Courtyard Garden Two

20160103_190618Today I seem to have figured out how to add 2 images on one page. So here’s a picture of Willy dog, almost 2 years old now, and looking oh, so innocent sitting on the kitchen floor. How could such a handsome little thing become ssuch a terror when left alone outside?

The image below shows the back fence of the property. It separates my garden from the commercial parking lot on the other side. There was a line of Trees of Heaven (Ailanthus), I think, close to the fence. However, some of them were knocking over parts of the fence. Others had limbs leaning far over the house roof so I began trimming them last year (hence the Hugelbed). A month ago another big tree was cut completely and recently I had half of the last one removed.

While the removal of these trees will protect both the house and the fcnce, it will remove most of my shade from the incredibly hot afternoon sunshine. New, less rampant trees will need to replace them.

The corner where the fence meets the neighbour’s shed is where I hope to plant my Chief Joseph pine tree to give colour in winter. Centred along that section of the fence, if you look carefully, is the white lilac that I wrote about yesterday, and further along to the left is a very young Ninebark “Diablo” shrub. It’ll eventually reach 6 feet tall and should have deep purply-red leaves and white flowers in spring.

By the way, the taller shrubs just beyond that fence are traditional purple lilacs. I haven’t yet decided if they’ll go or not.

 

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About Trillium

Retired teacher living in Lillooet on the banks of the Fraser River in the mountains of the Interior of British Columbia in western Canada. I have gardened since I was 3 and I recently turned 71 years of age, so it has been a long time. I began gardening in southern Quebec in eastern Canada, just north of the Vermont border. Next, I tried it in Prince George, in central British Columbia, where the temperature ranges from -50F in winter to +95F in summer. After my fill of that, I moved to central Vancouver Island in south-west BC and gardened in pots on a sailboat for 11 years followed by a ten-year stint in a narrow, trailer-park garden in the temperate rainforest. At last, in July of 2014, I bought my current home in the drylands of the southern Interior of the Province to begin the learning curve once again. It's been a ride!!
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