Compte de Chambord Rose Bud

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This is a rose bud from one of my antique roses – Compte de Chambord. This rose’s flowers put out a strong rose perfume scent. I love being in my garden in the early morning, early evening or just after I’ve watered when these roses are in bloom as the scent is heavenly.

Of course this rose is not blooming now. It’s warmed up here in Toronto, but it’s only a mid-winter thaw … but soon … soon, my flowers will start to grow again.





Gayfeather about to flower

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These are Gayfeather (Liatris) buds. Each bulb develops a spike in June and by Mid to Late July each year the tiny flowers on each spike begin to bloom. They have a soft feather look from a distance and look lovely in large round clumps.

Single Purple Allium flower

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I have a few clumps of purple Allium flowers growing in my front garden beds. Allium flowers are related to the onion and garlic family – however these plants are ornamental and I don’t believe that they can be eaten.

I have to remember to move the Allium that is growing at the end of my flower bed near the sidewalk this fall. I think kids walk by on their way to school and pull off the developing flower buds in mid June so I end up with these long green headless stalks instead of beautiful flowers at the end of my garden bed.

Do you grow Allium?

Peony bud covered in ants

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It’s quite normal for Peony buds to be covered in ants. I’ve heard that the ants help protect the buds from invasive insects so it’s a symbiotic relationship.

Most of my peonies are blooming now but I haven’t had a chance to take any photos. I’d better do it soon as Peonies don’t last all that long around here. Luckily it’s been kind of cool (well luckily for the garden, not for us) so they might last a little longer than normal this year.