One more picture…

This picture from Rick and Heather Hopkins garden failed to upload the first time but here it is now…a great example of how to disguise ugly culverts in a beautiful fashion!

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Makes it look like a welcoming cave instead of ho-hum culvert. I love this idea…

2013 North Peace Garden Tour 8 of 8 : )

And last, but certainly not least, were the gardens of Rick and Heather Hopkins. Over two decades of rock collecting gives this garden oodles of interest.

2013 North Peace Garden Tour 7 of 8 : )

This week the Dawson Creek school buses were cancelled twice due to cold and snow. The snow is tumbling down as I type. It is hard to believe all the beauty that awaits next spring is simmering beneath those frozen drifts of snow. A perfect day to grab a mug of your favourite herbal tea (from dried herbs gathered from your own garden of course!) and check out the last couple gardens on the North Peace Tour this summer.

The seventh garden belongs to Brenda and Dick Katerburg. Part of the blurb in the brochure reads “What do you do you do when you retire from the farm? Downsize.” The garden may be smaller than the one on the farm but it is big on beauty. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge them for a better view…

2013 North Peace Garden Tour 5 of 8 Continued

Finally, as promised, here are some more pictures from the Greenwood garden…I snagged them off Darcy’s camera since my own camera battery up and died just as I got to the backyard…

Darcy is a far more creative photographer than I am...love how he captured both the mirror on the fence and the window boxes.

Darcy is a far more creative photographer than I am…love how he captured both the mirror on the fence and the gorgeous window boxes.

A view of the backyard

A view of the backyard

and another...

and another…

Love how the top floor of the house resembles the bow of a ship...and the window boxes are pretty magnificent too.

Love how the top floor of the house resembles the bow of a ship…and the window boxes are pretty magnificent too.

Beautifully landscaped. Note the use of stones and the brass headboard.

Beautifully landscaped. Note the use of stones and the brass headboard.

A clematis clamors up the side of a generous bird feeder

A clematis clamors up the side of a generous bird feeder

The back deck offers shade, shelter from the elements and a cozy place to view the gardens and the lake.

The back deck offers shade, shelter from the elements and a cozy place to view the gardens and the lake.

A cable spool artistically splashed with rustic stain and outfitted with castors makes a perfect table.

A cable spool artistically splashed with rustic stain and outfitted with castors makes a perfect table.

The sign says it all!

The sign says it all!

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I will be adding some more images to the Greenwood garden (5 of 8) as soon as I can remember to grab them from Darcy’s camera. In the meantime here are some glimpses of Ellen and Dan Bridge’s garden. This one has been on the tour before and it’s easy to see why! This massive garden has everything it takes to turn visitors as green as Ellen’s thumb. Just beautiful.

Have a look…

2013 North Peace Garden Tour 5 of 8 : )

Next up were the picturesque lakeside gardens of Linda & Jay Greenwood. It was here that–horror of garden tour horrors–my battery in my new camera died despite it having a full charge. Of course it was Sunday and we were 50 km from home and it wasn’t just any battery but a very specific rechargeable battery. Arrrghhhh! Fortunately Darcy had his camera and managed to pick up a few shots I missed, but it was a valuable lesson for next year. Bring two batteries. Or a different camera!

Maybe I’ll have a garden like this one day…when pigs fly! Loved this cheerful winged pig perched on the fence.

Another magazine worthy entrance. Just gorgeous…

And look at those perfect window boxes, not to mention the border beds and vines.

The calm before the storm…me catching a shot of Darcy making his way down to the backyard unaware my camera was about to die.

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Linda I presume, working in her gorgeous garden. Can you imagine a landscape like that? I wouldn’t know what to do first, look at the flowers or look at the lake. Who am I kidding? I’d look at the flowers. THEN I’d look at the lake.

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This was my last shot before my camera closed up and died. I will add some more shots from Darcy’s camera as soon as I manage to transfer them. In the meantime I leave you with these beautiful delphiniums filtering the lake view beyond…

to be continued…

2013 North Peace Garden Tour 4 of 8 : )

Lori and John Burdock have a beautiful yard full of everything a gardener could want; trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, a vegetable plot and even a completely restored antique truck!

All that and a gorgeous truck too! I couldn't resist taking a picture.

I am sure the owner of this gorgeous truck would strongly object to it being seen as a garden ornament,  but I couldn’t resist taking a picture : )

This faux fence serves as a backdrop for the perennials in front. I love this idea!

This faux fence serves as a backdrop for the perennials in front. I love this idea!

Now that's a rock! Perfectly positioned by this mature shrub it makes a wonderful exclamation point in the garden.

Now that’s a rock! Perfectly positioned by this mature shrub it makes a wonderful exclamation point in the garden.

Here's Darcy photo bombing a beautiful border. Look at those yellow lilies!

There’s Darcy photo bombing a beautiful border. Look at those yellow lilies!

Alliums look gorgeous when they bloom but I like them best after the seed heads form like this one. I have heard of people spray painting them while they're still in the garden...not sure if I would like that or not, but it is certainly a different idea.

Alliums look gorgeous when they bloom but I like them best after the seed heads form like this. I have heard of people spray painting the seed heads while they’re still in the garden…pastels, bright red, copper, black, etc. I am kind of a fan of the natural so I’m not sure if I would like that or not, but it is certainly a different idea that might be fun to try. Apologies for the seed head being out of focus…

Another beautiful border...

Another beautiful border…

The mark of a true gardener is knowing how to use plants. Goutweed is horribly invasive but it is also terribly beautiful.  Here is provides a living mulch for a thriving spruce tree while mowing takes care of the border keeping it in check. The tree looks like it's floating in a variegated foamy sea!

The mark of a true gardener is knowing how to use plants. Goutweed is horribly invasive but it is also terribly beautiful. Here it provides a living mulch for a thriving spruce tree while the borders are kept in check. The tree looks as if it is floating in a foamy green sea. If you are careful to position goutweed where you can mow around the edges you can keep it from spreading…sort of!

A thriving vegetable garden and a pile of drying lawn clippings waiting to be used as mulch.

A thriving vegetable garden and a pile of lawn clippings waiting to be used as mulch. And a chair for relaxing in when you’re done!

Here a small trellis helps keep squash off the ground.

Here a small trellis helps keep squash off the ground.

Look at all the zucchini!

Look at all the zucchini!

Tomatoes absolutely loaded with blossoms thrive under the frost cloth...excellent use of season extenders!

Tomatoes absolutely loaded with blossoms thrive under this frost cloth…excellent use of season extenders! Love the permanent pathways and the pots of geraniums too.

Hot stuff! Beautiful stove and one of the most unique fire pits I have ever seen...

Hot stuff! Beautiful stove and one of the most unique fire pits I have ever seen…

Ha!

Ha!