Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tea on Thursday and My Garden Journal

This past winter with extremely cold temperatures day after day took its toll on my gardens. A couple of perennials have not returned, there are many dead branches in the trees and shrubs have died back considerably.
I was told the beauty berry could die back to the ground each winter but it usually did all right, it had to be cut back to a foot or so where leaves are now budding out.
The oak leaf mountain ash (seen here in autumn splendour with the berries) has so many dead branches that it looked quite sparse once leafed out.
  It's in bloom right now with big fluffy white flowers.
The crabapple in the backyard pulled through but there were a couple of years when it was in decline.  Since I've started fertilizing it with an organic granular feed, it's done much better.
It doesn't take long after strong winds for the ground to be covered in pink confetti.
A big disappointment is that both 'New Dawn' climbing roses have died back to the ground and will have to do their best to produce an abundance of flowers this summer. A good dose of sheep manure is good encouragement!
 The rhubarb is ready to be picked but I still had a couple of bags in the freezer so with strawberries on sale at the grocery store, I baked a strawberry rhubarb pie.
I should have brought out this teacup to use last week when I assembled my fairy gardens. It's 'Fairy Dell' from Spode. In my previous post I wrote about the Queen Victoria tea from Murchie's I recently purchased and I can see why it is a highly favoured tea.  
We went from hot and humid over the Victoria Day weekend to cool and windy with the gardens badly needing rain. I've been using the rain barrels for newly planted perennials but once they establish, they better put down deep roots to find moisture on their own. It's surprising how tough love can create self sufficient plants. 
How are your gardens faring? Any new and exciting plants this year?

24 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, I just love all the pretty and colorful berries. Beautiful blossoms and the confetti shot is lovely..Your teacup is pretty. We are having some chilly and rainy days lately. I hope this weather does not become a pattern. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

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  2. Hi Judith - I'm back. Love those purple berries! Also, that pie looks terrific! Clever caption for the "confetti photo". That's just what it looks like!

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  3. A lovely post, Judith!
    I'm sorry to hear winter caused damage to your garden. Many things look wonderful, however. The crabapple is lovely! (What cultivar is it?) Your garden gate is really beautiful.
    Strawberry & rhubarb is a beloved combination here too! :)
    Exciting plants? I'm very much looking forward to seeing how my peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' will do. The stems are now... 2 - 3 cm high.

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  4. Lovely photos ! Yes this winter was tuff on our perennials as well but thankfully most have revived What we do is put ground fish meal in the soil to help as the fish meal has so much goodness to it and it is an old farmers trick to keeping plants and veggies going we get it from either a friend who is an avid fisherman on lake Erie or get it from Port Burwell marina up the road from us . Our crab apple and Lilacs are all in full bloom and I love it . oh guess what I had a home made strawberry rhubarb crumbly made and brought to me from my Aunt today to made with her garden rhubarb YUMMY ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  5. Your crabapple looks gorgeous, Judith, and I loved seeing the pink confetti covered ground. We've had so much rain here in Texas and cool temperatures for today. We are out of the drought that we've been experiencing the past several years.
    Your strawberry rhubarb pie looks so good and one that I've never made nor tasted. I know we both enjoy a crumb topping. The teacup is certainly a beauty and I love the name!

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  6. I love the pink carpet of petals on the ground under the flowering crab. Some winters are so hit and miss aren't they. I think all my plants did well as they were well protected by at least 3 feet of snow! I have a new to me plant from my neighbour but I don't know what it's called. When it blooms there are tall yellow spikes. I'll post a photo of it when it blooms, if it survives. My rhubarb is ready too but I haven't picked any yet. Your pie looks delicious! Pretty tea cup.

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  7. Wow, that carpet of flowers is spectacular!
    My rhubarb is rather pathetic this year! Maybe in a while, but the strawberries are on. I have to cover them or the birds will devour them all while green - little vultures!

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  8. Oh Judith that pie looks amazing. Some of my bushes are again in distress from the cold winter and I should do more fertilizing of the established shrubs....my roses all died back to the ground and it will take a while for them to flower if they do at all.

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  9. I am in love with beauty berry and this year I have fallen in love with crabapple trees! You have both, you lucky girl!

    Deanna

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  10. I hope that all of your plants make a good recovery, it is amazing what a good feed and water and some warmer weather can do to encourage plants to grow again isn't it. Your pie looks and sounds delicious!! xx

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  11. Hi Judith, The confetti pic is lovely! The pie looks awesome too. I like the photo with the white rose on the arbor. Hope your plants recover and do well for you this year. This winter was hard on plants for many. Enjoy playing in the garden, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

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  12. I have never seen a Beauty Berry before, I love it. It almost doesn't look real. I hope your Beauty Berry comes back with vigor and bounty. All of your gardens and the views you show are so lovely. ( I know, that is an over-used word, but it applies .)

    I have taken to heart your garden journal on Thursdays and am going to continue updating about our gardens on Thursdays. Looking over pictures of our garden from just a few years back shows me the gardens change dramatically , but somehow I did not notice until I reviewed the pictures. Keeping track via pictures and journaling really does help me understand the problems, triumphs, and joys of the day to day, week to week, and season to season of our own gardens. Thank-you for this great idea Judith.

    A bonus is following your garden journal and that of anyone who comments on your blog.

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  13. Your berries and blooms are all so wonderful Judith and the photography...well amazing! This was the second bad winter in a row for us as well and some of the flowering plants really took a beating. Your trees are looking well.

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  14. Very pretty teacup, Judith! I must confess that I'm not much of a gardener, but you and the other bloggers have inspired me take more of an interest in flora!

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  15. Your garden took a beating this winter, but it looks great as it comes back to life. Love the pink carpet on the ground. Pretty teacup and a cup of tea along with a piece of pie would be a great treat after working in the garden.

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  16. Hi Judith - so sorry to learn of so much garden "death," but it does sound as though your beautiful plants are for the most part pulling through. It really was a rough winter to be sure. YUM strawberry rhubarb pie, mmm mmm good! Yours looks so delicious!

    We had a beautiful day today. It was so nice to sit outside and take tea with my sister who has been in all week visiting in my outdoor covered patio before she left.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend. It's a nice long one for us in The States, hope to get a lot crossed off my to-do list. Hugs.

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  17. Judith,
    With your excellent gardening knowledge and skills, I'm sure your garden will recover from the winter of 2015. I love your photo of the pink blossoms on the ground. It reminds me of a similar photo that was in the original Victoria magazine several years ago.

    Judith

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  18. We had a cold winter the year before last and it took it's toll. This year the garden is looking a bit better and I even got some hydrangeas in a vase. Your photos are lovely and I think all those petals on the ground look lavender!

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  19. It was a hard winter, sad to say I think everyone has lost a few plants...why are they always the beloved ones? Sigh.

    Your garden does look stunning, missing a few members or not,'

    Jen

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  20. Your garden will be glorious - you are so good at it. I love the berries!!! Oh that pie looks great. Happy spring.

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  21. I always enjoy your garden posts but I especially loved seeing the "pink confetti" above! My sadly-neglected garden (I've been too busy with work this spring) is growing like mad. You will not be surprised to hear that that periwinkle I so innocently planted everywhere two or three years ago has just about taken over the yard! I must go remove some plants soon. And as we left for church this morning, I noticed in my little cottage garden out front that a calla lily is in bloom … and I do not at all remember planting any calla lilies, so that's a mystery to me!

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  22. Your surviving garden looks beautiful, non-the-less, Judith! It has been so cold and rainy here that we are very behind in anything blooming well.It has not been a pleasant Spring in Colorado.

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  23. Your Fairy Dell is a lovely teacup, Judith, and that pie looks absolutely wonderful! You have a beautiful garden in spite of the many issues from the cold winter. I'm sure between Mother Nature and your brilliant green thumb, all will be well in time. Thanks for your visit. I love it when you stop by. Hope your week is lovely.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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