A Brief Garden Tour

I wanted to provide a little tour of some of the plants in our garden before this year’s planting is finished. The weather this year was colder much longer than usual, it seems. Normally I look forward to finally being able to wear a dress for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (entry soon!), but this year included coats and scarves due to a particularly nasty wind. Luckily, the weather got the memo that Victoria Day weekend is planting weekend, and made sure to pick up a bit. I’ll be posting about all the new plants after they’re in the ground, but meanwhile have a few photos from the past week or so from the residents who made it through the winter.

A picked bunch of forget-me-nots.

These forget-me-nots herald from my MIL, who promised that they would propagate all over the garden. True to her word, I am picking them out of the lawn and myriad cracks and crevices. They’re wonderful cheerful little things, and my efforts to introduce them to a particularly clay-like and root filled patch of soil near our trees is going a lot better this year than last.

A small purple blossom.

Nobody remembers planting this little guy, but he appeared appropriately enough in the flower plot, rather than anywhere else. Good job!

Red tulips.

The tulips actually did not get eaten by squirrels this year – not even a nibble! – and burst forth before anything else in a cacophony of red. Not as many as previous years, but that may be because of the furry gardeners not only eating the leaves, but also transplanting the bulbs. 

Sprouting fern.

This monstrosity I was horrified to discover a few years ago, until I figured out that that was where our gorgeous fern was coming from. Unfortunately, it’s at a spot that meets up with a very weedy spot in the neighbours yard from whence these rather frustrating vines creep out. Weeding them is almost impossible; the leaves pop off and the roots stay in. (I’m hoping the forget-me-nots will help push them back a bit.)

Growing chives.

The herb patch is my personal favourite, and I grow and dehydrate and freeze a lot of things for tea. Not so much the above – which is a row of chives. They’re much more delicate in flavour than the thicker store-bought ones, and I adore them on fresh tomatoes visit this web-site

Lemonbalm leaves.

The lemonbalm is coming back with a vengeance – it makes a good tea, but is especially amazing fresh. A tangy citrusey flavour; I love running my hand over it to bring out the scent. 

Mint sprouts.

This mint was here when we moved in, and has since been eradicated from… well, absolutely everywhere, and confined to a pot in the ground. It’s not a very delicate variety – the leaves are thick and rather chewey, but it makes a marvelous tea, keeping the flavour even after being dehydrated. 

Red currant blossoms.

We also have a number of fruiting bushes, the above being a very enthusiastic red currant bush. So enthusiastic, in fact, that a branch which was trimmed last year and stuck into a random pot of dirt on a whim is not only growing this year, but *flowering.* 

Goosberry flowers.

And lastly, the gooseberry bush. This is the first year that it has developed flowers, and I am so excited to see how the fruit will turn out. I haven’t had gooseberries in years, and while I know they’re not the most amazing thing in the world, I’m bubbling with excitement at the rush of nostalgia that I’m sure they’ll bring.

A very self indulgent entry, but I love playing show-and-tell with all my plants! I’d love to hear about your gardens!


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