(September 7th update: skip to the bottom of the post for photos from the end of the season!)
|happy bee on an Evans Cherry sapling in bloom at the garden centre|
|my little raised bed from last summer needs rebuilding already|
We started with lots of ornamentals (a mature spruce tree, a ninebark shrub, an inexplicable box hedge that should have died by now, some roses whose rosehips I plan experiment with), a patch of green onion, and a garden bed where the strawberries have been left by the previous owners to, um, naturalize. So, not bad, but not much that's edible. Last summer, we used a potato planter, built a raised bed for vegetables and salad staples, found spots for a couple of rain barrels and a tumble composter, built a storage shed, and planted lots of fruit-bearing treasures:
- an 'Early Gold' pear tree (Pyrus x 'Jefgold', a seedling of the 'Ure' hybrid)
- a columnar saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk')
- an elderberry bush (Black Lace(tm) Sambucus nigra 'Eva') that may die to ground & regrow
- blueberries (Vaccinium x. 'Northcountry' and 'Chippewa')
|my columnar saskatoon is about to burst into bloom|
- asparagus (Asparagus officinalis 'Guelph Millennium')
- an Evans sour cherry tree (because we love and miss our old one), in the spot where the strawberries are growing so that they'll be the underplanting
- a rust-resistant apple tree from this list since we lost a hawthorn sapling in our yard to cedar-hawthorn or cedar-apple rust and there are other infected trees in the neighborhood (bordeaux mix, organic copper spray and organic fungicidal soaps are recommended if you need to prevent this blight) - update, we decided against this
- rhubarb (Rheum 'Canada Red' or one of its selections) < planted in front yard
- blackberries among the row of raspberries
- more blueberries under the spruce tree (eventually to form a guild)
|the strawberries have survived the past three winters under the snow|
|The garden bed next to the house has some kind of allium (green onion, I think, it certainly doesn't have very decorative blooms) in it, and will make a wonderful season-extending cold frame for greens; you can see my potato planter and a cherry sapling grown from pits collected at our old house awaiting their permanent location there, too, and the shed reflected in the window.|
September 7th update: despite benign neglect for three weeks while we were away in Nova Scotia, I've harvested about a dozen zucchini, a handful of string beans, lots of 'Yukon Gold' potatoes, and a ridiculous number of green cherry tomatoes from the garden prior to the early freeze forecast for the next couple of days. Here are a few photos I've taken:
1. Evans cherry underplanted with strawberries (some existing, some from the cultivars available at Superstore this year)(and a lot of weeds that need to be hand-pulled, although I don't mind the broadleaf plantain so much now that I know it's edible)
2. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis 'Guelph Millennium')
3. grapes (L-R, Vitus 'Frontenac', 'Valiant' and 'Beta')
4. decorative shrub planted by prior owners, awaiting ID (a pink azalea?)
5. a pair of haskap shrubs - Lonicera caerulea 'Tundra' and a 2-in-1 shrub that has the male plant grafted as part of it but didn't state which cultivars were used on the label
6. 'Early Gold' pear
7. potentilla planted by prior owners, in need of pruning
8. rose, pink flowers, ID unknown
9. rose, white flowers, ID unknown
10. decorative shrub (barberry?) planted by prior owners, awaiting ID, in need of pruning
behind and between 7 & 10 = dwarf burning bush (Euonymus alatus 'Compactus') planted by prior owners
11. elderberry 'Black Lace'
12. blueberry 'Northcountry'
13. blueberry (cultivar likely 'Chippewa' but label lost, growing from roots)
14. columnar saskatoon - had very tiny berries this year and some branches died - possibly damaged by runoff from our neighbours' yard?
15. sunflowers (volunteering from bird feeder)
16. spot to replant 2nd Evans cherry sapling
17. blueberry underplanted under spruce - cv. 'Northblue'
18. blueberry underplanted under spruce - cv. 'Northcountry'
19. blue spruce - tumble composter lives behind it
20. blueberry underplanted under spruce - cv. 'Northsky'
beside 20 - unknown tree sapling, need to ID
21. small raised garden bed with zucchini, tomato, & bean plants that survived our absence - I think that's a sea buckthorn that leans over the fence from our neighbours
22. Salvia nemorosa planted by prior owners
23. raspberry & blackberry - a&b Rubus 'Double Delight', c 'Red River', d 'Boyne', e&f Blackberry 'Chester Thornless'
24. ninebark, planted by prior owners (the tag says Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga', so the fruit's inedible)