Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A garden walk

Getting ready to leave in the next week or so, it's hard to leave such a lovely garden.  My gardening companion has transformed our formerly ornamental garden into a much more naturalistic one, with a bit of chiming in from me, but it's largely his work.  More photos to come.

Here are some images from today's walkabout.

This is my bed, in front of the antique shed. I left the hydrangea.

A bed transformed from Bishop's Weed to ferns

An ornamental arbor, with burning bush (which gets a pass, as it's not currently invasive here, at least as far as i know.)

Diervilla with Sorboria beyond.

A yellow maple framed by a paper birch

A moss and lichen-coated bench, inherited from the previous owner

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An bedraggled aster for Wildflower Wednesday

This aster will be my offering for Wildflower Wednesday.  It's been covered with flower visitors until the rains started this week.

It's still lovely.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Transforming a garden

My gardening companion has transformed our garden here in Quebec from a largely ornamental one, to one that's harboring native plants of all kinds. 

We've snagged what we can find at local nurseries.  The Chelone, gentians, and Lobelia cardinalis are thriving.

This gentian is amazing.

a native gentian, nursery-grown

chelone, gentian, and cardinal flower


Monday, September 9, 2019

A late summer harvest

An almost final harvest of beets in my small vegetable garden here in Quebec yielded some nice-looking beet greens, along with a few (very small) beets.  Clearly, more nutrients will be needed next year in this bed!

beet greens and stems
 The scarlet runner beans have been beautiful -- this was probably close to their last harvest, too.

scarlet runner beans with linen bread bag and beeswax wrap in background
Both beet greens and scarlet runner beans will be on the dinner menu tonight, but in cutting up a yellow zucchini and a small bit of cauliflower (both from Quebec), I was reminded of these peppers I bought a couple of days ago, also from Quebec.

peppers from Quebec
I had just picked them up (they were on sale), noticed they were from Quebec (a point of pride and attractive labeling here), and put them in the vegetable bin.  Taking them out this afternoon, I was struck by their lack of uniformity (I guess I thought they had been greenhouse grown, as these sorts of peppers usually are), but then noticed that they were field-grown. 


Where the heck do folks grow "field-grown" peppers in this climate?  Well, apparently, south of Montreal, these vegetable producers do so, and have been doing so for some time.

"a passion for 6 generations" the label says

Remarkable and fun to discover.  I guess the very long days compensate for the cooler temperatures (in terms of pepper production).  Broccoli and cauliflower, I get, but peppers seem a lot more challenging.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Windfall apples

We have two old apple trees, now largely in shade.  They seem to be normally-grown Quebec apples -- largely "cooking" apples for pie and applesauce, Empire, Cortland, and the like.  They're similar to McIntosh back in the U.S.

They're ripening now and dropping in storms such as we had yesterday, so "windfalls" are abundant.

I've chopped up a few to put into muffins and will try to make some low-sugar apple crisps, but geez, making applesauce could get seriously tedious.  We'll see.

I'm mindful of the hand issues that resulted from peeling and chopping LOTS of apples several years back!  I certainly won't be peeling these...

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