Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spruce Trees

These very tall spruce trees provide a window to the lake.

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Irises in the Bruce Heart Gardens

These irises are blooming in the Bruce Heart Gardens which is across the road from the cabin. 
They are growing in full sun. 
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Lupins in the Bruce Heart Gardens

These lupins are blooming in the Bruce Heart Gardens which is across the road from the cabin.  
They are growing in full sun.
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Lupins do well in neutral to slightly acidic soil.  They don't need rich loam which can lead to root rot, especially if they are planted in an area that is not well drained.  Sandy and/or rocky soil promote the growth of the lupin's deep tap root.
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Bugnet Roses in the Bruce Heart Gardens

These heritage roses are blooming in the Bruce Heart Gardens which is across the road from the cabin. 

 They are from the "Bugnet Collection of Roses".
The "Thérése Bugnet" rose, named after Mr. Bugnet's sister (a nun in France), is a hybrid from the native Alberta rose, a Russian double wild rose and several cultivated species.  It is a very hardy 5 to 6 foot shrub rose which produces double pink blossoms starting mid-June and on until a killing frost in the fall.  Other hardy double flowering shrub roses he developed are the "Marie Bugnet", a double, white very thorny rose,  the "Betty Bugnet", a double, deep pink, the "Louise Bugnet", a double, white, very fragrant, rose with sparse thorns, the "Madeline Bugnet", a double, pink, very thorny, compact rose bush.
The roses pictured below are from the Bugnet Collection but I have not yet been able to identify them by specific name.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pine Tree

This is Tristan's grade one tree.  He has been looking after it at home for a year now and today (June 2014) he is planting it at the cabin in the back yard with sandy soil.


Canada's nine species of pine can be divided into two groups; the soft pines with needles in bundles of five, and the hard pines with needles in bundles of two or three.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wild Rose

Wild rose bushes are abundant in the wild areas surrounding the cabin at Sylvan Lake.  The pictures below were taken in late June this year (2014) and indicate that the blossoms have been out for a while and are almost done.  This shrub, which can grow up to 15 metres tall, is renowned for it's prickly stems, beautiful  pink flowers and nutritious rosehips.  The wild rose is Alberta's provincial flower.
Hot tea made from wild rose petals and leaves or a cold "julep" made from soaking fresh petals with an equal amount of cool water then lemon juice and honey are wonderful drinks that many also enjoy.






The bright red rosehips have an applelike flavour and are very high in vitamin C.  Rosehips are best picked immediately after the first frost and can be make into jams, syrups and jellies. Hot tea made from wild rose petals and leaves or a cold "julep" made from soaking fresh petals with an equal amount of cool water then lemon juice and honey are wonderful drinks that many also enjoy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Peony Bed- Elsa Sass

This Elsa Sass Peony was planted in the Peony Bed to replace one of the peonies that didn't survive this year's harsh winter (2013/2014).  It is in a northwest flower bed at the front of the house and receives full sun.  



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Poplar

These poplar trees are plentiful around the cabin lot on the south side of Sylvan Lake, Alberta.  These first two photos show what we believe to be a white poplar.  Also plentiful are another poplar known as the Russian Poplar, which has a darker, rougher bark. I will need to do more research in to the differences and characteristics of these trees, as at this point identification of these two types of trees has been done by word of mouth and local knowledge.  





Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tulips

 These tulips were planted in a front flowerbed with full sun in the fall of 2013. After a winter with record snowfall and extreme cold they bloomed about June 1 while Grandmaman was visiting in Ithaca.  Thinking they might only last a few days Grandmaman took these photos on June 3 but much to our surprise they are still stunning almost 2 weeks later.





It is now June 24, over three weeks after the tulips bloomed and they are just beginning to fade.  Perhaps the cool spring and late arrival of summer weather gave these tulips just what they needed to maintain their blossoms.  In the photos below you can see that the red ones are loosing their petals and the red and white ones are beginning to wilt.
 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wisteria

This Wisteria grows on a deck trellis with a southern exposure, in sandy soil  in Lansing, New York.  

The Wisteria, a woody climbing vine, is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family.  Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support.  They can climb as high as 20 m above the ground and spread out 10 m laterally.



End of May 2014