Flowery Friday.

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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.

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 standard resize

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!).  😉

Flowery Friday.


We held a retirement celebration for a co-worker this past week and in honour of her adoration of bright colours (especially pink!), we were all encouraged to wear something pink. Big fail for me – I don’t own a single item of clothing in any shade of pink.

Considering that it is my least favourite colour when it comes to my wardrobe, my garden seems to have an abundance of pink – including this beautiful Saponaria ocymoides (rock soapwort), which has got to be one of the most reliable, tough, and rewarding plants I’ve ever grown.  I’m hoping now that the weather has cooled down somewhat, there will be a second flush of blooms.  The heat stress my plants have been under has meant that there hasn’t been much for flowers for about a month now – the plants have just been standing still, trying to wait it out.

What colours dominate your wardrobe and your garden?  Are you passionate for pink?