A wet day mostly with leaves and branches raining down this morning.
The poplar on our street came down today. The top and some of the branches have been dead for a while and in the wind, I’ll admit the tree was a bit scary. It was dispatched quickly this morning – one crew with the chipper followed by the trunk pick-up crew later in the day.
The balcony garden is downtown, in an old, established neighbourhood. So we have our share of very old trees. I hope the City has the follow-up plan in place for replanting the boulevard.
I’m liking these new alliums in the round trough. They have been flowering for weeks and are standing up very well to the gusty winds. The trough is in sun/part shade and gets the golden, early morning light.
I’ve always had trouble wintering over anything in this trough. It doesn’t seem to have a large enough volume of soil, and possibly thick enough edges to protect roots. So might end up moving the plant once it stops flowering.
This is Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum, height is 30 cm. A good addition to the trough planting portfolio.
Helped pick hops today at the community garden. This is what I learned:
- hops variety is Centennial, one of the best to grow in Alberta
- latin name for hops is very Dr. Seuss-ish, Humulus lupulus
- the plants are 3 years old, today’s was best harvest so far
- hops cones are very fragrant
- there are layers of cones on a mature plant, largest on the outside, smaller and lighter in colour as you work your way in towards the fence
- the plants (planted to maximize southern exposure) make a perfect wind break from the north wind, which is good ’cause it was about 7°C when we started picking this morning
- they are relatively easy to pick, no special equipment required except for coffee, muffins and brownies and (particular to today) your toque, boots and winter gloves…