Summer in the garden

Perennials are popping up where I’d forgotten I’d planted them, spring flowering shrubs are just about over and there’s been a huge opportunity on the perfection of these June day to whack the place apart.

Some day I’ll go into the garden and not be critical of each and every plant.  What’s missing from the photograph below is a giant Rosa glauca and that left  the path a little easier to manage, a seedling of the mother plant will flourish and it will continue to live here.

I’ve never ever seen a year like this one for weeds and diseases.  Unbelievable. That warm winter didn’t kill off a lot of offenders, the humungous amount of rain that never seemed to end lead to fungal diseases. I had one tree so infected, so covered in aphids and ants farming them that I had to whack it right back (it was a Heptacodium miconoides). Derek Welsh the arbourist says it will probably come back all right. My soil is good. So take courage with your own plants. It might not be the end of them.

IMG_1046.JPG In the background you can see a tricoloured beech. This year it’s glorious beyond belief. Makes me want to change one of the Japanese maples in the foreground.  Gulp.

Over the next few weeks I’ll get out a summer newsletter.

And I thank  those who’ve asked about my husband Jack Batten. In the past week he’s starting improving. The man I love has returned and feels so much better. It’s been a hellish couple of months but I feel as if life is going to return to something close to normal.  Yeaaaaaa

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  • Ric Riordon

    June 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm


    It was nice meeting you last week at the Horwood’s garden party. Thanks for connecting me with your blog, and thanks for signing my copy of your book.

    I’m just finishing it up and look forward to featuring it on my next blog post.

    I’m an amateur gardener in comparison, but passionate about it none the less. I look forward to learning more.

    All the best,


  • Marjorie

    June 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    It was lovely to meet you. Wasn’t the garden spectacular. It was one o the ones I worked on and was lucky to find the perfect clients in the Horwoods.
    yours marjorie

  • Angie

    July 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Globe and Mail July 16 – Bear’s Breeches
    purchased a baby plant 3 years ago ($2.) did not know what I had bought, last year it bloomed and what a surprise it was, so different and amazing
    now I have a name for it !!! Thank you

  • Wendy

    October 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I can sure relate to your opening sentence about forgotten plants that pop up. It is always a delight when a lovely perennial appears when I was not expecting it! Last spring I had a surprise when the tulips I had planted in the fall bloomed. Of course I had forgotten what their colors were…

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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