Flowery Friday: Valentine’s Day edition.

I quite often set up theme days in the Alberta Gardening Facebook group I administer (especially during the winter, when we’re all suffering from cabin fever!). This morning, for some Valentine’s Day fun, I requested that everyone list their favourite red, pink, and white garden flowers/veggies/fruit.  I thought I’d do it here, too, and compare answers.  So far, they’ve posted amazing photos of petunias, daylilies, tomatoes, onions, raspberries, roses, poppies, tigridia, dahlias, peonies, and painted daisies…and they’re still at it.

I’ll start us off.  Next to sweet peas, roses are my very favourite flower, and I’m especially fond of the hardy roses that withstand our crazy cold climate and look pretty marvelous doing it.  The Explorer series is one example…and you have to admit these rich red double flowers of the beautiful shrub rose ‘Champlain’ are quite stunning.  (If you’re ever in the small town of Pincher Creek, in southern Alberta, you’ll see this rose featured in the Lebel Mansion rose garden, maintained by the Oldman River Rose Society).

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What are your favourite red, pink, and white garden flowers (or vegetables or fruit)? Please feel free to link up to photos on your blog, Instagram, whatever – show us the plants that you love!  ♥

Floral notes: Late May 2016.

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A gorgeous lilac I found in a school yard on my way to work…before the snowfall of last weekend.  (It looks like most gardens emerged unscathed, and the moisture – even if it was stupidly cold and in a more solid form than we would have liked – was seriously welcome).

I was digging around in my files this week and I came across this little list of gardening “advice” I wrote a few years ago. Some of you will have read it before, but it might amuse you anyway:  Burnt Casseroles.  While you’re there, check out the rest of Jennifer’s blog – her photo essays and gardening design ideas are absolutely incredible!

Also, if you’re on Facebook, love to garden, and live in Alberta or if you just want to join because you’re interested in what we’re posting about (which means you could live anywhere in the world), I started a group called Alberta Gardening.  Click here to request to join – we’d love to see as many gardeners as possible have fun with this and share their experiences.

Enjoy your weekend!  What are your plans – gardening or otherwise?

P.S. If you’ve got a bunch of lilac flowers and you want to make a lovely floral jelly from them, I have a recipe that you might like to try.