Tuesday, June 23, 2015

YEAR 3 - what a difference!

I am entering the third full summer at my new home in Winnipeg and what a difference it makes as a perennial gardener.

While I have been busy in the gardens (as always), I have been making minor adjustments compared to the work required in the previous two years establishing beds and experimenting with light and soil conditions.

In year one I added 3 Iris here as a test, then 10 more in year two and finally in year three I have the effect of the Herons wading through these purple German Iris. 

Suzie enjoying the sun and the scent of blooming Jacob's Ladder which was initially struggling in the front yard but is happier this year after being transplanted to the sunnier back yard.

The Sedum in the rock garden is thicker and fuller and blooming like never before.

Mulch in the Sun Garden is clearly helping keep the weeds at bay; in the first two years I was growing too much from seed to use it but established plants allow for it.
Thank goodness!

 There are 15 Peonies altogether, with only 5 of them blooming this year. Can you picture it 2-3 years from now? That is how I view it...

I have planted Daisies for the past two years but this is the first that there has been any blooming en masse. I am thrilled with the results and will likely end up adding more. Can one have too many daisies, is it even possible?



  1. I love the pop of color the sedums provide! Looks like your garden is really evolving! Thank you for stopping by The Maple Hill Hop!

    1. The Sedums are an unexpected pleasure since they are not only blooming much more than before but have really expanded in year 3 compared to previous summers.

  2. Good morning! I was wondering if you would possibly be interested in a guest blogging opportunity with Gardening Know How (http://blog.gardeningknowhow.com/)? If so, please e-mail me for details at:
    shelley AT gardeningknowhow DOT com


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  3. It is really coming along!! Be careful with the chives - they go about as crazy as mint does!

    1. My hope is to create a border of chives that then gets covered up by Hardy Geranium and perhaps the chives will deter some rabbits during the spring...perhaps.

  4. Good morning Derek,
    I was very happy when I saw your post and your link to my project "Nature Thursday" Your garden is wonderful, you succeeded in the nature is magnificent there!
    It is my great pleasure to present my first participant from abroad.
    Full herzlichen thanks and I hope you're back on the field again and next Thursday.
    A beautiful Wochenende and greetings from Germany.

  5. hallo Derek,
    I have a twin somewhere in my blogs.
    I do not seek it just now.
    May be you find it...
    or something else.
    Herzlich Pippa

  6. Hello Derek,
    ♥ly thanks for your contribution.
    I am very pleased to link up this interesting Blog
    Have a nice day
    Greetings from Germany
    Greetings from Germany

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