Part of back garden April 2020

More Garden Sights

I’ve been busy in the garden lately, but I managed to take these photos.

Heuchera and white Arabis
Heuchera “Timeless Orange” and white Arabis
Labrador violet (Viola labradorica)
Labrador violet. The purple flowers and hint of red in the leaves are a delightful combination.
Cedar bench and potted Hellebores and Hostas
The cedar stump bench near the pond — a familiar sight I keep returning to. Hellebore “Pirouette” in final bloom stage.
White camellia
White camellia visiting from my neighbour’s garden.
Tomato seedlings ready for potting on
Tomato seedlings ready to pot up.
Tomato seedlings potted on
Now potted up!

Gorgeous weather here — sunny and temperatures of 15+ C (60s in degrees F). Wishing everyone a Happy Easter weekend!


  1. Isn’t it great that you are passionate about something where social distancing is not usually an issue? (Not unless you have people who wander off the street into your garden.)😎

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  2. What a beautiful garden you have. I like how you have so much growing in containers. I am moving to that kind of gardening myself. Do you use commercial potting mix?

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! There are two big maple trees at one side of my back garden. Their roots make it impossible to grow some plants, so I’ve taken to container gardening over the years. I make up my own mixes from the local soil with compost and some fertilizer (both organic and not) added. It works well for tomato plants, but for perennials (like hostas and delphiniums) it’s necessary to refresh the soil every year. Otherwise it becomes both depleted and compaccted, leading to root rot over the winter. Lately, I’ve started using a purchased commercial mix for young plants and fussy ones. It drains much better than real soil, and drainage is crucial for growing in pots.

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      1. Thanks Audrey. My garden is dominated by a NortvAmerican Ash tree. I have read it is an allopathic tree for not much will grow under it. As well as that the Australian native possums are a real problem here. They eat everything but the toughest, most astringent plants. I grow a few vegies and herbs in tubs but want to grow more. Your potting mix info is extremely useful. I will do similar. 😊

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        1. Glad to be of help. I suspect my Norway maples have an allelopathic effect too. Our urban deer eat all kinds of plants, but at least we can fence them out. I’ll bet possums are harder to exclude.

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  3. A lovely looking garden Audrey. I’m certainly thankful for mine. Haven’t really felt the need to get out and exercise yet. I’m stiff and aching from all the attention it’s getting. Finally getting round all the borders and pots and the lawn edges.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. I’ve found that keeping lawn edges trimmed makes a garden look 100% better, even before one does anything else. I’m more inclined to keep working on an area once it looks decent.


  4. Your garden is lovely, Audrey. The weather is getting cooler here so not much happening except for the last roses and the fejoia trees blooming. We should have a good crop. Happy Easter and stay well. 🙂

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    1. It’s probably easier for people to stay home and not mingle when you’re going into fall. Here, of course, it’s spring and we’re into a stretch of warm, sunny weather. All provincial parks are closed and others no longer permit car traffic, to help with spacing people out (physically, that is). I’ve never tasted fejoia, but it sounds interesting; good thing yours are doing well. Happy Easter to you too, Meeka!

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      1. That is true. It’s been raining here since Good Friday so camping can’t be much fun [going camping over Easter is an Aussie tradition]. I hope the weather has put off the idiots who think rules apply to anyone but themselves.
        I’ll keep you posted on the fejoia. 🙂

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  5. I had zero expectations that anyone might read my first novel (BATS), and yet, there you go and not only read it, but write a concise and informative review to-boot.

    Thanks, a ton, Audrey.

    I posted your review up on my other “named” blog so you’ll prolly get notification.


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