Week two of the massive garden clean-up was well underway this weekend despite squalls coming through the Cowichan Valley about every hour or so.
Here’s a lovely serene picture of the pond from a distance. It completely masks the fact that all the way around the pond requires weeding, clearing, stick removal, and cut-back. But what a lovely picture, eh?
Every gardener loves this view of his/her garden. It’s a cherished perennial coming up for another year! This is my ITOH peony, Bartzella, which grows to a 4 foot, rounded glorious shrub with wonderful deeply cut foliage and pie plate sized yellow flowers. But, it all starts with these little red shoots every year. Yureka!
Those that follow my blog know that I acquired some special Hostas from some leading growers in Ottawa last year. I potted them up upon return and had some decent growth. In October I moved them from one of the patios with shade to under the overhang near my gardening bench where they don’t get direct weather and they get a tiny bit of heat from the dryer from the tenant’s unit so they don’t freeze. A kind of neat cold frame! I’ve given them little sips of water over the winter and feel good to see that they are just beginning to sprout. Can hardly wait to see how Marilyn Monroe performs in her first full year!
Took over 4 hours, but have managed to get a sizeable amount of the moss removed from the north end of the Long Bed. You may notice the very big cut back I did on my beloved Forsythia last fall. She was diseased and this was my last attempt to save her. If she’s still sick once she gets going – off with her head.
All types of hellebores, including these ones, are getting ready to bloom. Hurray for Hellebores!
The Rhodos have enjoyed a mostly milder weather and most are budded out. We are hoping for early blooms for the Nanaimo Horticultural Society tour of the garden on April 28th.
This will be the BEFORE picture. I bought these cranes in Malaysia and they were shipped home when my husband’s consulting contract was concluded. They have been the highlight of the garden since we placed them, but they have to be sanded down and repainted every once in awhile. The last time was 4 years ago and they need another tender loving rub and re-paint. So, here’s what they look like now and I will lug them to the porch and apply very light sandpaper and restore the lovely cranes.
The crocus are just starting to get going now and this bed badly needs raking and sprucing up. But see how glorious the river is flowing at this time of year!
Woohoo! Hugging a precious pot bound and loving it conifer – here come the planted tulip bulbs. The pot plant is a ‘yew’ . Some people think that the yew tree can help to solve the cancer mystery.
That’s it for this week. I should say that I was stunned at the advanced state of many Victoria gardens when I went south down to Victoria this past week. There were Camellia shrubs in full bloom and unlike our current situation where snowdrops and crocus are just coming up, Victoria had daffodils in full bloom! And they are only 40 miles south!
Stay tuned. I believe I will at least get the long bed and the iris bed cleared this week…………