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.
Virginia 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.
Early 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.
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.
I 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.
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