October 24, 2021

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Last Year in Barry’s Garden

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Today we’re near Toronto visiting with Barry Severn, who has summed up his 2020 gardening year in photos.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis photo was taken at one of my favorite times of the year. Snow and ice are still here but plants are growing, first shooting up from the ground, then sprouting along stems. You can have some bad days in March, but there are warmish, sunny days that show the promise of spring.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI have been growing from seed since 1985. I am not the best at it, but I am eager. This is a portion of what I grew last year. This was the first year I put a heating pad into the greenhouse. I was growing tomatoes and zinnias outside while there was snow still on the ground.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI have a messy, wild garden. Things ramble and it requires tons of weeding, but there is great soil (used to be a farm yard); the garden is a collection rather than a neat landscape. Here in May we see muscari (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 3–9) in the foreground; scattered tulips (Tulipa hybrids, Zone 3–8) and daffodils (Narcissus hybrid, Zones 3–8); purple pulsatilla (Pulsatilla vulgaris, Zone 4–8) and lungwort (Pulmonaria, Zone 3–8) in the background; Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum, Zones 3–9) in the upper right; ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius, Zones 2–5) just leafing out in red on the upper right; and a small red Sedum running rampant.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe main rock garden

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis is a fabulous little gem of an alpine plant. I think I bought this one from ORG&HPS—Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society). It’s an Androsace, maybe Androsace sempervivoides (Zones 4–7). It is one of the fascinating alpines one can grow from seed.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI also grew wildflowers from seed in a pot on the terrace. This one is Phacelia tanacetifolia (Zones 2–10).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBecause of the stay-at-home orders, we decided to do some veggies. I didn’t really have much spare room, so I used pots. This was one of the hottest, driest summers, and the watering was every day. I can’t say it was a success, although the potatoes turned out fairly decently. This is a potato flower.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe outdoor Opuntia cacti (Zones 4–9) flowered for the first time.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe garden is built for wildlife. Here is a bumblebee on an Allium.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAnd here is a tiger swallowtail on bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora, Zones 4–8).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA general view of the garden late in the season.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWe get lots of birds. So I’ll finish off with a cardinal in the snow.

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