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Blog entry by stefang posted 06-27-2010 05:47 PM 1029 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi friends, I just thought I would post a few current pics of our garden. there’s a little more color now, so it isn’t going to get any better this season. I hope you’re not too tired of seeing it, but we don’t have all the beautiful flowers most of you have.

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The Spirea did well this year
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Our little Hawthorne tree is flowering
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This is the garden shed I built. I’ll take some pics of the interior another time to show you how it is set-up. It’s not fancy, but styled to go with the house. The shape of our house might look strange to you folks over there, but it is a style that is peculiar to our area. In the old days, People lived in the tall part and kept animals in the end parts which you see jutting out. Yesteryear’s insulation perhaps. So even though a strange design by most folks standards, the design is part of the culture here. Many of the old ones around here are over 160 years old. Our house is just a modern copy

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Our little Japanese blood maple has been stuggling to survive the last few years, but it seems to be doing better this year.

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This is what my wife sees when she sits on her new garden bench
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A small area behind our garage. I wanted to show you the roof I built on to keep our firewood dry. I commented on Houtje’s post that he had inspired me to use the pallet I have to make something with. That’s it leaning against the wall. and a 2nd shot from a different angle showing our leftover wood from winter. Believe it or not we are still burning occasionally due to unseasonably cold weather here

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  • These are the Venetian blinds my wife made me put up to hide my ‘ugly’ tools from view. It is good to have though because the sun (when we have it) can get in my eyes when I’m working in front of those doors.

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The peppermint bushes are blooming nicely now, and the rhubarb in the 2nd photo is ready to harvest (more pies), and the 3rd picture shows a new leisure gardening technique ( I hope she doen’t catch me this time

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And lastly a lawn in need of a little TLC.*

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Well that’s it for this time. I hope you are all enjoying your gardens and/or watching the football world cup games.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian



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stefang

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hardiness zone 7

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jroot

5121 posts in 3438 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-27-2010 05:56 PM

Fabulous gardens, Mike. I spy rhubarb in the 3rd last photo. Time to start baking.

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

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3437 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-27-2010 06:51 PM

I like your gardens, Mike. They look so healthy and restful. (Even though I know how much work went into making them look like that.) The lawn has certainly greened up as you said it would. The view Lillian has when she takes a rest on the garden bench is very nice.

Spirea is one of my favorite bushes. I’m not sure why but it always reminds me of my mother. When I was a little girl, my friends and I would gather the fallen petals and pretend it was confetti, and use it in pretend weddings. :)

When you continue to tell us about the cool (cold) temps there, I feel badly for you. I wait anxiously for spring to arrive, and as you can tell from my gardens, plant, plant, plant and cultivate flowers, and pretend (again) that I live in a tropical land where the flowers grow and bloom all year long. LOL

As I am not a football fan, I guess one could always say, “I’m glad I don’t have to look after the grass in that last picture.” :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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donjoe

220 posts in 2793 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-27-2010 07:00 PM

I think your garden area is very lovely. Everything looks so healthy. I’m sure you enjoy it very much. Nice tour Mike.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3070 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-28-2010 06:07 AM

I think your gardens look beautiful. You might not have as many flowers as some gardens, but you and Lillian have chosen a variety of plants with different heights, shapes, textures and colors that compliment each other very nicely. Your garden is gorgeously tended and very interesting. I think you are doing marvelously and I like that you share your gardens with us. When I compare these photos with the photos after your power raking to remove the moss, your lawn did fill back in and has become a dream lawn! I can just imagine running around barefoot on it. : )

A funny note: we went to a party yesterday at a friend’s house. He is busily removing most of his grass and encouraging mosses to grow. He is very interested in bonsai and has created a miniature forest of bonsai in his moss and rock yard below a high canopy of mature trees that create the perfect growing conditions for his diminutive forest. I wish I had brought a camera!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-28-2010 07:16 AM

Thanks so much for the nice compliments everyone. The lawn should actually be much better, but it’s been very dry since early spring. We have had a few showers, but not nearly enough so far.

I can almost see your friend’s garden in my mind’s eye Robin I have spent some time in Japan and it sounds right. I absolutely love bonsai trees. Maybe you could send us a photo of your friend’s garden another time?

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Bon

7374 posts in 3588 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-28-2010 08:17 AM

Your yard is looking really good Mike.Like Robin said the colors of the different trees and plants make a showy landscape.Nice job.

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

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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-28-2010 09:10 AM

Thanks Bon. I do miss having lots of flowers though. I will just have to continue enjoying yours and others on GT.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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AnnaCatherine

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posted 06-28-2010 11:18 AM

Wow, what a view. Just amazing! I love and can appreciate all the hard work you have put into your garden. Lovely!

-- Anna-Catherine

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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
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posted 06-28-2010 11:48 AM

Thanks Anne-Catherine. Hard work? Not at all, I just let my wife do it all, lol.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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sharad

1671 posts in 3025 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 06-29-2010 01:50 AM

Mike, marvelous pictures of your garden and house. The greenery around more than compensates for lack of flowers. Would like to see many more pictures of the garden shed you have built. You are amazing.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-29-2010 02:19 AM

Thanks much Sharad. The garden shed is very simple in design and utilitarian. I will do a post on it, but first I have to get some large old garden umbrellas out of there as they take up so much space it would be difficult take a good photo.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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davidc61

417 posts in 2841 days
hardiness zone 4

posted 06-29-2010 03:36 AM

very nice Mike, it is nice to see all that blue sky helping to show of what most certainly a very nice garden, never will get sick of seeing you pictures. Oh I could have done with those snow shoes today we had a 10 minute hail storm.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3808 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-30-2010 06:34 AM

absolutely gorgeous! yup.. gorgeous!
and I smile when I see photos with the Mrs.. and then I smile again when I see how she is able to “not look at the camera” for the photos :)

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

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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 06-30-2010 08:00 AM

Another candid shot Debbie. Contrary to what I said in blog text I did show it to her before posting. She’s getting more used to the idea now. I am desensitizing her in incremental steps. I’m getting better at psychology, which I think is now on par with my gardening skills, lol.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3808 days
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posted 06-30-2010 04:25 PM

desensitization. Way to go, Dr. Mike :)

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

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lavender22

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posted 03-04-2013 06:12 PM

Very beautiful:)

-- I love hostas:)

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