What’s blooming mid summer in southeastern Ontario – in appreciation of plants that don’t mind a bit of drought.
On Saturday I noticed a few of these dainty yellow flowers opening by the driveway. Come Sunday afternoon the leaf littered floor of the entire tree line was covered with Trout Lily. Just like that. Other native spring ephemerals just in bloom include a flower I used to call woodland Geranium. I kinda knew it […]
Solomon Seal is probably my favourite shade tolerant perennial. It has graceful arching stems with beautiful, dainty hanging flowers in spring that bees love; the leaves stay dark green all summer; it’s extremely drought tolerant and, in the autumn, everything turns first deep yellow then a beautiful orange/tan before leaves and sometimes whole stems collapse […]
This is the time of year everyone on the eastern part of North America – and anywhere else there’s woods and forests with deciduous trees – goes gaga over fall foliage. Folks take road trips to the country or the hills wherever they may be to take it all in, and Instagram, blogs and Facebook […]
I have large patches of purple and white Liatris scattered around the garden – all originating from the seed of a few plants I purchased and planted 15 years ago. The height of the flower spikes vary year to year, depending on how much rain we get. This spring, with record breaking rainfalls in April […]
This is one of the reasons I love the bright yellow glow of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) and one of the reason I cut it back in early summer — to encourage late season flowers to help feed a multitude of pollinators. How many can you spot? Glow
This time last year we had already had our first frost – not unusual around here – but this year, summer started late and it’s just now starting to cool down. Today’s high is 11 but the next two weeks, if you believe the forecast, will be in the high teens and low twenties. With […]
Snowberry. Doesn’t the name conjures up images of large, juicy, creamy berries produced after pollinators have spent the summer happily buzzing amongst fluttery, multi-petaled white flowers? Then you add the botanical name, Symphoricarpos albus, and reality sets in. Latin can really be a buzzkill sometimes. For me, the Snowberry is a memory pant — a […]