Category Archives: Summer

Styrax Japonica – Japanese Snowbell

This pretty little tree is another one of my (many) favourite plants.  If you are looking for a small to mid-sized, relatively problem-free flowering tree then you should consider planting a Japanese Snowbell.  There are more than a hundred species … Continue reading

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Growing Onions

  Growing onions must be easy, they’re certainly cheap enough at the supermarket, but I’m not very good at it!  My onions are usually small and often too watery to keep well, but not this year.  I’m not sure exactly … Continue reading

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My New Garden in July – Abundant Beauty!

I must apologize for neglecting my blog, life has been busy!  Summer has finally arrived and with it a glut of fresh produce and beautiful blooms.  Although it wasn’t a great year for strawberries (many turned to mush and rot … Continue reading

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Pepper Production Particularly Poor in 2011

Well, I guess I shouldn’t complain, I’ve harvested tons of tomatoes, a plethora of peas and countless carrots, but my pepper production was particularly poor in 2011. I don’t really need a lot of peppers because I’m pretty much the … Continue reading

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’

This striking variety of Black Eyed Susan is one of my favourite plants.  Discovered in 1937 by Heinrich Hagemann at Gebrueder Schuetz’s nursery in the Czech Republic and propagated by Karl Foerster of Potsdam, Germany, the début of Rudbeckia fulgida … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Craneflies

There is a rather creepy flying insect that appears in midsummer, bobbing and weaving like a drunken boxer and frightening entomophobes with its long spidery limbs and impressive wingspan.  The Cranefly must have earned this common name from its elongated, … Continue reading

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Triple Crown Blackberries

I’m harvesting a bumper crop of Triple Crown blackberries now; every day I pick a generous bowlful (probably 3-4 cups).  This extremely vigorous bramble is in its third season in my new garden, and I’m thankful that it’s completely thornless … Continue reading

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Peas in September

Sure, it’s nothing special to be picking sugar snap peas in September, but still picking from my spring planted crop?  It continues to be a bizarre year in my new garden! In fact, we are now experiencing a heat wave … Continue reading

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Dahlias in Bloom

The Dahlias in my garden are really hitting their stride, now that summer has begun its inexorable slide into autumn.  Here on the west coast, we often have a  dry and sunny fall, so I’m likely to enjoy their spectacular … Continue reading

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Growing Carrots – Variety Comparison

I’m harvesting some pretty nice carrots now – and this year I can tell which variety is which, for a change!  In previous years I have sown different varieties all mixed up together, but deciphering which varieties I like best, … Continue reading

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