Today is rainy, but I managed to grab some pics of the garden yesterday during the sunny part of the afternoon. The summer here has been quite cool and rainy, unlike the blistering humid summers that we are used to during these months. In spite of this the flowers keep growing 😀 My dirt hole has become a bit of a weed hole, but like when working on a piano work, one learns the mechanics of the piece with the mind while letting it speak to your heart about what it needs in its expressive shaping. Now that I know what is under the ground, I can contribute to its current vision and try to make it my own as well for next year.
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It’s been a little while since I wrote about our garden, and I thought we were due for an update. In 5 weeks it’s completely bloomed! The tulips have come and gone, the peonies at the end of their bloom, and other various ground covers have little flowers on them too. In the meantime we’ve replaced the pool liner and been in for a few swims 🙂 Come on over, the water is divine!
Here’s the Front yard:
Dandelions and I don’t get along. When we were living in Brampton, they had just implemented a ‘no herbicide’ policy on city parks and properties. I get that. It’s better for the environment, which I do feel very strongly about, and our four legged friends don’t have to walk on the stuff, absorbing the chemicals through their paws and tracking it back to the house. But they sure make it hard to keep a healthy lawn! Worse yet, the homeowner behind us did NOTHING to maintain his yard so his THOUSANDS of weed seeds would inevitably blow through the fence and land on our property 😥 I had no previous experience with weeds. Or lawns and gardens for that matter: my parents always did that part of the yard work growing up–I was just left to water the lawn, and even then I was pretty bad at it! Now I’ve had some practice, I think I’ve found the most effective way to pull out dandelions by the roots, while minimizing the damage to the surrounding plant life. I’ve tried mowing over them, but the lawn mower just pushes them down, only to have them pop right back up a day later. I’ve tried those weed remover tools, but 90% of the time you only pull up the top part, along with the grass around it, plus leaving big holes in the soil (they say they don’t, but they do! 😦 ) and the roots are still left in the ground.
Here’s the Reenie-Approved Dandelion Removal Method (super official :-D) Continue reading
For Part 1 click here
Picking your plants
I live 5 minutes away from Sheridan Nursuries, a premium garden centre here in the Toronto area. I don’t shop here often, but experience has proven that their plants are stronger, provide better fruits and flowers than your local hardware garden centre, and they have an amazing selection.
Today I only had budgeted enough for some perennial ground cover plants to start. Later in the summer or next year, I might look into getting a rhubarb, some lilacs, roses, and a Japanese Maple, but for now I just wanted that Dirt Hole gone. Eventually, I want to start a vegetable garden too. Apparently Sheridan has amazing fall sales–a friend of mine describes it as Boxing Day for plants 😀
Here are the ones I picked:
Hi! So much has happened in the last few months since moving into our new home and I have been experimenting with furniture restoration and upcycling that I had been thinking about ways to help me share updates with family and friends, as well as keep my ideas and thoughts organized. A friend of mine (designmotifblog Check it out!) has been blogging about her own home and design journey, and I thought perhaps I’d try the same.
I wrote a guest post a while back on her site about a side table which I upcycled, and I guess I caught the blogging bug 🙂
So here it is. My first post!
Early this spring we had massive flooding in our basement, revealing that we had a huge crack in our foundation and poor grading in the ground towards the house. When the weather was finally warm and dry enough we had a company come and dig it up, repair the foundation and install a new membrane and weeping tile. A couple of rainstorms later and we are still dry!
The foundation repair led to the subject of today’s entry–the resulting patch of clay (hereafter called “Dirt Hole”) in my front garden.