Thursday, December 10, 2009
Today the temperature dropped to 8 degrees Celius below zero as witnessed by the ice covered sedge beside the fountain.
The Arbutus blossoms are frozen solid, but still looking ok for now.
I took this picture of Abelia Ed Goucher a few days ago. It has been in bloom all summer. I checked them again today but the flowers have disappeared.
Another amazing bloomer is Campanula Blue Waterfall. It has also been in bloom all summer and this picture was also taken a few days ago. The blooms are still there today, but a little more shriveled than they appear here.
The cylindropuntia (foreground), pencil cholla (centre left) Agave (centre right) and Yucca gloriosa (behind agave) seem unfazed by the cold.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Magnolia grandiflora Victoria, though not the hardiest, has done well for me.
The flower is out of focus (I need a new camera) but this Lithodora has been in bloom all summer. You can't beat the blue color.
I think the Erica (Heather) thinks it's spring. It doesn't usualy bloom in fall so I wonder if it will still flower in April.
Still one of my favourite perennials, Euphorbia amygdaloides robbeia can't be beat for deep green foliage.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This Magnolia Edith Bogue has done very well since being planted as a small plant five years ago. In front is a Cryptomeria.
I was surprised to hear the Colocasia Pink China survived the winter with no protection. I tried these myself with no luck.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I took the next two pictures at work on containerized plants because my garden specimens will likely never produce flowers or fruit in our climate. The berries (which are toxic) are on an Aucuba serratifolia.
These small flowers are on a Strawberry tree (Arbutus) which we are trying in the display garden at Coles in Grimsby.
There was a very cool, drizzly day last week, and while it wasn't fun to be outside, it created some great effects for photos. The first is Papyrus and the second is a Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla) leaf.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Agave has grown a new leaf every month since being planted in May (left). I am curious how it will do in winter.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, summer finaly came to Niagara. We've had a few weeks of hot humid weather forcing many plants into growth and bloom. One of my favourite perennials, Kirengeshoma (Waxbells) came into bloom this week.
(Click on pictures for a better look)
I noticed this impressive Albizia in south end St. Catharines has been in bloom now since mid-July
I've added a few new perennials to my collection. I've always liked Stokesia (Stokes Aster) but have never bought one because of their floppy habit. This new one called Stokesia Peachie's Pick stood out because it is sturdy and upright.
Another new addition is Brunnera Diane's Gold. This shade lover has nicely cupped, yellow foliage which should look great once the little blue flowers open in spring.
Finally I took this picture at work of a bee dangling from a yellow Asclepias.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I planted some Phyllostachys nigra last year. It came throught the winter ok but it was very late to send up new shoots. It is just now starting to show some vigour.
This has me a little worried because I spoke with a lady a few weeks ago who had planted some two years ago. After seeing 20 foot rhizomes creeping around her garden this summer, she decided to dig up the bamboo and discard it.
I went on-line and found some great tips on how to manage an unruly bamboo. The advice I liked best calls for a string to be layed out beyond which you don't want the bamboo to spread. Then simply work the line with a good spade, pushing it as deep into the soil as you can. They recommend doing this in the fall. This, the writer claims, will sever any culms that have crept beyond from their food source, and these will consequently die.
I would love to hear from people who have this stuff in the garden in zone 6. Any tips for control would be appreciated.
I have never seen a Hummingbird in my garden, but this morning there was one very busy little Hummingbird in the Clerodendron. I hope to catch a picture of him later.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I did not include anything I know won't survive the winter outside here in Niagara.
Acanthus Tasmanian Tiger (Variegated Bears Breeches)
Acer pseudoplatanus Brilliantissimum (Sycamore Maple)
Aconitum arendsii (Monkshood)
Albizia jullibrissin (Mimosa, Silk Tree)
Albizia Summer Chocolate
Alstroemeria, hardy (Princess Lily)
Amelopsis brevipedunculata (Porcelain Vine)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-Pulpit)
Arundo donax (Giant Reed)
Arundo donax versicolor
Asimina triloba (Paw Paw)
Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
Aucuba Gold Dust
Aucuba Mr. Goldstrike
Aucuba serratifloia (Saw Toothed Laurel)
Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle Tree)
Bergenia Solar Flare
Bletilla striata (Hardy Orchid)
Brunnera macrophylla variegata (Siberian Bugloss)
Brunnera Diane's Gold
Brunnera Jack Frost
Calamagrostis Karl Foerster (Reed Grass)
Calycanthus floridus Venus (Sweetshrub)
Campanula persicifolia (Peach Leaved Bellflower)
Carex Ice Dance
Carex Lemon Zest
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Blue Leadwort)
Cercis canadensis (Redbud)
Chamaecyparis obtusa nana (Dwarf Hinoki Cypress)
Cimicifuga simplex Brunette
Clematis Nelly Moser
Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glory Bower)
Cornus kousa Satomi (Satomi Dogwood)
Crocosmia George Davidson
Delphinium New Millennium
Digitalis Spice Island
Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon Arum, Voodoo Lily)
Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern)
Echinacea Coconut Lime (Coneflower)
Echinacea double white hybrid
Echinacea Tiki Torch
Echinocereus reichenbachii (Lace Cactus)
Echinops (Globe Thistle)
Ephedera regeliana (Joint Fir)
Eremurus (Foxtail Lily)
Erica carnea (Winter Heather)
Erodium Bishop’s Form
Euonymous alatus (Burning Bush)
Euonymous fortunei Gold Tip
Euonymous japonica rokujo
Eupatorium rugosum (Chocolate Boneset)
Euphorbia amygdaloides robbiae (Leatherleaf Spurge)
Euphorbia myrsinites (Donkey Tail Spurge)
Euphorbia polychroma (Cushion Spurge)
Fallopia japonica Milkboy
Fargesia robusta (Clump Bamboo)
Ficus Brown Turkey (Fig)
Gardenia Kleim’s Hardy
Gentiana acaulis (Trumpet Gentian)
Gentiana septemfida (Crested Gentian)
Geranium pratense Midnight Reiter
Hakonechloa macra aureola (Japanese Forest Grass)
Hakonechloa All Gold
Hebe pinguifolia Sutherlandii
Hedera helix Erecta (English Ivy)
Helleborus Betty Ranicar
Hemerocallis Garden City
Hemerocallis Stella D’Oro (Daylily)
Heptacodium miconoides (Seven Son flower)
Heuchera Green Spice
Heuchera Mini Mouse
Hibiscus moscheutos Blue River (Dinner Plate Hibiscus)
Hosta Blue Boy
Hosta Designer Genes
Hosta Francis Williams
Hosta On Stage
Hosta Sum and Substance
Iris ensata Gusto
Itea virginica (Sweetspire)
Kirengeshoma palmata (YellowWaxbells)
Kniphofia Primrose (yellow Torchlily)
Lagerstroemia Pecos (Crapemyrtle)
Larix decidua pendula (Weeping Larch)
Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote (English Lavender)
Leucothoe fontanesiana Rainbow
Leucothoe axillaris Margie Jenkins
Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket
Linum perenne (Blue Flax)
Lithodora (Blue Lithospermum)
Magnolia grandiflora DD Blanchard
Magnolia grandiflora Edith Bogue
Magnolia grandiflora Victoria
Magnolia tripetala (Umbrella tree)
Miscanthus gracillimus (Maiden Grass)
Miscanthus strictus (Zebra Grass)
Omphalodes cappadocica (Starry Eyes)
Opuntia humifusa (Prickly pear Cactus)
Opuntia imbricata (Chain-link Cactus)
Opuntia kleiniae (Pencil Cholla Cactus)
Paeonia suffruticosa (Tree Peony)
Panicum Heavy Metal (Switch Grass)
Papaver brilliant (Poppy)
Paulownia (Empress of China Tree)
Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln (Fountain Grass)
Penstemon nana blue (Beard tongue)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo)
Physocarpus Darts Gold (Ninebark)
Picea pungens glauca (Blue Spruce)
Pinus mugo (Mugo Pine)
Podophyllum (May Apple)
Polygala chamaebuxus grandiflora
Polygonatum officinale (Solomon’s Seal)
Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese Tassel Fern)
Potentilla neumanniana Nana (Alpine Cinquefoil)
Primula veris (Cowslip)
Prunus laurocerasus (Evergreen Cherry Laurel)
Pyrus communis (Pear)
Quercus virginiana (Live Oak)
Rhododendron Blue Peter
Rubus fruiticosus (Blackberry)
Rubus idaeus (Raspberry)
Sanguinaria canadensis plena (Double Bloodroot)
Sambucus Black Lace (Elder)
Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box)
Sciadopitys verticilata (Japanese Umbrella Pine)
Sedum Autumn Joy
Sedum Purple Emperor
Sedum sieboldii (October Daphne)
Sedum ternatum (Appalachian stonecrop)
Sempervivum purple beauty (Hens and Chicks)
Sisyrinchium angustifolium Lucerne (Blue Eyed Grass)
Stewartia psuedocamelia (Japanese Stewartia)
Stokesia Peachies Pick (Stokes Aster)
Taxus media (Yew)
Thalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadow rue)
Thalictrum flavum gluacum (Yellow Meadow rue)
Thuja occidentalis (Cedar)
Tricyrtis Samurai (Toadlily)
Trollius Gold Queen (Globeflower)
Tsuga canadensis Jeddeloh (Dwarf Hemlock)
Vacciium corymbosum (Blueberry)
Viburnum plicatum (Doublefile Viburnum)
Viburnum plicatum Summer Snowflake
Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf Viburnum)
Viburnum x carlcephalum (Fragrant Viburnum)
Vitex agnus castus (Chaste Tree)
Vitis vinifera (Grape)
I'm not sure if that's a flower starting on the Echinocereus, I'll know in a few weeks.
This is one of may favourite plants because it is so unusual. Ephedera is a prehistoric evergreen.