Maria’s Quebec Garden – Bagicha Bazaar

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My name is Maria Neuveinhoff. I grew up on a dairy farm with parents who loved flowers and grew a large vegetable garden. So when I got married, it was normal for me to do the same. I moved to a new house in Ormstown in southeastern Quebec 17 years ago, where I took the gardens that the previous owner had started and slowly went to work “tweaking” them in my hand. I don’t have names for many types of flowers. Many of these things were given to me by my father and friends. When I visit friends and their gardens I usually come home with something!

Close to shady garden with large hostasMy favorite host is ‘sum and substance’ (the host ‘Sum and Substance’, zones 3–8), which has favored wet and cool weather this spring.

Close up of yellow bearded irisesBearded irises (Iris hybrids, zones 3-8) are a big part of my spring garden. These yellow ones have been blooming for over a month now.

A garden bed with lots of yellow celandine poppies and blue irises behind it.I found these celandine poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum, Zones 4-8) in garden conversions. They regenerated themselves, but I try to keep them within range by removing a lot before replanting them. Bearded irises are in the background.

Bright bed poppies with purple undertones.This oriental poppy (Popover Oriental, Zones 3–8) are opening for the first time. I started them from seeds last year.

Giant Planting of Dams RocketI also saw this pink and white dam rocket again (Hesperus matronalis, Zones 3-9). I am trying to get it to go wild on the edge of my bush. It was given to me by one of my patients when I worked as a home care nurse.

A vegetable garden with plants just starting to sprout.This is my vegetable garden, 2023, with Brussels sprouts and cabbage under a floating row cover. I’m trying this year because I had so many bugs last year.

Dark purple bearded irises behind light blue/white bearded irisesMore bearded irises

A bouquet of pale pink/white columbine flowersMy columbines (Aquilegia Hybrids, zones 4-9) reproduce themselves all over the place and fill in the gaps.

Front yard garden with pink lupine and herbaceous plantsLupins (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 4-9) are growing in my front bed along the street with Vanhoutte spireas. (Spiraea × vanhouttei, Zones 3-8) are blooming beautifully in the background.

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