Tag: Gardening

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

We had an incredible long weekend with awesome weather, so I was able to get out and tackle the extra greenery that wasn’t really invited to our garden plot. Our side yard looked like this… Yes, I hang my head in shame. 🙁 But it…

DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

Not too long ago I was given a hand-me-down planter with these little gnomes that hang off the sides. Now I know these guys are pretty cute, but I’m not so much into cutesy garden things. Don’t unfriend me for that! Okay, they’re actually kind…

Guest Posting at Home Bunch: Putting A Pause In Your Day

Guest Posting at Home Bunch: Putting A Pause In Your Day

Isn’t it interesting how time seems to be flying by? I don’t know about you, but my Spring feels like a blur!

Today you’ll find me over at Home Bunch taking you on a tour of one of my favorite places in the Cowichan Valley… a very tranquil, beautiful place where time checks itself at the door, and Spring does not pass you by…

Won’t you join me?

Home Bunch

 

A big thank you to Luciane for inviting me to be her guest today! I promise, this tour will put a pause in your day for just a moment. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by…

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Wrapping Up Our Growing Season

Wrapping Up Our Growing Season

Well, it’s definitely come to an end. Our Makaria Farm tomatoes that once looked like this… Have all ripened and run their course. We just picked the last of them off the vine. And all our basil that flourished and overflowed this pot… Has called…

Sweet Pea Challenge: And The Winner Is…

Sweet Pea Challenge: And The Winner Is…

Okay, it’s officially fall. In Canada we’ve had our Thanksgiving dinners, and according to the weather man, the rain is on its way 🙁 It’s been a good ride, though, hasn’t it? But, all good rides must come to an end, so today I’m going…

And Our Garden Continues to Grow!

And Our Garden Continues to Grow!

Remember when I posted about the Heather our neighbour gave us? Here’s a little flashback in case you missed it. The yellow circles are where we planted them back in June.

And, here’s a look at them now!

They all survived! You can’t see the fifth one in the top, right corner, but it’s the same colour as the one in the foreground, and is also in full bloom

Here’s a close-up of my favorite one.

I love the colour!

But this is only the half of it. You see, this same neighbour has decided to dig up more plants, and pass them on to us!

Here the bins are filled with what he gave us, as well as a huge lily that was planted before this photo.

If you look at the spot circled below, we learned from all the watering over the summer, that it doesn’t drain at all. So this area turned into a thick mud bog.

I couldn’t stay on top of the weeds, and wasn’t sure what to do with this spot.

With the gift of more plants I decided to build another garden bed. Why not let the plants help with that excess water, right?

I moved Black-Eyed Susans to the new bed from the one on the left, and was able to add two mounds of our neighbour’s Dianthus in their place. Now that whole bed is filled with Dianthus.

For the rest of the water-logged area, sand was spread and then topped with fresh bark mulch.

But I made a mistake, and picked up black mulch instead of brown. I thought I could live with it, but I can’t! I’m going to mix some brown with the black for a more even blend, and spread it around further.

Our neighbour also gave us some Primula, which are planted along the same side as the Heather.

The Lily of the Valley border came from my Dad’s yard last year, and he’s planning to split some of his other plants up again this year. And… they’re destined for our yard!

The yard is slowly starting to fill in, and what’s so awesome, is most of the plants have been given to us!

Quite a few have come from hub’s parents as well, including all of these grasses that you see scattered throughout.

It’s a win-win!

Here’s my favorite part…

Now, I know you’ve seen this ‘Before’ photo many times.

BEFORE

But in order to appreciate the progress, it’s great to see what it looked like when we first moved in.

And compare that to what it looks like now!

AFTER

I find it so rewarding to see the yard come together.

On the note of rewarding, do you remember the sweet pea challenge I was having with my Dad? Well, stay tuned. I’ll be back with how that went!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! 🙂

Photography: Sheila Zeller

The Cool Quench of a Mojito

The Cool Quench of a Mojito

That’s right. Summer is here! And with that comes warmer weather! And, with warmer weather comes the need to quench thy thirst. So how about a little thirst quenching in an adult kind of way – maybe with a Mojito? Have you ever had one? Fresh mint is a…

Zanatta al fresco anyone?

Zanatta al fresco anyone?

When the sun is shining, it puts a smile on my face. For outdoor dining, it’s quite the place! It feels so calm and peaceful where time moves slow… Zanatta Winery. A great place to go! What are your plans for the weekend? Doing anything…

Just When I Thought I Was Done!

Just When I Thought I Was Done!

I know you’re all keen to move on from the photo journey of what we’ve done outside. And I get it. Trust me, I do!

But I had to share my ‘just when I thought I was done’ moment with you.

See this beautiful home and its equally beautiful landscaping?

Rock Terraced Landscaping

Well, this belongs to my neighbour.

And today he removed a bunch of his Heather shrubs. Do you know where I’m going with this?

That’s right, he offered them to me! All five of them!

And though this spot is pretty much solid rock, here’s where I was determined they would go.

Bare Ground for Heather Shrubs

I wanted to fill in the bare area you see, so there was a little more green.

So I took on the braun of the rock underneath, and outbrauned it enough to the dig holes.

And got all five in place. Well, hubs put the front one in for me!

Transplanting Heather Shrubs

The holes were just barely deep enough, but will do.

Here’s a little side view.

Landscaping with Heather

Can you see the dirt mounded up around them?

So what do you think?

Landscaping with Heather Shrubs

Did I do the right thing by accepting my neighbour’s generous offer?

Do you remember how this yard looked when we moved in? If not, you can see a ‘before’ of it here.

What would you do?

All of our neighbours have been super encouraging and helpful. In fact, it was another of our neighbours who suggested we might be interested in this Heather. I thought that was pretty cool. And then another offered to use his truck if we wanted to get a load of bark mulch. In today’s world, being treated neighbourly like this is pretty awesome.

I’M SO GLAD YOU STOPPED BY!

xo

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Photos: Sheila Zeller

Container Water Gardens

Container Water Gardens

Water gardens. Source: What’s Ur Home Story I’ve never had one. How about you? I’m loving the idea of a water garden in a container. Source: Horticulture Magazine And from what I’ve read you can use just about any watertight container for your garden’s home. I’m…