by Leslie Cox; Monday; August 7, 2017
Ranging from annuals to perennials, from small rock garden groundcovers to towering trees over 70 feet (21.3 m) tall, from desert-dwelling to aquatic, from prickly succulents to species with cordate-, lanceolate-, or linear-shaped leaves, this genus has it all.
Respectable low-growing mounds look lovely at the front of the border; prostrate mat-forming varieties drape wonderfully down a barren concrete wall or across a rockery. Stately columnar forms provide vivid focal points in perennial borders while beautiful cultivars of Euphorbia pulcherrima, or poinsettia, grace festive tables at Christmas. Some species are evergreen or semi-evergreen, others disappear for the winter to brightly reappear in spring.
by Leslie Cox; Saturday; August 5, 2017
We had a Grey Hairstreak butterfly appear in our garden recently. This is the first one we have seen here. And yet, they are an abundant species across much of North America. Seems strange, but we are not complaining. All pollinators are welcome in this garden.
Known as Strymon melinus in the science world, it is the only Hairstreak species in Canada…ranging across the southern region of the country from British Columbia (BC) to Nova Scotia. However, the range of this butterfly species does extend much further where it is found throughout the United States, Central America, and into northern regions of South America.
by Leslie Cox; Saturday, July 22, 2017
FYI: The Cucurbitaceae family encompasses cucumbers, summer squashes, winter squashes, pumpkins, gourds, watermelons, and muskmelons.
As a food grower…or grower of food…it is a little alarming to see a healthy plant with lots of flowers but no tiny fruits developing. Especially since summer is progressing and we want to harvest at least a few crops.
The current problem is: all of the flowers are male.