Dianthus ‘Tiny Rubies’ has spread so much under the Romeo Cherry tree since last year. What an amazing, healthy ground cover. Like so many of these hardy and/or native perennials, it remained green under the snow. I was out today pulling the highly invasive Chickweed Stellaria media, which has been spreading and growing for weeks. Today I spread oat seeds in weed-prone areas and in raised beds as a green fertilizer to be tilled under in a few months.

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Proof of Spring II

April 11, 2014

For two days in a row from two until seven in the garden, cleaning, getting greenhouse ready, garden tools all in place, garden swing, garden furniture. I dug out over a dozen mullein volunteers from a plant I had acquired at a plant exchange. I learned later they are on the list of invasive plants in Alberta. I pulled a half a dozen dandelions.

I’m going to the April 12 & 13, 2014 Calgary Garden Show at Spruce Meadows. The beds are all ready for plants I will get there. I’ve already placed an order from Wild about Flowers to avoid making hasty decisions at their booth at the Garden Show. The native plants I get from them can be planted outdoors immediately because they are outdoors all year round. I hope someone has Trumpet Gentians. I’ll also get tea roses at the Rose Society booth. They always have hardy plants with lots of blooms at a very good price. At one point I had planned on having a garden that was mainly water wise native plants and then a member of the Rose Society gave me my first rose and I was smitten. Roses last so long here and they are the best cut flowers.

Morden Sunrise April 9, 2014

Morden Sunrise April 9, 2014

I let my two new roses from Canadian Tire get some sunshine today.

The red Morden Centennial is going under the apple tree and the Morden Sunrise is going outside the fence in the Friendship Garden not too far from the Morden Sunrise in the September Surprise garden.