lovely to be back out in the garden before the end of May!
We’re in the midst of the first cold spell of the winter. It’s been in the minus mid-20’sC for the last two nights and we still have another two to go. That means the yardwork and garden are definitely over for the year. As usual I brought in many of the pots containing my deck displays. Some, like the geraniums, will survive to be put out next spring. The rest were because I couldn’t stand to let them all go.
Not a very good year for gardening this year. First of all, my beautiful dog, Amy, died. The spring and most of the summer was rainy and cold which did in my petunias in containers. (Money wasted there.) The geraniums handled the weather better. This was the first time I planted nemesia and I’ve fallen in love with this plant – it bloomed all summer!
Now that it’s fall the beautiful weather has kicked in. Some plants in the big perennial bed have decided to bloom again, like the lupines. However, I did finally build some new doors for the greenhouse which are doing fine and should make a difference for the winter. They certainly look better! So, all in all, I’ll just have to hope the weather next year will be a little better!
I had the best of intentions for doing a lot of work in the big perennial bed this season. So far, I’ve only been in to do a thorough weeding once and have been picking away at it ever since. The main problem this year has been the fairly constant rainfall with a big hail storm a few nights ago.
It’s mostly lupines putting on the big show at the moment.
Here there’s a glimpse of blue catmint and salvia, the brilliant red of Maltese Cross with pale yellow lupines.
I only planted these garden phlox a few weeks ago. Looks like they’ll be happy in this spot.
Shrub rose time is here. These are the latest batch of blooms. They’re starting to look a little ragged. It’s one of my favourite parts of summer – wandering around the property in the evenings collecting roses.