Canadian Gardens, Gardening

Pinkie Swear

I swear: it seemed to happen all of a sudden.

Pink.

Everywhere. Pink phlox, pink anemones, pink sweet pea — pink, pink, pink.

Morning glories in a deep pink, almost red, are now more numerous than the blues….

Blog Photo - Pink Morning Glory

A late pink clematis

Blog Photo - Late pink clematis solo

Blog Photo - Late pink clematis

An early spring clematis that sends out a few tiny blooms in late summer…

Blog Photo - Pink Reblooming Clematis

And a pink surprise —  self seeded in the concrete step

Blog Photo - Snapdragon Reborn in Concrete

… an unexpected reminder of last summer’s pink snapdragons…

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… that grew in a container nearby.

Blog Photo - Potted plants - one pot

Whatever your colours, I hope your garden is doing well.

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The Last of the Summer Vine

The summer vines are nearing the end of bloom-time.

Blog Photo - Blue Clematis single

But – oh! – they were so lovely when they were blooming!

Blog Photo - Garden rain lavender blue clematis

My favourites, Clematis, flowered in different shapes and colours.

Blog Photo - Garden rain blue-lavender clems

Some bloomed all summer, and some bloomed twice.

Blog Photo - Garden rain pink and lavender clems

Blog Photo - Afternoon Tea Clematis Burgundy

So here’s to the blooming vines in all our gardens: those that have already given their all this summer, and those that are hanging on and blooming their last.

Blog Photo - Clems doubles

Blog Photo - Blue-Pink clems

Blog Photo - Garden rain cu of lavender blue clematis

Blog Photo - Blue clems atop Pinks

Blog Photo - Garden rain Clematis dark blue

Blog Photo - Red clems on Trellis

Blog Photo - Clem Purple

And, as summer ends, I offer a warm welcome to the morning glories who are now ‘in their glory’.

Blog Photo - Blue Morning glory

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Garden Friends

So, okay. I’m seriously not a Snow-White-and-The-Seven-Dwarfs-in-the-Garden kinda girl.

Blog Photo - Garden birdbath and blooms

Garden gnomes you won’t find here.

Blog Photo - Garden a beautiful shot of back garden

Blog Photo - Garden Horse

But I have garden friends.  I do!

Blog Photo - Garden rain - two birds at feeder

Birds, horses and butterflies…..

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Blog Photo - Garden - Butterfly on Mint

A green frog playing a bass serenade to the hosta.

Blog Photo - Garden Frog and Violin

A wind chime whose own song soothes our hearts, and tells us when it’s a windy day outside.

Blog Photo - garden wind chimes

Faces that steadfastly oversee the garden….

Blog Photo - Garden Sun face

Blog Photo - Garden Face

And welcomers for the newly bloomed clematis flower…. Namaste to you….

Blog Photo - Garden - welcome clematisThe nice thing about these friends is they listen to your troubles and never criticize.  They never say: “Leave those weeds alone!  And it’s 11 a.m.  Isn’t it time you got out of that tattered old houserobe and put on some decent clothes?”

Mind you, I’m glad for human friends who visit and make me laugh.

Like Pia, who insisted on getting a string to tie back the uber ex-uber-ant clematis that threatened to strangle her and all others who passed.

Blog Photo - Garden Friends

And Vito, our vintner-neighbour who claims that flowers are useless because – unlike grapes and vegetables — flowers can’t be eaten. It’s an ongoing argument and I think we both like that.

Blog Photo - Vito amid the flowers

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Dedicated to all who love gardens, and your garden friends too.

Photos by Hamlin Grange.

A Good Home, Canadian Gardens, Clematis, Flowers, Gardening

Clematis a-bloomin’

I promised a blogger-friend that I’d post pictures of clematis in bloom.

But the gosh-darn rabbits ate almost every clematis right down to the ground last winter and spring, so I didn’t know what would come back and what was a goner. Blog Photo - Clems doubles Blog Photo - Blue clematis2 We had a few casualties, indeed. We lost the gorgeous white clematis. Blog Photo - Clematis white And the beautiful pink one that graces the arbour on the cover of my book, A Good Home.  Blog Photo - Pink Clematis But there’s much to be thankful for. Blog Photo - Blue-Pink clems Blog Photo - Garden rain pink and lavender clems Blog Photo - Blue Clematis single Blog Photo - Garden rain Clematis dark blue Now, it’s not all smooth sailing. A few are really struggling, and insects have also attacked them.Blog Photo - Clems Light pink Blog Photo - Clem Pink and white But the point is that they returned. And others came back in full force. Blog Photo - Clems - Burgundy Blog Photo - Blue clems atop Pinks This shy little red clematis decided to spread its wings — er, vines. Blog Photo - Red clems on Trellis This one below escaped the rabbits and is full of blooms now. Blog Photo - Clem Purple Now, don’t go asking me all their names.  Some days, I don’t even remember my own….. But I hope you are suitably impressed – I know I am! Several of these vines were bought for a few bucks at end of gardening seasons in years past, and planted by my Better Half.

I’m especially impressed with this bloom below- usually the first to flower, this clematis missed its moment because the rabbits ate the whole vine and it had to start up again from its roots underground.

But now it’s sent out a single bloom! Blog Photo - clem single pink

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Dedicated to late bloomers and other survivors.