Flowery Friday: Silver Springs Botanical Garden.


And I do mean FLOWERY! I was digging through my photo files a couple of days ago, when I came across this shot of one of the large perennial beds at the Silver Springs Botanical Garden here in Calgary, photographed on a trip I took out there in July of last year. A sight for winter-weary eyes, that’s for sure!

Flowery Friday: nodding thistle.


Yes, it’s not a plant most people are fond of here; there’s a very good reason quite a few species are on our province’s invasive plants list. But I have a fascination with thistles – there’s all that geometry and architecture about them, especially when they’re not in full flower – so when I found this specimen in an overgrown back alley a block from my home in early July of last year, I was keen to get some photos of it. This isn’t the ubiquitous Canada thistle (Circsium arvense) – rather, I think it is Carduus nutans, nodding thistle, sometimes called musk thistle.

Of course, while I was hunkered down on the ground with my camera, busily snapping away, a city bylaw officer drove into the alley to investigate.  What he thought of my antics, I’ll never know, as he (thankfully!) didn’t stop the car to talk to me…but I do know that less than a week later, that alley was sprayed very thoroughly with weed killer.

Flowery Friday: ‘Picasso in Purple’ supertunia.


Here’s a flashback to a gorgeous sunny morning in mid-June, and these new Supertunias from Proven Winners were really putting on a show in my garden.  What do you think of the brilliant green edge on ‘Picasso in Purple’?

(You can preview the 2017 collection from Proven Winners here).

Flowery Friday: Forsythia.


The neighbour’s ‘Northern Gold’ forsythia (and all of the others in the city) are still blooming away like crazy, even though they’re now being upstaged by the flowering plums and the nanking cherries and the Mayday trees. This really has been the spring of the forsythia – I’ve never seen them so full of blooms in years past, and I think the length of the flowering time has been slightly extended over previous years. I love that brilliant yellow – it’s a wonderful treat after a winter of no colour –  but I’m not too keen on the shrubs if they’re not kept pruned. The plant in the photograph (incidentally, not the one belonging to my neighbour) is in serious need of a haircut, but I can’t grump when it is showing off like this.

Forsythias?  Yea or nay?

Flowery Friday: goldenrod.

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Another “post-flowery” Flowery Friday…this is one of my favourite autumn bloomers, wild Solidago, gone to seed and found on the shoreline of Winchell Lake (near Water Valley, Alberta).  Every year, I say I’m going to plant goldenrod in my garden, but once again, I’ve just passed another growing season without it.  Next year, for sure!

(We’ll see).

Do you grow goldenrod, or are you in the camp that dislikes it?  Some goldenrod species (such as S. canadensis) are considered invasive in some regions – is that the case where you live?

Flowery Friday: sunflowers.

The sunflowers at the community garden are finally starting to fade…but they’re still amazing!  I took exactly 8.1 trillion photographs of them this year, so I’ll have something to cheer me up when the 567th day of winter arrives.

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Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine!  

Flowery Friday: roses.

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I was out for a walk this morning and was delighted to find that, despite some pretty heavy frosts of late, these roses were still blooming merrily away in a public square in the Calgary neighbourhood where I work.  I’m afraid I don’t know what cultivar of roses these are – they are standards, which ordinarily I’m not entirely fond of, although they do suit the slightly formal garden beds at this particular site. These roses are a new addition this year to this beautifully-maintained spot and I hope they will survive our madcap winters to come.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Do you have any plans (gardening or otherwise)?  It’s currently storming like crazy here and snow is anticipated for tomorrow…I’ll be indoors with a few good books (at work!).  😉