Six on (last) Saturday – 02/11/2019

We had a bit of a storm Thursday night into yesterday – power was out for about 10 hours, a lot of rain, branches and trees down everywhere including a large one over the driveway. A neigbour kindly roared over to chop it up a bit, making the driveway passable, but pretty much all of today will be spent on clean-up. Silver lining: future firewood! In any event, today’s photos were actually snapped last Saturday, with apologies to The Propagator, who hosts this weekly garden blog round-up. Take a look at his site for more current garden shots around the world.

First, the pretty.

Like several other perennials, this Blanket Flower – Gaillardia – has sent up a final bloom of the year…nice for the bees, and perhaps in time to produce a few seeds for next year.
This strawberry wasn’t labelled an everbearing, but it’s had flowers and a few fruit (for the chipmunks, of course, heaven forbid I get to them first!) since May.
This is a Christmas fern – Polystichum arcostichoides a fern native to Ontario. It’s evergreen, even here, and survives well in very dry, very shady conditions. That said, I’ll be moving my small colony to a brighter, more moist spot in the spring and I believe it will get much larger.
This is a ‘Mount. Airy’ Fothergilla – nice green leaves all summer and fall foliage to match the brightest red maple.

Now, the not so pretty:

I was gifted a box of Canna lily rhizomes in July so these got a very late start. As a result, no flowers this year but with luck the rhizomes will survive the winter in the basement and I’ll start them earlier next spring.

And finally, although Winter is Coming, a hopeful sign of spring….

Foliage for next year’s Oriental Poppy flowers have emerged. These leaves will soon be covered in a lot of snow but will survive ’til spring and, while they can, now, are creating energy for even bigger leaves and many flower stalks.

That’s it for this (last) week – perhaps I’ll have something more current next Saturday, although with temperatures plummeting to below zero in the days to come…..

15 Comments

  1. Your fothergilla is very beautiful with these flamboyant colors; mine was never red like that but still putting on a nice show this fall. For your cannas, start them in March indoors in sand gently moist and put them in pots when they measure 15-20cm but you will have better results with your climate if they are potted (1 rhizome for 1 pot of 30- 40cm max)

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  2. Interesting, I didn’t realize Fothergilla would grow that far north and the color is spectacular. I have a bazillion Gallardia if you need some seed! It sounds like you had a nasty storm but I guess the wind raked the leaves for you! I have had some close encounters with hurricanes like that.

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