Its been a busy long weekend and my walking schedule has been off track. Today I knew I had to get walking after all that wonderful food over the weekend. Between car shows and family get togethers, its been fun. What a better way to get renewed energy than to get some exercise in. You see I am working up to doing at least an hour a day of walking. I had no idea how much I would see on my walks. So if you see me with my camera don’t be surprised as I am trying to catch some of our local gardens at their best.
Today’s walk started with a stroll across the grounds of McKee seniors center. I could see one of the containers that the city tends to looking pretty wonderful. The mix of foliage is amazing! I see a few Osteospermum in bloom and they will produce more blooms as our fall approaches. They are best in spring and fall and must not like our hot summer.
I walked up 53 street and along Linden drive to see what people had growing. Many gardens are dry and weary looking from our lack of rainfall. As I turned to go down 54 street I could see a few sculptured plants like the one above. It’s not my style. I don’t think I have the patience to do this type of topiary. My garden is more english country and informal. Walking further to 50 avenue I was greeted by a neighbour. That’s how it is here. Everyone is so friendly. I mentioned I was scouting gardens along my walk and he suggested a garden two doors away. Lucky for me the garden owner was right there and invited me into her back yard. Mike and Jill Leigh have worked on this next garden and its truly been a labor of love.
This garden is tiny but it’s planted to capacity with a careful choice of plant material. When you garden in a small space you have to use plants that give you different seasons of colour. So good selection is key. This tiny garden has a lovely pond with a waterfall. They stopped placing koi in the pond as the raccoons made this their ‘all you can eat’ buffet.
Water lettuce were carefully placed back in the pond after spending the night in a bucket away from the pesky raccoons.
Planters are filled with colourful annuals from Marigolds and Dahlias to Celosia adding hot colours to this shady garden.
Red and white New Guinea Impatiens are planted along the deck. These annual flowers are resistant to the downy mildew affecting regular Impatiens.
A bench made for a nice place to sit and listen to the water as it cascaded over the rocks. I mentioned to Mike that I would work from home outside if it was my garden and he said that’s exactly what he does. Who wouldn’t want to sit outside and enjoy this view while working?
Every looks lush and green in this garden as if we weren’t in a drought. It takes careful watering to keep a garden looking good. The use of the right perennials makes this task easy. This lovely path separates the pond and deck from the other side of the garden. They are mourning the loss of the large cedar in the corner. With this our third year of hot summers, the cedars are the first to go. Sometimes it’s hard to know why a tree dies. Is it old age or disease perhaps? The rest of the garden is watered regularly so I doubt it’s from lack of water. I loved being able to visit this secret garden. Thanks to the owners for allowing me to visit.