Monday, December 30, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Posted by Maggie at 12/07/2013 11:50:00 AM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Posted by Maggie at 11/20/2013 11:33:00 AM
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Cryptomeria japonica), in the woodland garden. You see the tops of the trees over the garage roof. The Japanese cedar stays this reddish bronze color all winter and in the spring turns green again. It is a big tree that is aging gracefully. Its too bad that the needles sometimes dry out and hang onto the tree. I brush them off on the lower branches, but the higher ones will have to take care of themselves. I must do a photo study of this tree. It likes acid soil, so perhaps I could under plant it with blue or white azaleas. At the moment there is a shrub with white blossoms that have the fragrance of orange blossoms. This little shrub is everygreen and looks good under the sweeping boughs of the cryptomeria. I believe the lovely little shrub is a choisya. In the spring and summer, this area has quite a lot of self seeded dames rocket, in purple and white.
Yesterday, I was out in the garden for a couple of hours and raked leaves off of the rock plants, thyme circle and other perennials. I put the leaves on the grass path and mulch them with the mover. I don't know where the leaves went, but I did not have much mulch in the mower bag. There will be more leaves to fall, of course and more leaf mulch to make.
With the clean up of the deer pasture across the street from us by the Saanich Parks department I have been haunting the Parks website to learn about the Urban Forest Stategy. It is all very interesting and I enjoy following links to all kinds of good information. One of the links led me to a place that sells wild flower seeds. It is in Ontario. The company has 3 or 4 kinds of Milkweed seed for sale. I have some seed for milkweed that I hope to grow into enough food for monarch butterfly larvae. Thanks for the seed, Dave. My first ones have sprouted. Planted them on November 3. They are in plastic containers next to the light garden. I have a few being stratified in the fridge, but I have the majority of them planted in pots that sit out on the garden. I hope to see them in the spring in the natural order of growth. I am happy to see that these plants are not banned in Canada. I found no mention of them on such list in Saanich, particularly. So, when my plants get leaves, I hope I can get some monarchs, and then hope that the monarchs are enticed to stay and lay eggs. Well, that is next year's project.
Posted by Maggie at 11/13/2013 08:49:00 PM
Thursday, November 07, 2013
http://cwf-fcf.org/en/do-something/contests-winners/popular-vote-monthly-contest/ You need to register and qualify to add your own photos. Since I am a support of CWF and have been for years, I get their calendars. There is some excellent photography on them.
Last week I received milkweed seeds from Dave Dube in Oregon. He grew the milkweed seeds because he was interested in restoring habitat for Monarch butterfllies. This is something I am interested in doing as well. I have pots out on the garden - 6 with the Davis, showy milkweed and 8 with the other kind he sent. In the house, next to my light garden, I have 12 pots with seeds that should germinate soon. I have 12 more of the Davis seeds being stratified in the fridge. If my plants grow and I get enough of them to support a few monarchs I will get some monarchs for release. I do hope I can sp0ecify the gender. I will look into it through butterfly gardens in Sidney. Hopefully, they will be able to supply the butterflies to me. I am quite excited about this project. We have some information and links to Dave's you tube videos in our Community called Butterflies are Free, on Megashot.net. Come join us. Registration on the site is free. We have contests, communities, critiques, and more. There will be a Version 2 of the site, that will be just as user friendly, with all of the proposed features completed plus some new ones. Here is the Butterfies are Free Monarchs discussion: http://www.megashot.net/mega/ms-full-comm_forum-details.php?keythread=eed1d47804acf98ce0708a15509bb53a&threadval=c6f033cf7070e048e7051e3365fd1f13&forumthreadId=230&forumkeyId=538
November in the rain is all about planning for next year. Along with the Milkweed project, I hope to find some more of the Canadian wild flowers for my garden. While reading the Saanich website, I have found so much information about endangered species, where to find the wildflowers, how to protect any tree you have in your 'urban forest'. Here is a start to explore: http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/parks/trees/treebylaw.html
I just noticed that our Mayor has declared November 3 as tree planting day. Well... I missed it, drat!
Posted by Maggie at 11/07/2013 05:06:00 PM
Thursday, October 31, 2013
My light garden is looking so good, after cleaning it up and feeding the plants. Several orchids in bloom. Photos later if I get time. To add to my things to do, I have now joined the CWF photo club. I did two landscape photos to enter the annual contest, in the landscape category. Very interesting reading in their magazine. I have also spend quite a bit of time reading the Saanich web site; especially about the urban forest, endangered species, invasive species, and so much more good information I would love to establish some of the wild flowers in the park but am not sure what they are going to do with it now. If they continue ot mow it like they have been doing, the flowers would not stand a chance.
Posted by Maggie at 10/31/2013 10:35:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I now have the house thoroughly cleaned, have the front garden cleaned up and have my freezer space full of soups and some prepared vegetables. This makes getting meals to the table much faster and is especially good when I have been out gardening. But I am usually ready to come in from the garden in the afternoon, after 2 or 3 hours, with time to get cleaned up and make a good supper, now. Next week there will be no garden time because of other commitments, and then the prediction is for rain on Thursday night. Just in time to drench the poor little halloween kids. Perhaps the following week be sunny again. I took moss off the back patio and put it under the deck. It is still green and lush looking. If it takes hold this should double the size of my moss garden. As soon as the rains start the moss garden comes into its own. It is going to need the leaves swept off it regularly, now, too.
The light garden in the house is repaying me handsomely for the cleanup I gave it and the repotting and feeding of some of the plants. I have 2 cattalyas in bloom, 4 phalenopsis, the hae marie has tall spikes of blooms, and the African Violets are blooming and look good nice and clean too.
I have not had a lot of time for Megashot, but don't much care, at the moment. I want to get at least one album done on my old web page before the year is out, so hopefully I can get at it soon. Life is good on the West Coast.
Posted by Maggie at 10/27/2013 10:42:00 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
When we were on the Island Challenge... an antique car event... we put our cars on display at the Fair while we had breakfast and then looked at some of the3 exhibits. What a lovely chicken!
We have had a fine week of sunshine so far this week and are promised another week of the same. I am happy with what I have managed to get done in the garden. Edged the lawn and put the edging bits onto the front grass under the plum tree. Hope it takes hold by Springtime. As we are to have the driveway and all the cement power washed, I had to save the moss that was growing on the cement. It is suppose to be slippery and a possible cause of accidents. We never had one yet... but I suppose all this cleaned up cement will add curb appeal should we ever decide to sell it. I put the moss down under the deck. It looks like a lovely green carpet. I sure hope it takes hold too. This will expand my moss garden to at least double its size. I am moving ferns all over under the deck too. The last ferns I moved are surviving very well. They are in total shade. I need to be mindful of watering them.
I have finished weeding the stone path and all of the inner garden. I only need to do the front rectangles and the strip in front of them and then the front will be good to go into winter. There will be the raking of the leaves. Last year, mulching them with the lawn mover worked really good, and will do it again this year. And will keep the mulch, as Saanich will be starting the garden waste collection next year. I will lose my compost guys and will no longer be getting a bag of compost per month from them. I have put some of the weedless compost into the old compost bin to start up my own compost again. The old bin is still half full, so the leaves should fit in there this Autumn. Saanich is trying to reduce the amount of stuff we put into the land fill. Well, with recycling paper and bottles, etc, and my garden waste bin; they have not been getting much from me. What I put out is mainly plastics and other food packaging. I have five bags of compost left and will probably save them over to next year.
Posted by Maggie at 10/16/2013 07:48:00 PM