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Jeudi dans le jardin 3

The balcony garden is looking delicious!

We haven't got any cucumbers yet. The blossoms have started to come on the Double Yield Cukes, though. With luck, we'll see some before the first frost, bol.

We haven’t got any cucumbers yet. The blossoms have started to come on the Double Yield Cukes, though. With luck, we’ll see some before the first frost, bol.

Sweet Hot Peppers ripening up.

Sweet Hot Peppers ripening up.

Black Beauty Pepper - a sweet bell-type of pepper.

Black Beauty Pepper – a sweet bell-type of pepper.

Gregori's Altai Tomatoes forming on the vine. These are a Siberian tomato that Elizabeth thought might work well during a cooler growing season.

Gregori’s Altai Tomatoes forming on the vine. These are a Siberian tomato that Elizabeth thought might work well during a cooler growing season.

Hungarian Hot Peppers. Elizabeth picked these while they were still yellow last year, not realising that they would eventually turn red. They were fine that way, but she thinks they have a bit more heat when fully mature.

Hungarian Hot Peppers. Elizabeth picked these while they were still yellow last year, not realising that they would eventually turn red. They were fine that way, but she thinks they have a bit more heat when fully mature.

Last year, the Morden Midget Eggplants didn't do so well in the raised beds. Elizabeth thought that, like other aubergines she's grown, they might prefer the heat up on the balcony.  They're worth growing for the flowers alone!

Last year, the Morden Midget Eggplants didn’t do so well in the raised beds. Elizabeth thought that, like other aubergines she’s grown, they might prefer the heat up on the balcony. They’re worth growing for the flowers alone!

Morden Midget Eggplant Fruit

And they are producing well up there, despite the cooler weather we’ve had. Elizabeth hopes to use some of these in a Jewish pastry recipe she loves.

And for those of you who have been sitting on the edge of your seats all week wondering if the turnips have grown any…

It looks like they are yummying up from my balcony view of them (in the middle raised bed) and the second crop of beets, peas and carrots are coming along too!

It looks like they are yummying up from my balcony view of them (in the middle raised bed) and the second crop of beets, peas and carrots are coming along too!

Wildflower Wednesday 11

We’re a bit late today. There’s so much going on here on the Estate this week! Elizabeth and I had to go out this morning to catch up on our wildflower hunt… we almost forgot.   ~:oO=

Here’s what we found blooming this morning:

Although this is called Wild Oregano, it does not really grow wild here. This one has escaped from Kay's garden and grows in patches nearby.

Although this is called Wild Oregano – Origanum vulgare, it does not really grow wild here. This one has escaped from Kay’s garden and grows in patches nearby.

It's pretty, and the two-leggers sometimes eat it. Elizabeth says it isn't the best oregano for flavour, though.

It’s pretty, and the two-leggers sometimes eat it. Elizabeth says it isn’t the best oregano for flavour, though.

There is still plenty of Bladder Campion in bloom.

There is still plenty of Bladder Campion – Silene vulgaris in bloom.

This is Common Fleabane - Erigeron philadelphicus, very similar to the Prairie Fleabane we showed you a few weeks ago, but the leaves are different.

This is Common Fleabane – Erigeron philadelphicus, very similar to the Prairie Fleabane we showed you a few weeks ago, but the leaves are different.

Creeping Bellflower - Campanula rapunculoides is rather lovely right now.

Creeping Bellflower – Campanula rapunculoides is rather lovely right now.

Hereès another kind of tufty purple thistle. This one is Bull Thistle - Cirsium vulgare and very prickly. Elizabeth had to spend some time pulling strands of my wool from this before she took the photo. Two-leggers shouldn't walk through this with bare legs!

Here’s another kind of tufty purple thistle. This one is Bull Thistle – Cirsium vulgare and very prickly. Elizabeth had to spend some time pulling strands of my wool from this before she took the photo. Two-leggers shouldn’t walk through this with bare legs!

This is a new one for Elizabeth. She saw it along Joanne and Al's driveway when she visited them on the weekend, so we went back to take a photo. Field Sagewort - Artemisia campestris

This is a new one for Elizabeth. She saw it along Joanne and Al’s driveway when she visited them on the weekend, so we went back to take a photo. Field Sagewort – Artemisia campestris

It has very strange flowers. Here they are in extreme close-up!

It has very strange flowers. Here they are in extreme close-up!

While we were over there, we saw some Narrow-leaf Hawkweed - Hieracium umbellatum

While we were over there, we saw some Narrow-leaf Hawkweed – Hieracium umbellatum

It's another one of those flowers that looks a bit like Dandelions. I don't eat these ones, though.

It’s another one of those flowers that looks a bit like Dandelions. I don’t eat these ones, though.

Pearly Everlasting - Anaphalis margaritacea is growing everywhere. From a distance, it looks pretty boring.

Pearly Everlasting – Anaphalis margaritacea is growing everywhere. From a distance, it looks pretty boring.

But when you look closely, it's really quite interesting.

But when you look closely, it’s really quite interesting.

But our real find of the morning was several of these Indian Pipes - Monotropa uniflora. We just don't see them very often - probably because they are hard to see unless you are really looking. They are different from most plants in that they don't need light to grow!

Our real find of the morning was several of these Indian Pipes – Monotropa uniflora. We just don’t find them very often – probably because they are hard to see unless you are really looking. They are different from most plants in that they don’t need light to grow!

I hope you didn’t mind the wait. We tried our best to make it worth your while!   ~:o)=

Wildflower Wednesday 10

Wow! This is our tenth week of wildflowers! I hope you folks are enjoying what we are able to capture despite the wind and rain and mosquitoes. Elizabeth had really hoped to get a lot more pictures this year – the flowers are just so wonderful. I keep telling her not to worry. What we miss this year we can work on next summer. It will give us an opportunity to continue this seasonal series!  ~:o)=

This week, we found a few ‘weeds’ growing around the gardens. Elizabeth decided to show you some of them, since most of them grow in the wild here, too.

Climbing False Buckwheat - Fallopia scandens grows everywhere around here. Sometimes when I go walking over the edges of bedrock outcrops, my paws get tangled up in it. Here it is climbing up the fence, just like its name says it should!

Climbing False Buckwheat – Fallopia scandens grows everywhere around here. Sometimes when I go walking along the edges of bedrock outcrops, my paws get tangled up in it. Here it is climbing up the fence, just like its name says it should!

It's flowers are very tiny, but we did our best to show you what they look like. They're rather delicate little things for such a tenacious weed!

It’s flowers are very tiny, but we did our best to show you what they look like. They’re rather delicate little things for such a tenacious weed!

This may look pretty bit it brings the most misery of invasive weed we have. Allow me to illustrate.

This may look pretty but it brings the most misery of any of the invasive weeds we have. Allow me to illustrate. Now that it has bloomed and she’s taken a photo, it’s all coming down and getting burned in a big bonfire. Meet Burdock – Arctium minus.

Elizabeth watered this garden area, then we walked up the hill to the next garden. On the way up, we found these:

I bet all of you recognise the ubiquitous Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale. I like eating the flowers of this weed, also an import to this country.

I bet all of you recognise the ubiquitous Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale. I like eating the flowers of this weed, also an import to this country.

And here's a weed in an unusual flower colour, brown! Common Plantain - Plantago major forms lots of little seeds when the flowers are over. Elizabeth likes to snack on them on our walks sometimes. She says they have a pleasant nutty flavour. She just pulls the flowering head through her fingers, rolls the seeds between her palms, then carefully blows the husks away. All ready to eat!

And here’s a weed in an unusual flower colour, brown! Common Plantain – Plantago major forms lots of little seeds when the flowers are over. Elizabeth likes to snack on them on our walks sometimes. She says they have a pleasant nutty flavour. She just pulls the flowering head through her fingers, rolls the seeds between her palms, then carefully blows the husks away. All ready to eat!

In the long garden, which Elizabeth has neglected a bit (she’s working on it now, though), there were all kinds of interesting non- cultivated plants growing. Among them:

Wormseed Wallflower - Erysimum cheiranthoides.

Wormseed Wallflower – Erysimum cheiranthoides.

Here's a close-up of it's tiny flowers.

Here’s a close-up of it’s tiny flowers.

Most of us around here think of thistles and see purple, tufty flowers in our mind's eye. But this is a Common Sow-thistle - Sonchus oleraceus.

Most of us around here think of thistles and see purple, tufty flowers in our mind’s eye. But this is a Common Sow-thistle – Sonchus oleraceus.

We found this weed, one Elizabeth hates pulling because she gets bad rashes from it if she isn’t very careful. It was growing right beside the Kitchen Garden!

Stinging Nettle - Urtica dioica. Always wear gloves and long sleeves if you're working near this plant, two-leggers!

Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica. Always wear gloves and long sleeves if you’re working near this plant, two-leggers!

It has separate male and female flowers on the same plant. We took a close-up for you:

The white ones are male, Elizabeth thinks. She didn't want to go close nto examine them to make sure. BOL

The white ones are male, Elizabeth thinks. She didn’t want to go close nto examine them to make sure. BOL

Beside Kay’s bean garden there is a big White Spruce stump. We found more thistles growing beside it:

A Perennial Sow-thistle - Sonchus arvensis. It's leaves are quite different from its relative in the long garden.

A Perennial Sow-thistle – Sonchus arvensis. It’s leaves are quite different from its relative in the long garden.

And here's one of those purple tufty ones, a Canada Thistle. BOL. Elizabeth says it's another alien species that originated in Europe (that's where Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs come from, too. So I must be an alien species, too!). So, why do they call it Canada Thistle? BOL Two-leggers! BOL

And here’s one of those purple tufty ones, a Canada Thistle – Cirsium arvense. Elizabeth says it’s another alien species that originated in Europe (that’s where Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs come from, too. So I must be an alien species, too!). If that’s true, why do they call it Canada Thistle? BOL Two-leggers! BOL

This one grows all over the place, but we went down to the shore to take this picture, because this is our nicest patch of Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare. Sometimes, Elizabeth harvests this and dries the leaves. When she notices ants in the garden, she grinds it into a powder and sprinkles it all over the garden. It seems to work, too. No more ants!

This one grows all over the place, but we went down to the shore to take this picture, because this is our nicest patch of Tansy – Tanacetum vulgare. Sometimes, Elizabeth harvests this and dries the leaves. When she notices ants in the garden, she grinds it into a powder and sprinkles it all over the garden. It seems to work, too. No more ants!

The flowers are difficult to see in that photo, so I asked her to take a photo from above a plant. They’re so tall that this photo is the only way I can see them, too!

They look like Daisies that some lovelorn loser has plucked!

They look like Daisies that some lovelorn loser has plucked!

Well, we’d come all the way down to the shore! While I went off to investigate the neighbours’ properties, I left Elizabeth to photograph some of the wildflowers blooming on the riverbank.

Hiding in among the shore grasses, she found some Wild Mint - Mentha arvensis. It smells lovely!

Hiding in among the shore grasses, she found some Wild Mint – Mentha arvensis. It smells lovely!

Curled Dock

And very close by she found some Curled Dock – Rumex crispus. That latin name makes Elizabeth think a cow might like munching on it.

That’s about when we got sidetracked by the crayfish colony (see yesterday’s post).

Then it was time to head back up the hill. I was getting tired from all my activity, and Elizabeth felt she’d had enough sun for a while. Yes, SUN. It’s still up there in the sky, folks!

As we walked back up the hill we found just a couple more plants for you:

Blueberries mini

Remember we showed you some Blueberry flowers a few weeks ago? This is what they’ve turned into. If Elizabeth can pick enough this year, the two-leggers will feast on Pies and Blueberry Crisps!

And finally, another invasive alien, Alfalfa - Medicago sativa

And finally, another invasive alien, Alfalfa – Medicago sativa. We were a bit late finding this one; its flowers are pretty much over.  ~:o(=

We’ll give you some more wildflower bouquets next week!  ~:o)=

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