Mulched Flower Bed Gone Wild

The mulched rose bed has gone wild. It really is no wonder as I slacked off a little tiny bit in the weeding department. A couple of months have passed since the rose bed awoke into blooming weather and it was a pleasant surprise to find out that the majority of the weeds are made up of very interesting local blue plants coming from tiny little bulbs and huge clumps of weeds blooming with hundreds of small yellow flowers- weeds that deserve to stay in my opinion. We even have sunflowers growing in the rose bed because we fed the birds with them in the winter and some seeds must have found their way into the fertile soil. The mulch has been a lifesaver during the dry spells as it sponges up a lot of water and slowly releases it during the heatwaves. Even when it looks like the top layer of mulch is completely dry, you only have to dig down an inch or two to uncover moist black soil in which the plants thrive.

princess alexandra of kent rose bud

princess alexandra of kent rose- David Austin

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mulched rosebed

mulched flower bed

geoff hamilton rose- David Austin

baronesse rose

baronesse rose flower blooming

baronesse rose blooming

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Sprintime Garden

There really is something magical about watching your garden come to life. All the bare canes and patches of ground that were only covered in snow during the winter slowly become the birthplace to tiny little shoots making their way out of the ground and towards the sun. It’s like witnessing a miracle over and over each year. Pretty neat, if you ask me.

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Pollinating Hellebores

A few weeks ago I tried my luck at pollinating Hellebores. They truly are a plant breeders dream as they are incredibly vigorous and the hybrids that come out of the pollinations are bound to be gorgeous no matter what happens to them. If you do not want your yard infested with hellebore plants be sure to cut off the flower heads before the seed pods ripen enough to start bursting. The seeds mature a few weeks and that provides a long enough window for you to start snipping off the blooms unless you do not mind the plants HelleborusHellebore seedpod

Hellebore Flower Clump

Hellebore Flowers going to seed- an attempt at pollinating

 

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My Favourite at Home Full-Body Kettlebell Workouts

The kettlebell is such an underrated piece of gym equipment in my opinion. While most think lifting weights and going over to the gym to get fit, I’d take swinging my kettle bell comfortably at home over that any day. It really is a full body workout and once you try the kettlebell you will almost surely neglect your set of weights and opt for the modest looking piece of equipment. I love the kettlebell! By the end of almost any workout, I’ve got my heart rate up while strength training the best of both worlds.

1.If you are good at excercising on your own and want a variety of moves to try this killer workout is the one you’ve been looking for. If you follow the link to Women’s Health they even have a video guide to perfecting technique on all the moves and plenty more workout routines.killer kettlebell workout from Women's Health

2. When I was starting out, there really was no better workout than this one I found on ChiChi Fitness channel on YouTube. It was slow enough to follow, but after 2-3 reps it really left your muscles feeling sore the next day. The workout is one I always go back to when I feel like I need a little bit of encouragement. Check out their channel as they have over 20 videos in their Kettlebell work out playlist and there certainly is plenty to choose from.

3. Then there is Amy’s workout which is going to challenge you each and every time. She is such a joy to follow when working out and is a huge inspiration. On her Youtube channel Body Fit by Amy, you can find amazing kettlebell workouts and even tiny 5 minute ones when you are in a time crunch or just feel like getting in an intense short workout.Her playlist is increadible certainly check it out!

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The mulched rose bed has gone wild. It really is no wonder as I slacked off a little tiny bit in the weeding department. A couple of months have passed since the rose bed awoke into blooming weather and it was a pleasant surprise to find out that the majority of the weeds are made up of very interesting local blue plants coming from tiny little bulbs, huge clumps of weeds blooming with hundreds of small yellow flowers and woodland strawberries- weeds that deserve to stay in my opinion. We even have sunflowers growing in the rose bed because we fed the birds with them in the winter and some seeds must have found their way into the fertile soil. The mulch has been a lifesaver during the dry spells as it sponges up a lot of water and slowly releases it during the heatwaves. Even when it looks like the top layer of mulch is completely dry, you only have to dig down an inch or two to uncover moist black soil in which the plants thrive.

princess alexandra of kent rose bud

princess alexandra of kent rose- David Austin

Even the puny David Austin rose bushes from last year, which I was ready to count as losses and hardly thought them good enough for composting, came in full force and have even started pushing up completely new canes from the ground. If I am impressed with them this year, then I cannot wait to see them next year as I am sure they will be absolutely gorgeous and lush. Speaking of lush growth, we have a caterpillar problem, for the past couple of springs they have chewed off half the leaves from the fruit trees, even the walnut trees were not spared and to my dismay they also find roses tasty. Some bushes are much more afffected than others, but it is a problem in this no-spray garden of mine. Any tips on what I could do?

baronesse rose (2)

mulched rosebed

mulched flower bed

geoff hamilton rose- David Austin

baronesse rose

baronesse rose flower blooming

baronesse rose blooming

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There really is something magical about watching your garden come to life. All the bare canes and patches of ground that were covered only in snow during the winter,slowly become the birthplace to tiny little shoots making their way out of the ground towards the sun. It’s like witnessing a miracle over and over each year. Pretty neat, if you ask me.

spring tulip bed
spring garden

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Hellebore flower with seed pod- a trusty garden favorite

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A few weeks ago I tried my luck at pollinating Hellebores. They truly are a plant breeders dream as they are incredibly vigorous and the hybrids that come out of the pollinations are bound to be gorgeous no matter what, even if left to their own devices. Check out this post to read why you should consider getting a hellebore plant for your garden, if you haven’t done so already. The Lenten rose, as they are sometimes referred to, is elegant and comes in so many different colors that it would be a shame not to have some fun attempting to develop interesting crosses.

Hellebore flower with seed pod- a trusty garden favorite

Helleborus

I used a pen and rubbed it against my sweater to create static electricity in order to use it as the pollinating tool to transfer pollen from one developed flower to one which was not yet fully open. You need to gently open the flower and push back the petals to pollinate it. There really is nothing difficult about giving it a go, perhaps only waiting to see what the hybrids will look like in a year or two. Do not forget to mark the flowers you have pollinated, I did so by tying a little string around the stem.
Hellebore seedpod

Hellebore Flowers going to seed- an attempt at pollinating

Once you have your seed pods ripening, you can either let them self-seed right under the mother plant, or you can collect the seeds as soon as you notice a crack in the pod and the seeds are fully developed and no longer look like white caviar. If you are worried about catching the seeds in time, you can gently pull a stocking over the flower head and you can return to collect the seed at any time.

This will be the first time, I am going to attempt to collect the seed myself and sow it, as we have always left the plants to do their own thing. Usually, we would only return next year to pot up some of the seedlings from the field. The little seedlings do very well when potted up early on, as they will probably have better conditions for growth in their own little pots compared to getting next to no light under a dense clump of the mother plant. This last picture is a great example of how large a hellebore clump can get when you let the plants self-sow and allow the seeds to mature. If you do not what your hellebores expanding and taking over your flower bed, be sure to snip off the flower heads before the seed pods ripen enough to start bursting. The seeds mature a few weeks and that provides a long enough window for you to start snipping off the blooms. Actually, hellebore flowers with developing seed pods are said to last much longer in the vase compared to ones that still have their showy stamens attached so you can be sure to enjoy them a while longer indoors also.

Hellebore Flower Clump

Do you allow your hellebores to go to seed? Have you tried pollinating them yourself? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Hope you have a great day!

 

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The kettlebell is such an underrated piece of gym equipment in my opinion. While most think lifting weights and going over to the gym to get fit, I’d take swinging my kettle bell comfortably at home over that any day. Especially since there are so many great workouts floating about on the internet. The kettlebell really provides a full-body workout and once you try the kettlebell, you will almost surely neglect your set of weights and opt for the modest looking piece of equipment each time. I love the kettlebell! By the end of any workout, I’ve got my heart rate up while strength training- the best of both worlds.

1.If you are good at exercising on your own and want a variety of moves to try, this killer workout is the one you’ve been looking for. If you follow the link to Women’s Health, they even have a video guide to perfecting technique on all the exercises and plenty more workout routines.

killer kettlebell workout from Women's Health

2. When I was starting out, there really was no better workout than this one I found on ChiChi Fitness channel on YouTube. It was slow enough to follow, but after 2-3 reps it really left my muscles feeling sore the next day. The workout is one I always go back to when I feel like I need a little bit of encouragement. Check out their channel as they have over 20 videos in their Kettlebell work out playlist.

3. Then there is Amy’s workout which is going to challenge you each and every time. She is such a joy to follow when working out and a huge inspiration. On her YouTube channel Body Fit by Amy, you can find amazing kettlebell workouts and even tiny 5 minute ones for when you are in a time crunch or just feel like getting in an intense short workout.Her playlist is incredible certainly check it out!

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Hellebores, or the Lenten Rose, are fabulous plants! At times when there is nothing blooming in your garden, you cut back the spotted old Hellebore leaves to discover new growth emerging from the almost frozen earth in late winter. Once those blooms open, there is no stopping them as they last at least a minimum of 2 months on the plant. Notoriously known as an incredible evergreen perennial to add to any shady area, these plants are built to thrive. If you do not watch out and cut back flowers with ripening seed pods, they will spread like crazy.

Helleborus mix of flowers
Helleborus plant- blooms a few months

Helleborus plant and seedlings

Since we enjoy leaving most of the flowers on plant and use only a few stems each week as cut flowers, we almost always leave the majority of the flowers to go to seed. Although we never collect the seeds ourselves, we have had great luck discovering a carpet of seedlings each spring.  In the picture above you can notice the variety of tiny plants right next to the parent plants. These can be transplanted later in the year after the growing season is finished. You never know what the new hybrid flower will look like, making for a nice surprise the following spring.

If you are tired of looking at bare canes and branches in late winter, Hellebores are a great fix. They really can not any wrong in my book. What is your favorite flower blooming in early spring?

Cut Helleborus flowers in vase

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