Thursday, October 26, 2017

Japanese Maples are exquisite this year.














This is neighbour Judy’s maple tree. It fills her whole front yard. 

Pink Lady Apple Tree....on the move


This Pink Lady Apple Tree did not produce any fruit this year. No surprise really, the willow has grown right over top of it, shading it for much of the day. Today I am moving it to a very prime location.  


This is one of last years Pink Lady Apples. Not only is it beautiful, but the taste is wonderful.


After an incredible battle digging it out, it is now in its permanent home. 
This location gets sun pretty much all day. 

Sunday, October 01, 2017

A few flowers in and by the greenhouse

My sisters incredible geranium

Gartenmeister fuchsia

My Owari Satsuma Mandarin Orange has been planted in the raised 
garden in the greenhouse.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The back yard makeover, four months in the making...done.


 
The relief and joy I am feeling.....I can barely put into words. I knew it was going to be a heavy and long project. I just couldn't bring myself tear everything out and send it to the compost facility, even though it would have been about a three week project instead of four months. I just felt I had to hand sort all the mulch and pick out the bigger wood chips. Then carefully gather up the compost and manure and move all of it into the gardens that will remain. So some of it went way over to the other side of the far yard. One wheelbarrow at a time....{are you feeling ANY sympathy yet, or do I need to get even more dramatic?}, in the hot sun, for about four months. This past weekend, I got the rest of the back yard grass seeded, and sprinklers set up. I wish I had that on video.....the tap is actually located in the sprinkler overlap, so as I was trying to get them aligned perfectly, I was in the path of at least one sprinkler almost the whole time. It was pretty funny actually, I looked like a drowned rat.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Blueberries have been moved and the new garden defined.

It was a brutal job, what with the dry summer and solid clay, but I dug out the Blueberries and moved them into the new smaller garden. It actually looks better and I have a feeling that they will be much happier there. They will not be out in the centre of a garden in the hot sun. They will get a bit of shade at the roots and coolness from the apple trees.

 

Below is a photo of where they were. They are just on the left of the tire tracks. There are not a lot of leaves on the Blueberries, so they are hard to see. Sad isn't it. They did not do well there. I think it was just too dry and hot with no garden around them this year. To the left, or behind them, are some lavenders that have been moved. The Blueberries were moved to the area just behind the lavenders. It sure looks better now doesn't it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Finally, after a whole summer of hard work....the first grass seed is sown!

I spent the entire summer, about 3 1/2 months, moving a massive amount of wood chips and composted manure using a wheel barrow. I would put it in the wheel barrow and manually pick out the chips bigger than about three inches and all of the sticks...and there were a lot. That is what ended up in the massive pile about 12' across by about 5' tall. Those were hand picked chips and sticks. Then I would move the wheel barrow of good manure and wood chips into the gardens that will remain. OMG I cannot tell you what a sight this is. The first section levelled and prepared, seeded and now watering. {If it looks familiar, this is the area that contained my precious Tulameen Raspberry bed}. I have never been so happy to see a job wrapping up!!