Island Garden Tour: Day One

Saturday, June 25th

The Quadra Island Quilt and Garden Tour began today. It is a two day event, and I took in five very interesting gardens on this first day. All of them were new to me.

First I went to see friends I know through my daughter, Kathy and Nick.  They have been transforming their property in many ways since they bought their land 4 years ago. First they worked on the house and a little over 2 years ago gradually created an extremely lovely garden out of hilly acreage once covered in grass, sedges and blackberries. Their soil is sandy and drains well, except after a day of rain, they have flooding. They are extremely hard workers and love their time together in their garden. Nick is a wood carver and enjoys making paths and walls, driftwood fencing (to disguise the deer fencing) benches and artistic rock designs. Kathy works her magic making amazing floor designs (indoors and out) as well as terrific outdoor seating areas.

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Meet Kathy!

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Floor in deck by Kathy

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Circle of life, by Nick
The red stone represent a baby who moves through the cycles of life. Dark forces are the charcoal stones, positives are the light stones. The center represents the stage where the child has now turned into a parent.
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Garden Number 2

The original jail and courthouse on the island were built in 1912. They were burned to the ground in 1999. Nancy is now the owner of the property and has been working on her labour of love here over the last 16 years. Her love of colour is aparent in both paint and plant combinations.
Nancy’s garden includes ferns, Japanese maples, bamboos, and ornamental conifers. There are also bright spots of colour seen in Japanese Iris, Fuchsias and many other blooms, including a pink rose and even a Pitcher Plant! Her seating area is charming in red with ligularias behind.

The entrance to Nancy’s garden

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Garden Number 3

Changing with the seasons, and over the years…this delightful Japanese garden has gradually emerged first from a forest, then into the Craddock’s Garage parking lot, into now a place of serenity. The gardens bring a sense of peace and spaciousness into crowded lives. This garden includes common elements (rocks, water, trees, buildings, gates and fences) in a carefully controlled manner to remind us of the natural landscape. The owner makes use of bamboo, moss, koi and aesthetically pruned trees The dry landscape style reproduces natural landscapes in an abstract way. There are splashes of whimsy in the courtyard. There is a very long and bountiful vegetable garden as well.

This is the entrance to John and Susan’s Garden
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So many details to share with you….

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Details… Loaded apple branch
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Water chain and tools

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Gate, paths and fencing

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The Community Gardens: Stop Number 4

The Community Garden is in its sixth growing season.  It has evolved from the vision of a group of gardeners and the generosity of Fei and the late Milton Wong. The organic garden is situated on one acre of land and produces a wide variety of pesticide free organic fruit, flowers and vegetables. The plots are rented for a modest annual fee and the money contributes to maintaining fences and water lines. No two plots are the same!
Join me for a look-see!

The entry through the deer fence…

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A place to chat and cool off after hard work….

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Quilts and more at Milton Road: Stop #5

Lots going on at this residence! The owner is working on a new studio and gardens on her woodland property. We were welcomed by a stone folly at the entrance. People meandered on a forest path and saw a vintage trailer (named Jenny),  an outhouse, an outdoor bedroom with stars dangling on fine threads around it,  an outdoor kitchen…and other things… until a large owl watching us emerged and we foud bright daylight again and a small vegetable garden. A very personal spot!

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What a fine outing!

Spring has Sprung!

I am still adjusting to our new zone 7 where in spite of cool, or even cold weather, plants emerge in February from the ground.
So much has appeared already! I’ll share with you some of the early starters from February…
Crocus

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Cyclamen

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Hellebores

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Corydalis Chocolate Star

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Clematis began to rise…. (This one is Saphyra Indigo)

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Witchhazels Diane and Pallida are in bloom

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Iris reticulata brave the rain…

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More Hellebores show up

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This is Asarum Panda. I need to peek underneath to check for blooms!

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Blue Hepatica surface at this time too. They are tiny and delicate so far…

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Last year I planted three pale yellow Corylopsis shrubs. They are still small but doing very well.

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The drumstick primulas are also doing well this year.

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In front of the house the free daffodils given to me last fall are blooming in March.

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Nearby the Ribes is about to bloom.

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Corydalis Chocolate Star is now showing off its pale lavender flowers.

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This Corydalis Blue Heron is also blooming now.

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Rhubarb is surfacing!

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The Cornus Mas that was planted last year is blooming nicely.

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Close by, the Meconopsis Sheldonii are growing and I am impatient to see their blooms. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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I’ll try to add to this as time permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncle Adam’s Visit

We never know much in advance when this guy will be able to join us for a visit, but this time the little ones are old enough to really want his company! It has been so much fun! Mind you, we old folks love the fact that he can update our computers and help us with stuff around the house, cell phones, etc…
On that first night he brought a bunch of gifts including a fancy flashlight, books and coloring books. Of course they had to use the flashlight to read books by the fire.
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Then Ivy got to read him a book.  (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, one of our favorites)
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After school, Ivy came by to help him and her grandfather repair the laptops he works with in Haiti and other countries.

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She was so proud of herself! “Now I can go to other countries and show the kids how!”

Then the boys joined in. There was indeed ONE LAPTOP per CHILD.

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Although they don’t get much exposure to computers, they did very very well on mazes, gears, drawing and more!

Another day Forrest and Sarah invited Adam to set crab traps for a feast later on. The next day they collected them together with Leo. Last night everyone enjoyed the feast and more computer time. I was not a part of this (sick) so enjoy watching brother and sister interact with these photos.
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Adam may be in Haiti in March, but there is hope that he will return to see us in April.

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Seven Nature Photographs

I was asked to share nature photos last week. Perhaps you’d like to see them?

Day one. This is a photograph from Caroline Alberta, taken at the end of December, 2010. Our daughter’s Brother-in-Law was calling the horses to the barn.

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Day two: Near Elora, Ontario. In the shade garden, Corydalis elata with hosta.

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Day three: Last winter I took a pre dinner walk along Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island, BC. I love photographing hoarfrost.

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Day four: Family hike in Alberta to waterfall. (2011)

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Day five: These lovely mangoes were photographed by me with kids from a photography club in Haiti. (Near Croix-des-Bouquets)

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Day six: Near Kenscoff Haiti, a piece of Heaven! Organic gardening, teacher training and more!

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Since this is my final day of posting, I suppose many of you are expecting a photo of one of my favorite flowers, the Clematis. I left a collection of over 200 vines at my former home, and so selecting just one is truly impossible… but here goes! This is C. Princess Kate, from 2014.

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Before and After

Phoebe has waited ever so long for her grooming with Charles. Well, actually, she wasn’t thrilled about it. Never is, but Charles uses no restraints and doesn’t want her traumatized, so he’s the very best! Now that Phoebe has arthritis, he gives her breaks so that she does not need to stand in any one position for very long. We are pleased with her new look. A Bouvier show cut is not what we are after. We like to see her chocolate brown eyes!

We love her big girl look, but it is not practical.
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Not too long, not too short.🙂

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