A guided tour of the flower garden

You are closer to God in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.

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As promised here is a glimpse of the flower and squash garden.

First we will start off in the potato patch.

Potatoes

Potatoes

We had several potatoes left over from last year that had sprouted in the basement. So mom used these for growing this year. If she feels especially thrifty mom divides the potato up by the eyes. One eye per potato. We had red potatoes and Yukon gold from last years crop. The Yukon Gold seem to be better scab resistant potatoes. Although the scab can be peeled off nicely on the red potatoes. As the red potatoes mature the scab gets worse so we plan to eat or give them away before then.

Just a step or two away is the squash patch.

Squash Patch

Squash Patch

This is my place when mom’s puttering around in the squash patch.

Zukes!

Zukes!

The zukes and squash have to be pollinated before they produce veggies. If, the insects don’t do this then you have to pollinate a male and female squash.

Squash

Squash

There are several methods to pollinate the flowers. Some folk use feathers or q-tips. Mom just snips a male flower off and sticks it in the female flower with the veggie behind it. Pollinated!! We call mom the squash pimp!

Sitting in with the potatoes is the day lily. Most day lilies I have seen are yellow. The seed catalogues seem to be coming up with so many beautiful colours.

Day Lily

Day Lily

We are leaving the squash patch and heading to the flowers.

Clematis

Clematis

The clematis is a bright purple on this side of the arbour. The purple clematis flowers from about the beginning of July through to the end of August. The red clematis on the other side of the arbour finished flowering at the end of June. Very poor planning on mom’s part. In the background you will see phlox flowers and daisies. Mmm…there is an alien looking ornamental grass in there too. Looks weird!

Strawberry Patch

Strawberry Patch

You’ll notice the daisies behind the strawberries.

Rose,Phlox and Tomato plant

Rose, Phlox and Tomato plant

Mom has found tomatoes do much better in the flower garden and crowded near flowers. This rose mom got after her niece, Jennifer was killed in a head on collision….Jennifer was 23. Mom comes out and talks to Jennifer….telling her things she wouldn’t tell someone else. She also takes the weeds out of between Jennifer’s toes. This is her way of having a bit of Jennifer for herself. Enough…I’m getting misty eyed.

Hydranga

Hydranga

You will see, on the left side, the remains of the lily patch…the lilies have pretty well finished for this year. The hydrangea is a pretty light pink. Mom wanted blue but the nursery man said only the pink was frost hardy to -40C. In the background is another tomato and sunflower. The sunflowers mom started from seeds in our house along with the catnip.

#1 Nip

#1 Nip

This is a lot of info and I feel its almost information overload. Tomorrow we will complete the flower garden….not much more folk.

Until tomorrow

Until tomorrow

23 thoughts on “A guided tour of the flower garden

    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      You flatter mom….you should see the things she’s killed….not good. Yet she never gives up….I think that’s the thing…no matter what….keep trying. You’ll get it right eventually. Thanks for the nice words.

      (((Shoko)))

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  1. fozziemum

    What a lovely patch Shoko…does mum use the squash and zucc flowers to eat…they are my fave ! I miss my clematis and your is flourishing there which is wonderful..i loved growing potatoes too..digging them up is very cathartic ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the rose is beautiful and such a lovely place for mum to chat with her niece…such a terrible waste of young life but clearly never ever forgotten in mums lovely garden ๐Ÿ™‚ hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Mom didn’t know the squash flowers were good to eat. How do you have them? Mom tried dandelions on salad and found out the salad was bitter. Yuck! Thanks for all the nice words Fozziemum.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. fozziemum

        I pick them before they open right up..take out the stamen and stuff them with ricotta and bacon and herbs and then twist the top and then put them in a light batter like a tempura batter or I dip them in egg and then crumbs and deep fry them……DEEELISH and yes Dandelions can be a bit bitter..but bitter veg etc are great for your health ๐Ÿ™‚ hugs and loves Fozziemum xx pee ess when the zucchini are about as long as your finger with a flower still on you can do the same and cook the whole thing with the flower attached in the oven….xxx

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  2. onespoiledcat

    Beautiful plants Shoko! I’m sure your Mom appreciates all your help and no doubt Kali occasionally helps out too…….all those pretty flowers and veg makes my Mom wish (almost) she still kept up with gardening. These days her deck plants and front garden are more than enough but certainly not as PRETTY as yours!!!!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Oh Sammy, it is a heap of work keeping up with everything! Your mom is pretty busy as it is and there are so many veggies that can be container grown. I think if mom had her way there would be nothing but phlox in the garden. She loves it.

      (((Shoko)))

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      You have a lot of white smokeweed I gather. Your smokeweed must be quite tall as the clematis keeps going up. I wonder what you do with all this smokeweed….maybe the same as me and my nip? hehehe

      (((Shoko)))

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  3. Judy & C.A.T.S

    Your garden is beautiful!!!! It’s so much fun to grow your own vegetables. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

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  4. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Hi everyone, I must thank you so much for the compliment….I do most of the work and its lots of work. Yes, mom helps but I tell her what has to be done. hahaha Too bad I couldn’t grow some meat back here. A steak would be nice.

    (((Shoko)))

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  5. PigLove

    You’re flower garden is beautiful; however, I’m in โค with your veggie garden. OMP (oh my pig!) I could have a field day there – it would be like an all you can eat piggy buffet my friends – SQUEALS. XOXO – Bacon

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