Thursday, April 18, 2013

More Images of My Cottage Garden.

Spring 2013 is coming in slowly for us in southern Ontario, Canada, and I'm getting impatient. Started perusing some of last years pics of the garden in anticipation and thought I'd share. 

These are 2012 garden photos -- June and July

I'm forever bringing things into the garden from back forty.
This is the wildflower penstemon, also known as beardtongue.  It grows to about 3' in my garden.

I love roses -- Complicata on the left and a R. rugosa on the right.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) on my Korean Lilac. They are large and lovely butterflies and they appear each year.

Spring 2012, Late May, Early June
Wigelia, the later-flowering Korean Lilac and Sprirea in the forground.

More foraging in the back forty. This is Virgin's Bower. Also known as Sweet Autum Clematis (I think)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Best Budget Gardening Tips

In my neck of the woods (southern Ontario, Canada),
these orange daylilies grow wild along roads and in
country fields. These rizomes were plucked from my
  fields and added to my garden.
 photo by Lorraine Syratt ©2012

Not every gardener can afford to recreate those beautiful gardens seen on the pages of magazines. However, even on a budget, we can create a pleasing landscape utilizing all the flowers and shrubs we love. We just need to know how.

Perennials vs Annuals


Purchase perennial plants instead of annual bedding plants. Annuals flower in the first growing season. Few annuals flower the second year. Perennials do survive the winter, and planting them instead of annuals is more cost-effective. Most perennials don't actually begin flowering until the second year. Consider buying perennials that spread by their root systems. As they get larger, they can be divided in order to fill spaces elsewhere in the garden. Many shrubby perennials are easily propagated by leaf or stem cuttings. This is an easy way to increase stock.

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