Saturday, August 22, 2015

Astilbe

Astilbe  
is a perennial plant
 with beautiful feathery flowers,
in shades of white, pink, lavender, 
 red ...............and shades in between. 

I planted mine on the north side
 of the house because they prefer shade.



Lavender


Astilbe attracks birds and butterflies


White  ~ nice fragrant ~

Red ~ Bright and Beautiful ~


Astilbe grows from 6 inches to 5 ft.
 - depending on the variety.
There are 20 different species.




 A low-maintenance plant.

I will divide some this yr. and 
plant them in other places.
 They look nice with Hostas.

also deer resistant ....

Ligularia divides them on the corner
looking through the Ligulaira,
Astilbe behind..


thanks for your visit xo
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To view how I made this maintenance free garden click here

All pics are my sole original property...


Friday, August 21, 2015

A Lily Garden

 The Lily is a perennial plant,
  one of the most-varied group of flowers.
I have a few varieties.
I am sharing my little garden.
which grew very well this year.
Tiger Lily- a heirloom plant.
This one comes from my Grandmother 






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Orange Day Lilies
~ Don't tell the neighbours ~




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Red Day Lilies




Aren't they gorgeous!



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Peach Lily
After the rain







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Lemon scented Yellow Lilies




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Red Lilies





This Year
Last Year

Last year, I made a flower bed for My Lily Garden, to view my  "Maintenance Free Flower Bed" blog  click here.

All pics are my sole original property...


thanks for your visit xo



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August Garden Tour

Summer is coming to an end, sadly.
We had a lot of rain in Gaspé, 
(Eastern Canada) this summer;
considering our short summers 
and a planting zone of 5a;
my flowers did very well.
Most of my flowers are perennials.
Join me on a tour of  "My August Garden"


Duchess of Portland Roses
(in a rope swing)

Delphiniums

Nasturtiums
This annual flower can be grown from seed.
to know more;  visit my blog on "Nasturiums" click here.

Gooseneck Loosestrife ~ so graceful and elegant



Vintage Lobster Trap... end and bottom....a nautical decor.
~ Red Waterpump ~
My sister Ann painted the ladybug rocks.

Cosmos, always so pretty and bright

A Tiny Garden ~ made from broken pots.
I did a blog post earlier this year
when I made this Tiny Garden.
It has grown over the summer.
click here to view the difference.

~Hollyhocks~
in front of the Greenhouse
The peach ones are called "Peaches "n" Dreams"
I planted it last yr. and it's first blossoms this yr.
The black one I've had for 10 yrs.

Rope Swing ~ Garage Sale Find ~
bluebells beside....

Looking through the Ligularia
Astilbe behind.
 to view my blog on "Astilbe" click here
~Ligularia~
Nice on the Corner 


A bouquet made with Hostas flowers

Coral Bells ~I love their color ~
A Rusty Old Stove

Pink flamingos under the Weeping Willow Tree.
I cherish these 
homemade wooden flamingos 
they were a gift from an elderly couple
 that I took care of in a Seniors Home.

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Other posts on my flower garden this year:
to view click on the name.

A nice poem:

╰⊰⊹✿"The brightest sun ~ the softest shade...
This is where my thoughts are made...
A small stone bridge ~ a clean, clear stream...
This is where I come to dream.
Where butterflies speak to summer flowers,
And birds chatter freely from lofty bowers...
From the soft green grass at the water's edge,
To the deep cool forest beyond the hedge...
This is where my heart feels free...
This is where I come to be me."✿⊹⊱╮

~Whisper~

All pics are my sole original property..


thanks for your visit xo

I




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island



Last week I visited Bonaventure Island,
 A bird Sanctuary in the Gaspésie.
One of the largest and  most accessible
 colonies of birds, in the world
with more than 280,000 birds.
More than 293 different species of birds have been
 recorded as visiting, migrating to
 or living on Bonaventure Island.

Less than a 2 hour drive from my home,
in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 
I went with family, who were visiting at the time.

We boarded a boat and headed out.
Our Captain/Tour Guide gave excellent documentation
 in both French and English.

Below: On the way to the island, we pass Percé Rock.
This massive limestone structure brings
 a lot of tourist to this area
A source of inspiration for numerous artists and poets

The rock is shrinking:
The rock loses approx. 300 TONNES of rock each yr.
 because of erosion.

Below: As we pass in front of the rock we see people walking out to the hole in the rock.
This is possible at low tide.
Below: A nice view at the end of the rock.
We feared a storm with dark clouds overhead.
Fortunately, it passed.
The back of the Rock
(some of my pics are huge...I don't know why)


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A old painting and photo from the Gaspe Archives
"Vue de l’île Percée, un rocher remarquable dans le golfe Saint-Laurent.
. par Hervey Smyth, 5 novembre 1760, BAC"
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BONAVENTURE ISLAND
At the present time, no one lives on this Island.
The first settlers from Ireland came here in the early 1790's.
A fishing company was set up by a Jersey native 1819-1845.
In 1971 the Quebec Gov't evicted
35 families who were forced to move elsewhere.
The expropriated land became a national park.
Parc national de l'ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

Below: Thousands of Northern Gannets migrate in these clifts on the banks of the Island.

Below: Seals on the rocks


There is a boat each hour back and forth to the Island.
Below: We brought our lunch and ate before hiking on the trails.
We spent time enjoying the view and watching whales in the water.

A view of  Percé Rock in the distance


A MAP OF THE TRAILS
We did Sentier des Colones
(the highest point on the island is here)
and  Le Chemin du Roy, 
the longest trail.

Below Daniel, Louis and Marina.
Below, Marina, Louis, Jacob and me on the right.

An Enchanting Forest.
A lot of wooden boardwalks
made walking easy.
Below: Martin and Mathieu
We saw a lot of Northern Gannets.

Thousands of Gannets,

 Gannets have a 6 foot wingspan

A beach along the way
An abandoned house

Suzanne, Martin and family claimed this house.

and some others


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I am  sharing some family photos of the trip.

on the boat me and my son-in-law Martin in the middle

My children Daniel and Suzanne








We spent a lovely day together having fun and making memories...

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thanks for your visit xo

All photos of Perce Rock were taken by Daniel.
The rest were taken by Daniel or moi.