Ah, the end of May – the time of year when much of the garden is, or is about to be, in full bloom. When we have an abundance of choice when it comes to posting pictures of our favourite things in the garden and an over abundance of gardening tasks to get through each day! Here are a few quick things now appearing for me. To see others from around the world, take a look at the comments section of
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Fothergilla Mountt Airy – the bottle-brush flowers on this small shrub appeared this year like magic in the midst of a string of unseasonably warm days.
There’s a few hundred stalks of white, re-blooming Iris about to burst open this weekend, but on Thursday these were the first of the taller bearded Iris to bloom in my garden.
Prince Edward County is known for the large lilac shrubs lining its roads and byways. This will be the peak weekend for them – a bit later than usual – but with travel restrictions we won’t have the usual hordes gawking. Here’s one of my favourites in my front Island garden – an unknown white variety.
Here’s a new Geranium – a Cambridge Cranesbill, the label says. I purchased it last week and just planted it. I love perennial Geraniums – hope this will be happy here, in a spot that gets full sun until mid day.
My Lemon Magnolia is just starting to bloom. It’s really a cucumber Magnolia – M. acuminata – I started it from seed many years ago and it has survived both flood and drought (with a bit of pampering…) The ‘cucumber’ name comes from the shape of the fruit. I call it my lemon Magnolia because not only are the flowers yellow, they also have a slight citrus fragrance.
Finally – from my kitchen garden, here are the first tomatoes of the year. I started the seeds of three heirloom ‘Costoluto Genovese’ tomatoes (the ones with the pleated shoulders…) nine weeks ago – on March 22. They were more than two feet tall when I planted them on Monday, had been flowering for a few weeks, and bingo! These are supposed to be big boys so I’m not expecting any harvest for a while.
Enjoy the weekend everyone – and stay safe!