The S Garden

I completed digging and preparing the S garden today, then did some initial planting. The trouble with a new garden is that it always takes a year or two before it starts to grow in and feel like it hasn’t just been planted – but you have to start somewhere.  The S made from river rock gives this garden some backbone. The area is shaded by the big locust tree but the canopy does not completely shut out the sun.

Our garden award rock, which should have come last Novemeber finally arrived the other day – they don’t know what happened – a rock was ordered for us but never made it to our house. The award was for top traditional garden in Ward 6 (which defines our municipal electoral boundary) for 2013. We’ve placed the rock at the head of the new S garden (and I put a little bird on it). We’ll add various other plants to this garden along the way. I planted several perennials today, including some grasses, ferns, a hosta, some bleeding heart, and more, accented with a flat of impatiens.


New Garden

I cut a new garden today.

IMG_1164There is no longer a grassy area separating the path garden and the locust tree garden. IMG_1166The tree garden had a river rock border and I extended that into the new garden making the stones into an S-curve. I still have to add a little more soil and also some more rocks, including some bigger rocks. Then comes the fun part, figuring out what to plant there. It’s a fairly inhospitable spot, with lots of tree roots from the locust, not to mention shade from the same tree. Suggestions welcome.

Beautiful morning

IMG_1138What a lovely morning! The sun is warm with a gentle cooling south breeze from the lake. Perfect. We took the dogs for a long walk, stopping to let them enjoy a morning dip.

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.


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.


A new garden

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.