Courtyard Garden (Again)

Two pictures today; The one on the top is how it looks now in the Courtyard Garden – not very inspiring, is it?

Nevertheless, by summer it should look much better, with Chief Joseph pine against the right of the fence where it meets that shed, and lilac and Physocarpus (Nine-Bark) to the left of it with, as fillers, various perennials and ferns.

That small metal table will remain once the ground under it is levelled and planted to resemble a small forest clearing. Against the wall of the garden shed are lots of Solomon’s Seals, a Clematis, Sweet William plants and lilies. I found last summer that hostas and coleus do well here, so there will be several of them, too.

The other image shows Willy’s Pond as it looked late last summer.

It is planted with potted Equisitum (Horsetail) and a grass whose name currently escapes me. Beside it in a pot is a variegated scented geranium (mosquitoes don’t like them) and surrounding it are various smaller plants such as Hosta “Blue Mouse Ears”, Salal bushes, Northern Male Fern, Sanguisorba menzieskii and daylilies.

Across the little bridge from the pond is the Dwarf Alberta Spruce tree, the Dogwood and Japanese Maple, and their companions, more Coleus, Hellebores, buttercups and several native mulleins.

I’m thinking of putting in a board pathway through the greenery to the bridge, but I wonder if it will be too slippery in winter. Maybe bark mulch would work better…

Dec 20, 2015



June 23, 2015- 2

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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