Thursday, July 11, 2024

Clematis

We have two quite large Clematis, one dominantly white and one purple, one growing against the side of the house and one against the shed.  They are in full glorious bloom right now.   There are another six, all smaller, but only one of them is in bloom just now, the one with tiny white flowers.

This is one I can't get to see, because it is around the side of the house where I can't get to in my heavy wheelchair.  There used to be two separate plants, both at least 6 feet high, but the little destructive rabbit nibbled one off at the base.  He didn't eat any of the plant, just snipped through the stem at the bottom, killing the whole plant.  But this one is beautiful!  

The big white one is against the side of the shed.  It's huge, with a lot of blossoms.

                                                     
My memory may be wrong (it often is), but I thought we had a lot more purple blooms in with the white.  The white blooming plant seems to have almost overwhelmed the purple one

And here's the other white clematis that's currently in bloom, with very tiny flowers, but lots of them.  Of the others we have, three have already bloomed, and two remain to bloom.


                                                

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

The Day Lilies have Exploded!

As I told you, once they start, the Day Lilies bloom a LOT!  As the name suggests, Day Lilies bloom for a day and then wilt, so you need to pick off yesterday's faded blooms to enjoy today's.  It makes for a great morning, going out to see what blooms have opened today!  Each stem develops a lot of buds, so can go on blooming for quite awhile.

This variety is known as Saugeen Sunrise; we bought it directly from the breeders a short distance from our former home.

Hope you enjoyed these; there will be more ion the weeks to come!


Sunday, July 7, 2024

Riding Into 150 Years

It's Meaford's sesquicentnnial this year, and someone had the bright idea of painting old bicycles to decorate the downtown.  They just magically appeared and I decided to go check them out.

I immediately found them, tied to various sign or light posts downtown.  But it wasn't very clear who had done this.

I do like their choice of colours, and good paint jobs!

All of them had a basket off the front handlebars, with flowers growing in each one.  Did you notice the light blue bike across the street?

I loved the colour of this one, as well as the colourful umbrellas across the street along the Leeky Canoe's patio.  It's accessible while the restaurant is not, so I must go and try it.

It was here that I began to learn who had taken on this project - though you had to know the local logos and how to use QR codes.  I have to admit that as an old fogy I didn't, but thanks to this I figured it out!.  But it did tell me that they were tied to the sesquicentennial ('Riding into 150 Years Meaford'), and that Grey Heron Nursery donated the flowers.

Beside the nest one was a big jug of water.

And a note that said 'Please water the flowers'.

I did pursue the logos on that little sign, and looked up 'Meaford Wave', which was a new one to me.  The most I got out of it was a brief thank you to two citizens who had come forth to do this.  Bikes and paint were donated.  But it challenged me to go chasing info about the Sesquicentennial, so you may see more about that soon.


Friday, July 5, 2024

The First Day Lily!

We have lots of Day Lilies in the garden, so once they start blooming they will go on for a long time.  They are the main source of colour over the summer season.  And we have quite a few different colours, as you'll see.

Here it is, a bright orange day lily, shot through the living room window.  At least it was turned facing me!

The first of the Echinacea are out; there will be many more.

The big Mullein we left to grow by the corner of the shed is now blooming.

We have one Lupin.  In spite of the drifts of them we saw along roads in the Maritimes, Mrs. F.G. is eradicating them as they attract aphids.

These are four Foxtail Lilies, one of the most interesting flowers to me.  They should be 6 feet tall, but they're just not getting enough sun, tucked in under other plants at the front of the house.

A close look at one flower head shows you how it blooms.  One flower head has a hundred or two tiny florets that take their turns opening, running from bottom to top.  Only a narrow band, about one inch high, is in bloom at any one time (the tiny stamens with light brown tips).  It takes about two weeks for the entire plant to bloom.

One day a pair of Red Admirals were flitting around, spending most of their time on the Red Valerian.  I took a lot of pictures to get this one!


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Canada Day Car Show

I never did find the list of what was on for Canada Day, but I decided to just ride downtown anyway and boy, was it hopping!  There were crowds, an old car show and music and on the far side of the harbour was more music as well as games for families, and food.  I met people I knew and enjoyed the car show.  I avoid the far side of the harbour 'cause it requires me to cross a field of course gravel! 

They closed Bayfield Street, and cars were parked down both sides.  I would have enjoyed that little yellow sportscar.

My favourite are the older cars, but I can't tell you a thing about them, sorry!

Sone were 'souped up' a little, like this very bright green truck.  I tended to ignore the cars from the '50s and early 60s, which you can see in the background.

Some interesting pickup styles.

This is a 1947 Plymouth the owners call 'Blue Thunder'.  It is a little updated, as it does have a/c!

And across the harbour are all the craft and game tents, as well as a fire truck, ladder extended, to provide a flagpole.


Monday, July 1, 2024

Happy Canada Day!

Wishing everyone who reads this a happy Canada Day!

This is my all-time favourite picture for Canada Day, taken a few years ago
at Big Bay, north of Owen Sound.  It stands on the end of the pier beside the
'World's Best Stone Skipping Beach'
Georgian Bay is beyond the flag.

We also remember our province of Newfoundland, 
for whom this is Memorial Day, in honour of about 700
soldiers who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in WWI,
long before Newfoundland and Labrador became a province of Canada in 1949.
This year is particularly memorable for the repatriation of the unknown
soldier, representing 820 Newfoundlanders with unknown graves.

And to my American readers, Happy Independence Day.
better known I think as simply July 4th.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Pollinators and Milkweeds

Enough is happening in the garden these days that I could fill the blog with just garden posts.  And we're just getting close to Day Lily season!  Let me know if you get sick of flower pictures!

We have several quite showy big Clematis plants, but this is my favourite, with very small flowers.  Planted against the Sugar Maple tree on a small trellis, it's a shower of tiny white stars.  I remember the one in our previous garden quite clearly, where it rambled over boulders.  I think the tree provides a great backdrop for it.

There are a couple of pretty pink Cosmos.

The first of the big bright Michaelmas daisies are in bloom.

Our first Milkweed are in bloom and Mrs. F.G. got intrigued with the number of pollinators visiting them.  Here, just a single fly.

But here - how many can you count?  We see at least four.

And on this bloom there were even more, seemingly almost on top of each other.  Mrs. F.G. wondered if some of these were parasitic wasps, targetting the flies.  I'm just not enough of an entomologist to know, but certainly for a plant usually seen as a weed, it attracts a lot of pollinators.


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Blue Blooms

I looked out the window one day and was struck by the number of blue flowers I saw!   Some are quite small, but they seemed to be everywhere.  I had to ask Mrs. F.G. the names of several, and she had to stop and think more than once.  Here they are, enjoy.

Petunias are the obvious ones, and probably the most flowery among these.  Mrs. F.G. uses these for inter-planting among the tomatoes; they do add a bit of colour.

And these are miniature Petunias.

These are Salvia, straight purple spikes that look amazing in the morning sunlight. 

A super duper close-up, hard to even hold still, give you a closer look at these intriguing flowers.

Of course the Columbine is still blooming, a totally different shade of pale blue.  I like the look of the long seed pods at this stage.

The Jacob's Ladder, though it's slowing down, is also still blooming.

I've always loved the deep royal blue of the Spiderwort.

And of course the Lavender, of which we have a lot, is just about in full flower.  And it's growing luxuriantly!