Sunday, July 18, 2021

Can you believe it, I bought a house!!!

I am lucky enough to live on one of the Gulf Islands off the West Coast of Canada. Quiet, rural, small… And I’m also lucky enough to have had my offer on this ‘full of potential’ house accepted. 

As you can see the .37 acre yard is pretty much virgin and that is exciting. The soil in this area is not good so there will be much amending to do. (You will notice the two very stunted lilac trees in the lawn) But that is a project I am excited to start. What it does have here, is water. Which is quite rare on the island. 

I am anxious to share this journey with you. I take possession in about a month, so we will continue this part of my story then…

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Last of my plants from my old garden are planted

It has been quite an experience bringing my favorite plants, many grown close to or over forty years, from my old house in Sidney to Gabriola Island. Some were dug out and moved, some I took cuttings. Some bulbs moved too. Today I got the last of them in the gardens. I particularly enjoyed planting my Bleeding Heart. It had always been in a pot, because they never did well in Sidney's clay. I found a shady but bright spot for it in lovely soil. I have such high hopes for it. They have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. I had hydrangeas from cuttings. Fuchsias grown from cuttings. I brought one rose bush, a David Austen ‘Graham Thomas’. The other large rose bush I left, but took cuttings. Two of the three took and are now both in the gardens. 

This is an old primrose that was given to me by a friend and co-worker when I 
worked at the Post Office in about 1981. He lived in Sooke and was a lovely human.... thank you Alan. 

My forty year old Ogilvie Peony thriving here

I brought several of my hydrangeas with me. Flower buds!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Gardening is a great stress reliever in this unusual year

I feel very lucky. Now that it is spring, there is so much to do in this huge yard, that I forget there is a pandemic. I forget the stress. I forget for a while, that I can’t see or hug my friends and family. I just dig. And weed. And go to my garden calendar to see what needs to be planted in the next few days. I can focus on my tomato seedlings. I can prepare a hoop house for the onions and leeks that need to be planted now. I also have someone to hug and love here. I am blessed. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Mulching the flower gardens

Doing a second very thorough weeding before putting mulch down. There are acres of meadows full of weeds that scatter seeds everywhere and it is virtually impossible to keep ahead of them.

I am using animal bedding wood shavings. Laying it several inches thick.

This bed was done in the fall and you can see that the bedding turns a darker more natural looking colour. There were maybe a dozen little weeds in this bed vs thousands in the others. 

One of my favorite narcissus. Tahiti.