Red and Yellow, Yellow and Red

For the past several years I’ve had a gorgeous butterfly bush at the corner of the deck. It was a large plant that was covered in pretty white flowers, it attracted lots of butterflies, and apart from cutting it back in the spring and deadheading it in the summer it pretty much took care of itself. It wasn’t the star of my garden but it was a great reliable plant. Until this year…

I guess it's not coming back

I guess it’s not coming back (just ignore the weeds)

I don’t know what happened, it just never came back this spring. I left it untouched hoping it was just late getting started, but by late July I gave up and started thinking about replacements.

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I Might Have Gone Too Far

I normally would have started bringing my houseplants back inside by now, it is September after all, but we’re getting a warm spell this week so my plants get to enjoy the natural sunshine for a bit longer. I did start preparing them for their trip inside though, and for my lemon that means a major pruning, partly for the health of the plant but mainly so I can fit it through the back door.

My potted lemon

My potted lemon (ignore the BBQ and accessories in the background)

I think I might have pruned it a little too much. It doesn’t look too bad right now…

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Some People Collect Shoes, Others Collect Stamps…

…I collect house plants. I know that come winter all my plants are going to be crowded at the one window with decent light, but that doesn’t stop me from buying more. This week I bought myself two rarities (well, they’re rare in these parts at least).

First off we have an actual olive tree. It’s tiny now, but I’m hoping to eventually train it into a decent sized potted tree.

You could say I'm extending the olive branch...

You could say I’m extending the olive branch…

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Canada Blooms, Part 2

A big part of Canada Blooms is the marketplace. I picked up lots of white lilies for my garden, but those aren’t really of any interest until they start to grow. I will show you some of the other goodies I purchased.

Gardenia

Gardenia

I’ve always enjoyed gardenias, so I’m going to try my hand and growing one myself. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Canada Blooms, Part 1

I went to Canada Blooms on Friday and it was a breath of fresh spring air – literally. They changed the layout this year and at first I couldn’t find the display gardens. Then I got a whiff of flowers and dirt and spring and I just followed my nose to this wonderland…

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Why Do I Do This To Myself?

Some of my favourite garden publications

Some of my favourite gardening publications

It’s January and it’s well below freezing outside. There’s at least three, probably four, months until I can get into my garden. So why can’t I stop looking at garden pictures? I do this every winter, I miss the garden so much I can almost feel the heat of the sun and smell the soil – ask me if I think of it so fondly when I’m actually pulling weeds in the spring! In the mean time, my amaryllis has a second bud on it, so there’s that to look forward to.