Monday, June 30, 2008


The Weigela is in full bloom, with soft pink blossoms putting on a grand display. This bush is getting larger every year, and shows no signs of stopping. It must be well over 6 ft, and is impinging on some of my daylily seedlings. Never too late for a good trimming:).

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunkissed Aquilegea

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columbine flower
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columbine flowerAfter a cold day in my Nova Scotian garden, I felt the need to post photos of sunkissed columbine flower taken several days ago when it was a little warmer:).I realized just how cool it actually was when my neighbor walked by with her dog wearing her winter coat and mitts!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Daylily~~Liege And Lief

I was greeted by a beautiful sight first thing this morning. Liege And Lief, a daylily from Art Gallery Gardens showed it's beautiful face, glittering tentacles and all.I'm saving it's pollen to dab on other blue eyed pink daylilies this summer.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Roadside Lupins

Lupins are a common site along roadsides in Nova Scotia at this time of year. They make an impressive display en masse, with beautiful drifts of pink and purple spikes.

Wordless Wednesday~Nova Scotian Wildflower

Monday, June 23, 2008

Oriental Poppy...The Fire Within

Most of us are familiar with the large pods of the Oriental Poppy, Papaver Orientale. I'm always amazed at the size and texture of the pods, and then when they finally open up, the perfect fiery crepe blooms.

A Lupin Posy

A lupin posy from my littlest posy picker. A wonderful gift indeed!

Crabapples Forming

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crabapplesOrnamental crabapple blooms, nearly spent but just as interesting with their stamens reaching skyward.If you look closely you can see the little fruit forming. These are yet another of Landsdowne's tiny treasures.


The woods in Landsdowne are filled with beautiful ferns and plantings.It's a wonderland of meandering pathways, and a such a tranquil spot to visit.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wild Columbine Flower

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columbine flowerWild columbine flower in Landsdowne at my parents country place. It's freely self seeding, and very resistant to disease. It's also slug resistant, of which my nursery obtained beautiful hybrids were not.

Sweet Smelling Centaurea Montana

centaureaHave you ever taken a sniff of Centaurea Montana? The blooms have a wonderful sweet fragrance, which for me bring back fond childhood memories of summers in rustic Newfoundland, where they grew wild in the meadows and along the streams.

Centaurea Montana is a perennial cornflower with single flower heads, as opposed to the annual cornflower which has many flower heads. It readily escapes from gardens, and grows freely in open meadows and woodlands.

If you haven't yet taken a sniff of this wonderful bloom, I encourage you to give it a try. You won't regret it. Look closely at the bloom first however, as bees love them too:)!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Soloman's Seal

A wonderful woodland plant, Soloman's Seal flourishes in a shaded country garden. I love the hanging cream and green tinged blooms.

Thank You Jane Marie

It's such a wonderful feeling to be acknowledged by a peer for your efforts. Thank you Jane Marie at Thyme For Herbs for bestowing A Maritime Gardener with the Arte y Pico award. I am truly honored. Jane Marie is a fellow daylily lover (and kindred spirit:)).
There are 5 rules for this award:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity,design, interesting material,and which contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given him/her the award itself.
4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize has to show the Art y Pico blog so that everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.

I have visited many creative and artistic blogs, and it's very difficult to narrow down the choice. Some may have already been chosen for this award in the past. I would like to thank the 5 bloggers that I've chosen for their wonderful contributions, and invite them to chose 5 recipients of their own if they so chose.

The 5 blogs that I would like to share with you include:

Nancy at Soliloquy for her reflective poetry, exquisite photography, and her maritime flare.

Zoe at Garden Hopping for her eloquent writing and inspiring photography. I always learn something from my visits to Zoe's blog.

Jean at Pill Bug's Point Of View for her beautiful paintings and photos. Jean is a true maritimer at heart.

Janece at No Ordinary Moment for her beautiful photography and thoughtful positive reflections on life.

Sandy at Gardenpath for her wonderful photography and fabulous garden macro shots.

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful talents.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Cabin In A Wood

My parents have the most wonderful rustic log cabin in the middle of a ten acre wood. A little on the wild side at present with overgrown weeds and wildflowers, I find it to be the most perfect peaceful getaway. I'll be posting some photos over the next week of tiny treasures that we found during our jaunt in the woods today.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Comfrey~Who Would Have Thought

Comfrey blooms unfurling.comfrey
Comfrey blooms seem almost insignificant at a distance, compared to the size of the foliage. Who would have thought that the unfurling flowers would be so beautiful? It's amazing the things that you discover when you get up close.