We have continued the work on the “Front Yard Oasis” this fall. The design is coming together and it is even more stunning then the computer generated design. We have continued excavation of the river bed. What we originally thought would be 3 to 4 more yards of waste has become 9 to 10 yards of excavation. Painstakingly done with shovels and wheel barrows. The yard is very rocky so we have sifted through much of the waste to keep the larger rocks to incorporate back into the dry river bed we will be creating.
The garden bed areas are now all installed and filled with organic soil, peat moss, bone meal and blood meal…and are ready to plant. A path way will be installed to run along the river bed to allow stepping access to the garden areas and to visually separate the patio from the river bed. The path will consist of 3 inches of rainbow rock that has been purchased at “Hillside Stone & Garden” near Duncan BC. We will be using low edging along the pathway that Beryl – our garden owner has purchased. It will help to define the edges of the river bed and the pathway as well as the patio and will keep the decorative rock from mixing with the river bed. We excavated the path down to approximately 3 1/2 inches to ensure the path will be slightly lower then the patio so the stone will not migrate onto the patio.
These are the original designs on paper. In a future post I will post the original designs with the actual designs to show the evolution of creating a garden space and how similar and also how different it becomes. There will be many areas that mirror the designs but also differences as there are always changes and challenges that come with such an undertaking.
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We will beautify your outdoor space, take away the waste, plant your spring bulbs, plant a hedge or a single tree…whatever you desire…we will create it! Now is a great time of year to have your gardens re-designed or a new garden installed…we do both hardscaping and softscaping…and we are good at it! We love what we do and would love to show you. We will winterize your gardens to ensure they thrive over the winter and into next season. Add mulch to protect the roots from winter weather, great for weed management and will beautify your outdoor space!
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Recently, I took a phone call from a garden owner wanting some advice on how to insure his fruit trees would have a good pollination which correlates to a higher yield of fruit. It is quite simple really. He explained to me that his fruit trees are in an area of his property completely separate from his flower beds and flowering shrubs. He has fenced in the area to keep deer and other plant eating rodents out and has struggled for two years with low fruit yields. The trees themselves are quite healthy and growing well. They just have not produced the amount of fruit he felt they should.
I explained to him, the past year of strange weather did not help. Here on Vancouver Island we had a very late spring, many of the flowering trees and shrubs were 6 weeks behind because we had such a cold winter and a late one at that. So when the pollinators (bees, ladybugs, butterflies,etc) have come to your garden and cannot find food, they move on.
Plants give off what is called “Pheromones” which are used for many things…one of which is communication among plants and with insects. When the plant starts to flower and needs to be pollinated for sustainability, it releases its pheromones into the air to attract pollinators. So to increase the pollination processes in your garden and off set things like cold winters, late bloomers, etc…choose companion plants to grow with or near your fruit trees that will increase your trees chances of getting a high pollination count. Choosing flowers that bloom for long periods of time to overlap with the fruit trees helps encourage pollination. Choose daffodils, garlic, lavender, rosemary, marigolds or heather. They will not only attract the right pollinators to your garden but also deter pests with their strong odors and help to keep your garden healthy for years to come.
Also…these choices are also deer resistant. I have never seen deer eat these plants so it just might help to keep your plants from being eaten.
Happy Gardening…see you in the garden or the garden centre! 🙂
We do regular lawn maintenance for Teresa and Patty and were ask to clean the garden bed along the house. It was a 2.5 hour job and had a truck load of waste to take away. Happy planting Teresa 🙂
In an earlier post I showed the beginning of a new front garden design. The work continues and here is the design on paper with the before pics and the concept design.
The patio will not be exactly as shown although she has chosen different hues of pink.
This small patio space was originally seeded with grass that would not grow. It is in a condominium complex and has excess water in the patio area most of the year. The natural drainage of rainwater runs off of their patio as their patio sits lower and is the last one right beside the complex’s green space. They had reseeded the area hoping it would fill in with grass. However the grass was spotty at best and the area was muddy for much of the year. They wanted a clean space that was not only attractive but usable all year long. It was agreed that the sod should come out and be replaced with landscape fabric and then stone. The fabric would allow the excess water to drain as would the stone. Better drainage would mean dryer all year. So we went to work cutting the sod out and then covering with two layers of landscape fabric. Susan chose 3/4 inch limestone for its beauty and ease of walking on, for themselves and their family dog. We layered the stone 3 inches deep on top of the fabric being careful to tuck the fabric tight against the fence so no weeds would grow. It turned out beautiful and Susan and Len love their new look.
Patio prepped and ready to transform
This season is the busiest I have ever had and there has been no time to update the website. The challenge as always is the weather and it has been extreme this year.
I trimmed a Boxwood hedge that had not been trimmed since it was planted. Some of the plants were larger then others so the challenge was to try and bring them down to the same size.