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Mid Spring Page 2

 This is a pic of one of the Columbines. 
Scarborough's Official Flower
Wild Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis
(A-quill-eeg-a Can-a-den-sis)

We hope you will enjoy growing Scarborough's Official flower as a reminder of our 200th birthday. These seed kit are produced by the Scarborough Horticultural Society.

A member of the buttercup family, this graceful perennial grows 30 to 60 centimetres (1 to 2 feet)
in height. Its range is broad, from the Northwest Territories, south to Florida and Texas. It is typically found in the wild on wooded hillsides, rocky ledges and outcrops.

The botanical name 'Aquilegia is derived from the Greek word 'aquila' meaning 'claws of the eagle' referring to the shape of the bloom. The drooping scarlet and lemon yellow flowers bloom from April to June and have 5 long curved spurs that provide nectar to hummingbirds and long tongued insects. The three lobed leaves are blue green in colour on wiry stems.
 


Germination and Culture

The seed in the kit haveen prechilled prior to packaging. The bottom of your pot has a filter cloth that will hot your soil in place while allowing for water to pass through. Moisten your potting mix with water until it is wet, but not soggy. Pour hot water over the seeds in a shallow dish and drain. This will help soften the outer shell and hasten germination. Place the seeds on top of the potting mix; do not cover, and place under lights or in a bright location as germination is improved by light. Keep your seeds, constantly moist at a temperature of 20-24° celcius or 70-75° F. Covering the pot with clear plastic will help retain moisture, and prevent the young seedling from drying out. Columbines do best in moist rich, well drained soil in light shade. Try planting your wild columbine 30 centimetres (1 foot)  apart in front of the mixed bed, lightly shaded woodland setting or beside a pond. Keep well watered thoughout the growing seaon.

Scarborough Horticultural Society


 

Love Lily of the Valley

 
 

The Gray girls all like lily of the valley and irises

My Scarborough floral emblems is finally starting to spread. 
 


 

The clematis is doing well. They had many more flowers than last year.


The tulips did well.

A tray of thymes for the pond area.


 


I alway plant pansies.
They have sweet faces.

The Wood Violets doing what they do best
volunteer.
lol

Clove Currant bush...it smells like the real thing cloves.

Brenda's butterfly.....

Just a nice scene


I love parrot tulips. I bought red and white ones for the fall.

3 Lilacs

Bleeding heart.

My lady bug house

 


Honeysuckle

butterfly from Ikea...neat

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The Whimsical Garden
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The Whimsical Garden: |   Herbal Walk  |  Ba Ba Lambs Ears  |  Rosewalk  |  My Perennial Border
         Piglet's Corner Map of Garden  Views from the Gazebo  | Building the Pond 
Visit to Ruth Ann's | Gardening Links  |  Park Scenes
          Early Spring  |  The Pond in Spring   |  Mid Spring Summer 2000  |  Summer 1999  | Autumn  |  Winter 
       A Visit to a Greenhouse  Canada Blooms 99  Snowbound  | Birding in the GTA

    Pictures and text by Catriona

Last updated October 6, 2000


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