A pair of goldfinches spent a few hours this afternoon on my thistle feeder. So nice to see them, I hope they make a nest nearby.
Up and out early to Sheridan Nurseries, and then back to plant:
- Japanese Blood Grass (3) – Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron‘
- Blue River Lavender (1) – Lavandula angustifolia ‘Blue River‘
- Schwellenberg Salvia (3) – Salvia ‘Schwellenberg’
- Elijah Blue Fescue (1) – Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
- Lily of the Valley (5) – Convallaria majalis
- Green Brass Buttons (5) – Leptinella squalida
- Ice Plant (5) – Delosperma ‘Topaz’
- Black Eyed Susan (3) – Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes‘
- Blue Moon Wisteria (1) – Wisteria macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’
I also threw around some seeds, for the hell of it, we’ll see what happens. I planted matching seeds next to my coneflowers, astilbe and rudbeckia – plus sunflowers, sweet peas, chinese lanterns, cosmos, bellflower and nasturtiums.
I bought the Wisteria, despite having one, because it actually has flower buds on it. I’m amazed by that, getting them to bloom here is/was rare, I’ve never managed, anyway. I think some types just WON’T bloom until they are 10+ years old.
I’m more than a little bit horrified to read at Wikipedia that the Japanese Blood Grass is one of the most noxious invasive weeds IN THE WORLD! Further research has made me feel a little better – seems like our cold winters keep it spreading so slowly that it can’t take over. But when you read that a plant is more invasive in the U.S. south than kudzu, you feel a little bit bad for planting it. I’ll keep a close eye on it. Apparently the real risk is that the fancy red will revert to wild green, then take off.
It’s interesting though, and you see how these species can take hold and keep hold. I’m an inexperienced gardener, and I went to my local, reputable, nursery, and I bought a plant that I liked the look of, with no notion that it could possibly be a risk.
So much for my nice, mostly native, bird, butterfly and bee garden…
The whole bee situation is very worrying.
If you want to create a bee-friendly space in your yard, start at Evergreen Brick Works for some native flowering plants. They also have a great selection of plant lists for different areas of Canada. If you are in the Greater Toronto Area, they have dozens of lists for our area.
what you can do in your own space to help all native pollinators, visit the David Suzuki Foundation.
- Canada wrestles with bee-killing crop pesticides (cbc.ca)
- Canada not ready to ban pesticides believed responsible for honey bee deaths (vancouversun.com)
- Pesticides linked to bee deaths (lfpress.com)
Eventually, I will learn to take Before photos. Anyway, my backyard is half of a larger backyard, and the part behind mine isn’t used or gardened by the other tenants. In the distant past, someone planted a rambling rose back there. IN ITS POT! Poor thing. They also planted it too far from the fence, so it was left trying to stand up on its own.
I didn’t even know it was a climber until one year, I took pity on the bedraggled thing and pruned it, and it burst to life.
So, yesterday I dug it up. Easier than most roses, because it was STILL IN ITS POT! Its longest cane was a good 10 feet, despite the pot. I pruned it out pretty well, took about 3 feet off the long one, and cleaned out the middle where the canes were all crossed and tangled. It had managed to punch one major root through the bottom of the pot, which I had to cut.
With all the cutting at both ends, I hope I didn’t kill it. The attached photo is how it looks 36 hours after surgery.
I put it into a nice new spot, in the corner of two fences – with the exact same exposure it has before. I put some bone meal into the hole, and watered it well. Fingers crossed! I hope it thrives now that its roots are free.
Unrelated – I can’t say the phrase “white rose” without remembering the awesome store of the same name that you used to find around Toronto. Wikipedia tells me that they got gobbled up by Michaels. But White Rose was way cooler – they had craft stuff, and hobby stuff and garden stuff.
That’s for birds!