Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Garden Tour Part I

I thought I would welcome summer (I know, it's not here officially yet, but I can't wait any longer) by taking you on a wee tour of my garden. As you know, we have recently moved and this is a new garden for me. I am slowly discovering its beauty and learning how to tend it according to light and so on. The garden was for the most part professionally landscaped a few years back, and while it is beautifully done and symmetrical and all that, I find it is a little too perfect in spots, particularly at the front, so I am slowly going to remedy that by putting my own touches to reflect my likes. Also, the landscaping was done in such a way as to provide a low maintenance garden, which has its value, but I happen to like gardening, so finding myself just trimming a few bushes and pulling a few weeds leaves me wanting more.

So, without further ado...

This is a view of the side of the house. It is a very shady spot thanks to several serviceberry trees. I missed taking a picture of them when they were in full bloom (I had lost my memory card). I was lucky enough however to catch the bridal bush shrub in bloom:

Here is the lovely wrought iron gate entrance to the backyard:

This is a pretty flower called Snow-In-Summer, growing along the rock retaining wall:

This charming plant is a native woodland flower called Solomon's Seal that thrives in the shade and is supposed to have healing properties:
A friend told me that these were Dutchman's breeches, a plant with the most adorable flowers that look, as its name implies, like little pantaloons flowing in the breeze on a clothesline. However a little research revealed that these were Solomon's Seal rather, but they are somewhat similar.

And finally, one of my added touches, with more to come, columbines:
I adore columbines, I find them at once complex and cheerful, elegant and whimsical. Definitely not boring. One of my all time favourites.

Now I would have liked to show you more of my garden, but blogger is not letting me upload more pictures. That's very mean. That's why I'm calling this post Part I. I will be back with part II and maybe parts III and IV, depending on how many pics blogger lets me upload!

Have a lovely day everyone!