Spring in Alice’s Ontario Backyard

Hello GPODers! At present we’re getting an replace from a frequent GPOD contributor, Alice Fleurkens in Ontario.

That is Alice once more, from Sweaburg, Ontario. Listed below are some current footage of my backyard.

To rise up to hurry on Alice’s beautiful backyard, take a look at a few of her earlier submissions: Good Buddies Make a Nice Backyard, Alice’s Entrance Backyard in Canada, Summer time in Ontario, and September in Alice’s Backyard.

purple clematis growing on corner of deckThis clematis was given to me by a pal. It doesn’t appear to have points like clematis wilt and many others. I didn’t minimize this down within the spring and don’t actually know if I ought to or not, nevertheless it appears to be thriving for now. Any recommendation on that may be appreciated. (Hello Alice, we now have an article on clematis pruning that could be useful for you, however I’m additionally curious if any readers have recommendation to present within the feedback.)

front yard and garden bedsThis morning after I noticed the view out of one of many bed room home windows, I assumed I ought to take an image of the view we by no means see as a result of we’re on a hill.

crystal and blown glass garden art next to small pine treeThis mugo pine (Pinus mugo, Zones 2–8) has a whole lot of the brown issues on it (don’t know what they’re). It sprays clouds of pollen after I trim it. There may be one other one of many similar tree within the backyard that’s solely inexperienced and doesn’t get these issues. (Hello Alice, sounds such as you’ve bought each a male and a feminine pine in your arms. The one pictured have to be male; males kind cones on the base of latest development that produce pollen. Females have seed-bearing cones that kind on the tip of latest development and are the extra recognizable pinecone construction.)

I’ve been amassing crystals and blown-glass balls over time and have hung them on two outdated metallic hanging baskets. (Hello once more, Alice—simply popping in to say, “Beautiful!”)

A small backyard beneath the blue spruce (Picea pungens, Zones 2–7) that we wished to maintain however was too large, so we trimmed the underside over time. We now have lite balls and a fern hanging on the underside branches.

small garden bed full of purple lupinOne yr we had so many aphids on our lupins that I bought rid of all of them. Ultimately I noticed the odd one arising. After three or 4 years I allow them to keep, they usually look good. In the event that they get aphids once more, although, they are going to be gone.

nelly moser clematisOne other clematis (I consider the range ‘Nelly Moser’ [Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’, Zones 4–11]) just isn’t doing so nicely however is coming alongside slowly. Ought to I minimize it down within the fall or not?

homamade birdbathThis do-it-yourself birdbath is now within the entrance backyard. (I’m completely obsessed by your backyard artwork, Alice!)

close up of purple clematisThe iris did nicely this yr as a result of we eliminated a messy cedar from the entrance backyard, enabling it to get extra mild and water.

close up of various colored tulipsMy sister-in-law Ria introduced some tulips from Holland. We planted them collectively, and the frilly edges actually stunned me. The heuchera within the background was a chunk gifted by a pal. Heucheras do very nicely within the solar. I multiplied them, and now there are fairly a couple of ready to develop as a result of they’re so low upkeep, which is what I would like now.

garden bed with evergreen plants and bright colored tulipsIt’s a little bit of a multitude, however the daffodils and tulips are beautiful.

close up of fringed tulipsThese tulips are wonderful and are among the many ones that Ria introduced.

Alice requested for an ID on this plant, and I’m fairly certain it’s a ‘Cheerfulness’ double daffodil (Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’, Zones 2–9).

Thanks a lot for the replace, Alice! It’s all the time a deal with to see what’s rising in your backyard.


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