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Summertime

Growing Gorgeous Roses

The first summer roses in my garden are now coming into bloom and I can hardly wait to breathe their sweet scent. The beauty of flower and fragrance has inspired many gardeners for hundreds of years. While not the easiest of plants to grow, roses reward the gardener for the effort made with luscious blooms that can take your breath away.

Some of our favourite tips for growing great roses are as follows.

When you purchase a new rose bush choose varieties carefully. Some are more fragrant, more disease resistant or have unusual colour combinations. Look for No. 1 Grade roses and pick a healthy plant that shows good vigour.

When you go home to plant your new rose, choose a sunny location (min 6 hours). Roses don't like a lot of competition so be sure the place you choose doesn't have large trees very close that are going to hog all the nutrients, water, and sunlight.

Try not to plant in the hottest time of the day and water your new rose bush in the pot before you plant it. Roses are heavy feeders so be generous with nutrients and soil amendments.

I recommend the following for planting new roses:

½ cup bone meal

½ cup alfalfa meal

½ cup fish meal

2 shovelfuls of peat moss

2 shovelfuls of manure or compost

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Bringing that Beachy Feeling to Your Garden

Are you feeling beachy?  Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the ways we are reminded to take care of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Whenever I get this beachy feeling, it makes me want to bring a little of the beach home to celebrate it in my garden. 
 
A few years ago my brother and his wife were landscaping their new home. The yard had an irrigation system through most of the front and back yard but not within a narrow side strip of space alongside their driveway measuring about 6' by 15'. They asked me for my ideas for a low maintenance garden bed; then they told me that one idea they had come up with was a rock and driftwood garden with ornamental grasses. I thought that they already had the best idea possible so we set to work making plant choices and layout. 
 
We came up with a mixture of three types of ornamental grass, berried plants for fall and winter interest and a few other complimentary flowering perennials and shrubs. Working in multiples of threes and fives; the colour scheme was blond and blue grasses, rosy-pink berries and flowers with driftwood and round rocks to create a perfect low maintenance beachy garden. Read More

Garden Inspiration

Where does your garden inspiration come from?  Seeing plants as they naturally occur, such as large drifts of beach grass or ferns at the base of majestic trees can inspire us.  Seeing the beauty of what other gardeners have created can fill the gardener's soul.  Whether walking down the street and peering into your neighbour's garden or visiting a famous garden on holidays; refueling the inspiration tank is a wonderful thing.  

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Fragrant Roses

For many of us, fragrant is a must for roses.  We can’t stop ourselves from sticking our noses into a rose, closing our eyes, as we innately know by cutting off our sense of sight only serves to enhance our sense of smell.   When we are rewarded with a fragrance we breathe it in deep and nod as if confirming to ourselves all is the way it should be.  It is then that we usually smile and want to share our discovery.  Stop and smell the roses… perhaps this little old saying is more fitting in our busy world than ever.

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Grow Your Own Veggies For Fall And Winter Harvest!

How are you enjoying your summer harvest?  Our peas were fantastic and though our tomatoes seem a little bit late they are coming on great now and in abundance! We processed our second batch of Oven Roasted Tomatoes yesterday.  The first batch only made it to the dinner table (served over pasta) but the second batch made it to the freezer.  

As far as potatoes go the Satina variety is always our favourite, but we need to get out and dig some of the others we grew to compare.  We've planted Satina, Norland, Red Pontiac, Sieglinde and Banana potatoes.  

Even if you don't have much room for veggies just having a great selection of herbs to add to salads, new potatoes and meats is so wonderful.  All these home grown plants are so good for us, body and soul, we don't want it to end and if we plan it right it doesn't have to. 

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Luscious Lilies

With the first breath of summer comes the beauty of lilies. Graceful lily flowers are a favourite in many gardens with certain varieties creating bold splashes of colour, a rich heady fragrance or dramatic vertical accents.  Often gardeners have a favourite, like the lovely fragrant Stargazer Oriental Lily, but by adding more varieties you can have lilies that bloom from mid-June to September.  Most lilies are very easy to grow; a little bonemeal and steer manure and they will reward you with years and years of enjoyment both in your garden and as cut flowers.

Asiatic Lilies

With their wide upward facing flowers displayed on masse these are the lilies that create the most vibrant splashes of colour.  From deep dark purple that is almost black like L. 'Landini' to eye popping bicoloured L. 'Lollypop' that is white with deep roses tips on her petals and almost every other colour you can think of.  Asiatic lilies are often overlooked as they are not fragrant but they are the first to bloom in June and so showy and easy to grow they are a welcome addition to any garden.

Bloom Mid June-early July

Height 30-45 inches

Hardy to zone 2

Trumpet lilies (Aurelian Hybrids)

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Re-blooming Hydrangeas

The best thing about these new hydrangeas is that they re-bloom all summer long!  The wonderful plant breeders at Proven Winner and Ball Horticulture have developed some truly amazing new plants for your garden. 

The following hydrangeas all bloom on new growth, meaning that they begin to bloom in June (instead of July) and continue to bloom all summer long, then into the fall and right up until the frost stops 'em.

If you like to cut hydrangeas to enjoy indoors these hydrangeas will quickly re-set their blooms and be back in flower before you know it.

Pruning is also easy with these re-blooming hydrangeas.  Simply trim them to the height you require in Spring and they will bloom that same summer.  This makes them also ideal container plants.

Hydrangea arborescens Bella Anna

Large pink full flowers Grows 3-5' tall

 

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New Roses for 2012

Sugar Moon

 Hybrid Tea - Super fragrant pure white

This rose is a beauty!  I was lucky enough to get to trial this rose last year and it is the nicest fragrant white rose I have ever come across.  Lovely deep, dark green leaves compliment the classic white roses.  Sugar Moon showed good vigor and good re-bloom but it will be the fragrance you will love...  

Height / Habit: Tall/ Very upright & bushyBloom / Size: Full, classically formedFragrance: Intense sweet citrus & rose

 

Ketchup & Mustard

Floribunda - Ketchup red/mustard yellow bicolour

 

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Summer Blooming Shrubs

Like most gardeners, as the seasons go, my interest moves from the delicate winter bloomers, to the bulbs that herald early spring, to the joyful promise of planting annuals and so on, and so on. As each season passes I forget how I loved the very first blooms of the plant I am now deadheading and I long for the first blooms of the plants of the next season.

I watch in wonder as the first flush of roses come and now I busy myself cutting roses for bouquets indoors so my flowers continue to form and please me. Oh, we are the fickle ones aren't we, but I simply can't help it; I love my garden, the structure of it, the striking foliage combinations, the fragrances, but most of all I love the blooms. Now that summer is here the blooms are no longer delicate little bursts of colour amazing us on cool and frosty mornings but rather magnificently voluptuous blossoms that awe us with their heady beauty.

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