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{ else }   Photo: Flowers from my garden - Summer 2007  
Hope you enjoy looking at my flower photos from the summer taken from around my garden and patio.
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Blog: Gardening Tips and Ideas  

Eyeball PlantTry something different this summer!

If you want a real eye-catcher - try an Eyeball Plant ( Spilanthes oleracea 'Peek A Boo' ) for your containers or yard.

These are very unique plants that show off weird 1-inch (2.5 cm), golden yellow flowers with deep burgundy-red eyes on long, pendulous stems.

To add to that, the foliage takes on a bronze-green tone in full sun, adding a lot of interest.

Here are some growing tips:

Bloom: All summer and into early fall

Hardiness: 45°F (7.2°C)

Plant Habit: Spreading, Trailing

Characteristics: Colorful, attractive foliage, heat yolerant, low maintenance, frost tolerant

Spacing: 24-32 inches (61-81.3 cm)

Height: 12-15 inches (30.5-38.1 cm)

Width: 24-30 inches(61-76.2 cm)

Exposure: Sun

Uses: Accent plant, border, dried flower or craft, filler, garden bed, hanging basket, landscape, mixed container, small container

For more gardening tips and plant ideas go to:

Posted: Jun 25, 2007 6:00pm | (0) | (0) |  
Blog: A garden covered in snow...  
I took a walk around Virden this afternoon. I went along Scallion creek, a small creek that divides the town. It's part of Virden's Centennial Park. There have been signs that children were playing nearby, so I checked to make sure that no children were on the ice today. The ice looks solid enough in places, but amidst the rushes the ice is porous and rotten, and where the water speeds up in the narrow places the ice undercut and thin.

There is a new green area in town, new enough that it hasn't been named yet. I suggested "The Hidden Gem" because of it's small size and odd location. It also has a diamond shaped sitting area. You might drive past it without realizing that it's there, because it's located between two buildings in the middle of downtown, in what was once a small parking lot. I took a quick walk past it as well, the benches and plantings glistening and white.

The Master Gardener newletter came in the mail today, reminding me that I should be studying for my exam. I suppose it's as good a time as any for reading, as the garden is covered with a thick blanket of snow.

I bought some flowers and gave them to my favourite restaurant. I thought they might brighten everyone's day....

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{ else }   Blog: Gardening Down Under  
We ate our first vegies from our garden today.  It was very exciting - Spinach and Silverbeet (Swiss Chard).  They were delicious, and all the more so for being home grown.

Our peas have plenty of flowers, and there are even a few wee pods forming.  We only got a few plants in this year as we didn't have the time to dig a garden - its not easy to do when you're eight months pregnant!!  We also have beans galore - shouldn't be too long before they are big enough to eat.

Our Greenhouse is going well.  Mike built it a couple of months ago and since then it has survived all kinds of weather.  We've had snow, 15+ knot  winds, heavy rain - and its still holding together.  We have tomato, sage, corn and leeks in there - mostly because it is the only place with any dirt ready for planting than because they need to be in a greenhouse.  Next year we will have most of the section cleared and gardens ready for planting in spring . . . fingers crossed :-)

This evening I planted a row of radishes and some nasturtiums - even weeded our wee flower garden out the back.  I'm not much of a flower gardener, but it was there when we moved in, so I figured why not.  Its light here until 9pm at the moment, so even with Ruby, our new baby, I still forsee being able to fit in some gardening time . . . famous last words :-)

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