Saturday, 26 November 2011
I have not updated this blog for a very long time. I apologize for the delay. Work has been very hectic, and the fall transition of the plants was quite the chore. The light gardens had 2 cuttings of each variety started 2 months ago, and I have since moved the duplicates of most varieties into the greenhouse and still need to space out the remainders so they have adequate air space to circulate. I am foolish for keeping certain more vigorous varieties under lights, but as a paranoid gardener, I expect the worst when it comes to the greenhouse.
My crosses from last year are blooming and doing very well. Many will be available next spring if I can multiply them quick enough. There are a few new miniatures and fancy leaved varieties fortunately, and once they are listed and named I will get pictures up for you all to see. I have one microminiature that is perhaps 2 inches tall...after a year!!! It has yet to flower, but its so tiny that I am afraid to clone it in the near future. I have not crossed as many this fall, but a cross of note that has set seed is 'Little John' x 'Mr Henry Cox'. My fingers are crossed with this one.
The Ontario Club met last weekend and it was nice to talk with new members and old members whom I have not had the chance to get to know yet. The next meeting is in February at the TBG, so I will post more information closer to the years end.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
Here in Southern Ontario we have had one hot, DRY summer so far. The lawns everywhere are yellow, and only the most devoted gardeners have kept their gardens lush through frequent watering. I have let my lawn go dormant which looks sad, but I have not had to cut it in a month! I am also hoping the perennial weeds die, and the "dormant" turf wakes up with a greater resilience and once again becomes a thick green carpet. Ha. Even I dont buy this line. I am in for a lot of work trying to get this lawn back to normal.
Today it has finally rained significantly, and even though I normally hate excessive rainfalls, I am enjoying the break in watering. I think I have stated before that I dont let most of my pelargonium collection get rained one heavily...so last night I tarped, shuffled, and moved trays and trays of plants knowing this storm was coming. It paid off too as the big Ontario show is in a month, and I want some perfect specimens free from any fungal problems. Dont forget to come check out the big show at the Toronto Botanical Gardens this August 21st, 2011.
I have noticed that grasshoppers are much earlier this year, and combined with a dry hot summer this is not good. As I recall, swarming conditions favour this. I cant imagine saving my collections from a swarm of locusts. What a nightmare situation!
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
I cant believe that ducks have landed in the (unopened) swimming pool. Dear lord, I have ducks. They are cute too, so they will be hard to evict, but I cant imagine hosting them all summer. If they start to nest I dont know what to do.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Other plants I should have grown more of for sales: 'Royal Norfolk', 'Elmsett', 'Grainger's Strawberry Jam', 'Red Explosion' and 'Decon Peacock'. Live and learn I guess.
The best seller by far was/is 'Grainger's Antique Rose'. When I get my act together I will take more photos to share.
Monday, 16 May 2011
The weather in Southern Ontario is rain, rain, and more rain! For the month of May I cannot recall another another that has been so wet. We are at least 2 weeks behind in heat.