This marks my 100th post! I started this blog for a few reasons. I love to garden and I love to write, but mostly it came from having huge respect for those who successfully garden in cold climates and a desire to share what they do. The idea was spurred on by a friend–and fabulous gardener–from the south who shook her head at the idea of people actually attempting to garden in Zone 2b. I forget exactly what she said but part of it was “You just grow our weeds up there!”
Of course, I was insulted. But then I realized we do grow a lot of plants that southern gardeners consider invasive. And several of them even contain the word “weed” in their name. Goutweed, Joe Pye weed, Mountain Knapweed…and the list goes on. So she had a point. Zone 8 we clearly ain’t but that doesn’t mean our gardens aren’t magazine worthy! The Peace Country is a challenging place to grow plants but like so many in colder climates, we do so with great success. I am pleased to say my friend has stopped by to visit the site on a few occasions and has admitted to being blown away by what our gardeners create.
Every year when we go on garden tours I am blown away too!
Here is another example of one of our gardeners working their magic…a glimpse into the lovely garden of Dixie Kotylak.
Several flower-packed containers flow along the house. A thick gravel mulch provides great drainage while keeping things weed-free.
Delphiniums rollick in a container.
A close up of those beautiful delphinium blooms…love the contrast of deep purple edged with blue!
Roses, daylilies and more fill a bed alongside the house.
I love thyme planted between paving stones…just wish I had the patience to weed it!
An eye catching mix of containers filled with flowers along the garage wall…
An exquisite sun catcher hanging from a Thunderchild crab apple tree.
“A Secret Garden” tucked behind the garage is filled with an assortment of thriving perennials…
A healthy hosta just starting to bloom…
Loved the thoughtful touches such as these blossoms floating in the birdbath…