Tuesday, September 28, 2021

It's so worth growing dahlias

I don't think any other flower provides such a glorious display as dahlias. Well perhaps peonies but they only last one to two weeks at most whereas dahlias bloom for almost a month. Then the frost gets them. In warmer climes, they would bloom even longer.
The big ivory coloured one is Cafe au Lait. The backside of the petals is blush pink. No wonder this dahlia is such a beloved bloom of dahlia growers. I don't know what type the other ones are, they were tubers that I saved from last year and they weren't labelled. Beautiful all the same.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dahlias in August

I planted 21 dahlia tubers, not sure how many have come up and not all have bloomed yet. A couple haven't even set buds which is disappointing. But the ones that have bloomed are stunning. I will try to list their names below the photo. All of these will be wintered over and divided, if it works out, to make even more dahlia blooms next summer.
I don't know the name of this one, but it is a lovely semi-cactus dahlia in soft pink
Linda's Baby showing up peachy coral as in the catalog
I think this one is Linda's Baby; two different colours on the same plant
I don't know the name of this one
I think this is Jowey Linda
Esli dahlia, by far the most blooms of all
Creve Couer, the tallest dahlia in deep fuchsia, this bloom is 7 inches across
Cafe au Lait dahlia in gorgeous shades of taupe and blush
Cafe au Lait, showing pale pink on the outer petals
Cafe au Lait dahlia, this one is pale yellow on the same plant
Small pompom dahlia that wintered over from last year

Sunday, August 15, 2021

This week's bouquet

I figure I should cut the flowers and put them on the table where we spend most of our time, so that I can be enjoying them up close. This week's selection features giant dinner plate dahlia Creve Couer, some pompom dahlias, cosmos, phlox, echinacea, daisies, black-eyed susans, hollyhocks, balloon flowers, and the beloved funny amaranth. Favourite flower this year though is plain old echinacea, or purple coneflower.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

August flowers

Snapdragons are blooming well this year
A prize dahlia, a dinner plate red, called Creve Couer, grows 3 feet tall and has large shaggy blooms
A candy pink ball dahlia, blooming profusely, I think this one is Esli
Peachy pink ball dahlia, I think this is Linda's Baby or it could be Jowey Linda
Red echinacea
Flowering tobacco, aka nicotiana, reaching over 2 feet tall in a pot
A container on the deck with reiger begonia and impatiens, a winning combination

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Knitting a shawl

I wanted a project that would just be interesting knitting with no fitting issues to deal with. So I decided to make the Suncrest Shawl by Tanis.
I has one ball of silk/wool sock yarn, hand-dyed by a local artisan and it was lovely to work with. It was just too pricey to knit socks with it, so a shawl was just the right project for this yarn.
This image does not do justice to the colour; it is much more variegated and a prettier shade of green than this image shows. I had great difficulty keeping the counting straight and there are many errors. After unpicking long rows a couple of times, I thought that I would just get to the end of the row and either add or decrease stitches to get the right number at the end. It seemed to work. The lace pattern was not at all visible until I completely soaked it and spread it out to block. Now I can see the pattern and it is lovely. This will be a gift for my daughter Elena, as I am not a shawl person. However, I do enjoy knitting them and am looking at the Great British Baking Shawl as a future project. I particularly like knitting with double weight yarn, rather than worsted weight. It is just much more comfortable and it also weighs less as you knit.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Garden Overview late July

The gingko bed, full of perennials, and behind it is the tomato bed
What I call the "weigela bed", now with Annabelle hydrangea, bee balm, and soon-to-pop balloon flowers
Another shot of the "weigela bed" including the Strawberry Sunday hydrangea in the foreground
Two dahlia blossoms and red hollyhocks
Red echinacea, white phlox, fluffy pink filipendula and pale yellow hollyhocks
Another shot of the weigela bed with the coral geranium in front
The tomato bed, in which the plants are so stunted, I don't know why. Perhaps it was the early heat that was followed by cold that stunted their growth. They are producing fruit, but there are not many branches
A shot of the gingko bed, with Tekla's white butt on the left
A novelty annual grown from seed: amaranth, also known as "love lies bleeding"
A favourite of mine: purple coneflower in a bed with shasta daisies and black eye susans about to bloom
A crab apple tree with jackmanii clematis beginning to bloom as it climbs up the trunk
A shot of the sidewalk bed in front: perennial geranium blooming its heart out, two daylilies, alyssum, and bobo hydrangea which survived snowbanks and falling trees this winter
A gorgeous combination of colours in petunias grown from seed

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

What's blooming

A bouquet of blossoms from the garden. Including the first dahlia to bloom, shasta daisies, pink yarrow, monarda (bee balm), pink salvia, goose-neck loose strife. The Queen Anne's lace at the top was picked from the roadside. Everything else has come from the garden. Can't wait to see the rest of the dahlias come into bloom. This dahlia is a mix of colours; pale yellow at the top with pink in the centre and golden coral at the bottom. Interesting.
And another addition, on the right is amaranth, a flower I have been waiting for. It looks like fuchsia dread locks. It is also known as love-lies-bleeding. And on the left is Japanese bottle brush, the only flower here that has a smell.

It's so worth growing dahlias

I don't think any other flower provides such a glorious display as dahlias. Well perhaps peonies but they only last one to two weeks at...