One of the first things I did this spring was plant a maple tree. Granted, it’s not got the big old Canadian-flag-shaped leaves that cast deep, dark shade that I remember and love from growing up in southern Ontario, but it has more fall colour than a poplar, which is one of the things I was going for. I’m looking forward to seeing brilliant red keys (samaras) on it next year.
I’ve had a few changes on my mind all summer and now that it’s cooler, it’s time to move some plants around! The Ninebark Coppertina shrub has been moved beside the driveway (below, left) to make way for a pyramidal Mountain Ash (below, right).
Gotta love ninebark shrubs for colour! Here’s the Coppertina a little closer up, with the (temporarily wilted) Moonshine yarrow in front for leafy contrast:
… and from the other direction:
To see how this garden has evolved, click here and scroll down.
One year ago we were house hunting and Edmonton and found our new home. Since then, I (and a few helpers) have done a whole lot of back-breaking work, digging up grass, removing rock mulch, cutting down the spruce, digging up roots, and planting. Here’s the result after one year.
In reflecting back on these garden changes I suddenly realized that everything in the front garden (top) has been planted by me in the last 10 months; all that was here when we moved in was a spruce tree and some annuals in pots (bottom)! I’m quite happy with how things have filled in so far although the garden *not surprisingly* is a bit (okay, a lot) weedy after us being away on holidays for 2 weeks. I’ve ordered some compost and mulch to top dress the front garden and then I’ll show you some close ups!
To see how this garden has evolved over the past year, click here and scroll down.
Sedum, red campion, potentillas, grasses and arugula in bloom.
I don’t tend to plant annuals in the garden except for a few pots in key places like around the front entrance. I’m especially happy with the nasturtiums in the planter boxes beside the door! Very Monet.
And the terra cotta pot a little further back….
…. catches the evening light beautifully.
Self-seeded arugla in front of Coppertina ninebark shrub:
with blue veronica, orange coreopsis and white persicaria flowering in the background; silver artemesia to the right.
Exciting! I think this may be the first picture I’ve taken of my new garden where you can’t see soil between all the plants. Things are getting bigger but it’s really mostly about the angle. 😉
This garden has been in place for a month now, and so far the hares haven’t touched anything except the artemesia, yarrow, and iceland poppy (see this past post for more plant details). These are all pretty vigorous plants so if the rabbits only munch these occasionally and leave everything else alone, I will be more than happy.
A friend asked me if I would use mulch, and I will, but I’ve already thought of a few tweaks I’d like to make – a plant to move here, a tree to add there. So I will have to live with a bit of a weedy garden for a few more months – it’s easier to put mulch down after the planting is done. Plus I’m still tired from my May new-garden-making marathon. No more planting/moving until fall.
To see how this garden area has evolved, click here and scroll down.