I had been neglecting this geranium and over the years it became a spindly length of stalks with a few leaves. But late this summer I re-potted it.
I had no idea what kind of flowers it would produce.
I’m so happy to find out. It’s quite lovely.
This chrysanthemum, also. I had left it out all winter. In the spring, it seemed like it wouldn’t recover.
But there was one root with a tiny set of leaves. I potted that root and put it in a nice sunny place with lots of water. These fall coloured flowers are my reward.
The pollen is the bee’s reward. Here on a marigold, I suspect the pollen jacket on the bee is actually from that mum.
Another thing of beauty that comes with much care and tending is music. I got to listen to some excellent music last night. This is Lucila Al Mar.
Lucila is in the process of driving and gigging across Canada to Vancouver. Check out her powerful voice when she comes to your town.
And more excellent power came from our local Sarah DeCarlo.
Another excellent songwriter and musician worth watching.
Here’s to the staying power of flowers, bees and excellent musicians. May they all continue to grow as the seasons pass.
Every year around this time my aster plant becomes a magnet for wasps and bees. They love the masses of pollen tucked within the florets. Read more “Bee Condo (Aster Heights)”
I got to spend the weekend camping at Port Burwell Provincial Park.
It was ostensibly a birding weekend, but I don’t have lenses for wildlife photography. I did check out the birds, but my photos were much closer to the ground. Read more “Port Burwell”
It almost feels like it’s safe to say that spring is really here.
The first of the flowers, like this bold daffodil, are finally opening their buds. Read more “April Flowers”
I’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t had a chance to post. But I was able to get out and enjoy some spring air this week, so I’m posting quite a few shots to make up for lost posts. Read more “Spring Comes Slowly”
I went up north a bit to visit some friends for some relaxation. Read more “Flower Bunny”
I’m taking off on tour next week with Dusk Dances.
So this week I’ve been staying pretty close to home enjoying my garden. Things have been growing well this year. Like this lovely plant, Astilboides tabularis, or what Curtis, who gifted it to me refers to as “Big Leaf Betty.”
Big Leaf Betty has some delicately busy flowers coming up just now.
So does my Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
In fact many of my plants are in flower. Like the Wild Geranium (Geranium sanguineum)…
… and the Hydrangea…
… and the Gazania, which a friend encouraged me to buy for the garden this year. I’m glad I did.
The cats, although not in flower, seem to be having an excellent time lazing about amid the greenery and showyness of July.
It’s put them both in an excellent and friendly mood.
And for those of you for whom black and white gardens just aren’t colourful enough, here’s a gallery of the same shots in full, glorious colour:
A week ahead of last year, three weeks behind two years ago.
I try to snap a snap of my first crocuses as they emerge and open. Read more “First Crocus 2015”
Another drive down one of my familiar routes this week. And here are the lovely ladies from a couple of weeks ago napping in the evening sun. Read more “Fauna and Flora”
This is my lovely Bergenia plant. This is it’s first flowering. It was given to me two years ago in a plant swap with Jeff Macklin who has a beautiful garden of his own. Read more “Flars”