For the record – snow starting November 1!

It’s hard to believe that just a week ago I was cleaning up the garden in my shorts!  IMG_1162

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To see how this garden looks in summer and how it has evolved since I moved in, click here and scroll down.

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late October colour in the Courtyard Garden

What a beautiful week-end!  I’m doing a little tidying up in the garden but there is still so much to enjoy.  The butterflies seem to agree and are still hanging around the catmint:

The heliopsis is still blooming too:

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Here’s the ‘regular’ heliopsis in front of a Bailey’s compact Virburnum shrub which I planted particularly for its fall colour:

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And another Bailey’s compact shrub a little closer to peak redness:

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Courtyard Garden after 1 year

There was nothing but a big ol’ spruce tree here when we moved in one year ago.  It’s been a lot of work but this front Courtyard Garden is almost done!  The soil is terrible so I amended each hole as I planted stuff back in spring, and now I am just finishing off by mulching with black bark chips and compost.  The bark mulch went in spots where there are open spaces like at the base of the hedge and around the bird bath (below), and compost went everywhere else – eventually I’d like all bark chips but I’m going to mulch with compost for a few years first to try to improve the soil.

Here’s the view from the driveway:

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As you walk towards the front door:

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From the front steps:

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Looking the other way:

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And most importantly, from the living room:

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To see how this garden has evolved, click here and scroll down.