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!

The Garden 2011–mid July

    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.

          

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Here there’s a glimpse of blue catmint and salvia, the brilliant red of Maltese Cross with pale yellow lupines.      

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I only planted these garden phlox a few weeks ago.  Looks like they’ll be happy in this spot.

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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.

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