18th Jun, 2012

Summer in the garden

This has been the busiest season ever for our design business meaning that seven day work weeks have kept me hopping.

Here’s the garden this week. It’s a riot of foliage colour, depth and layering. I could spend hours just staring at it, if there was but time. This is a predicament that’s sort of crazy:  have a great garden and ignore it.  But it also shows that a garden beautifully planted and carefully thought out can get along quite nicely on its own. I never know whether to be chastised or grateful. Both I suspect.

2012 June mid gardenThe variegated dogwoods look particularly good:

Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ in the background and Cornus ‘Samaritan closer to the house. Both superb plants which I’d been a little nervous about putting so close together. Never mind.  It does work because that great looming viburnum keeps them apart.

Here’s one of the videos we did for the Globe a few weeks ago.  Today we’re shooting another four and i’ll put them on here when things are ready.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/gardening/gardening-basics/video-everything-you-need-to-know-about-preparing-plant-containers-for-summer/article2433924/?view=life

Now that things have calmed down in the garden renovating world, I’ll try to do this more often.  There are so many plants I would like you to see. The Globe has Plant of the Week on a sporadic basis. I have to keep checking too.

Responses

This question is timely in terms of who much to do in the garden. My yard was newly landscaped last year with a choice of “idiot-proof, low-maintenance” perennials and I was careful to water them every five days as instructed by the landscaper.
Now this year I want to keep them watered but here’s the question in light of the extreme heat. Is it true I shouldn’t water them in extreme heat for fear of boiling them? In the current heat wave it’s still pretty hot even in the morning and evening.
….Liz

Water as early in the morning as you possibly can managed it. Do it at the base of the plants not flicking it all over the place. They need all the help they can get in this heat.

Marjorie, we love you. You turned our mudpit that endured renovation hell, boring backyard into an oasis. We love sitting outside with a glass of wine and marveling at the beautiful and interesting plants and trees and flowers you have planted for us. We recommend you to everyone and love to entertain and brag about our garden.

Just wanted to say hi and thank you for everything. Also, we hope to see you soon and share a glass of wine as we plan phase 2 and 3 of our garden makeover!

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