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Flowers of the Canadian Summer – FineGardening


Today’s photos were sent in by Mary-Jane Duford.

It’s well below freezing here in Zone 5. I’m indoors with my houseplants and seed catalogs dreaming of spring! I took all of these photos in my garden here in the Okanagan Valley, Canada (just north of Washington State). Everything is covered in ice and snow right now, so it’s been wonderful to take a look forward at what’s to come!

I’m a new gardener, homeowner, and young mom. I’ve been gardening for half a dozen years now (since we first bought a home with a yard). I thought I’d grow mainly vegetables, but now my yard is completely filled with perennial flowers! There always seem to be too many plants and not enough space.

I particularly enjoy easy-to-grow flowering perennials and bulbs, as well as kid-friendly crops like strawberries and direct-seeded veggies. I’m also enjoying learning about different organic mulch options and living green mulch plants.

White hellebore flowerWhite hellebore flower (Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’, Zones 5–9) in April.

Ostrich fernOstrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Zones 3–7) fronds in May.

Sargent crabappleSargent crabapple (Malus sargentii, Zones 4–7) blossoms in May.

Large pink flowers on a magnolia treeMagnolia (Magnolia ‘Betty’, Zones 4–8) blossoms in May.

Sweet woodruffSweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–8) in bloom in May.

Spring peas in the podSpring peas ready for harvest in the kids’ garden in May.

Tall spikes of white flowersVeronica, aka speedwell (Veronica longiflolia ‘Charlotte’, Zones 4–8), in June.

blue delphinium flowersBlue delphinium (Delphinium ‘Cobalt Dreams’, Zones 3–7) in June.

pink peony budPink peony (Paeonia, Zones 3–8) bud in June.

white astilbeWhite Astilbe (Zones 4–8) in June.


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