A Year in Review

It has been quite a while since I have posted.  The whole growing season has passed.

I did not plant anything major this year.  I did purchase a “skyline” honeylocust, climbing hydrangea, Fargesia nitida, 2 bush cherries Carmine Jewel and Juliette.  I also planted and am experimenting with seedling Gymnocladus diocious (kentucky coffee tree) and Carya Ovata (shagbark hickory)

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Skyline Honeylocust – Aug 2014

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My first successful graft.  Root stock is bosc seedling and the scion is Flemish Beauty.

I also have no real deaths to talk about either.  Nothing had any major die back.  I did have a “peace” rose survive without any mulch, but we had 4 feet of snow.  Same with a Fig and once again my small seedling Magnolia tripitala.

There is no real production yet either.  My Valiant grapes produced quite well though.  Nothing on the pears or any other fruit trees either.

Complete Plant List 2013

Here is a complete plant list as of the end of 2013.  More to come this year!

ROSES

Hunter (hybrid rugosa)

Blanc double de coubert (Hybrid Rugosa 1870s)

Adeleide Hoodless (parkland)

Peace (Hybrid Tea)

Ramblin red rose (knock out collection/breeder)

Hope For Huamity (parkland)

 

RHODODENDRON

Helikkii

PJM Elite

Northern Lights “Mandarin” (Deciedious Azalea)

Exubury Hybrid “Lollipop” (Decidious Azalea)

 

BLUEBERRY

Chippewa

Bluecrop

Northsky dwarf

 

STRAWBERRY

Wild Vescax2

Sweet vesca

Patio temptation x3

4x NoID

ASPERAGUS

Viking

 

BAMBOO

Fargesia sp “Rufa”

Fargesia (borinda) Yunannensis

Fargesia Nitida

Phyllostachys areosulcata “alata”

 

 

AMALANCHIER

Smokey

Regent x2

 

KIWI

Arguta “arctic kiwi”

Kolkomitka “issai”

 

GRAPE

Flame seedless

Beta

Niagra

Valiant

Himrod

Many volunteer seedlings

 

GRASSES

Japenese forest grass

Northern Sea Oats (variegated)

miscanthus sinensis purpurascens

Millet

 

BERRIES

Boysenberry

Gooseberry “pixwell”

Jostaberry (need to ID)

Cranberry “stevens”

Raspbery “heritage”

 

HONEYBERRY

Honeybee

Cinderella

Borialis x2

 

HERBS

Lavender augustifolia

Borage offincialis

Sage “blue queen”

 

TRILLIUM

Yellow

NoID

 

FERNS

Cinnimon Fern

Ostrich Fern

Holly Fern (Cyrtomium fortunei)

Royal red Japanese painted fern

Purple royal fern

 

RANDOM

Mayapple

Comfrey

Stinging nettle

Peony “NoID” (white old one))

Peony “NoID” (red)

Heutchera “noid”

chives

Bleeding  hearts “spectabilis”

Columbine “Canadensis”

Bloodroot

Wegelia “wine and roses”

Canadian ginger

Yarrow “the pearl”

Lungwart “majeste”

Shearwood blue creeping phlox

Archangel “varigata”

Snow on the mountain

Lily of the valley

Dandelion

Thistle (2 unknowns)

Lupine “perennius”

Lupine “Russell hybrid”

White clover

Red clover

Blue flax

Buckwheat

Alfalfa

Daffodil (2 or 3 kinds)

Tulips (one or 2)

Crocus

Iris siberica

Iris tricolour

Ground ivy

False indigo

Erfurter marshmallow

 

LILY

Pixie pink (Asiatic)

Fireworks (Asiatic)

Hybrid orange tiger lily

Species tiger lily

Naturalized orange day lily

Daylily “NoID”

White Tiger Lily (hybrid?)

Stargazer (hybrid oriental)

Crimson Pirate

 

HOSTA

Sum and Substance x2

Royal standard

Parkys gold

Gold standard

 

EUPHORBIA

Polychroma “bonfire”

 

CONIFER

Emerald cedar

Yew “hicks” x3

 

ASST. VINE

English ivy

Trumpet vine

English ivy “baltica”

Hops

Wisteria Shiro naga

Honeysuckle “mandarin”

 

 

CLEMATIS

The president

Henryii

Crystal fountain

Nelly Moser

 

ASST TREES AND SHRUBS

Holly “blue girl/boy”

Dappled Willow

Lilac `light flower“

Lilac “dark flower”

Philadelphus lewisii “blizzard”

Elagneus agustifolia “quicksilver”

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Interhydia’ Pink Diamond

Caregana

Fruit trees

Pyrus “John pear”

Pyrus “seedling bosc pear”

Pyrus “Golden spice”

Malus domestica “Honeygold“ (golden delicious x mancun)

Malus domestica “macintosh seedling“

 

 

PRUNUS

 

Tomentosa `nanking cherry“

Domestica `toka“ (Japanese x American plum)

Salicina (Japanese plum seedling)

Armeniaca (Apricot seedling)

 

Welcome to Gardening on the edge!

Northwestern Ontario has a reputation of being “uninhabitable”, “inhospitable” and downright cold.  There are many misconceptions about this area of Canada.  Report of progress on the explorations ad surveys 1874 by Sir Sandford Fleming, which is a surveying guide done by Canadian Pacific Railways said that the usual view of the “summer frosts” and “extreme cold” is unfair, and that the climate then was similar to Hastings Ontario, on the shore of   Lake Ontario.

This view has not changed much, even with the marked increase in temperatures.   I however would like to see what I can actually get away with.  I have  planted everything from bamboo to fruit trees and medicinal herbs.  I have roughly 150 different species in a small urban yard about 100 x 20 feet.  I aim to grow as much food as I possibly can, without the use of synthetics, while still having a yard to dwell in.  I plan on showcasing what I grow including failures, an updated list of species I grow and celebrating plants and botany in general.

I also have a hobby of growing tropical plants.  Usually this means seed growing or trading.  Up here in the winter a house full of plants helps with the “winter blues”.  I have tried (successfully and not) to grow everything from palms, rare plants and tree ferns.  I hope to share my experiences so I can learn more about what I am doing, and more importantly teach through my practice.

Happy Growing