What’s in the Garden? – I

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The garden tour letter for this week is I.

One of my favourite pieces of garden whimsy is Inuky.  I actually have two of them in different parts of the garden.  This was my creative way of using up some old bricks.  

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Inuky in early spring

The traditional inuksuks are made from rock and are stone monuments used by the Inuit as a marker for special places, interesting places, marking trails or location of food or people, navigation, or migration routes of the caribou.

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Iris plants of different sizes and colours are next for starting with I.  My favourites are the mid sized yellow iris that I received as a gift from a Brownie pack many years ago.  I’ve also got some gorgeous tall yellow ones that came from a school garden where I worked.

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Impatiens are a wonderful shade loving plant. They were used to fill out the tipsy pots. In my effort to have less maintenance in the garden I did not assemble the tipsy pots or tipsy buckets this year. I miss them but don’t miss the watering of them (almost daily)

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incarvillea delavayl

Next is a plant called incarvillea delavayl which was a tuberous root that I purchased at Canada Blooms a few years ago.  It’s a tender perennial in my area so at the end of the season I dug it and stored it in the well cupboard where it is dark and cool.  It is actually a hardy gloxinia and sometimes called a Chinese trumpet flower.  This is another plant due to the digging and storage that isn’t grown this year in the garden.

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indigo bunting

We look forward to the indigo bunting passing through the garden in spring. What a gorgeous blue colour.

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icy photos

Winter scenes of the garden provide lots of icy photos. It sure changed the look of some of the garden art and plants. It is lovely to photograph but I hate driving when it is icy. Now I’m retired it is something I don’t have to do.

I discovered the letter I while out and about.

finding letter I at craftygardener.ca

I’m adding to my personal alphabet with the letter I for this week. In case you haven’t been following along, here is my list so far.

  • A – accepting, active, adaptable, amicable
  • B- bird watcher, book lover, British by birth,
  • C – crafter, Canadian by choice, cat lover, cheerful,
  • D – determined, decisive, dependable,
  • E – energetic, easy going, English,
  • F – friendly, frugal, fastidious, forthright,
  • G – Granny, gardener,
  • H – helpful, handy, happy, hard working,
  • I – imaginative, inventive
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8 Responses

  1. Margy

    You have so many imaginative things in your garden. I like the inuksuk. – Margy

  2. David Gascoigne

    Your garden is creatively done and I am sure provides lots of enjoyment. Soon you will be preparing for winter.

  3. Myrtle

    Hello Linda time for alphabet I this week. I always enjoy your Alphabet week. I miss my tipsy pots, no more. I wish that blue Indigo Bunting would come by here, so pretty.

  4. ABC Wednesday

    Gardens are Always so different and that makes them interesting

    Have a heartwarming en splendid ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    M e l o d y (team ABC-W)

  5. Su-sieee! Mac

    Until I read about the daily watering I was ready to plant impatiens in the shady room of the backyard. Even though the experts say we’re not in drought, the population in our area continually increases so I continue to be stingy with water.

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