Virtual garden tour 2023 - better late than never edition? :)

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  1. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    South Okanagan & Greater Vancouver, BC Canada
    Inspired by @Margot and @Acerholic and @wcutler (photo tours of cherry blossoms and recent roses) AND other lovely contributors way back 3 leafing out human years ago — that era of March 2020

    I am post a few pix of July 2023

    please join in if you have a moment

    it’s fun to see your garden photos and news

    coast nr Vanc BC and Okanagan (cherries!)

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    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    Some more pix

    usually I am a failure at impatiens (mold off) tho I scored a 6 pack this spring that seems healthy and happy

    I don’t usually like hot tropical but I have one Hosta with gold tones that I keep separate from my fav Hosta colors (stained glass and Midwest magic)

    so gold Hosta (ben vernooy some people spell it?) gets a special corner of hot tropical with impatiens (and my old French salmon mousse mold since this is my ocean garden and I would rather watch vintage Julia Child tv making it :)

    the hen & chicks display is in a beautiful container found on side of road (some people put used items at their driveway and scavenger opportunists do a u-turn to pick something up!)

    the ninja turtle? Leonardo first generation when he still had fierce good looks circa 1980s

    he was in a load of delivered soil ! So he deserves a little spot !

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  3. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Totally agree Georgia," better late than never "
    So here are a few in my garden, non maples.. of course.

    Hydrangea paniculata 'Great Star'


    Cedrus atlantica ' Glauca Pendula'

    Hydrangea 'Runaway Bride'


    Hosta 'Revelution'

    Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'


    Hackonechloa macra ' Albovariegata'

    Hosta 'First Frost'

    Larix kaempferi 'Stiff Weeper'

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  4. Pieter

    Pieter Active Member 10 Years

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    I've been rather pre-occupied with a carpenter ant infestation in my shed over the past couple of weeks or so and haven't paid much if any attention to the garden, never mind to e-mails and forums. Cleaned up the damage and getting back to the garden and stuff.
    Here are a few samples of what's been going on in my suburban lot. July is one of my favourite months because we get this blaze of scent and colour of the oriental hybrid lilies. This here is a variety called 'Yelloween' and it grows tall (5-6ft) and usually has lots of flowers. I've seen it with over 30 and never fails to impress the passers-by (frontyard).

    While we both have a penchant for the fragrant lilies, they're far from the only ones. Another one to make an annual show of colour in our frontyard is the ubiquitous tiger lily. Justa couple of days ago we ended up harvesting the bulbils to be shared, some will be planted, to majority will end up as food. Our Chinese neighbour told us friends of her use them in soup and a quick internet search showed that in Taiwan for instance both the bulbs and the flowers are used as food, so bulbils should be quite edible, although both her husband and her daughter suggested she should eat it first. Anyway, she's got quite the load to work with. P9770794-tiger-lily.JPG
    Couldn't find a picture I'd shot this year (too focused on the ant issue I suppose) so I found this one from August 14/2022 and that ended up pointing out that this year they finished flowering quite a bit earlier than last year. They are all done now, otherwise we wouldn't have harvested bulbils. Anyone for climate change?
    Talking about edible lilies, this one came from our neighbours a couple of years ago and near as I can figure this is Lilium davidii var unicolor. They now grow this as an edible crop.
    I have a focus on Hostas, some might call it an obsession with over 100 varieties in the garden. and I have an affinity for Hosta flowers. There's such an interesting variety of shapes and colours that they add an additional dimension to my endeavours for me. Who doesn't like this lovely showing of flowers on a mini-hosta called 'Lemon Lime'.

    The SW corner of our backyard has a cedar hedge that provides nice shade for a bunch of pots with predominantly blue hostas, most of which are H. 'Halcyon' derivatives.
    Better post and do a follow-up later, duty calls...
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  5. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    South Okanagan & Greater Vancouver, BC Canada
    Some recent Aug 2023

    various hostas —- embellished by spider webs and rain drops

    the white hydrangea = blushing bride

    an eager Golden Gate rhododendron

    some broken bits of annual coleus I put in a vase and it rooted so fast!

    Old photo from July 2023 — a photo of a Lily that is in a huge container and for support I used bits of arbutus branch (madrone south of 49th here) —- I think Lily is « black beauty » name —- highly recommend for our coast garden climate near Vanc BC

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