The Yard in General

There’s a serious stand-off happening between a deer and my cat. Wildlife often cruise by in that spot.


Time to prune my John Cabot hardy climbing rose.


Fall colours. Time to clean up.


These are the poplars that make up my windbreak. Not a good choice. They grow quickly but die young and send out suckers everywhere for long distances.


Freshly mowed NE corner of the property. There’s white spruce, a golden weeping willow, junipers, a hardy rose bush and three weeping birch.


Here’s an often used part of the property – my two burn barrels and my composter. For those of you who don’t know what burn barrels are used for, it’s where you burn all the leftover garbage after you’ve recycled everything you can. There is no garrbage pickup out here in the country.


Here’s the rest of the nerve centre for any plant loving acreage owner – a greenhouse and a shed.


I loved having this Japanese willow ‘Hashika’ on my deck all summer. However, it died.



I keep these geraniums in their own pot and bring them inside every winter. This variety may come again but so far I haven’t seen another like it. Too bad I have no idea what the name is.


The results that I love – being able to bring in my very own rose blooms.

The Sunny Perennial Bed

A longshot of the whole bed. The arch or birdbath should be able to give you an idea of size. The right side is all shrubs that will provide a screen from the road. The rest are all perennials. A constantly changing landscape.


A favourite little figurine. This part of the bed contains shasta daisies, yarrow, delphs, blanket flower and oriental lilies.







The Shade Bed

  This shade bed by my front steps was the very first bed I put in.  It’s now several years old.



 A little closer view of the shade bed.  All perennials.  This site does receive some sun in late afternoon.


 The display in these planters varies from year to year.


 This was the display for the summer of 2010.  Finally, one I was happy with!


    This Bleeding Heart has been blooming faithfully for years now.

Amy, the Gardening Dog

Amy loved to pose. I’m convinced that she knew exactly what a camera was and what she had to do. 











 Here Amy poses with a flower cart – a recent addition to my lawn ornaments.  Or is Amy the lawn ornament?



                           An even better closeup of Amy with the flower arrangements of that season.  Of course, the arrangements vary from year to year.  Amy never seemed to age – very puppy-ish.



                       Rest in Peace my Beautiful Amy.