Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tea on Thursday and My Garden Journal

The temperature has been in the mid to high 50s F so far this week and I've been out spring cleaning my gardens. Because we have no lawn, ours and the whole neighbourhood's leaves catch around the plants and shrubs to form a thick mat over winter. They are raked away, the trees and shrubs get a granular fertilizer and the plants a bit of bone meal with alfalfa pellets broadcast across the beds.
Tree and shrub pruning is done early before bud break to get rid of damaged and crossing branches.
I'm becoming somewhat of a hydrangea collector, a number of them are trial shrubs from Proven Winners but the newest last summer was an 'I want that' shrub.'
This is 'Tiny Tuff Stuff' a serrata mountain hydrangea that grows 18-24" high and will survive in a Canadian Z4 garden. I am looking forward to seeing blooms on my shrub this year. 
When tidying up the reading garden I found a couple of depressions in the soil lined with grass and leaves that were either mouse nests or something the rabbits created for their little droppings were everywhere.
Each of my gardens has a name, do you do this or give them a theme?  It has made it easier for me to keep track of my plants by naming each garden and keeping a list of all plants in it. I've tried every kind of plant tag and they always break or the frost heaves them and they go missing. 
Some of my other named gardens are: bird, blue and yellow, rock, butterfly, prairie, Japanese, woodland and more.
Once the gardens are cleaned up with perennial stocks cut down I put on a layer of chopped leaves that are stored in one of the compost bins.  They break down nicely into the soil with the help of my little garden workhorses - the earthworms.
The water in the pond has warmed up enough for the fish to come to the surface looking for food and algae to snack on. The little white dots seen in the water are fish pellets. We're down to just over a dozen fish, quite a few died over the winter and I noticed they were second generation with a fair bit of white in their bodies. The orange ones seem to be hardier. A couple of frogs have come up from the bottom to bask in the sun too. 
We've been eating lunch on the back deck, sitting on the stairs until the furniture is put back out. Tea is generally on the bench out front where I can enjoy the garden as it comes to life.
Not a whole lot to see yet other than a few iris reticulata in the bottom left corner. As soon as the lavender hedge shows green sprouts it will get whacked back to about 8" or so. Doing this keeps the plants compact and I do it again after the first flush of blooms. The pipe you see held a lighting effect over Christmas and will going to the back to shine on the pond.
I'd love to have any blogging sisters join me for Tea and Garden Journaling on Thursday. I wouldn't want to start another meme but would gladly add a link to your post. (let me know in your comment)
Spot on Cedar Pond

24 comments:

  1. Your yard looks gorgeous and love those hydrangeas!

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  2. What fun to name each one of your gardens, that is just too cute and so clever too! Tea and Garden Journaling sounds delightful!

    Have a wonderful day~
    Nancy

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  3. You have a wonderful garden in your yard; so much to look forward to seeing as it blooms.

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  4. Hi Judith, Your garden is indeed wonderful! I like the idea of putting the old leaves on the garden since they break down and make the soil better. I have not used bone meal as squirrels seem to be attracted to it and dig at it (when I put it in holes with bulb planting). So glad you are seeing springy weather now. Wonderful time of year! I have a question: what do you mean by garden journal 15-2?
    Hugs, Beth

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  5. I didn't realize that you have no lawn on your property and it's all garden areas. Wow. My husband would like less mowing but I don't think he'd enjoy the gardening part so much. The Tiny Tuff Stuff Hydrangea is so pretty! We are looking at buying a few trees this spring for the backyard as the wind across there and drifting snow is incredible. Or at least it was this past winter! I like the idea of sharing tea and gardening on Thursdays and will try to remember to do that once in a while. I'm always interested in new plants. Have a great day! Pam

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  6. Hello Judith. I enjoyed seeing your garden coming to life after a long winter, that Hydrangea is certainly a beauty. This year I too am giving different area of my garden a name. I'm going to use a white chalk marker on a piece of slate. I've been following your blog for sometime but never leave a comment I'd love to join your Thursday Tea & garden Journal.What do I have to do ?

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    1. Barbara, I hope you'll check back here for a reply. Post a Tea and Garden entry on Thursday morning and let me know by email or in your comment you'd like to have yours linked to mine and I'll add it at the bottom of my own post for others to find you. By the way, you are a no-reply blogger and it would be easier if you could add an email for continued conversations. :-)

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    2. Thank you Judith for the reply didn't know I was a 'noreply' I hope my email address is showing now.. could you let me know. :)

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  7. Good idea to give the different gardens a name, I also give the different parts of my garden a name.
    Your Hydr. serrata 'Tiny Tuff Stuff' is a beauty. Have to find out if this one is for sale in our country, I have rather a collection of Hydrangeas because they like my acid and moist garden.
    You have a beautiful flower mug for tea on your bench.
    Wish you happy gardening!

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  8. Hello Judith, your gardens will be gorgeous soon.. I love the pretty hydrangea..Tea outside on a nice day sounds lovely.. Beautiful post, enjoy your day!

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  9. John took off the burlap for me today. It was around the rose bushes. The crown of a small azalea was most damaged this year. I have to get back to my Pinterest folder to find out what I'm supposed to be doing.

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    1. I like the idea of naming gardens, but mine have stupid ones...front garden and back garden.

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  10. Pretty yard ! I have been out every day this week and have a tan on my hands and face already lol ! Yup front and back gardens is as far as it gets here for garden names so far lol ! Lovely photos and post , Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  11. It looks like your gardens, and pond, are coming to life, Judith. I know that makes you happy to enjoy the outdoors again.

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  12. Oh your garden is lovely coming to life...and that shrub is beautiful!

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  13. Judith,
    The Tiny Tuff Stuff hydrangea is gorgeous. I planted a similar one last year and am hoping it will bloom again this year. So far, just a few little new leaves. Our winter was so cold and long, I hope it survived.

    Judith

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  14. Hi Judith, I enjoyed this post so much (and also KathyB's). The bench would be perfect for a cuppa tea while enjoying a view of your gardens. Georgia has had heavy rain all week and I have missed walking around our yard to check on the progress of our plants.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  15. What a beautiful hydrangea, Judith!
    The names of your gardens sound very interesting - especially the reading garden and the woodland garden must be wonderful places! :)
    Tea and Garden Journaling sounds lovely. I surely wouldn't be able to participate every week, but I'd love to do it once or twice a month.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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  16. It all looks good and promising for what is to come. I just love that hydrangea.

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  17. It is so lovely to see all that is happening in your garden and to hear about what you have been up to. xx

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  18. Looks like youre off to a great start!! I do love hydrangeas!

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  19. Oh, I love this, and I really, really love your phrase about "spring cleaning your gardens." Mine needs that—horribly needs it—but it has rained heavily for about the past 10 days so no leaf-raking and tidying up for me. (And this morning, I'm about to tramp off with my garden club to visit the largest azalea garden around simply because it's dripping wet and soggy but technically NOT raining this morning.) Oh, and I love your tea mug, too — very appropriate!

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  20. LOVE that mug and plate. My husband has thatched our lawn, and will use the riding mower to pick everything up today. It was still only 37 degrees this morning!

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  21. I'm so happy to see yours! All of ours died outside. All the frogs, too. I'm digging my pond bigger, and will fix the leaks while I'm at it. I'm so sad I lost Geraldine and Jeremiah!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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