Friday, 1 July 2011

In and Around the June Garden @ Wall Flower Studio

I love Sweet William. Likely my most favourite flower of all! It would seem as tho' the butterflies agree with me! But I do have to mention, I'm very concerned because, so far this year, I've only seen one Monarch butterfly in my garden. The Tiger Swallowtails are fairly abundant, but it does worry me, these lack of sightings.
I've been busy preparing things for the 2 farmers markets I'm currently participating in. One is in Kinmount, Ontario, which is about a 45 minute drive, and the other is here in Haliburton, which is nice and close! (I have links on the side of the page here, if you're interested in learning more about either market). Anyhow, I've been making wreaths, lavender sachets, and below is a picture of some hand-tied bouquets of fresh flowers for my garden. They went pretty quick at today's market!

Sweet William, Oenothera, herbs, hosta leaves, among other things in the bouquets. It was fun to put them together because it's been a few years since I worked at a flower shop. I kind of miss it sometimes!

Some wildflowers and a visiting Tiger Swallowtail. I can't get enough of them.

Blue Flag Iris
My husband, son and I went for a boat ride last week up the river near our home. The irises were everywhere! I took way too many pictures. It was a nice day, tho', and we saw several Beavers swimming along the banks, as well as a Kingfisher, Ducks, and a beautiful Great Blue Heron. They are such a majestic looking bird, in a prehistoric kind of way!

Well, that's about it for now. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks out there, and best wishes to my American friends for the upcoming Fourth Of July Celebrations!

Happy Gardening! : )


Bernie said...

Hope you had a fabulous Canada Day! Love those bouquets! I wonder where the Monarchs have gone?

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

What a beautiful butterfly, we have a few around our garden but I haven't been able to catch one on camera yet. Maybe it's because I don't have such a lovely collection of wildflowers? :)

Connie Lou said...

Happy Canada Day to you! I was thinking the same thing...saw one Monarch this past Saturday, the one and only! Maybe I need to plant more butterfly attracting foliage, hmmm! Your bouquets are beautiful, I can see why they sell so well! Aloha, Connie

helen at Summerhouse said...

Your butterfly pics reminded me of our visit to the Butterfly Gardens here in Victoria. And I must admit I haven't seen as many butterflies in our garden this spring either. Your bouquets look wonderful, no wonder they sold out quickly.

Marquee said...

I used to see the Sweet William at a marquee wedding. they are so beautiful. it must be very lucky for you to have them in your garden.

Wall Flower Studio said...

Well, thanks you guys. I'm shamefully about 7 months late in responding to your lovely comments. I've now a bit higher internet speed (finally!) and changed some settings here so I can respond easier.

@Bernie, thanks my friend. You're just heading into Summer now, and I hope you have a good one!
@Rebecca, thank you! I've found just keeping the camera nearby really helps! And likely, I'm a little obsessive about it, lol. ; )

@Connie, thank you! I'm happy to hear you have Monarchs in Hawaii, but it is distressing not to see the abundance of them we used to see. I'll be keeping a close watch next year. (2012).

@Helen, thank you for understanding, as I still can't get on to Twitter. C'est la vie. But thank you for that compliment! It was great creating the bouquets to share at the market. Felt a bit like the "old days" when I worked in Toronto at Van Nes Flowers. Likely my favourite job to date!
I bet the Butterfly gardens in Victoria are just beautiful. : )

@Marquee, thank you! Sweet william makes such a great cut flower. They're very easy to grow in the garden. Hardy, too!