My garden is looking lush and beautiful, more and more like the secret garden of my dreams.
It’s been a long journey. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of a journey that never ends. There will always be improvements and upgrades, moving plants from here to there, trying new things and maturing features. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When we first moved here, my yard was a barren wasteland of grass. Just grass. Oh, and one mature laurel-leaf willow, a crabapple tree, a mature ash tree, a one foot tall lilac bush, and a single peonies. Yup, just one.
Fast forward ten years, and there are trees growing up everywhere (some will stay, some will need to go the way of the dodo). I have little areas that are wonderful to stop and sit, or to read, with fruit trees, lush greenery and sweet blossoms everywhere. Sure, our grass is not in as good condition, but I’ve never been a fan of grass. It’s a waste of perfectly good dirt, in my opinion.
One of the challenges of having a Southern Alberta garden is that it’s hot and dry in the summer, and butt-freezing cold in the winter. Plants must have the resilience of the Terminator to survive here. Fortunately, there are several options available, and ever more coming out thanks to the heroic efforts of gardeners and horticulturists. The University of Saskatchewan is my hero for coming out with several fruit trees that can survive here.
This year, I want to add more peonies, and really develop my little shady tea garden. Next year, I hope to get a green house and add several roses and start filling in spots along my paths. Just the thought of all those plants fills me with happiness!