I love the way the gardens evolve through the season. The past few weeks we’ve been busy with other projects and we’ve given them little attention. Today we were out there giving the gardens some much needed TLC.
We also added some new plants, from our friend Ruth’s garden. Ruth has been tending a delightful garden tucked in beside her warehouse/studio building, but now train track expansion beside the building is threatening her garden. Fortunately, we have some garden space right now, as we’ve recently removed a hedge between our property and the property to the north of us, leaving excellent potential for new gardens.
The fall gardens are not so showy as they are in high summer, but they instead offer maturity and rich earth tones.
Yesterday we had the large barberry hedge removed between our house and our neighbours to the north. this has opened up an opportunity to really make this garden sing! We likely won’t do a lot to it this year, but next spring it will be a project.
We are not big rose growers. We don’t know much about them and I confess we are inattentive to their specific needs. However, one rose bush came with the house. Tuffy P cut it right back this year, and it has responded with a small number of very beautiful blooms.
I’ve tried growing tomatoes here at 27th Street but conditions are marginal because of shade from all the mature trees on and around the property. At our last home, on Blackthorn Ave, we had a small garden but it got a lot of sun and we were very successful tomato growers.
This year, I decided not to plant the usual bunch of tomoato plants, but we do have one “cheater” cherry tomato. I call it a cheater because we bought it already in bloom and even with our mediocre sun, we’ll get enough cherry tomatoes for several salads.
I decided to make a tomato train, so I arranged the wagon behind the locomotive, set them up in front of Mrs. Goose and set the cherry tomato plant on the wagon.
This morning we visited the Roseland Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale at Eglinton Flats. This sale is a great opportunity to buy a really good variety of plants at very reasonable prices – we try to attend each year.