Keith’s Spring Highlights – Bagicha Bazaar



Keith Irwin is sharing his garden with us today. We’ve been to this one before (Keith’s Zone 3 Garden), and it was nice to see this beautiful garden again.

I’ve collected some photos of the spring 2023 highlights in our Zone 3 garden in Oxdrift, Ontario. It has been a very dry spring here and much warmer than usual. We generally have an old-fashioned rule here that it’s not safe to plant annuals after the full moon in June. This year we haven’t had a frosty morning since mid-May.

Close-up of Virginia bluebells with yellow daffodils in the backgroundVirginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3-9) with ‘Tahitian’ daffodils visible in the foreground. (Narcissus ‘Tahiti’, zones 3-9) back. Virginia bluebells have pink buds that open pink and then quickly turn blue. After they bloom, the plant will completely dry out and disappear by next spring. When I first planted them I thought I had lost the whole batch but was pleasantly surprised the following spring.

Close up of small blue Bernera flowersBruneira ‘Jack Frost’ (Zones 3-8)

Close-up of fern leaf peony with red flowersFern Leaf Peony (Peonia teniofolia, zones 3-8).

Close up of bright purple lupinesEarly in my gardening life I visited an abandoned logging camp where lupins (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–8) were naturalized. I dug up several of each color – purple, pink, and white – and transplanted them to my property. They have since become natural, although sometimes not where I want them.

Close up of tree peonies with magenta flowersTree peonies, like these crimson tree peonies (Peonia Japanese garden hybrids, zones 4-8) require winter cover in an ox draft. I make boxes out of blue building styrofoam to provide insulation.

The bride's veil opens.A bridal veil (Spiria pernifolia, Zones 3–8) is exited next to the entrance of the house.

In this mass planting of ferns, in the foreground are miniature ostrich ferns purchased from a nursery. (Mateokia strothiopterus, zones 3–7). The back ones are tall native ferns. They are very easy to manage. Ostrich ferns spread like wildfire.

Close up of a large yellow tree peony flowerYellow tree peony

Planting a variety of succulents in a containerI keep a huge stash of tender succulents in the basement every winter and in my garden in the summer. This mug was my 70th birthday present last summer. When I started my greenhouse in March, this plant was the first thing I did.

Planting succulents in a picture frameI made this succulent container about five years ago, and it’s always fun to make a new arrangement each year. It has a mixture of hard and soft juices.

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