Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all my American family members and friends celebrating today!

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April Ice Art by Mother Nature

 

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This picture does not do it justice, but I thought I would share this amazing artistic ice creation I came across mid April in a client’s garden.  I had just started a spring cleanup on the garden when I noticed this ice formation that had materialized as the overnight frost and light snow melted and dripped from the roof of the house down onto the rocks in the client’s landscape.  Beautiful, but fleeting….I was able to grab my camera and snap one picture before it was gone…

My Garden by Bloom Time…

This gardening season I took my camera outside often to capture my gardens in color; the following pictures are categorized by the bloom time of the plants.  Most are perennials that return each year, a few are annuals that I plant to fill in the bare spots…

Most of the color in my garden in May comes from bulbs:

with a few perennials adding some early color:

The color in May is rounded out by the beautiful, sweet-smelling blossoms on my apple and plum trees:

June brings more color from more perennials:

as well as from shrubs, bushes and an ornamental tree:

The lush greenery in June provides a beautiful backdrop for blooming plants:

Next comes July with more perennials:

my favorite annuals and bulbs:

and lots of roses:

the beauty of roses is that their bloom time extends well into the fall; some of mine are still blooming the end of October!

August brings more color in the form of additional perennials:

Still in bloom in August are all the roses above, as well as the russian, purple and pink sages, tickseed, cleome, clematis and daylilies.

With September comes the addition of silver lace vine,  purple aster, ornamental grasses, and autumn sedum  to all of the above plants that are still in bloom;

It is currently the end of October, and many of the above plants are still going strong, especially the roses, thanks to the beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing here in the Ottawa area.

Christmas Amarylis: Spectacular!!

Spectacular!!

Amarylis: 8  flowers from 1 bulb

Lorieb is the mother of three sons, residing in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.  She is the proud owner of GARDENS4U, and spends most of her time designing, planting, and restoring gardens.  Her other hobbies include reading and writing.  Please check out her website at www.gardens4u.ca