Still unsolved, this mystery rose was incorrectly labeled when received. I believe it was meant to be a David Austin cultivar. Regardless, we love to see it blooming every year.
We have been on a vacation of sorts over the last two weeks, so garden work and photography have been limited. Here is a shot was taken a few days ago, before the smoke from Fort McMurray moved in yesterday, and before the rains (thankfully!) began last night. I took the image after noticing how nice the … More Evening in the Garden
This is the time for Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetles in Edmonton! I found the first beetles on our Snake’s Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris, Liliaceae) two days ago. They can do a lot of damage to all members of the Liliaceae family, and should be controlled quickly. Avoid spraying, so that you don’t kill other beneficial … More Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetle
Sunday was Garden Day. In our zone, the Daf’s are blooming, the abundant Pasque Flowers are beginning to go to seed (so lovely) and the native Marsh Marigolds are about halfway through their bloom period. Golden spurge and Leopard’s Bane are starting, and the Snakeshead Fritillaries are beginning to fade. The Bergenia is in full … More From the First of May
I will be uploading my old garden blog Zone 3B site so that it becomes part of Gardens Matter. This may cause some hiccups in design and layout, so bear with me until I get things sorted out.
It’s hard to believe that it has already been two months since my last post! Our first spring blooms are now open, with the daffodils beginning to display. So what have I been up to in the garden lately? The major chore of the season so far has been renovating the hedges! We have … More Garden Update
Spring is near, albeit early for Edmonton, Alberta. The ground is still frozen, and snow is thin is the ground. I chose today to do the first garden work of the year, mainly pruning the apple tree and coppicing the hazel. Coppicing is an ancient technique for harvesting woodlands. Trees were cut down to the … More Winter Harvest