Posts filed under Perennials

Miss Daff

Spring after spring, daffodils never fail to delight...buttery golden, ethereal white, blush or just fresh, crisp, bright and cheerful yellow! 

Posted on May 14, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Stop To Smell The Hycacinth

Brilliant colour, brilliant fragrance...such a giving spring bloomer!

Posted on May 1, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

May Flowers

May flowers are blooming!  As a child, this was a favourite harbinger of spring - we would pick tiny fairy bouquets of the fragile blooms. 

Posted on April 29, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Promise

Spring is so powerful, in a gentle, sweet, fragile way...early bloomers: hellebore, shy pasque in pink, earliest blooming tulip in bud, first daff to bloom, crocus in pearly white, hyacinth fat with promise.

Posted on April 23, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Moments Later

Finally, finally our 'northern land' is embracing spring sunshine!  And moments later the pasque flower are in bloom.

Read more about pasque flower by clicking here.

Posted on April 17, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Gorgeous Greens

When frigid wintery white is settled over the garden, look to the memories of the gorgeous greens of hosta to lift you soul!

Posted on February 14, 2016 and filed under Staple perennial, Perennials.

Showy Spheres

Globe thistle's bristling balls of purple-blue are all show - only prickly in appearance but not to touch. The showy spheres bloom mid-summer into fall, then grey into winter interest. The wealth of pointed green leaves give rise to upright stalky stems, for back of border height.  These cool blooms are a favourite complement to hotter summer and fall blooming companions.  An easy, drought tolerant perennial!   

Technical stuff – Globe thistle/Echinops, hardy perennial to zone 3, height of 2' - 4' and spread of 1' - 2', full sun, blooms mid-summer into fall, drought tolerant, does come in a white blooming version too.

Posted on January 31, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Miss Daisy

On this sparkling frosty morn, I am thinking of daisies...

Posted on January 23, 2016 and filed under Perennials.

Glowing On

Hardy geraniums have already offered bloom from spring ‘til frost, and now their foliage puts on a thrilling show!  Read more about this staple and favourite perennial by clicking here, and clicking here.

Posted on November 28, 2015 and filed under Fave perennial, Perennials, Staple perennial.

Still Blooming

This favourite just keeps on blooming!

Read more about Rudbeckia hirta by clicking here.

Posted on October 18, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Burnished Blooms

October offers great beauty in the garden.  Bits of brown and rust burnish lavish blooms, giving them richer texture to complement autumn tones.  Leaves and petals soften, getting ready to melt back into the earth.

Posted on October 9, 2015 and filed under Inspiration, Perennials.

Wondrous Windfall

Suddenly there appeared two spires of creamy blooms, shooting up from amongst my lavender and sage.  A bonus foxglove until now hidden in my veggie garden - cupped blossoms with maroon freckles, such a treat in October!  Self-seeding can be a wondrous windfall (literally!).  Read more about foxgloves by clicking here.

Posted on October 6, 2015 and filed under Fave perennial, Perennials.

Bursting

The milkweed pods are just splitting open, filling the air with parachute fluffs carrying their precious seed cargo.  Unripe pods resemble bananas, until they soak up a few more sunny days and catch up to their bursting neighbours.

(Photos taken on the Durham Forest Trails in Uxbridge, ON)

Posted on October 2, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Ripening Now

Chinese lanterns are ripening to their vivid orange and red show!  The papery, veined capsules are bobbing on their stems like the lanterns they are named for.  I will pick them soon to dry for autumn decorating.  Read more about Chinese lanterns by clicking here or here.

Posted on September 18, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Sea Of Blue

Every year renews my love for hardy geraniums!  This cultivar, ‘Rozanne’, is a true performer with profuse perky blooms from late spring to late fall.  The happy blossoms are exquisite stand alone, or en masse create a sparkling sea of blue.  The finely cut foliage in mottled bright greens is also a treat!  Read more about hardy geraniums by clicking here or here.   

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under Fave perennial, Perennials, Staple perennial.

The Garden Is Golden

The garden is golden – old and established favourites are capturing summer’s sun and spreading it wide through the lush garden green.  Faithful rudbeckia looks even ‘butter-ier’ with chocolate brown centers.  Tansy offers the breeze its wondrous honey scent.  Coreopsis has been blooming all summer, and carries on in dedicated form.  Read more about rudbeckia by clicking here.  Read more about coreopsis by clicking here.

 

 

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Fireworks

Fireworks allium is blooming now – their show is later than most alliums, but just as brilliant!  Read more about allium by clicking here

Posted on August 18, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Bees Are Buzzing

Bee balm is blooming and the bees are buzzing!  It is worth taking a moment to study a bee making its industrious circular path around a bee balm bloom, stopping at each tubular petal.  Read more about bee balm by clicking here

Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under Perennials.

Another Parade

A single bloom of coneflower can hold me entranced.  The spiky dome center, the steadfast petals – a truly strong bloom.  And such a range of colours, from swan white to candy pink to sunniest orange to festive red and of course the traditional purple, plus more to collect.  Yet another parade of glorious summer colour!  Read more about coneflowers (Echinacea) by clicking here

Posted on August 6, 2015 and filed under Fave perennial, Staple perennial, Perennials.

The Parade

Leaving you a parade of daylilies to enjoy over the long weekend - yes, they are all blooming now!

Read more about daylilies by clicking here.

Posted on July 31, 2015 and filed under Perennials, Staple perennial.