Wednesday, October 30, 2013

First Snow in Ottawa

October 30, 2013

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Weather : 1 degrees C

Yes, it did snow this morning.
Kieren was happily stumping every snow flake he found in the ground.

Just like the days when he discovered his shadows, and every chance he got, he try to chase his own shadow or his sister shadow.

My plants were not too impressed with snow, of course, they are tropical. LOL
see my snowed in avocado!

i have lots of basella rubra and basella alba in my basement.
a pot of mint
my herb garden (parsely, oregano, mints, lemon balm)
pineapple sage

and yes... my basement is getting crowded.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall: Frost visited my garden?

October 21, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Frost, did you visit my garden?

I was so oblivious with weather lately, and the garden was neglected. The midterms ordeal was a perfect excuse.

Today, after my Earth Science Laboratory midterm, I have enough of academia and decided to come home and cook myself some pancit. I bought a bag of shrimp, Kenny loves it, so do I.

I came home and started on cooking. I usually add all the herbs and veggies from the backyard, so I decided to clip some. And oh my! The backyard is a sorry state, but my favorite mints are still kicking.
Coleus is totally browned - like any tropical plants.

I manage to bring in my "Berries and Cream Mint".
 Isn't mint perennial in Zone 5?
Beats me, I like my berries and cream mint for winter. So, I rather have this inside, added to my many pots that I drag inside my house.

So, here are some pictures of my plants, evidence that Frost indeed visit. Or maybe not frost, just plain cold nights...

Basella alba

coleus canina

coleus blumei

coleus "peter wonder"

sweet potato "Ipomea batata"

scarlet runner beans and tomato

pot of herbs

pots of herbs

see the totally burned "browned coleus" in the middle

So, how is everyone's garden doing?
Not as bad as mine?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall 2013: Is it coming anytime soon?

October 21, 2013
 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 I am feeling cold, and I am wearing my sweater, so this is rough time for me. Too many of my potted plants outside, I am contemplating of bring them all in. Why not? I love them all equally. So, mint will come back, perennial in Zone 5. But I like the Berries and Creamt Mint Tea? So, this pot is no.1 to come in my crowded indoor greenhouse.

And i look at the beautiful mini-rose. Why did i planted this one in the ground? Should I dig?

 And down with my spinach: Basella alba. This a tropical spinach, it grows in my kitchen, I take one or two leaves to add to my breakfast sandwiches. By next year, I will re-seed anyways, so I am gonna bring her inside. I should start paying Karlina to water my plants in winter.