Today Marion Taylor is sharing some of her memories from the past summer. She gardens in Zone 3, in Manitoba, Canada. We’ve visited her beautiful garden before (Making a Beautiful Garden in Zone 3), and it is always inspiring to see everything she can grow in such a cold climate. You can make a beautiful garden anywhere; it is just a matter of finding the plants that love to grow in the conditions you have in your garden.
Double tulip. After a long winter here in Zone 3, the tulips are much anticipated and admired.
I had planted white tulips with red markings, but the second summer they came up pink.
My mom always planted pansies, but I had not. Last summer I picked up these pretty blue pansies on a whim, and they were wonderful all summer.
This lily was just so beautiful.
There was a terrible storm here on October 12–14. The power was out for our entire town and for thousands of people in southern Manitoba. We were without power for 27 hours, but some people were out for a week. The trees took a real hit, as the leaves were still on and the wet snow built up on the branches. I was out knocking snow off branches a couple of times. This Amur maple (Acer ginnala, Zones 2–8) was a major concern, but it came through well. There were power-line workers here from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Minnesota, and North Dakota, which was much appreciated.
I tried drying hydrangeas and zinnias. The colors really changed, but I think they are still lovely.
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