Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Favorite Summer Vacation by A.M.Westerling

Well, this may be rather lame but my favorite summer vacation is to stay home and enjoy my garden. I live in Calgary and the summer months are beautiful here, why would I go anywhere else? It makes more sense to go somewhere warm when there’s snow on the ground and a brisk northerly wind! Luckily, my boys have left home and my husband and I no longer have to fit vacation time around their school schedule.

So this blog post is short and sweet and mostly pictures from my yard – enjoy! 

Last year we discovered Canna lilies and enjoyed the blooms so much that this year we put in a pot of only those. Same goes for the fern - I bought one last year for the first time and thought the foliage provided a nice contrast to all the flowers.

We spend a lot of time on our back patio:

I park on the front street and have to walk through the hosta garden to get to the back door. The secret to being a successful gardener is to find the plants that like the space you have. I tried one hosta a number of years ago and every year since keep adding more. I bought the little farmer guy because his overalls match the colour of our house! 

I love garden ornaments and have to restrain myself from buying too many. The bunny is one of my favorites and every year it goes in a different spot. The wrought iron duck is actually a tea light holder and I've jammed it in the pot to keep the squirrels at bay.

More from the back, that's our garden house where I keep my pots, etc., and also where I overwinter my geraniums.

We have more than one patio, we like to sit here later in the afternoon when the sun is shining into the back yard.

From that patio, you look back towards the garden house. The dahlias beneath the window are a few years old as I lift the tubers every fall.

This year I tried something new - I planted a small cedar for the pot beside the front door. I hope that by watering it, I can keep it over winter.

Somewhere in the petunias are three geraniums and three dusty millers. The petunias took over! 

These are Banff junipers. They're native to the area and they've pretty much grown all the way down the rock retaining walls. 

Lobelia are some of my favorite flowers. This is the flower box beneath my kitchen window.

Another one of my favorite ornaments - a gnome in a grass skirt! More lobelia and fibrous begonias, another flower which does well in our yard.

I could keep going on but I think you get the idea - I love summer in Calgary! 

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    1. Thank you! I'm the perfect Calgary gardener - I'm all gungho for the first few months of summer but by the time September rolls around, I'm pretty much ready to call it quits for another year. :)

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  3. As I've been to your beautiful house I can attest to how stunning this garden (although I maintain we have different definitions of gardening! lol) is. It's the perfect place for a cold glass of white wine and the great company of friends. I love the bunny, BTW.

    1. Haha, yes, we have had the "garden" definition discussion before! I suppose I could clarify things and call it my flower garden although I do grow chives...which you also told me don't count! LOL Yes, that was a great afternoon, wasn't it. I shudder to think how many years ago that was already.... :)

  4. You've created an oasis for inspiration and rejuvenation! With this excellent location, you have the perfect canvass to experiment and create your own garden masterpieces!!

    1. Yes, it truly is an oasis within the city. I do love to experiment and see what grows and what doesn't! :)