Today’s photos are from Sheila Boone in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Sheila says, “I’ve noticed of late that you’ve been featuring a number of gardens from exotic locales, which I’ve enjoyed immensely! So, I started to wonder if many (if any) of your loyal followers have seen a garden from the most easterly place in North America! (Cape Spear being the most easterly point, about a 10 minute drive from St. John’s, the capital.)
My husband and I bought an oceanfront property in Musgravetown (about 2.5 hours from St. John’s) about six years ago for a summer retreat and eventually our retirement home. There was a existing farmhouse, which we’ve refurbished, but we are in the process of building a house overlooking the bay. We had to excavate a road and a great deal of rock to get near the ocean and we are finally getting close to completion.
The property is approximately 3.5 acres, Canadian zone 5B–a fairly temperate climate for being situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Although it was once an old farmstead, there had been nothing in the way of a garden for many years. Two apple trees that produce a good quantity of fruit were the only remnants of a planted garden. However, it does have good bones with a forest of spruce, birch, poplar, and mountain ash but lots of overgrown hawthorn and many, many weeds! Did I mention there was a lot of rock? They don’t call Newfoundland “The Rock” for nothing! There are also numerous lovely wildflowers on the property, such as fireweed, rhodora, goldenrod and labrador tea. We refurbished an old root cellar a couple of years ago which is now my potting shed (little white shed with blue trim). We also added a 12′ x 24′ greenhouse last year.” Wow, Sheila–you’ve carved a garden out of seeming wilderness! What a gorgeous setting. It must be a joy to work in such surroundings each day, and your efforts have paid off. **Stay tuned–tomorrow we get a look at Sheila’s impressive veggie garden!**
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