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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Garden Update

Hullo! I thought I would do some buzzing around the garden today and show you what is going on. First up... the Camellia bush - it has beautiful pink flowers that look a bit like roses. It doesn't smell but it is super cute - mind you, it needs pruning all the time otherwise it would soon be a tree.

Which leads to... the magnolia tree... yes, we have magnolias up here - the flowers are getting old now though and all the petals are falling on the lawn - but some are still quite pretty.

Speaking of the lawn... there is a patch of grape hyacinth, which I make sure Mama does not mow over... the lawn is getting a bit long here - but these flowers are so cute.

The hydrangea is not doing much of anything... other than making leaves.

Last fall, I pruned some rose bushes (they are rambling roses) and put the twigs in the ground (like the guy at the nursery said) and... voila... they took root! I made sure Mama moved them to a dedicated rose bed... they are doing beary well...

These are some daffodils and irises that... I adopted from a wasteland area... they too are doing well.

Rhododendrons... nothing doing... some around town are already blooming, but ours are shy.

Oh, the little pansies are doing great - I think they are perennial though, so maybe violas or something. In the background are some monkshood (deer don't eat them!).

This is alium which I brought from Calgary - it is doing well...

And the little horsetail weeds are coming up... everywhere!!! Beary annoying... must get my sekrebearies to do more weeding.

Ah... tulips... so beautiful!

And garlic that I planted in November... the store bought stuff (in the background) is smaller than the heritage garlic from Ontario, which is beary robust.

Let's see.... what else... this is one of the beds in the deer proof garden. We have sweet-peas and peas growing... and are reading to put some marigolds in because they are good for gardens.

A few herbs... chives and thyme and oregano...

With some... let's see... sage and tarragon, I think.

Oh... I forgot to mention... I got some strawberry plants for... $0.10/plant!!! The deer love them thought so we are going to have to expand the deer proof fencing area and build another bed. I looovvveee strawberries.

Parsley.... a nice strong one that I am going to encourage to grow as big as Hammie's... 

Oh... and this is mint on the right and lemon balm on the left - more herbs which are beary good for the garden.

Whew... that was the grand tour - and... before I forget (or my sekrebeary turns off the camera)... the fire pit that got built a few weeks ago... It works beary well...

And... ta-dah!! Plants that we adopted or inherited over the last couple of weeks - lavender, heather, foxgloves, bergenia, phlox, primroses, irises and a South Africa bulb called Crocosmia... I am not sure where these are all going....

Oh and this... but I made Mama buy it - it is one of my most favourite flowers! Do you know what it is?

Oh dear... ah hem... and this... well, this is the slope under the plum tree and somebody's thought putting cardboard down last fall would kill the weeds. It sort of worked. I hear this is going to become a rock garden (rocks grow???) so we shall see what comes out of it.

I hope you liked my garden tour! Apparently we are going to be beary busy this weekend with gardening but I will try to get some pictures of me... because supervising is beary important!

12 comments:

  1. That is a beay nice garden Sandy. Be sure to supervise beary closely this weekend as your sekrebeary has lots to do. I really like the foxglove and phlox. Do you have any beargrass planted?

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    1. Thanks Little Fox! I don't think we have bear grass... at least not yet... I don't think. There are some ornamental grasses - maybe they could count?

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  2. Your garden is BEARY amazing Sandy! Jerry is jealous. He does think, however, it's a beary good idea to dress up as a bee with you're working in the garden so that you attract lots of other bees.

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    1. Thanks guys! I could really use Jerry's help - it is beary hard work supervising such a big garden. I did see some bumble bees so the bee costume is working!

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    2. BEES!

      Ben says it would be better if you sit on the side, with a pair of sun glasses and a nice cold glass of iced tea, with a little honey in it, and supervise the human workers...little Bears make very good supervisors.

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    3. Oh yes... and a hot chocolate I think - it is good at any time. And a nap in the sunshine!

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  3. WOW What an amazing garden Sandy! Did your costume attract any bees? Bees lead to...HONEY. Do you have any beehives in your garden?

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    1. A few bumble bees but... there is talk of getting Mason Bees - do you know them? They are supposed to help with pollinating...

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  4. Jerry says you need to learn; "Bzz Bz BZzzzzz BZZ Bzzz." That means "take me to your honey", but he's not sure that too many bees are going to be happy to give up a lot of their honey, but with all your wonderful flowers, he suspects that they'll be willing to give you a little.

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    1. No, bees don't like to part with their honey - that's for sure! Today (and yesterday... and Friday afternoon), there was serious work done on the rock garden and it is looking decidedly better. Photos coming when Mama can move again... Do you know what this "sore muscle" thing is about?? I don't get it... I never get a sore back! Us little bears are super flexible and fit.

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  5. Yes, we've heard of this mysterious sore muscle complaint too...after a long day of gardening, Papa says he needs a little gardening medicine, which he calls a glass of red wine or a gin and tonic. That doesn't sound beary good to us, we like honey tea or lemon water. Our area is not free of frost until May 10, so most of our planting has to wait until then. We have enjoyed looking at the plants at the garden center. Can't wait to see your rock garden!

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  6. Oh yes, gardening medicine... I've heard of that, but I'm not sure it's as good as a hot chocolate. There are some things we can't plant until towards the end of May (like nasturtiums).

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