Wall Flower Studio Garden

  (Algonquin Highlands, Ontario)
Organically Grown ~ From The Garden
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Morning Glory

Morning Glory - Ipomoea


Nothing beats the Morning Glory for fast greenery and really pretty flowers throughout the growing season.
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I'm growing my mixed Flower colour varieties of blue, purple, pink and white.
Sow Morning Glory seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/4" of soil. Water thoroughly.

Thin or space plants to a final distance of 6" apart. (As you can see, I'm ready to do that!)
They will tolerate a little crowding if there is ample supports for their vines to spread up and out.
To purchase, please view my Wall Flower Studio LH shop!
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Plant: Sow seeds in a sunny location 1-2 weeks before the last frost, or indoor 6-8 weeks earlier in peat pots.
Make sure you soak seeds in water overnight, the cover with soil and moisten.
Care: Plants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, and are drought-resistant, thank goodness for plants like that!!
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*Avoid over watering.
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Happy Gardening!
Wall Flower Studio
 
 
 

Heirloom Beets - Two Great Favorites!

You can't beat Beets!

Beet "Chioggia", also called the "Bulls Eye beet" for obvious reasons is an Italian heirloom dating back to the 1840's. The Chioggia Beet has a mild flavour and it's solid green tops have a smooth, delicious taste. This beet is particularly best harvested young and they may make a nice baby vegetable because the tops are also best young, especially when used in salad mixes. I like the fact that Chioggia matures early and requires less cooking time then most other beets. It's origins are from Chioggia, an Italian coastal town.
Days to Maturity: 55-65 days
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Beet "Early Wonder" - Also an heirloom that can be grown in containers. I really like that!
The greens are tasty and abundant, and every bit as good as chard or spinach, and of course, just as nutritious. These roots are flavourful and produce earlier which makes it a great choice for a small garden!
Days to Maturity: 48
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Beets, (beta vulgaris), are a member of the chard family. Chard is really grown just for its leaves, and beets are more well known for their edible roots. Some people aren't aware that every bit of a beet plant is edible! These wonderful heirlooms are becoming very popular at market gardens, and are prized in salads and other dishes with many chefs!
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Visit Wall Flower Studio's blog @ http://wallflowerstudioseeds.blogspot.com
Happy Gardening!
 
 

Clematis ~ Nelly Moser - A beautiful heirloom climber!


This gorgeous climber is well worth a spot in any garden.
The bloom size is the up to 6" across, so the flowers on a 'Nelly Moser' clematis are truly magnificent.
Each petal is a frosty-pink with a deeper pink bar down the centre, the anthers are a lovely shade of purple, and it's shimmery and seemingly silvery seeds are almost as attractive as the flowers.
It has vined to ten feet in my garden, and I've read that after many years may begin to send up vines to fifteen feet. Wow!
In more temperate climates, it flowers late April through June, with a re-blooming period in late August, though in less mild climates like mine this cold-hardy vine won't necessarily have the second bloom period. Too bad for me!
It doesn't demand much, if any pruning, and the spring flowering is on the previous year's vines. If pruning does seem necessary, as much as the top third can be shorn down after the spring flowers go to seed. This will induce fresh growth & enhance the late summer & early autumn re-bloom, again, if you're living in a milder climate than me!
It likes to have its leaves & flowers in full sun, like most fancy hybrids, but again, as mostly all clematis, it's roots should be shaded & cool, in moist, well draining soil. I plant ground covers and mulch well around any clematis for this purpose.
The huge flowers can be short-lived in too much hot sun, but I've found that they can last much longer in some dappled sunlight or with only morning sun.
'Nelly Moser' is an heirloom hybrid from the late 1800’s, and the breeder was Marcel Moser of Versailles, France. Such a lovely history!
If you're interested in growing this lovely specimen, I did manage to save seeds from it and have them listed for purchase at my Local Harvest Store.
Thanks and Happy Gardening!!
  
 
 

Borage - Borago officinalis - Beautiful Blue!

 

 Borage - Borago officinalis

I just love this picture. Those showy little blue star-shaped flowers attract bees, butterflies, and all kinds of good pollinators to my garden.
I use Borage for companion planting. It's well known that growing them near your tomato plants can not only to improve their growth, but also to make them taste better and to repel the tomato hornworm. Who can argue with such wisdom?! A wonderful addition to any kitchen or herb garden, and the edible flowers have a delicate cucumber flavour. Marvelous in salads, sandwiches or as a pretty garnish!
Borage is an annual herb that prefers to be grown in full sun.
I especially admire them since they are an heirloom, and have been cultivated since at least the year 1440. Such a historic plant.
In folklore, this lovely herb was thought to bring courage to the heart. The ancient Celtic people believed borage helped bring courage to face enemies in battle.
When planting seeds in Spring, soak the seeds in wet paper towel for the twenty-four hours first, then sow directly into the garden. Borage will grow to a height of 3 feet.
To purchase Borage seeds please visit my LocalHarvest Store. : )
Thanks for visiting, & as always, Happy Gardening!
Karen Sloan ~ Wall Flower Studio ~ http://wallflowerstudioseeds.blogspot.com
 
 

Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Well, this isn't the best photo I've ever taken! But there was a screen between myself and this lovely little jewel of a bird.
And, they are soooo fast that it's really difficult to take their picture!
I wanted to post about which flowers are in my garden that I've seen these little birds go ga-ga over, so here is a list that you can incorporate into your garden, if you like! I do of course have a feeder, too, and only use a sugar/water mix. (Never use food colouring. It's not required and could be harmful!)
  • Bee Balm (Monarda) 
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea)
  • Cleome
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)  
  • Lobelia (blue)
  • pink Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Scarlet runner beans
  • Agastache
  • Hosta (elegans, "Frances Williams"
  • Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
  • Red-hot poker (Tritoma)
  • Cosmos
  • Linaria purpurea 
  • Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Many of these garden flower varieties, (and more!) are available in Wall Flower Studio's Local Harvest store! (click to visit).

Thanks for viewing, and, Happy Gardening!

Karen ~ Wall Flower Studio http://wallflowerstudioseeds.blogspot.com

 

 
 

Coreopsis lanceolata - Another Useful Native!

Coreopsis lanceolata - Tickseed (Organic & Native)

Available here my Local Harvest Store. - 25 seeds/pkg. 

An exceptionally easy to grow flower that tolerates a wide range of soil conditions! Tickseed is drought tolerant, but can also withstand prolonged periods of moisture.

You can save the seeds from Coreopsis or let the birds have them. It's a real treat for them!
Coreopsis grows well in either a partially shaded or sunny location. The bright yellow flowers bloom on 2 to 3 feet tall stems.

This wonderful native flower blooms from June right through to September, once the plants are established, during the second year. The foliage of this flower makes an attractive ground cover the remainder of the year. It's a perennial.

None of the seeds I sell are genetically engineered. (I am against gmo's and have taken the safe seed pledge.)

Thanks for viewing, and Happy Gardening!

 
 

Beefsteak Tomato - The Oh So Meaty Fruit!

Beefsteak Tomato

 (Lycopersicon esculentum) 

 
The beefsteak tomato is an old-time heirloom favourite that has been popular for many years, due to its excellent productivity and wonderful taste.

 Because these tomatoes are amongst the most expensive tomatoes on the market,

it makes a lot of sense to grow your own!

When you you do decide to grow these lucious tomatoes, make sure to support the plants when they grow to 12 inches in height, with a tomato cage or stakes. You can even make a simple tepee frame for each plant. You're going to need it for these heavy tomatoes! Beefsteak tomatoes are one of the largest varieties of cultivated tomatoes, some weighing 2 lbs or more! Imagine that!

Don't forget to save your seeds for next year, too! Another cost saver for all gardeners! Happy Gardening!

The tomato seeds from Wall Flower Studio produce lush, thick, indeterminate, regular-leaf, tomato plants that yield from oh so vigorous vines. The 4 to 5-inch, slightly ribbed, bright-red tomatoes have a spectacularly delicious, sweet flavour.

This tomato's solid, juicy flesh, is excellent  for slicing into sandwhices, and the meaty flesh make it an ideal tomato for eating fresh, using in salads, and it's even great for canning! That's what I call a multi-purpose fruit. 

Wall Flower Studio's Beefsteak tomato seeds are heirlooms, organically grown, and all are packaged for 2010. Click here ---> Wall Flower Studio's Beefsteaks seeds.
 
 

Evening Primrose - Oenothera

 Oenothera biennis, or Evening Primrose, has been cultivated in
North America since the early 16th century.
It was originally grown as an edible plant, however the bright yellow flowers
make for a beautiful ornamental display in the garden.

Now, evening primrose is widely known for its medicinal properties.
The plant is usually grown as a biennial, which forms a rosette of leaves the first year and sends up 3’ – 4’ stems of flowers the second year,
however, I’ve had them bloom in the first.
 
These wonderful plants are extremely hardy, drought tolerant,
grow in any soil, and totally thrive on neglect! That's my kind of gardening!

Evening primrose seeds can be planted outdoors in fall, but they can also be
started indoors, under lights, in pots in early Spring.
The seeds are really small, so don’t plant them very deep or let them dry out.

Keeping the soil moist but not sodden and with the help of warm lights,
or a sunny, warm location, the seedlings should develop splendidly!

Plant them in a sunny location in your garden and they will do the rest!
(I have mine in the rock garden where the soil is atrocious, but they are thriving!)
Am listing Evening primrose here as I type, so please check back soon at my Local Harvest shop for available seed packet
Thank you & Happy gardening!
 
 

Echinacea - Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea ~ Purple Cone Flower
One of the best flowers for attracting butterflies and bees to your garden.
It's also valued, at least for me, because it adds a
touch of colour to my late summer garden.
I've planted it amongst my Hostas where these showy flowers will stand out particularly well!
It's hardy to zone 3 USDA, and is a native of North America.
 
Echinacea is a perennial that grows 3-4 feet tall. It does well in full sun, however, mine is tolerating part shader fairly well.
It likes the heat and seems to be thriving in the soil I've provided which is average to well drained.

Echinacea is well regarded for it's herbal properties and uses, and I won't even go there right now since I deal only in the seeds, (and there are far more experience herbalists on Local Harvest that can explain it all better than myself),
but I'll offer a few interesting links for anyone who would
 like to explore and know more.   
Purple cone flowers produce tons of seeds in Autumn!  
After the blooms are spent and pretty much dried and crispy, I cut them off and place them in paper bags.
I wait a couple of weeks until I know for sure they are completly dry, then shake off the seeds for next year.
One thing I will do, however, is to leave a couple seed heads on the plant. Not only are they interesting to look at in the winter, but the birds like them too, so I always make sure to share with my feathered friends... Goldfinches love them!
Echinacea seed packets offered here --> Wall Flower Studio LH store
Happy Gardening!

Gaillardia ~ Blanket Flower - Native & Drought Tolerant!

 
Gaillardia aristata .. Blanket Flower seed packet .. Lovely Perennial Native .. Pollinators love them .. Give a Garden Gift this Holiday ..
A Showy North American Native!

Gaillardia aristata, commonly known as blanket flower, is a native perennial wild flower, which makes this delightful and colorful specimen perfect for sunny locations.

With it's showy flowers, it makes a nice addition to your butterfly garden as well as a great cut flower. All pollinators seem to love them, so if you're concious about attracting good insects to your garden, this is the one for you!
 
Gaillardia aristata prefers full sun but will tolerate some partial shade.
The daisy-like flowers bloom summer to fall in shades of red and yellow.

Blanket Flower is a native wildflower of our North American plains and prairies. It's often used as a cut flower in arrangements!

Another bonus, you ask? Neither deer nor rabbit have ever touched my Gaillardia! That fact alone sold me!

Available --> here at Wall Flower Studio's Local Harvest store!

Happy Gardening!

Karen - Wall Flower Studio ~ http://wallflowerstudioseeds.blogspot.com

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Sweet William - Dianthus barbatus

Pictured above is my Kitty-cat, Mrs. Woman. She LOVES Sweet William and guards it well. However, I've managed to save many, many seeds and I think I can sneak them out of the house without her knowing!

Sweet William - Dianthus barbatus.

Organic, heirloom and open-pollinated. Mixed colours, as you can see in the picture. Very Fragrant! 8" - 14" tall. Is hardy in Zones 3-9, and is considered a self seeding perennial that is treated as a biennial. A wonderful addition to any garden since all pollinators love them! 

Available for sale here. Click --> Wall Flower Studio Garden' Listing.

A Bit About Dianthus:

Dianthus are an old fashioned flower dating back 2000 years ago. They include pinks, carnations and Sweet William, among others. You'll find annuals, biennials and perennials in varied heights and characteristics. Some dianthus are hardy all the way to Zone 3! These wonderful little plants are survivors with a few quirky little traits. The carnations we buy from florists are a large hybrid variety grown specially for commercial use. All dianthus are charming and add an old fashioned touch to the garden.

Culture Notes:
Sweet William should not be mulched or over watered. They need plenty of air circulation, and do not like soil or mulch touching the stems and foliage. This too is another plant that needs deadheading to really give you it's full bloom. They also need 4-5 hours of sun per day and a fertile, well drained soil. When preparing the soil for dianthus add a little lime to sweeten the soil. Dianthus can be grown in container as well. Add a little grit, such as sand, to a standard potting mix for containers. "Sow" easy to grow! 

Happy Gardening!

 
 

Hemerocallis - The Delectable Daylily - A Perennial Favorite!

 Double daylily at Wall Flower Studio

Day lilies are most likely the easiest perennial you could ever grow.

They flourish in almost all soils, (sandy to clay), but giving them soil that is rich in organic matter, or compost, is always a plus for most any plant.

In my garden, I have daylilies growing in full sun, however, I've happily discovered that they will also tolerate a good amount of shade.

If they were to be a little particular about anything, it would be their preference to neutral soils. Any garden with too much of an acid or alkaline base will not do for growing daylily plants!

They are really hardy, which suits this gardener well, especially in our Canadian climate, (zone 4b here), and as far as I can tell, they are free from pests and diseases, except for slugs, which do some damage to the leaves during an overly wet Summer, which this has been.

The picture above is from my own garden. A huge double daylily. I want more of these! Truly scrumptious looking!

(I'm thinking the orange colour of the daylily is complimented nicely with the purple Astilbe in the background)

The only thing I don't like about daylilies is that each flower don't last longer, hence the name. Happily, though, there's always new varieties to purchase every year to add with your garden's collection.

Happy Gardening!
Hemerocallis links
~Canadian Hemerocallis society
~BBC - Gardening - Daylily
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Seedy Saturday - 2010 - On a Sunday!

Wall Flower Studio is pleased to announce we will once again be participating at Seedy Saturday (on a Sunday for 2010!), in Toronto.

People will be able to purchase organically grown products directly from me.
WIth more than 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs and heirloom flowers, plus my
plantable paper, seed balls and organically grown lavender,
I'm really looking so forward to meeting other like minded gardeners, and flower/veggie/plant enthusiasts!
Please click the links at the bottom for more information regarding the date, time and location.
At Seedy Saturday (on a Sunday, this year), you'll find organic and heirloom veggies & flower and herb seeds, as well as witnessing the amazing demo's and talks regarding gardening & growing food, which will help educate people about the need to save our own seeds and grow our own food.
This year the feature is on native gardening. Something we should all be doing, especially with regards to our declining pollinators.
Our planet has to have diversity to offer all the kinds of life that it supporst, and we need to promote ways that will be sustainable for years to come. This, and more, is all happening at Seedy Saturday (don't forget it's actually on a Sunday!!)

I just want to offer kudo's to all the people involved in this event. The ones who make it happen! Being an organic gardener and seed seller, as well an ecologically thinking person, I'm really looking forward to being a part of this year's Seedy Saturday (on a Sunday!).
It's all happening on Sunday, February 21st, 2010 - 12:30 to 6:00 pm
All this is thanks to: ~ Toronto Community Garden Network, ~The Stop, and
Hope to see you there!
 
 

Lavender - So Lovely - So Useful

Wall Flower Studio's Lavender Sachets contain100% organically                grown lavender flowers. The lovely sachets are packed in a 3" x 4" organza drawstring bag. Great for your linen/woolen's closet, lingerie and sweater drawers, on bed pillows, anywhere you want the lingering fragrance of calming, relaxing lavender.

Wall Flower Studio's Cotton/muslin bags can be tossed in the bath for you, and then added to the dryer where they'll lightly scent your clothes. And, the best part is that they can be re-used many times!                                  Lavender has been used for centuries because of its soothing, relaxing properties. It has many practical uses today that are just as effective as those described in history and folklore and is the most versatile of essential oils.  Its many benefits include:                                                                                For the mind...
Nurturing and calming & Soothing
Antidepressant
Settles irritability, gentle sedating, restores mind and body to so healing can take place
For skin care.....
Soothing irritations
Healing
For the body.....
Activates the immune system
Good for first aid and as an insect repellent

Lavender's magical influences are: Health, Love, Celibacy, Peace, and a conscious mind.It is great to use when you are depressed or angry.
Lavender sachets are also GREAT to use as a Wedding Favors.or tossing the flowers instead of rice. Wall Flower Studio's Lavender is:
- 100% Chemical-Free- Very fragrant & apretty color!-
I am positive you will love this Lavender!
Happy Gardening : )
 

Linaria purpurea - Purple Toadflax - A lovely & Drought tolerant perennial!

Linaria purpurea .. Seed packet .. Pink to Purple Flowers .. Drought tolerant .. Blooms all season ..
Purple Toadflax - Linaria purpurea
~ hardiness zones 3 - 9 USDA ~
This plant is an underrated treasure. It should be grown in every garden.
It's totally drought tolerant, easy to grow, and the blooms look like miniature light purple snapdragons.
Lovely upright perennial that self-seeds easily, but not at all hard to remove if it ends up growing where you may not want it.
Bees and butterflies and other pollinators just LOVE them!
Bonus: Deer don't touch them!
This hardy plant blooms for months on end, (June until Frost). That alone makes it a winner for my garden!
Grows in any soil type but prefers it to be somewhat well-drained
Loves full sun, however, mine is growing splendidly in part shade.
Grows to a height of 36" with a spread of about 24".
*(Now Available at --->  Wall Flower Studio's LH listing)
Wall Flower Studio's garden is proudly pesticide and herbicide free.
 
Thanks for viewing and Happy Gardening!
 
 
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