Milo. Female. Age 2. Destroyer of Worlds.
Photos and video of plants, animals, and stranger cats as they travel through her garden territory.

 

Its late summer so representatives of the Lamiaceae family all seem to bloom at once !

Here’s two lovely specimens from the wilds of BC.

Just some local wildlife. Not the best pictures because I never lug around my distance lens when hiking.

Such beautiful flowers on this fringed loosestrife. BC native, likes wetland habitat. (Steironema ciliatum)

Such beautiful flowers on this fringed loosestrife.

BC native, likes wetland habitat. (Steironema ciliatum)

kihaku-gato:

I’ll make an entire post about the trek maybe later

By unexpected impulse I took opportunity from the day being so cold and did a wildflower seed-collecting hunt in the Padro’s Woods! I have collected Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora), Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum giganteum), White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda), and surprisingly maybe even some Red Baneberry (A. rubra).

For much of the Merrybell seeds I’ll be cleaning the seeds (as they have a white substance attached to them that I assume is ant food) and send most of them to milos-garden if they still want some. As for the rest of the seeds I ended up collecting, I think I may try my hand at growing them from seed (ohhhh dear…).

So I must ask my friends and followers; any tips on cold-wet stratifying, especially with these particular plants? (milos-garden & hyggehaven I hope you may particularly know since you’ve sown various seed types) Do I need any special equipment or soil mixes and would fridge-stratifying do??

Photographed August 14th 2014

anyone got any tips?

Oh yes please on the Uvularia.

By happenstance I was just searching your blog to find the name of the 3 seeds you sent me, you know from the fruit tree ? Eastern native, fruit like a banana I think.

Everything about the plant, including the name, has more or less slipped out of my mind.

Anyways I finally got them to germinate ! Took a razor blade and sliced the shell off the pods and then broke the seeds apart.

A beautiful flower in the potato family yet deadly in every way. Solanum dulcamara

A beautiful flower in the potato family yet deadly in every way.

Solanum dulcamara

'Hot Biscuits' I wasn’t sure about these cinnamon coloured Amaranthus having only grown the red love-lies-bleeding style before.Well they’re approaching six feet and they’re gorgeous.

'Hot Biscuits'

I wasn’t sure about these cinnamon coloured Amaranthus having only grown the red love-lies-bleeding style before.

Well they’re approaching six feet and they’re gorgeous.

I’ve been so busy with my own garden I have barely had time to post let alone keep up with everyone else’s garden.

Beautiful as always! I started dozens of Veronicastrum this season after seeing how you had used it.

Saw this nifty native wild flower while hiking, the thick toothed leaves were very different than the normal Douglas Aster I usually see.

Had some help with the id, turns out it isn’t even a Symphyotrichum but a totally different genus Eurybia conspicua ! All of these used to be within Aster until the genus was reduced to just Eurasian species.

kihaku-gato:

LITTLE BUN BUNS! While walking in the Shakespearean Gardens in Stratford, I stumbled upon three little wild rabbits along the vegetable/herb garden section, and only a few feet away from me at that! They were nibbling away at the greens with cautious care.

Normally a pest in the common garden, but since they were in someone else’s garden I think I can overlook that fact here lol.

Photographed July 9th 2014


Exactly !

Marmots around here are too cute then one moves under my shed and munches the tops off of my lupines and out comes the live trap for relocation.