Gardening -- Garden overview.
To give some perspective and reference points for the
other pages in this section, I have provided photos showing the
individual gardens in their totality, as well as some broader pictures
of the yards surrounding my home. (Each thumbnail photo can be enlarged
by clicking on the photo with the mouse.)
My home was built in the late 1940's and is situated on
a large pie-shaped lot, with the house positioned close to the street.
The front of the house faces almost due north. This leaves a
substantial rear, south exposure yard with a small west side yard and
an even smaller garden area between the driveway and the house on the
east side. The west property line is marked with a mature cedar hedge
from 6-10 feet (2-3 m) high and about 6-8 feet (2-2.5 m) deep. The rear
yard is separated from the dead end street behind by a 6 foot (2 m)
solid cedar fence fronted by a caragana hedge; and a chain link fence
along the rear neighbour's yard.
This photo is taken from the rear of the back yard
looking to the north towards the house. The garage gardens are on the
right (east) side; there are gardens to the east, west and north
(beside the house) of the patio; a small garden further to the west and
one around the lilac tree in the foreground and another around the
lilac tree in the distance.
This photo is taken from the driveway looking
south-west across the rear yard. It shows the U-shaped garden along the
pathway to the patio as well as the vegetable garden and Japanese
lilac tree in the distance.
This photo is taken from the west side of the
patio looking to the south-east. It shows the garden along the west
edge of the patio and a portion of the more westerly garden. In the far
distance is a dark mauve lilac tree with a surrounding garden. There are also
plantings along the side of the garage. Behind the garage there are
three rows of raspberry plants as well as some hostas against the fence.
||Let's now take a closer look at the individual
gardens. Starting at the west edge of the rear yard, near the cedar
hedge and parallel with the patio, there is an oval garden with a mix
of perennials and some annuals. This garden has been undergoing changes
in the past couple of years, including the fall of 2007.
||Across a small area of grass, and along the
western edge of the patio, lies one of the main perennial gardens. Most
of the various lilies are located here, along with several phlox, two
peonies, many iris and springtime tulips and daffodils.
||To the east, on the other side of the patio is
the other main garden. This is a U-shaped mix of annuals and
perennials. The latter include shasta daisy, primrose, balloon flower,
a peony and some iris. In the spring there are many tulips and some
hyacinth. Just in front of the steps annuals are planted. These vary
each year and may include gerbera, snapdragon or other plants. Along
the foundation at the rear of the house is the main peony garden. On
the ends of the garden there are columbine, Mexican hat and other
perennials or annuals. There are tulips incorporated to add some colour
before the peonies bloom. Click
this link to see a close-up of this garden, taken from the
||You may have noticed in the photo above some pots
of plants on the driveway. Each year a mixture of houseplants and
annuals are placed in three or four urn planters. These planters are
moved about to line the driveway, or sit in front of the garage or on
the front steps.
||Moving to the front of the house, there are three
areas of garden. These areas are currently being redone as a result of
changes to the exterior of the house made in 2007. The main showpiece
garden follows the contour of the front walk and contains a mixture of
perennial shrubs, house plants and annuals. Against the front
foundation there is a garden structured around a Mugo pine. This garden
has perennial shrubs and hostas.
||In the south-west corner lies a small corner
garden with phlox, lilies and primrose.
||Finally, in the centre of the small front yard a
kidney-shaped garden displays daffodils in the spring and holds
geraniums brought from inside the house after that.
||Along the west side of the house there are some
pocket gardens. One garden (shown here) surrounds the base of a large
lilac shrub. Further along there are some lily of the valley and an
area with hydrangea. Tucked under the hedge, the azalea plants find a
home in the warmer months.