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Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby B_BQ » Jun 09, 2012 8:42 pm

I've often been asked for an overview of my garden, but it isn't possible.
Our house is a raaammmmmbbbllliiinnnggg bungalow, probably 120+ feet long at the back, with twists and turns, nooks and crannies. There are foundation plantings around the house, some 10 feet wide, some only 3 feet, but you can imagine there's a lot of garden/planting real estate. There is a large central lawn, which we like, but we've tried to bring in the far corners as much as possible. The shed area is an example, and also the raised veggie beds at the other end of the garden. Giving us privacy is a 20 foot hillside, which is basically sterile, and it's a work in progress! When we're in the back we cannot see any neighbours.
So, here are a few pics, mostly of the back area as we like our privacy and don't want to advertise what the house looks like from the front. (It is very pretty though with two huge palladian windows on each side of the entrance).
It's a lot of work to keep tidy. For the most part I enjoy it, but sometimes a condo with a big balcony seems tempting!
The 1st pic is the extreme left corner at the back and slowly follow the house down towards the laundry room and raised veggie bed area.
~BBQ
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby neng_perea » Jun 09, 2012 8:56 pm

Wow! I love it BBQ, , your garden amazing..
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby B_BQ » Jun 09, 2012 8:58 pm

Part II
The shed at one end of the property:
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The veggie beds at the other end:
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The berm (hillside), which is a work in progress:
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Two magnificent spruces, green and blue, about 50' tall:
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A north shady corner:
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And, finally, one of the urns at the front entrance, doing quite well:
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The climbing hydrangea one is out of order, but the forum won't let me change it!

~BBQ
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby Big Smile » Jun 10, 2012 7:26 am

Brenda, your place is lovely!! Did you build the house? Is the berm on your property as well, when you say its a work in progress what are you doing with it? Has your climbing Hydrangea bloomed? We have one that we moved with us but has never bloomed. Sorry about all these questions. When you say a Condo is tempting I know what you mean. That has also crossed our minds but we plan to stay here as long as we are able to look after our property.
Enjoy your garden, the weather is nice!!
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby B_BQ » Jun 10, 2012 8:18 am

Hi Clara:
The house was around 15/16 years old when we bought. It needed a new roof right off the bat! After living in the house for a few months we ripped out the kitchen to the bare walls and floor and reconfigured the laundry room next door. We then took out 90% of the existing pink, (dirty), carpeting and installed hardwood. We painted throughout. Both the main bathroom and the ensuite bathroom have been redone.
The foundation gardens were there, and all we did was to rip out the overgrown weedy stuff and put new plants in.
We do own the hillside, plus about 4 feet on top, so it's a good protection and privacy from future building on the other side. All that we're trying to do with the hillside is to plant at the front of it to hide the the unsightly scrub on it. This means digging very large holes for everything we plant, (pickaxe type of digging), and all our hard work is now starting to pay off - most of the stuff we planted is growing! So far we've put in a larch, three bridal wreath spira, weigela, mountain ash, magnolia, over a dozen golden mound spirea, 5 ninebark diablo, 2 forsythia, lilac, freestanding iron trellis with 2 clematis and a rose, a canadian chokecherry, three hydrangea - and that's just at the foot of the hillside! It'll be another couple of years before we achieve what we want.
I've always, for as long as I can remember, wanted a climbing hydrangea but have never had the right spot for one. As soon as I saw the bare wall, north side, next to the garage I knew I'd found a spot! That was 5 years ago. It's grown very slowly and has never flowered. This year it's put on a good spurt of growth, but still no flowers. A gardener's necessity - patience!
~BBQ
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby conniepr » Jun 10, 2012 9:08 am

Very, very beautiful. A peaceful oasis.
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby Eeyore » Jun 10, 2012 10:49 pm

Gorgeous Brenda! How do you keep up with it all?
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby Mygrandmeresgarden » Jun 11, 2012 12:18 am

Your gardens are absolutely beautiful! I love the balance of color that you've created!
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby B_BQ » Jun 11, 2012 8:08 am

Eeyore wrote:How do you keep up with it all?


I wonder sometimes Lyn!

But basically one weed at a time. Once the work is done in the spring it's really maintenance. It also looks better from afar than close up!

This year, for the first time ever, I have a landscaping service in every 2 weeks to do the heavier jobs, e.g. weed-wacking, hand mowing. Mowing the lawn itself is the easy part and I enjoy sitting on the mower and having half an hour or so to myself!

Today is a busy day for me with loads of office work, grocery shopping, and also a few errands, so I won't be spending much time in the garden other than to water all the potted annuals.

~BBQ
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Re: Parts of my Garden June 2012 (A few pics)

Postby Eeyore » Jun 11, 2012 10:47 am

B_BQ wrote:
Eeyore wrote:How do you keep up with it all?


It also looks better from afar than close up!

~BBQ


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Mine too!
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