I thought it might be nice to do a walk through of our garden out on Pender. By the time July has arrived things are getting pretty dry due to the lack of rain making it a very different garden from the daffodil filled flower beds of spring.
I thought I would start by showing the Buddha bed, this flower bed has been a work in progress for quite sometime. Many parts of the garden had been quite neglected for years, and when we first bought the property the soil was like concrete with weeds and brambles. We have replaced soil and planted plants. Then we discovered some plants didn’t thrive in the location so we did some shifting and replacing of plants. It is a tricky spot because of how the light hits as it travels through the cedars, plus in the summer it is very dry. Eventually I will find what works in this location, but it is a learning process.
These are our vegetable and strawberry beds. We are still working on a small scale trying to figure out what will survive without constant watering. Last year we had great vegetables, that is definitely not happening this year. Perhaps we will have to work out a watering system.
The back part of the garden is left wild. This is great for games of hide and seek. The children keep a path neatly trampled through the area, this is mostly from their races when they run laps.
At the front we have the rose trellis. I am amazed this rose survives and blooms with such little watering. Someday I think it would be nice to put a bench beneath the trellis.
Finally we have the front of the house, this area is a real challenge especially with almost no rain. One area has grown basically nothing in the two years we have had the house, except for a couple of daffodils and a scrawny lily half eaten by deer. The soil is like concrete, or possibly harder. I decided to try to start replacing a bit of the soil and plant some “deer resistant” plants. The only way to shift the soil was to pour water on the soil, let it soak in, then scrape off a few inches of soil, and repeat……and repeat….and repeat.
I think word got out in the neighborhood that there was something crazy going on in our garden, after all who in their right mind would tackle this. During the few days I was working on this I had so many neighbors go for a leisurely walk past our place inspecting what was going on, it became quite funny in the end. I was even asked by one elderly lady “Do you know anything about gardening?”….. my answer was “I do in Alberta.”….. and then I quickly changed the conversation to knitting.
In the end I dug out holes 2-3 feet wide, replaced the soil, planted plants, put a circle of rocks around the area of replaced soil, and watered (a lot!). Perhaps in winter I can attack the area when it is wet and replace more soil.
I am hoping this area will beat the drought and beat the deer. Only time will tell.
I am sure my August garden will look a bit different with very little rain taking a toll on everything. I seem to be always on the lookout for drought resistant and deer resistant plants. I am looking for magical plants to work in the tricky growing conditions that summer (and deer) present.
Below are a few more images from the garden. Please click on the images to view full size.