My identify is Maria Nieuwenhof. I grew up on a dairy farm with mother and father who cherished flowers and grew a big vegetable backyard. So once I received married it was solely regular for me to do the identical factor. I moved 17 years in the past to a brand new residence in Ormstown, in southeastern Québec, the place I took the gardens that the earlier proprietor had began and went to work slowly “tweeking” them to my hand. I would not have the names of lots of the sorts of flowers; plenty of them got to me by my father and associates. I normally come residence with one thing once I go to associates and their gardens!
My favourite hosta is ‘Sum and Substance’ (Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’, Zones 3–8), which has cherished the wetter and cooler climate this spring.
Bearded irises (Iris hybrids, Zones 3–8) are a giant a part of my gardens in spring. These yellow ones have been blooming for over a month now.
I received these celandine poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum, Zones 4–8) at a backyard trade. They reseed themselves, however I attempt to preserve them in bounds by pulling rather a lot out earlier than they reseed. Bearded irises are within the background.
These oriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–8) are blooming for the primary time. I began them from seeds final yr.
I additionally reseed this pink and white dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis, Zones 3–9). I’m attempting to get it to go wild on the fringe of my bush. It was given to me by a affected person of mine once I labored as a home-care nurse.
Right here’s my vegetable backyard, 2023, with Brussels sprouts and cabbages below floating row cowl. I’m attempting that this yr as a result of I had so many worms final yr.
Extra bearded irises
My columbines (Aquilegia hybrids, Zones 4–9) reseed themselves throughout and fill within the gaps.
Lupins (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 4–9) are rising in my entrance mattress on the highway, with Vanhoutte spireas (Spiraea × vanhouttei, Zones 3–8) blooming fantastically within the background.
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