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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.

Greenhouse Ramblings

A spot of unseasonably cool weather combined with a broken  heater valve, has made it a touch too chilly in the greenhouse for much (comfortable) puttering.

However, the plants continue to thrive in the cool sunshine.

Roses, Geraniums,  Heliotrope and Pansies continue to bloom, while the Yucca's and Phormium's vibrant tones add a tropical feel, during these cool, autumn days.

Cleaning and organizing the greenhouse continues, despite the weather.... The re-potting area has seen much action already, crafting area had been whipped into shape, and seeding area is ready to rock and roll.

This coffee/wine nook takes up quite a bit of space, so only gets to stay till the serious seeding,  potting, and planting begins, once again.

However, this time of year is all about pretty and fun in the greenhouse, to enjoy, socialize, craft, and play. Hope to see you all at the greenhouse soon!

Where It All Began...

Two years ago, September 2009, we moved to rural Nanaimo, on lovely Vancouver Island. The acreage was completely un-landscaped, just a house in the woods, clay soil, solid hard-pan, rocks, boulders, pesky Alder trees and weeds.

First to go up, spring 2010, was a 7.5' fence around the back acre or two. As we live smack dab in the middle of the woods, literally, it was important to have this garden area protected from deer, bears, porcupines, and other animals.

Hubby then built 23 raised beds to create a true potager garden. The beds are 6'x6' squares or 12'x6' rectangles that house our veggies, annuals, strawberries, asparagus, rhubarbs, a few roses and perennials. As Vancouver Island is one big rock, our ground, aka native, natural 'soil' consists of rock and hard-pan, so we garden 'above' ground, as opposed to 'in' ground. 

This fenced in haven is where we safely grow our small fruits (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, black cu…

Greenhouse Goes Up

Work began one year ago, October 2010....

Oh Oh, Did Something Silly Today...

I love to make up seasonal pots, planters, and baskets. 

When I do up planters, I use tons of perennials and shrubs, with just a few annuals thrown in for that seasonal pop of colour.

In these fall planters, I have used Croscosmia Emily Mackenzie, Fall Asters, winter pansies, shrub Nandina, with ornamental Redbor Kale, an annual.
 This fall planter also consists of mainly perennials with two different types of ornamental Kale as the only annuals.
Grasses like Anemanthele, Pony Tail, and Blue Fescue look great in both fall planters and fall gardens, as do colourful Rudbeckia's aka Brown-Eyed Susans... shown here are Cappuccino, Gold Star, and Autumn Colours.

This 'Stacked Pot' arrangement also contains some fall herbs, Sage, Parsley, and Cilantro, as they  love the cool and damp autumn weather.
 The hanging baskets contain all the regulars, plus Heather and ornamental cabbage.
Here are the some of the makings for the new winter/Christmas planters... White Heathers, r…

Nitty Gritty Roses

Here are just a few of the many stunning rose varieties grown at the Nitty Gritty Greenhouse this summer. David Austin English Roses, Floribundas, Grandifloras, Minis, Climbers and Hybrid Teas.

The roses that I most tend to gravitate towards are always soft apricot or peach in colour, with a fragrance that knocks your socks off. Roses like... The Generous Gardener,  Evelyn, Jude The Obscure or Tea Clipper. Although, I must say, Jude tends to be more creamy than peachy in my garden. That's alright, however, as the whites are my second favourite rose colour.  
White and cream roses like the fragrant Blanc Double de Coubert or White Pavement are amazing looking, without that droopy, soggy, used tissue look after the bloom is off the rose, so to speak.   
Lately, I have also been very enamoured with all the fascinating purple, burgundy and orange tones.  Roses such as Intrigue, Night Owl, Burgundy Iceberg, Fragrant Plum, and the vivid orange Tropicana. Fragrant Cloud and Candelabra ar…