Monday, August 28, 2017

Schubert Chokecherry Tree

This Schubert Chokecherry grows in the backyard of a Lakehouse on Sylvan Lake.  And yes the berries are edible although due to flavor and pit best used for juice, jellies and syrups.
Schubert Chokecherry Tree
Chokecherry and Crabapple Jelly

8 cups ripe chokecherries
2 cups water
12 cups quartered crabapples
1 1/2 cups sugar

To prepare juice, combine chokecherries and 2 cups water in a saucepan.  In a separate saucepan, combine crabapples with enough water to cover.  Bring mixtures to a boil: reduce heat and simmer, covered, until fruit is soft.  Mash mixtures occasionally while cooking although I find that it is best not to mash the crabapples too fine (harder to juice).  Strain separately through jelly bags.

Measure 3 cups chokecherry juice and 3 cups crabapple juice.  In a Dutch oven, combine chokecherry juice and crabapple juice: bring to a boil.  Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Bring mixture to a boil and boil rapidly until jelly stage is reached, about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and skim foam if necessary.

Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe jar rims thoroughly.  Seal and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Yield:  about 6 cups

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Annabelle Hydrangea

Three more Annabelle Hydrangeas have now been planted in the backyard at the Lake House on Sylvan Lake.  
August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

Hope for Humanity Rose

This rose bush was planted in a small flowerbed surrounded by sunflowers in a sunny backyard by Sylvan Lake.  Planted on Oma's birthday as this was a special rose 
that Oma cherished.
August 26, 2017
August 26, 2017


These  tomato plants are growing in a pot on a sundeck in Salem, Connecticut. 
 They were planted as bedding plants in mid-May and 
by the second week in August were almost 7 feet tall.
  Three separate tomato plants-Pineapple, Peach and Arkansas.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.
  They produced a bountiful crop before the end of August.
August 2017

August 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Coldplay Oriental Lily

This oriental lily is planted in a west facing flower bed along with poppies, daylilies and other oriental lilies.
Planted July 17, 2017

Emily Carr Rose

This is my second Emily Carr Rose bush.  The first one was planted in our home in Red Deer and thrived in a sunny bed.  This new bush has been planted in a Northwest facing bed but due to the openess of the yard should 
receive ample sun.
The Emily Carr Rose bush belongs to the Canadian Artist Series and is a compact plant growing to a height of 1.1 to 1.5 meters. and a width of about 1 meter.
Planted July 17, 2017
The dark red to near black blooms open to deep red semi-double blooms from spring to frost.  Glossy green foliage turns to golden yellow in the fall.  
This bush is vigorous, hardy and disease resistant but intolerant of standing water.
July 17, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mose's Fire Daylily

This daylily was planted in the summer of 2016 in an east facing flowerbed in Norglenwold.
July 6, 2017

Strawberry Candy Daylily

This daylily was planted in the summer of 2016 in an east facing flowerbed in Norglenwold.
July 6, 2017
July 31, 2017

Eenie Fanfare Daylily

This daylily is planted in an east facing flowerbed in Norglenwold.
Planted July 6, 2017


Thanks Barbara for this lovely hydrangea.  First planted at a lake home on Sylvan Lake it was moved to  a flower bed with a north-east exposure in Norglenwold.   Not sure yet what kind of Hydrangea it is.  Another move at the end of August 2017 to a flower bed at the cabin on Sylvan Lake.
Planted July 10, 2017

Moonlight Masquerade/Re-Blooming Daylily

This daylily although planted in a east facing flowerbed in Norglenwold, 
still gets good sun.  
Spread listed as 18" and height as 26".  Norglenwold, Alberta
July 10, 2017
July 6, 2017 (Planted today)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pink/Purple Feathery Poppy

These poppies are growing in the backyard underneath a Mountain Ash Tree.  They were started from seeds harvested two summers ago and planted last summer.  
Photo taken July 1, 2017

White Poppies with Blue/Purple Center

This poppy grew from seed from 
poppy pods harvested last summer.
So far there appears that there will only be one flower this year.  It is planted in a backyard bed facing east and in summer gets good sunlight most of the day. 
Photo taken July 1, 2017

Weeping Birch Tree

Late June 2017

This mature Weeping Birch Tree has been growing for years in the front yard of this SW Calgary home.  How many more years will this birch tree grow?

Planter Peonies

2017 is reason to celebrate Canada.  Happy Canada Day 150.  These peonies greet visitors on the 
front step of a SW Calgary home.

Grandma Bolton's Rose Bush

This rose bush holds special meaning to a Calgary family.  Grandma Bolton's rose bush was moved from Grandma Bolton's farm to a starter home first in SE Calgary, then to the family's second home in the same neighborhood and now recently moved with the family of five to their new home in Mount Royal.  It is holding it's own and appears to have handled nicely the transition to it's new location once again.  It should be blooming soon.

Early summer 2017

Dark Pink Peony

May 29 ,2017
A peony planted in a raised bed in a sunny backyard in Mount Royal.  Amy, did you plant this peony this spring or was it in the yard already? Do you happen to know it's name?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Elephant Ear

Planted spring 2016- this photo September 2016

In the spring of 2017 a few more bulbs were planted. On June 19, 2017 last year's Elephant Ear as well as the new bulbs  were just peaking through the newly added mulch.

These four photos June 19, 2017

Caradonna Meadow Sage Salvia

This Salvia was planted in a flower bed with Eastern Exposure.
Planted June 2016

Becky Shasta Daisy

This Shasta Daisy was planted in an East facing front flower bed of a 
rural Connecticut property in June 2017.
Planted June 2017