What a treat, Mich! The hostas are out of this world, and backed up to that wooded area appear even more beautiful.
What are the other things started there by the iris and daylilies, please? Also, that garden area appears to go almost down to the lake. Is that right? The second pic you show, with the >>red<< & yellow flowers against the water background is too beautiful. I really love the color you all have painted your deck.
How much of that has come back from previous years and how much do you have to replant every Spring?
To answer Kerouac, drainage has been a learning process through the years. The home did not have any eavestroughs or downspouts for the rain to be directed away from the house so we had a lot of water around the house after heavy rains, but have since installed a proper system so this has been resolved.
I will take a picture of our driveway up top of the property to show you that decline, we have since added a drain at the bottom of the driveway that diverts water to a creek between us and the neighbours. We have created pathways for water to go all the way down the property through the years.
Bixa, yes there are day lillies, irises, peonies, flox, christmas flowers, primrose, daisies, cornflowers, delphinias, bleeding hearts, pansies all to flower in the coming weeks and month.
In the boxes are the annuals, petunias and different types of daisies this year. Other years I have done begonias, impatienens, etc. We chose the green for the decking to blend in with the surroundings. The gardens are on the bottom half of the property and yes right down to the lake. The house is in the middle, then 57 stairs up to the bottom of the driveway where I have planted perennial ground cover and some bushes such as wild rose and holly bushes. Cheers, Mich
I hope to take pictures about a month from now when some of these plants begin to flower.
Thanks Deyana and Rikita! Yes, I love the butterflies but more so the hummingbirds that seem suspended in air feeding off the flowers in the boxes hanging off the deck.
Yes Bixa, my husband has made it easier by having two lawnmowers, one for the top of the property up by the garage where there is also a big lawn but flat, and one for the lower half to the lake. He has quite a system of getting the hills done, he goes down them halfway and then comes down the hill and pushes upwards. He also now splits the days he mows. Top half one day and bottom another or it would take him all day.
Maintenance on a property this size is time consuming and the older we are getting more difficult on the knees and shoulders. If we decide to stay past the next 10 years we will have to hire a service to do the lawns and shovel/plow the snow in winter. We cannot imagine moving back to the city, but eventually we will have to.
Thank you so very much Mick. I bought the Echevarias in respect to you and Bixa as you both have inspired me to expand my garden to include succulents and cacti. The Gerbera are a couple of years old now.
Because we are on a hillside the gardens can become quite dry, therefore, no slugs. If we are have a very damp summer I will have slugs and the horrible earwigs that is when you put out a shallow bowl or plate with soap and water to attract them there instead of your plants.
mich, I'm much the same as you, a country girl at heart. I was born on a farm and have somehow or other always veered towards the country life. I don't like the idea of having to move to the city one day either, have you ever thought of getting an apartment in the city and still keeping your country home? It's something I would really like to do...
Right now my sons and boyfriend do much of the yard work for me, I do some, but not that much really. Hiring someone to do it in the future sounds like a plan...
Deyana when we bought this house it was from owners who had done that for years. They had a house in the city and this one for summer use. It was in poor shape when we bought it (that is the only reason why we could afford it) and after 13 years we have finally just about finished the renovations and gotten the gardens and lawns back. We hope to enjoy it now for the next 10 or so years and then see if we can hire services to do the difficult work. But when we move back to the city we hope to have an apartment near the lake with a good view of it. Cheers, Mich
It sounds wonderful, mich. Canada is just full of natural beauty, one of things I most like about it. I just never get enough of exploring this country and there is so much still to discover.
And if you can get away to warmer climates during the winter months, it's just ideal. I'd like to spend the winters in India or other parts of Europe one day, or maybe even Mexico or South America ... But at the moment I have a real yearning to travel across Mexico and south America, all the way to Chile. It would be an amazing trip. It's just finding the time, as it would take a few months to do it properly. Maybe it's just a case of 'biting the bullet' for me I think. It won't be for a couple of years yet though, gives me time to prepare!
I thought I would show you the work that was done recently on our driveway where we had railway ties taken away and replaced with crushed rock. The railway ties were rotting and breaking apart after each rainfall.
down we go!
some wild strawberries. Up at the road we have raspberry bushes as well.
and down onto the deck. We are always planting perrenials along the way down to prevent more erosion.
Impatiens this time.
My planter boxes than hang from my deck.
I did get a tomato plant into the garden this year, cannot wait for it to produce!
One of my hostas that is having a good year so far!
We wanted a low maintenance solution. Now we have completed removing all the wood retaining walls that were here when we purchased the property.
In the first picture, the rocks that are built into the hill forming a small garden with the three new hostas, they are the rocks we removed from our fireplace in the house! They have some nice crystals and coloring through them in greys and pinks. Recycle!
You are absolutely correct Kerouac, after our winter, we are so relieved to see something other than white!
Erosion has been a problem and it has taken experiences to teach us the power of the flow of water. We have created pathways for the water to divert to even to the extent of placing drains and pipes underground to help with the winter melt and the summer rainstorms. Keeping vegetation on the steep parts of the hill keeps the ground firm.
Lugg here are a few winter photos.
Today it was 30C and in January/February it is typically -30C. We do have four distinct seasons, I enjoy 3 of them and about 1 week of the 4th.