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Predictions for Garden Trends 2012

I am so excited about this upcoming gardening year, can hardly wait till spring. In fact, after the hullabaloo of the holidays is over, there will be a great many days spent in the greenhouse seeding and planning, prepping and plotting. 

Here are some garden trends, as I see them, for 2012. Some are no-brainers, lol, as we see them happening in a big way already... As in - eating more of the flavourful and homegrown foods, whether from the local Farmer's Market or your own kitchen gardens.

1. Hues - Black is going to continue to be huge this year... In annuals such as the stunning new petunias Phantom, Black Cat or Black Velvet, or the beautiful Blackie Sweet Potato Vines. There are several varieties of Coleus, Cannas, Callas and Dahlias that will add that sooty punch to your planter or garden.
- Perennials in the deep black or dusky tones - Violas, Irises, Ajugas, and Acteas make great contrast plants in the landscape or planter. I am personally a huge fan of perennials in pla…

A Very Merry Chrismtas To All!


More December Ramblings

A hodge podge of pics from around the yard this last week before Christmas...  

Bon fire - Perfect on a very grey December day...

The Herb Bed is still bright and colourful - Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Marjoram... and Dianthus going strong. Herbaceous herbs, like chives, have died down for the winter months.

 Oops... I added the spring pea vines to this raised bed as they are such a good soil amendment. Not wanting to waste any lovely compost-ables...   Seems there were some old pea pods still clinging to the vines as I now have a lovely crop of peas coming up :)

Heirloom Italian Flat leaf Parsley is still lush and beautiful.
   In the greenhouse One wants in, the other wants out.

Loving this purple Heather.

This variegated Osmanthus - False Holly, is super pretty any time of year but seems most appropriate during the holidays. 
Love the contrast between the Golden Cypress and Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce

Seed Companies 2012

Dominion Seed House from Ontario, Canada. Purchased their seeds for the first time. The packaging is a little dull... but they have a great selection and also carry seeds that seem to be harder to come by. Ordered by phone, service was very efficient, if not exactly enthusiastic, the seeds arrived within a week! Even though it was during the December mail rush! Their website is set up well and easy to shop.. strangely though, could not always access it.

Stokes - A wonderful company, been around for a very long time, found both in Canada and the States. The catalogue is really nice with much better pics this year than last year, though wish they had pics of each item. Best feature - the seeding and growing info for each and every product is listed right in the order catalogue. I keep mine in the greenhouse with me as a quick guide. 

Renee's Garden Seeds - Has the loveliest colour combinations and most interesting selection of herbs, flowers and vegetables. The Zinnias come in the …

Homemade Yule

Mossy wreathes made of twigs, moss, and lichens, bound with thin gold wire.

Mossy lichen balls, wrapped with the same thin gold wire, 

Handmade patchwork wreathes.

Using lots of natural elements...

Handmade patchwork wreathes hung on a traditional Finnish Cookie Tree. Though cookies would be yummier, hanging from the tree they are too easy to grab and nibble every time one goes by. Wreathes are easier on the figure.

Most everything on the tree is either handmade or made of natural materials, with a few lovely tarnished brassy accents.

Muslin Snowman faces, 'Candy Sticks' of ribbon and dowels, stuffed burlap hearts, and birch bark star topper.

Burlap hearts , bark pears, twig balls, white painted pine cones, and lovely tarnished brass orbs.

A tattery, handmade, burlap wreathe. 

Boa wreathe with large burlap bow.

Yet another wreathe, must of been a wreathe kinda year, made of hand-picked Mahonia  (yep, ouch!)

Outdoor planters with living Cotoneaster. whi…

December Ramblings

Welcome to the garden in December...

The Johnny-Jump-Ups, which burnt out in summer, are now all abloom again. They self-seed freely in the potager pathways.

Little 'Lilah is enjoying the carrots from one of our three ( really! ) winter carrot patches. Here we have Chantenays and Nantes.

The 'Tools Of My Trade" at the greenhouse...  A 20 year old child's waggon (for moving things from place to place), trusty garden fork (lifting perennials, turning compost, and digging holes in our hard-pan), a Hand Mattock (two headed tool for digging, weeding, whacking, trenching...), plus one very supportive garden companion.  

Inside the greenhouse...
I recently noticed a picture of Martha's Jade plants in a magazine somewhere, and realised that one of mine is awfully leggy.
Trimmed it back to a nice shape, took the trimmings and dipped them into a #2 rooting hormone (for it's fungicidal properties), and left them to callous over for two weeks time.
Next week, will …

Lichens and Mossy Things

I have developed a strange affection for mosses and lichens...  I simply love how they look.. hanging from trees or growing all over logs and branches.

Use lichen covered branches to add textural interest or to provide support.... like this little Rosemary standard... Stuff moss in any and all bare spots : )

November Garden Ramblings

This bit of snowy, windy cool weather on our typically temperate island, has had me playing catch up indoors, as I much prefer the steady drizzle of rain to this slushy mess. However, decided to venture forth outdoors to clear my head, while shaking the heavy snow from trees and shrubs to prevent breakage.  

The David Austin English roses are remarkably resilient, not only hanging in there, but actually blossoming in these cool temps.  

A few Snapdragons have come back to shine, as well...

Heather is flourishing...

This Pyracantha has not yet been noticed by the birds, as fruit still clings to it's branches. It's orange-berried neighbour has already been plucked bare, so perhaps this red variety is not quite as tasty?

Paperbark Birch is stunning at any time of the year.

The Fothergilla has not quite yet lost it's gorgeous, red leaves, though, I suspect that they will fall in the next week or two.
Nandina also clings to it's fall foliage.
The native Mahonia in the …


Sorry all, I see that when I made some blog updates last night, the text from several postings has been covered over by the picture 'frame'. This has occurred mostly on 'Where It All Began' and 'Greenhouse Goes Up'.

Please bear with me, as I first take a good walk outside to clear my head, so that I can continue my (attempts) reparations with a less fuzzy brain.

Update...Think I got it fixed. Yay! Please let me know if you have any further problems viewing the posts.

A Nurse Log ....  A fallen tree, soft with decay, which provides a fertile, moist environment for seeds of other trees, shrubs, and plants to germinate, take hold, and grow in the rotting wood.