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Hi, everyone. I am happy to join this gardening site. My husband and I bought our home
in London, Ontario in July 2008. It was late to do much in the way of gardening, but we
brought all our containers of plants and trees with us about a 10 minute drive from our
previous rental property. Now we are happy homeowners! I love any tropical plants-
Mandevillas, Bougainvillas, Orchids, etc. This will be my first experience with my own
garden and landscaping. From our nearly bare backyard will rise healthy trees, a backyard
wildflower garden, a fishpond, and a front flowerbed. Also new trees and flowerbushes and
a climbing rose in the frontyard. Ambitious and excited! My husband is the crafty one- he does stained glass, stepping stones, wood-working, and lots more. I prefer growing flowers
and plants and trees. I am an avid reader. I have a son in college and two dogs- a Dalmatian from Texas (Boo Boo) and a Dalmatian-English-Setter mix from Niagara Falls
(Amie)- the dogs are the girls that I never had. I have a lot of ideas for our gardens. I
appreciate your advice and look forward to making new on-line gardening friends wherever
you may be! Talk to you soon!

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651 posts in 3306 days

posted 02-27-2009 02:11 AM

Hi, everyone. My husband and I bought our first home in July 2008. Have always gardened in containers in rental properties. I am excited to be a homeowner now. I am going to start a wildflower garden in our backyard this spring. Any advice re what to do? I really have experience with mostly tropical plants. Any advice
regarding fish ponds? Please reply. Thank you for your help.

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14694 posts in 3901 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 02-27-2009 04:57 AM

Hi there and welcome to GT!
you’re almost a neighbour (I’m close to Brantford).

there are lots of discussions here about fish ponds. Do a search in the tags section.
Also… tell us more about your plans for the pond. Big? small?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 02-27-2009 09:06 AM

Hello and welcome to GT.
A really good mix for a wild garden can be found in most stores.The seeds that come in a can are a really nice mix and not expensive.I have used these before and got a really nice variety of flowers and display of color.Most of them self seed the next year.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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5121 posts in 3531 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 02-27-2009 09:10 AM

Welcome to the Garden Tenders, Firsttimegardenerlondon. I see that you are from London Ontario. Great spot to live. The position on the map suggests that you have a place near Thunder Bay. Is that correct or does it need to be repositioned?

It is good to see that you have started posting already. I note that you have planted a wildflower garden. How did that work out for you? I did that with one section, and it certainly was wild. There are a lot of different wild asters, commonly known as weeds :) Now I have to tame it. Please feel free to jump right in to the discussions and share your expertise. We love to learn. :)

Photos are always appreciated as they often show us a concept better that words. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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hardiness zone 9

posted 02-27-2009 09:25 AM

Hello and Welcome To GT!!! :-)

Yes, I am with Bon … wildflower mixes might be a good initial start with you adding your own choices as the season and years go on.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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