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Category Gardening
Type Plant or Flower
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What materials did you use? Perennials of many varieties, sweat, sunscreen and lots of love

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What are you most proud of? When we moved in over 20 years ago I had a blank canvas to work with. This yard has evolved from a playground for our children, to a yard with a few shrubs to my lovely distraction you see now.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Give your plants a chance to take root before you give up on them. Some species need a couple of years to establish. If you find something that just will not grow for you, find something that will because not all soil and location is right for every plant. Take the time to enjoy what you're doing and never think of it as work but a labour of love. Most of all, have fun!!

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Same here, nice!

01/01/2012 Flag

I'm not sure about where you are located but we haven't had a winter like this in many years. In fact, I could honestly say "Winter? What winter?" Here in Sarnia we are still waiting for the left shoe to drop, a big snow shoe!!! We have had hardly any snow which has me a little concerned. As you all know, snow is an insulator and also provides much needed moisture when everything starts to defrost when kissed by the warm spring sunshine. Hopefully, we won't get a major cold snap. Without the precious insulation of snow, perennials are in jeopardy. I guess you could say be careful what you wish for as I am not a snow/winter person with the exception of my garden I am very happy to not wear boots everyday! Our average temps have been hovering around 0 degrees C. Some of my friends have even had Robins all winter, unheard of in a normal Sarnia winter. We are almost there though and I am anxiously awaiting the day when my rain barrels are put back under my downspouts, I can wear my snazzy tear drop wellington boots and get that shovel in the ground to christen another growing season. Hang in there my friends, spring is just around the corner........I hope!

01/29/2012 Flag

What a lovely garden you have! We didn't get "winter" in Winnipeg this year either so everything is about a month early and last year I still had delphinium blooming in November. Love, love having a longer growing season. Happy gardening to you!

04/23/2012 Flag

Hello, can you describe all the flowers you have there? I see the coneflowers, phlox. What is the tall tree looking thing and the other perenials? Thanks for sharing your photo

02/17/2012 Flag

Hi, thanks for your comments. The tall purple flowers are flox and purple coneflowers, the bush is a peking cottoneaster, there is sedum as a border and white begonias

02/17/2012 Flag

There is also a pot of colius, and the dark fushia is also flox. The very small "mound" grassy plants at the border are bachelor buttons. And no front garden is complete without a fire hydrant (according to my volunteer firefighter hubby! LOL)

02/17/2012 Flag

I love this garden! I live in Florida in a townhouse and only have a tiny plot outside our back patio but would love to have assorted flowers to gaze at everyday. I wonder if these types of flowers would grow in south FL.

03/01/2012 Flag

Hello my friends! It's been a couple of months since I wrote so I thought I would play catch up with you and let you know what has been going on. Well, I decided it was time to "renovate" the garden. My back yard is in desperate need of a make over so I thought I would rip out grass, transplant some perennials, divide my hostas, the list is endless!! One issue I am having is that many of my favourite perennials have had a massive head start. Here in Sarnia we actually pushed the temperature envelope with a record breaking warm spell in March. We hit 80 degrees!!! So, of course, my perennials were whooping it up. Cooler days and chilly nights have now returned but my bugbane has significantly grown and I'm afraid to divide it chancing no blooms or even worse..............killing the poor thing! I've divided my pampas grass and moved many smaller plants to other parts of the garden. Some have even graduated to the front yard. I'm hoping for co operative weather this weekend so I can get my water barrels hooked up, finish the transplanting and put down some grass seed. I think it's time to take some reno pics to show you what my plans are. Talk to you soon! Happy Gardening my friends!!!! Jen

04/24/2012 Flag

I could just sit in the middle ,and be very relaxed,you did a great job,alot of work,but worth every minute

05/13/2012 Flag