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!
Makes it look like a welcoming cave instead of ho-hum culvert. I love this idea…
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 gorgeous window boxes.
A view of the backyard
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.
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.
A cable spool artistically splashed with rustic stain and outfitted with castors makes a perfect table.
The sign says it all!
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.
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.
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…
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!
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!
Now that’s a rock! Perfectly positioned by this mature shrub it makes a wonderful exclamation point in the garden.
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. 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…
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 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.
Look at all the zucchini!
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…
Next up were the expansive hilltop gardens of Ellen and Glenn Fox. Ellen is one of those beautiful people who are born with a green thumb, a warm personality and is more than willing to share her knowledge. I got so caught up visiting with Ellen and looking at the plants I didn’t take near enough pictures and the ones I did take probably don’t do her garden justice. They capture lots of beauty spots, but not the scope of her huge space.
An old sewing machine makes a seamless transition into a garden bed.
Ellen’s wraparound deck has more plants on it than most people’s entire gardens! Herbs and flowers thrive on the sunny side.
On the shady side of the house baskets brim over with begonias.
More displays on deck!
Nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas look fabulous together.
A huge mock orange fills the space by the stairs while pots of plants dangle overhead.
These red shamrocks are prolific self seeders. Ellen uses this to the garden’s advantage even popping them into containers for colorful displays.
More lucky red shamrocks!
When adding colour to your garden think beyond blooms; colorful grasses and vines add beauty to the garden all season long.
Now THAT’S a garden bed!
Linda Greene of The Greenehouse in Farmington is always a popular vendor on the garden tours; here she is set up in Ellen and Glenn’s yard.
The garden cat inspects a clematis seed head…
Ellen has a huge family with lots of gifted grandchildren who are responsible for these paintings in the lower part of the yard.
I’m guessing a horse loving grandchild did this one…
And it looks like there might be a budding gardener in the bunch as well!
Next up was the home and garden of Jean & Bertrand Gammage…
A very peaceful and Buddha-ful garden!
This beautiful orange tree loaded with miniature fruit obviously loves its summer home. We used to have one years ago, though nowhere near as healthy as this one. I remember when ours finally produced some little oranges Darcy was certain they would be the “sweetest little nectarines in the world”…not so! The look on his puckered up face was priceless.
Gravel mulch not only suppresses weeds and helps hold in moisture, but it also holds heat; perfect for sun loving or tender plants.
Entering the backyard…
The back garden was filled with strategically placed stones, pieces of wood and Buddha sculptures.
and very simplistic and effective displays…it was truly a delight to find this Asian styled garden nestled in a backyard in Northern BC!