looked at last year’s letter and discovered that I
was writing you during a winter snow storm. Guess what?
we have been hit by a really bad storm, the very first we
have experienced thus far this winter, and it is extremely
rugged out there. Actually this fall and winter thus far
has been very mild indeed. I was out picking mesclun, spinach
and green onions growing under row cover on the 7th of December!
Rain predominated throughout this past spring until June.
When the sun finally decided to come out, we realized that
everything in the garden had grown by leaps and bounds.
We had a butterfly bush on steroids (at least 15 feet tall).
The hostas also loved the wet weather, and so did the daylilies.
We had huge clumps of both. The daylily scapes were numerous,
the branching and bud count superior. Thus we had a phenomenal
bloom and re-bloom season throughout July and August.
First of all
I wish to thank everybody who purchased my 2011 charity
daylilies. The sale of these daylilies realized close to
$1200.00. This year I have seven daylilies I am offering
for sale at $20.00 per plant. Two are earmarked for Canada
wide charities (Make-a-Wish and The Heart and Stroke Foundations.)
The rest will be distributed to community groups here in
Shelburne. They are A Child’s Wish, chosen
by our friend Linda McLeod from Fenelon Falls, Alberta
Fraser, Birchtown Black Loyalist, Kelly
is Our Sunshine, chosen and named for our “adopted
daughter”, Kelly Jones, Loyalist Heart, Myrna
Norine, named for a dear Shelburne friend, and Osprey’s
We continue to love our Nova Scotia home on beautiful Jordan
Bay. Almost every day Don either walks or rides his tractor
to the ocean, and was in the right place at the right time
in August when a large whale surfaced chasing a school of
herring down the bay. I am becoming more and more interested
in vegetable gardening. Thus, we have decided to expand
the veggie area for 2012. Many of our neighbours have or
can supply us with cow, goat, horse, and, believe it or
not, oxen manure, along with the absolute gold of eelgrass.
A summer storm washed seaweed up onto our beach, which is
a rare occurrence. Don, racing against the incoming tide
managed to salvage most of it.
Don and I both continue to enjoy our Shelburne County Garden
Club which meets at our local library from March through
December. I have completed my first year as the President,
and it has been a lot of work. However it has been most
gratifying seeing the club grow in numbers. I also have
a wonderful executive who make my job so much easier. Don
is planning for our largest fundraiser which is the May
are busy scouring the seed catalogues, and plant suppliers,
and sending off our orders for another year. I am sure many
of you are doing this as well. It is wonderful to feast
one’s eyes on all these plants, even if they are pictured
in on-line or hard copy catalogues.
Don and I wish you all a great 2012 growing season. Lastly,
we wish to extend a big thank you to Kelly for allowing
us to share her Rural Roots Gardens website.