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cathaleen05-Jul-06 08:31 PM EST 3   
Michelle. L.06-Jul-06 01:41 AM EST 5b   
Shari07-Jul-06 02:12 PM EST 6   
Michelle. L.07-Jul-06 08:23 PM EST 5b   
cathaleen11-Jul-06 11:33 PM EST 3   
Shari12-Jul-06 12:52 PM EST 6   
Jim13-Jul-06 02:38 PM EST 3a   
Michelle. L.15-Jul-06 03:31 AM EST 5b   
Michelle. L.15-Jul-06 03:40 AM EST 5b   
Shari15-Jul-06 11:00 AM EST 6   
cathaleen16-Jul-06 12:58 AM EST 3   
rosey16-Jul-06 11:18 PM EST 8a   
Shari25-Jul-06 12:28 PM EST 6   
Jim26-Jul-06 04:11 AM EST 3b   
frances31-Jul-06 04:36 PM EST 6   
jeannine01-Aug-06 01:46 AM EST 3   
ramblin' rose08-Aug-06 05:21 PM EST 8a   
Shari09-Aug-06 12:03 PM EST 6   
Michelle. L.09-Aug-06 12:29 PM EST 5a   
Michelle. L.09-Aug-06 12:35 PM EST 5a   
ramblin' rose09-Aug-06 09:37 PM EST 8a   
sandra10-Aug-06 03:23 AM EST 3b   
Roberta Kerr25-Aug-07 03:21 PM EST   
Roberta25-Aug-07 03:29 PM EST   
ruth wright28-Aug-07 08:39 AM EST 5b   


Subject: how is everyones garden???
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 05-Jul-06 08:31 PM EST

Greetings,

It is another hot day in the middle of BC - and the forecast thunder storm is arriving - which is not a good thing, as we are tinder dry and have forests of dead pines through much of our province. So, a little too warm right now for the garden - so thought I would pose the question how is the gardening season for 2006 in the rest of Canada??? My garden is weeks ahead of schedule - it's so hot, some perennials have flowered just briefly and then called it a season - the day lilies are happy as heck as are the bellflowers, geraniums, clematis,spiderwort, hops, roses, etc.....I hope it's all good out there for the rest of you - not too hot and not too cold. It's been a great year as I had expanded beds through a shaded part of my garden - and they are growing like mad!!!It's these long days of summer that get me through the November- February months.....happy gardening all. Any great plants that people have discovered this year???


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 06-Jul-06 01:41 AM EST

Hi Cathaleen, the weather here [I live in the interior of B.C.] has been WAY too hot..we just got some thunderstorms today and a bit late yesterday and the pouring rain is a welcome sight... gets the dust down, and helps water!!! We have had a LONG unbelievably hot stretch of weather with the temps going from 37 to 44!!! the last week hasn't been below 40!! Too hot for me and the garden, lots of plants love the heat like you said, but this is a bit too extreme!! My roses especially, they bloom and almost seem like they burn, turn shriveled and don't last at all. overall this is a great year for my garden though, including my veggie garden.. everything started earlier this year and my plants are healthy and HUGE!!! I see alot of time being spent dividing my plants this fall! Not a new discovery, but last year I planted a tradescantia called "Blue and Gold".. has really been putting on a show this year, and I love the bright gold foliage,and purple flowers.. blooming nonstop and it is hardy..it is in a dappled shade to complete shady area of my garden and really brightens that area up!! when the days get here are so hot, I remember winter and stop complaining.. you are so right, it is the only thing that gets me through the winter, especially in February , that and my gardening magazines and seed catalogues.Hope everyone has a great growing season!!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 07-Jul-06 02:12 PM EST

I live in the BC interior too - Vernon, so yeah I know all about the heat! We got the heat at the end of June after about a month of rain - so everything shot up with all the moisture and now is soaking up the sun. My garden is growing so well it's a little scary - as long as I stay on top of the watering that is! The veggie plants are huge and my nasturtiums have enormous leaves. They have really exploded into bloom this week too. And my tomatoes are growing like weeds and have lots of green fruit on them already. The peas are just scary. Strawberries & raspberries have been disappointing though. Lots of green, not much fruit.

I like the sound of that tradescantia, Michelle! I'll have to look for it next year.

Most everything is new to me right now, so it's all exciting. I did buy one new herb this year that I've never seen before: Cuban oregano. It looks more like a sedum than an herb as it has very fleshy, succulent leaves, but it definitely has that oregano scent!

I'm curious as to where in BC you guys live.


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 07-Jul-06 08:23 PM EST

Hi Shari, or should I say neighbor?? I live in Armstrong, so we are VERY close by. That's so funny meeting someone here that lives so close!! Like I said in my thread to Cathaleen earlier, I am going to have to do alot of dividing this fall, and if I have any plants you would be intrested in having I would be happy to give you a clump of them, I can not bear to throw out plants..if your intrested let me know..that oregano sounds great, does it winter over here??


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 11-Jul-06 11:33 PM EST

Hi girls,

I live in Prince George, which really is in the middle of BC- ( even though on the Vancouver news shows you'd think we were in the middle of the Yukon), and now it has cooled right down - which is good, if it doesn't last too long. We were away to Vancouver Island this past weekend - and even in the 4 days we were gone, it is amazing the changes that happen in the garden.

I have the Tradescantia "Sweet kate" from last year, that sounds similiar in colouring - it is lovely. I don't know if I can give a definitive favourite - it changes with the bloom times - right now my heliopsis, delphiniums are all starting to open and my Rudbeckia "Green Wizard" has been a fun addition from last year - the bees are loving it. One of my all time favourites is Echinops Ritro/ Globe Thistle - and they are just all getting ready to put on their show.

Happy gardening


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 12-Jul-06 12:52 PM EST

Well hey ladies, good to get to know you! My husband grew up in PG, Cathaleen, so I'm familiar with your city & that it is the geographical centre of BC! I myself am a transplant from southern Manitoba & thriving here!

Michelle, that is funny that we are neighbours! I also got an email from a cousin in Manitoba that I haven't seen in years, she came across me on this site! Thanks for the offer of plants, I can't bear to throw them away either. If there's anything I'm looking for I'll check with you.

I don't know about overwintering the Cuban oregano. There was very little info about it on the tag. For all I know it could be annual. I'll try to let you know next spring!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Jim
Zone: 3a
Date: 13-Jul-06 02:38 PM EST

I'm from Prince George and over the last couple of years got interested in planting a perennial garden. I just bought a book from Costco called "Perennials for British Columbia", and I'm now much more interested than I was. So, here is a question: how well do Trillium, False Solomon's Seal (Treakleberry) and Lily of the Valley grow under evergreen trees such as spruce? Also, is there any local suppliers that are helpful and a good source for plants and seeds?


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 15-Jul-06 03:31 AM EST

Hi there Jim, I am not sure about the growing under spruce but if you don't get an answer why don't you go on this site to the Live Chat portion and ask? They are very helpful and you would most likely get your answer.. it is on Sundays with Art Drysdale hosting.. 10:00 or 1:00 eastern time. Good Luck!!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 15-Jul-06 03:40 AM EST

Hi again Shari.. off the top of my head to think of what needs dividing [ although I am sure there is more] is Shasta Daisy, heliopsis, beebalm [ red and pink ones] a really nice heliopsis as well called "Lorraine Sunshine" that has silvery foliage with green veins in it and the bright yellow long lasting flowers. Phlox [many colors], sage and rudbeckia [ also the green wizard one] as well as the regular. That's all I can think of at the moment but there is probably others. I know you probably have these but you never know!!! If you or anybody you know would like a clump of them in the fall just let me know, as I said before they absolutely have to be divided and I can't seem to just throw away a perfectly good plant!!!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 15-Jul-06 11:00 AM EST

Thanks Michelle, I'll keep those in mind.

I have been avoiding daisies & daisy-like flowers due to allergies. I love sunflower-like plants like rudbeckia but it definitely worsens the allergies. I don't know about the heliopsis but I suspect it would do the same, sigh!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 16-Jul-06 12:58 AM EST

Hi Jim

I have had no success here growing Lily of the Valley under anything....which in a way is good due to their invasive nature.

Without any doubt please go out to Birch Creek nursery in Beaverly, the owner , Barb Rayment - has a demo garden and then plants for sale - all plants that will thrive here with no babying - divided into sun lovers/shade lovers. I have nothing but good to say for this local nursery - good info and really good prices. It is great to go out several times in the year, to see the progression of the plants, shrubs and trees that she grows. I have planted very successfully pulmonaria, hostas, under spruce trees and a selection of other perennials. Some by trial and error and some by looking to see what is available at birch creek. They also have a web site for locale, hours etc.

Good luck and let's get the sunshine back!!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: rosey
Zone: 8a
Date: 16-Jul-06 11:18 PM EST

Well, down here on the south west part of the Coast, the gardens are stressed! I've never encounted as much dryness as this summer! Welcomed the last rainfall of two days..........mulching, mulching and more mulching! R


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 25-Jul-06 12:28 PM EST

Hi everyone - wow the sun sure came back with a vengeance!

My garden is doing GREAT now - tomatoes are starting to ripen, I had a couple of yellow cherry tomatoes already (Sun Sugar variety, my new favourite!) And I must get out to pick beans today - they seem to double in size overnight!

How's everyone else doing?


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Jim
Zone: 3b
Date: 26-Jul-06 04:11 AM EST

Cathaleen, thanks for the advice about Birch Creek Nursery. My wife and I bought a few plants to get the shade areas covered and even bought a rose bush! The prices might be good but I will still have to do this a little at a time and hope I get some good multiplication going.


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: frances (leslie.drinkwater@sympatico.ca)
Zone: 6
Date: 31-Jul-06 04:36 PM EST

I am a new member and this is my first message. I live in south west ontario and have a small cottage garden that I started 10yrs ago. Now many of my plants need dividing and I have self seeding Heleborus and verbascum. Also must divide the bearded iris. Just hate to throw them away. How do I pass them on.


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: jeannine (blondiem2@hotmail.com)
Zone: 3
Date: 01-Aug-06 01:46 AM EST

Hi to everyone, I live in Brandon MB and my garden is not too bad. Lots of heat for July and we are getting no rain. Watering takes up 2 hours every other day. Petunias are doing well,portulaca, marigolds, corn poppies were awesome, bachelor buttons too. I have very few vegetables as my garden is now flower beds. I grow cukes really well here. Tomatoes seem to be coming along nicely.Lettuce is fine in the shade. Onions too. Water seems to be the key this year.


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: ramblin' rose
Zone: 8a
Date: 08-Aug-06 05:21 PM EST

Hello here! This is an excellent question particularly for this growing season! Living here on the Southwest coast of BC is a joy. This summer has been one of hard work, trying to keep ahead of my 400 roses as far as maintenance goes! I have, never in my gardening years seen so much new growth! We've had some heat spells, which we're not use to. So those days you can find me hiding under something, whether it be a shady patio or inside, underneath a cool roof!My garden was selected to be on a Natural Gdning Tour in mid-Sept. and that is nice. Although it isn't really about the beauty of the space as it is the organic techniques one uses every day.MULCHING, WATERING, MULCHING and watering some more. I'm sure most of us across Canada are in the same boat! E


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 09-Aug-06 12:03 PM EST

You should try being in the Okanagan! Things grow like mad here but boy have I had to water this year! :-)

400 roses....good grief, that must be a lot of work. I bet they're spectacular though!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 09-Aug-06 12:29 PM EST

I tried a new variety of corn for me this year in my veggie garden, called "Sugar Baby". It is from Vesey's, one of their short season vegetables. Growing like mad and now can see cobs forming on the sides.. my question is they are supposed to be a corn ready in 60 days.. it is way over that time frame so is it 60 days till you see the top tassels or 60 days from planting? Has anyone out there grew this variety before? The top tassels are quite pretty as they add some color intrest to the garden.. they are purple.


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 09-Aug-06 12:35 PM EST

400 roses????? WOW is all i can say, although a lot of work, I would LOVE that!!! Must be very beautiful. Being in zone 8a, I would imagine alot of them are hybrid tea's??? Do you have a favorite few? Which are they? I love the hybrid teas, but here in the Okanogan I get alot of dieback on them and in a normal winter, although winter protected still can lose a few even. I am planting more of the Morden/ Parkland Series, although I cannot seem to do away with some of my tea roses. Some of my very favorite tea roses are, Rio Samba, Fragrant Cloud, Mister Lincoln and All American Beauty, and Blue Girl. I have been trying to find one called St.Patricks Day in the nursery but no luck so far..maybe next season


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: ramblin' rose
Zone: 8a
Date: 09-Aug-06 09:37 PM EST

IN answer to your question, the majority of my collection is up on arbors and such and they happen to be the old garden roses, many of those that flush out once for sometimes a month or two..The more modern roses I do grow are shrubs and Floribundas, the most being climbers.....oodles of verticality! E


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: sandra (sdmitch@shaw.ca)
Zone: 3b
Date: 10-Aug-06 03:23 AM EST

hi everyone-I've been a member for awhile but never got in on the forum before. I am in Northern Ontario and I think this is the dryest summer ever here. Everything in my garden is 2-3 weeks ahead of normal and like you, i spend a lot of time watering. Frances, I read with surprise that you don't know what to do with excess plants. Friends, neighbours, relatives, co-workers and your local horticultural society and/or garden guild will gladly take them if they know about them. I moved back to northern Ont. after 30 years from eastern Ont. and had nothing to start my gardens with. Donations from family and neighbours got me started and then i hit the motherlode==the horticultural society. they have an annual sale of plants to the general public in the spring,{which is a great place to learn about plants because you are talking to the people that grew them } and they also trade {swap} plants among members. If you would like to know more about this, please let me know but i'm sure you are probably saying " oh yeah, forgot about that". I can't throw a plant away, there is always a home for it somewhere, even if i have to make another bed. lol


Subject: virginia creeper
From: Roberta Kerr
Zone:
Date: 25-Aug-07 03:21 PM EST

Since I was child I wished one day I would have a scarlet virginia creeper growing up the side of my home or along a fence. Now I have the vc, but don't get to enjoy the scarlet leaves at summer's end. White flies (?) infest the VC and destroy the leaves long before they mature to their scarlet in the fall. Help!


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: Roberta
Zone:
Date: 25-Aug-07 03:29 PM EST

I'm a newby (that explains everything) and was able to find earlier responses to my query. Thanks


Subject: RE: how is everyones garden???
From: ruth wright
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Aug-07 08:39 AM EST

Gardening has been a challenge due to heat and lack of rain. I am assuming that heat has affected the flowering (or lack of) of my glads. I used soaker hoses to water, did that several times. As well, we do have irrigation on our garden. Only the later ones (dark reds) are showing flower stalks. Is my assumption right ?


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