Today is going to be mostly dedicated to working on the garden. We’re taking out more grass in the front and expanding the garden. I’ll need to add soil, which hasn’t arrived yet, but there is lots of work to do removing the grass.
The canoe garden just keeps on giving…
Yesterday we visited Spindletree Gardens near Tamworth Ontario. It’s a little further afield than we would normally go for a daytrip, but it was a bus tour so we didn’t have to drive and that took a bit of the edge off the distance. Spindletree is the name Tom Brown and Susan Meisner gave to their extensive gardens. There are acres of gardens on this property and even after over 20 years of gardening, it’s a work in progress. The ponds and the kitchen gardens in particular were fantastic. The gardens have an architectural, almost formal backbone, but within the structure there is room for plenty of relaxed, less tightly controlled areas. There is a great deal of variety that even includes a cedar maze, a Victorian well cover and a promenade through a line of black locusts. Here are a few photos.
I don’t know what came over me….I wasn’t planning on cutting a new garden this summer. I did have some soil on hand though, and while I was out in the back yard, I found myself visualizing the new garden, a modest circle. I cut out the grass and some roots and I dug it up and added in some fresh soil and made a border…..and then Mrs Goose flew over for a look.
Hi Mrs Goose.
Hi Eugene. Nice garden.
Thanks. Any suggestions what I should plant?
Well, I’m no horticulturalist, but I’d say you should have one dominant plant anchoring the garden, surrounded by some colour.
That sounds like a great idea, Mrs Goose. Any particular plants you’d like?
What do I know? I’m a goose. Why don’t you ask your blog readers for suggestions?
OK, I’ll do that. You’re a smart goose.
So, any suggestions for the new garden? It gets some sun during the day but is partially shaded because of the large spruce trees on the south side and the big silver maple on the north.