Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Who knew?


I am a
Snapdragon


What Flower
Are You?


Well there you go, I, apparently, am a snapdragon. I don't mind this a bit, it is a nice traditional staple in most perennial gardens, that sounds like me. Thanks for this Debra (Us In France ). Gardening is one of my passions, and the garden of my current house is my longest garden so far. I am always starting gardens, staying around possibly a couple of summers, then moving on. This is the first garden where I am about to experience my fourth year. It is lovely to actually see the results of one's labours. I am a haphazard gardener, I love traditional plants, lavender being my absolute favourite, can't have too many different varieties. I love to fill every available space, and I am always rescuing orphans at the garden centre and of course donations from friends are never refused.

Every fall I mean to take photos so that next spring I will be ready to transplant those that have become too big for their boots, and those who have been swallowed by those bigger plants. But as usual I forgot again last year. Another favourite is hostas, all shapes and colours, I think this comes from having had shady gardens and these always do well there. Pots are another obsession, I must currently have around 20 - 30 pots of different sizes and shapes, although these don't do so well here in Canadian summers which are so hot and dry, too much watering required. A garden, or at the very least an outside space to potter amongst my pots, is the one thing I don't think I will ever be able to give up.

9 comments:

aims said...

I am a daisy -

I could garden back in Ontario - but here in Alberta - pffft....just can't get the hang of it for some reason. Of course the worsening back doesn't help at all..but here - I can't tell the plants from the weeds - they are much different from Ontario ones...

softinthehead said...

In that case just pull out the ugly ones. Coming from the UK I am always astounded at the rate at which things grow here in the spring. So I guess another few thousand miles west and things are different again. Although when I was in Seattle it was very similar to the UK, weird eh?

Debra in France said...

Hi Sith, I enjoyed doing that flower thingy. I adore gardening, and like a 'cottage style' garden, you know, where things self seed everywhere. I love lavender and lost of scented plants.

For the 3 years that we have lived here I have kept a darden journal. Not everyday, but when I have bought or planted things, or worked in the garden I have written about what I've done, the temperature, what has failed/succeded etc. I have found it useful to look back and see what was happening say, 2 years ago in May. Enjoy creating you garden. :-)

softinthehead said...

Debra - that sounds far too organized for the likes of me. I am one of those gardeners who goes outside to drink my coffee, and the next minute am up to my elbows in dirt (no gardening gloves (they are neatly indoors!). But it is a good idea and I will try it this year. :)

Expatmum said...

If I could get things to live through the Chicago winter I would be happy. All we seem to be able to grow here are ugly hostas. Any suggestions for freezing winters and hot, humid summers are welcome!

Maggie May said...

Hi, just stumbled on your blog. I see we have a few things in common, a love of gardening, though my garden is a pocket handkerchief size, & the fact we are both fairly new bloggers! I have read all your posts & enjoyed them very much. Like your style!
I also love lavender, small clipped potted trees, & do not like small regimented rows of plants.

softinthehead said...

Thank you everyone for dropping by - I must admit I had been feeling a little "comment envy" !

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I don't know what kind of flower I am but I know what I like -- roses, not red, but a sort of pinky apricot; irises, birds of paradise, cornflowers, nigella, to name a few.

farming-frenchstyle said...

I just want a garden that the sheep, hens and horses can't attack, and be able to water in the summer. Just can't be bothered when I climb down off the tractor after haymaking all day. I love anything that survives the aforementioned.