I don’t tend to plant many annuals but the occasional spot in a shady and/or hard-to-grow area is the perfect place for a showy display of annuals in a pot. The fuchsias and begonias seemed happy in the shady spots in the side garden and by the back door and are still looking good at the end of September. I would definitely plant them again.
This garden has been totally recreated since we moved in last September. You can’t tell from the top picture but those are four old gnarly old lilacs, which had been pruned on one side because they were too close to the garage so they were lopsided and seemed to be dangerously leaning over the lawn. This spring the lilac roots got dug out and I planted two little Evans Cherry trees instead – they are planted at an appropriate distance so you will always be able to walk on the sidewalk without hitting your head. Having always lived in older houses, this is one of my pet peeves: trees and shrubs planted without accounting for their mature size!!! What a waste.
Here’s the back half of the garden a little closer up:
I especially wanted a garden in this area because it’s what I look at from the kitchen window. Here’s the kitchen view:
Ahhhhhh. Much better.
I can tell I’ve burned myself out on garden work this year because the back garden is quite weedy at the moment and usually, even if I don’t have much time or energy, I can find the time to at least pull the tops off the weeds so they don’t go to seed. But today I just stared at them through the window. Fortunately, garden progress is still happening because my handy husband is building us a raised bed!
The back of the yard here is prime veggie garden territory thanks to all the sun it gets. I’d like to get the box finished and filled up before fall so it’s ready to plant first thing in spring. Once it gets staked down, I’ll put cardboard in the bottom to smother the grass, then fill it up with some homemade compost mixed with some purchased potting soil and vermiculite to keep things light.
Thinking of doing the same? Here is some info about raised bed veggie gardening from my old Calgary Garden Coach blog:
The clematis vines are *just a little* on the short side this year because I moved them in spring. They were such buggers to dig up that I’m really just happy they survived at all! The few flowers emerging (so far) on the left one are a bonus:
This is a pretty big change from the gravel filled strip that was this garden when I moved in less than a year ago (see the first post here).
(Yes, I did originally plan for this area to be a “White Garden” but I didn’t have anywhere else to put the existing clematises (clematii?) so I guess it is technically white and purple now. I am terrible at sticking to a theme! On the other hand, this revised colour scheme is one good reason to also plant the annual sweet alyssum (small white and purple puffs of flowers across the front of this garden area, top photo) and the other, of course, is that it smells wonderful. At least I can turn my garden design weaknesses into something positive.)
Now that I’ve got most of perennials happily settled in their permanent places, I’m turning my attention to the veggie garden. I’d like to put in two raised beds back here. I had raised beds at my old house and they were the best thing I ever did – you fill them up and have perfect, unwalked on, well-draining soil, plus you don’t have to bend over so far to weed and harvest. The boxes will be similar to the ones at my old house, except that this time I’ll have a 4’x4′ and a 4’x8′. We want to get them built this summer and filled so that they’re ready to plant first thing in spring – maybe even a fall seeding of a few things if we get them done in time!
And yes, those are dandelions in the grass. The Edmonton infestation includes my own backyard. 😦
I was fortunate to get to spend 3 days in Copenhagen last week, on my way to a conference. There were many things I loved about that beautiful city, not the least of which were the gardens of course!
As a gardener, I don’t tend to take close-up pictures of plants anymore. I’m more interested in trying to capture overall features of the design – I love layouts which include areas with specific themes or colour schemes, long views lined with simple hedges, and where certain focal points or beautiful buildings are either framed or revealed over time as you move through a garden. And by “capture”, let me be clear that I mean “capture” in order to retain my memories of the experience and to inspire new ideas in my own garden, not “capture” as in the action of a real photographer creating an award-winning photograph.
With that said, here are a few of my favourite views (you can click on them to enlarge)!
Gardens of the Royal Library
Gardens of Rosenborg Castle
Mini Gardens (ok 2 are florist shops but they’re oh so cute!!)
Which of these photos could inspire your garden?
It doesn’t look like much yet, but here’s the Front Courtyard garden so far. It’s hard to believe there used to be a spruce tree here, isn’t it?! Isn’t this much more interesting to look at? (Even if it’s not finished yet?)
I have learned my lesson over the years that to keep my big garden more low maintenance, I need to remember to plant shrubs, not just flowering perennials. There are some bird’s nest spruce here which will eventually fill more space but not get too big:
Here’s looking the other way with 2 yellow genista shrubs in bloom:
And here’s the view from the house (one of my most important design considerations!):
To see how this garden has evolved, click here and scroll down.