Late July

Manoeuvering Around the Project


Further along in July, the addition is growing to its ultimate height and length, this image is a view of it from the Passthrough Garden. The tree with the shell wind chime is a “Beauty of Moscow” Lilac. The tall, pink flowers on the right are Nicotianas. The grape arbour is at the left.


This is the path between the end of the addition and the grape arbour. At the far end of this pathway is the entrance to the Pass-Through Garden. On the right is the Arbour Garden with a white lily in the foreground and Phlox, “David” enjoying his first really good growing season in several. In the previous garden, he had too much shade while last year he had too much sun and drought. Here, he gets morning sun and afternoon shade from the arbour. Perfect! 

Where the camera person is standing, the Back-Stretch Garden leads around the rear of the addition to the Courtyard Garden. It got its name from Willy dog’s habit of taking 5 minutes or so each evening to race at top speed from the front gate, around the house to the Veggie Garden gate at the far end of the Courtyard Garden and back again, skidding around all the corners. He does this 3 or 4 times, then rests with his tongue hanging out. Quite funny to watch as long as you stay out of his way!


Here’s the Pass-Through Garden in late July. Easy to see are the Monarda, Nicotianas, Coleus, red Begonias and Garlic scapes pushing up through the Azalea bush. You can also see how crowded is the garden shed! One day, it’ll be replaced with a shed whose door will actually close!

The shrub in the big pot is one of two pots of red and yellow-twigged dogwoods (Cornus) that I bought and started as cuttings this Spring. They’ll stay in their pots through the winter and, hopefully, will add some bright colour to the garden in late winter. Also, their leaves turn a wonderful pale yellow in Fall. They always remind me of the scenes from “The Hobbit” in which Frodo falls asleep under the old willow tree! Hopefully, one pot will go on each deck or patio.

So much for July in this quick update. As you can see, I am constantly making and changing future garden plans while trying to improve the existing ones. I have killed so many plants! Now that many of them have been here (the survivors, that is!) for a couple of years in summer and winter, I’m learning where their preferred sitings are. Lots of them are scheduled for moves this Spring. I have also begun investing in ornamental shrubs, both deciduous and evergreen.

This year in September, I added a Skyrocket Juniper and 2 blue Junipers as well as a pink Rose of Sharon. Also an orange everblooming bedding rose. All of these were well marked down in price and needed lots of water to help them get settled, even with all the rain. Let’s see how they get through Winter (-20C and windy tonight).

Next time, we’ll move on through August.




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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