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I wrote about some of these gardens in my 2007 blog, but since I the photos were actually taken in 2006, I will reprise them here.

Suzanne’s Garden

We did not do regular maintenance on the Sahalee garden that Robert and I had created for Suzanne, but she called me in a couple of times a year to weed.  On one of those days in 2006, Allan took these photos:

gate

gate

path

path

by the porch

by the porch

along the path

along the path

with glass ball

with glass ball

Joanne’s garden

Below:  Joanne ‘s garden in full bloom in summer. She died of cancer in the fall….and now we maintain the garden in her memory.

Joanne's garden

Joanne’s garden

Linda’s garden

Later in the summer, we were hired by Linda L. to put in a garden at her beach house in Seaview.

Linda's house

Linda’s house

First we made a tiny little pocket garden, all white, with ingredients she already had, in memory of her very special and beloved cat, Whitey. This was sort of a get to know you project, because her real idea was much bigger.

Whitey's garden

Whitey’s garden

Her dear husband had died several months before, and she wanted a healing and memorial garden on the west side of their beach house.

before

before:  Allan starting the garden

Here’s the garden from her deck; we chose mostly plants with blue flowers because that had been her husband’s favourite colour:

after

after

the garden from above in late summer

the garden from above in late summer

Because he had liked fishing, we made a river rock dry pond with fish.  You can’t see the fish very well; they were mounted on stakes.

dry creek

dry creek pool

Linda got a fish bench for the garden.

fish bench

fish bench

We made a little rock area in the garden, the idea being that anyone who visited could place a little round rock on the bigger rock in memory. They had both loved frogs so Linda added lots of frogs.

frog and the little rocks

frog and the little rocks

Linda herself took this photo of her cat in the garden:

cat

Up on a dune on the path to the beach they had an old boat; their guests had believed the story that it had washed way in from the ocean. I do love planting up a boat…

garden boat

garden boat

Linda has since moved away (and her life is happy again) and the house is now a vacation rental, but we have the memories.

Marilyn’s Garden

Another meaningful garden project was to create a garden at this new house near Surfside, for Depot Restaurant owner Nancy Gorshe’s mother, Marilyn. It was a blank slate except for the little entry sidewalk.

before

before

beginning

beginning

Marilyn wanted a lawn, so we delegated that, and we made a generous walking path around the house that would be friendly to any friends who used a walker or wheelchair.

garden with path

garden with path

Below: Marilyn’s garden with the lawn seeded and the gravel path rolled and some new plants already in.

progress

progress

Below: the entry from the driveway to Marilyn’s path.

entry

entry

We put round rocks along the house to make that strip of non-garden advocated by my garden guru Ann Lovejoy.

rocks along house

rocks along house

This garden turned out very well and it is scheduled to be on the Peninsula garden tour in July of this year.

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Laurie’s garden

Laurie's house on the bay

Laurie’s house on the bay

It may have been in 2001 when Laurie, the owner of this house, came up to us while we were working at the Wiegardt Gallery and asked if we would take on a new job…and I said no. She said she had a pretty nice garden that had been butchered by another gardening service, and when I asked her where, it turned out it was Joanne Oman’s old garden, which I knew was a gorgeous one designed by Dale Browse back in about ’95. I had even worked there for a couple of years, probably ’96-’97? but I have no photos to jog my memory of it.  I do remember there were goats and horses.  And that when Joanne and Steve moved, the garden sat unattended for awhile.  I remembered the garden fondly, so I changed my mind and told Laurie yes.

The gardening service that Laurie had hired in early summer of 2000 had come in with weedeaters and, instead of weeding the perennial border, weedwhacked it to the ground.  She had returned from errands halfway through the butchery and fired them, but then had been so discouraged that she had not pursued getting more help till she found us.  Her own health did not permit her to care for the garden herself.

It had gone terribly to weeds, but by the time these photos were taken in spring 2002, we had brought it back.  One of my favourite parts of the garden was the wonderful, enviable, woodsy driveway circle with paths just waiting to be enhanced.  (By the time the photo, below, was taken, we had reclaimed the paths from being hidden by weeds.)

driveway circle

driveway circle

We had redone the long curving mixed border (below) with almost all new plants; little had been left of the original plantings after having been weedchoked for several years. I know this involved a trip to joy Creek Nursery, which is why I think maybe the original re-do of the garden was in summer 2001. Here it is in spring 2002.

the curving bed

the curving bed

Laurie had two Peruvian Pasos.   I think the one pictured here was the stallion who proved to be too aggressive.  He went back to the breeder and another, gentler one, came along the following year.

Peruvian Paso

Peruvian Paso

Laurie’s garden became a big part of our work lives and she became a good friend.  Years later, in its last summer before she moved away, it was a highlight of the 2009 garden tour.

Suzanne’s garden

Suzanne Leonard up on Sahalee hired us to make her a new garden in late summer 2002. Note the deer next to the birdbath!   She wanted all flowers and paths, no lawns, and the paths should be easy for her spouse to navigate with a cane. There was one existing strip of sidewalk.

Suzanne's before

Suzanne’s before

It would have to be deer resistant!   (Eventually, it became fenced.)

deer

deer

We laid newspaper thickly over the lawn and dumped soil on top of it.  I did most of the wheelbarrowing because I was still terribly worried about Robert’s heart, but he was not to be stopped from doing his share.

newspaper

newspaper

After laying fabric for the paths, the dumping of gravel.  The garden was up a slight incline and I did move most of the gravel, but Robert was my model for the process.

gravel

gravel

Below, the garden at the end of the second day.  We made a curved gravel path, wide enough for a wheelchair, to create two routes through the garden.

end of day two

end of day two

After watching all the episodes of Ground Force on BBC America, I loved having emulated their accomplishment of making a brand new garden in just two days.  (That was my favourite gardening show ever.)

me and Robert after completing the garden

me and Robert after completing the garden

We had decorated the garden with driftwood, gleaned on the pre-garden day.  Ground Force must also have had a pre-gardening day of gathering and ordering plants and supplies.

The garden turned out beautifully.  We maintained it a couple of times a year through 2008 or so…but eventually, when Suzanne wanted it to become a low maintenance garden (something at which I do not excel), I passed the job on to a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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