Friday, June 19, 2015

Adventures in Gardening - Free cuttings and divisions Welcome!

The last five years we have lived in this condo, I have missed my little garden in Dartmouth terribly.  It had only just begun to take shape when we were moved to Ottawa in 2010.  Every summer, I do quite a bit of growing in containers on our deck, but it's not the same is it? 
So last fall, I took the plunge and with the blessing of the Board of Directors (of which I am Secretary) I began a one woman gardening club.  I planted 25 tulip bulbs.  With the squirrels we have, I wasn't holding on to hope, but wouldn't you know it - they all came up!

With this success, I tackled the main flower bed.  It had been left to it's own devices for many years and been taken over by an invasive groundcover.  Mostly I weeded.

The dense yellow in the top right corner used to completely choke this flower bed.  Over the course of a month, I have been pulling it all out to make room for some traditional perennials and in the process a few of the original plants are beginning to recover.  We had some beautiful Siberian Iris with multiple blooms for the first time in 5 years!
On the May long weekend I planted a few perennials: Lavender, Lupin, Poppies, Shasta daisy and a blue Delphinium of sorts.

The plants I am sure won't flower this year, except the above ambitious one, but they look to have taken and seem healthy.  We shall see next year!  Today, I added some Rudbeckia and Echinacea.  One of the Echinacea is called PowWow Wild Berry.  I am really excited to see it bloom.  For now it looks like this!

The plant I am most excited for is a Hydrangea division I received from my friend Anne.  I planted it against a chain link fence that could definitely use some prettying up.  I have already put in a Peony there and hope the Hydrangea fills in nicely.  I always remember the amazing drifts of blue hydrangea on the lawns in Maine as we drove through.  I guess this means we are committed to staying here at this condo, as I have to see these plants mature and flower!