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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Julie's garden in British Columbia, Day 2

comments (24) April 18th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Bench and arbour supports grape and kiwi vines. 
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The brick and stone bridge was built to cover a tree stump while the door hides a bald spot in the cedar hedge. Fagus sylvatica, Acer shirasawanum.
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We are not carpenters, so the fencing is just bamboo cemented in wabi-sabi style to keep Lizzy-dog in.
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More fencing. The fish are deconstructed rain chains, with wooden beads for bubbles strung on airplane wire.
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Salmon spawning beneath the bridge over a dry creek bed. Larix, Acer japonica, black and silver mondo grasses.
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Sweet peas at the basement door.
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Captivating combo: Kirengeshoma palmata, Impatiens omeiana, Hosta Stained Glass. Just out of range on left is yellow Japanese forest grass. Dang!
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An allee of 5 birches. These are Betula jacqumontii, the Himalayan birch, so will stay small for this tight site.
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Bench and arbour supports grape and kiwi vines. 
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Bench and arbour supports grape and kiwi vines.

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Photo: Courtesy of Julie Flatt

I knew yesterday's photos would thrill you guys! Let's continue our tour of Julie's garden today with this batch of equally fascinating photos. In case you missed it, here's what Julie said yesterday (more info in the captions): "Originally just a grassy patch for the kids and dogs to tear around in, this backyard was transformed into a woodland garden four years ago. I had intended to plant just a few of our favourite trees with an underplanting of ferns. However, a number of very nice perennials and shrubs followed me home from the nursery! Husband Terry did the heavy work and was very patient when I asked to have things dug up and moved, sometimes three or five times. We now have plenty of shade on our small city plot, so the neighbour next door has kindly given over a section of her sunny front yard for us to plant our veg. These garden photos were taken last June after an unusually chilly spring." Gorgeous yet again, Julie! Thanks so muich for sharing your little slice of paradise with us. Feel free to keep sending pics!

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Comments (24)

passwords writes: I'm a bit late in checking out the latest photo's, but Julie they are wonderful. You had a awesome, unique garden. I just love the idea's you have used with found objects to add a great twist and interest to your garden. It is just so charming. What a wonderful neighbor, too, to offer up a portion of their yard for you to grow veggies. Posted: 11:52 am on April 20th
SweetPeaGardens writes: I wasn't expecting so many sweet and thoughtful comments, thanks folks! You've encouraged me to send more, but later in the season when things have changed up a bit. I will include photos of the specimen trees at their best, and for the minimalist fans, our newest bed of dwarf conifers. We had to encroach on the OTHER neighbour's property where there is a sunny narrow patch between our houses. And then there's the city's boulevard that we invaded too...sigh...a plantaholic knows no boundaries. Answers: The bridge was to be made of wood, but the guy I hired preferred to use stone. I told him he could, but he had to use only what he found on the property. Pays to have a "junk" pile, yes? Plant ID: Impatiens omeiana next to Hosta. Yes, I have designed gardens for others, but kept them low maintenance. Happy gardening all! Posted: 10:27 pm on April 18th
cwheat000 writes: Your garden is a magical place that brings out the inner kid in me. The garden ornamentation is tasteful, one-of-a kind, and blends into it's surroundings so well. You took some problems in the garden and turned them into some amazing assets. One of the benefits of your cool climate are those wonderful sweet peas. I am a big fan of it all. Posted: 8:41 pm on April 18th
SweetPeaGardens writes: Hello Washington Neighbour! Indeed there is no shortage of rain in the PNW, hence the lush looking gardens. But last summer's drought was a wake up call to be water-wise. We have been dragging hoses (and breaking plants)to overhead water (when the plants start to droop) these last 4 years, but this is not acceptable practice! This year we will have a professionally installed above ground system,running off the main and laying leaker hoses between the plants. This hose system becomes invisible when covered by mulch(but easily detected when digging to transplant) With timers, the garden will be watered at 4 am, on our designated watering day as per mandated water restrictions. Right amount of water delivered to the root zones at the right time = healthier plants, lower water bill. Hey! This means we can go boating this summer too....see ya on the Salish Sea? Posted: 3:19 pm on April 18th
tntreeman writes: i had to come back and look again. today i gave the link to your garden to every client i visited telling them " you gotta see this place" . well, now they WANT a recreation but this is your personal space it can not be re created. it's a very very cool space. i'm still blown away Posted: 2:50 pm on April 18th
ahintzman writes: Hey almost neighbor, I'm just across the water in western Washington. Your garden is beautiful and an inspiration. How do you water such a beautiful place, for we all know know how we can suffer such draught in August and September in this part of the world, and this is when I am often gone on my boat. I can't bring myself to spend thousands on a underground system...what do you do? Posted: 1:13 pm on April 18th
Sheila_Schultz writes: Julie, your sense of design blows me away and your sense of humor has me grinning from ear to ear... I'm almost giddy. I ditto every word from Tntreeman! I love your yard. Posted: 10:29 am on April 18th
flowerguy1 writes: Your garden is so lush and peaceful! What is the plant in the picture with the hosta? Posted: 10:12 am on April 18th
CCCDDD writes: I too have a cow pasture turned garden in Ontario.
Your garden makes me very envious; it is so lush and beautiful. I have to remind myself that you do get a lot of rain!!!
Thanks for sharing. Posted: 9:04 am on April 18th
Nancy9350 writes: Ha! Your garden makes me want a small yard (instead of my 'cow pasture turned into garden'!! You are so brave! Posted: 8:13 am on April 18th
thevioletfern writes: You are an inspiration! What a beautiful, intricate garden. I would love to visit. Posted: 8:02 am on April 18th
thevioletfern writes: You are an inspiration! What a beautiful, intricate garden. I would love to visit. Posted: 8:02 am on April 18th
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: You have some really beautiful plantings and design in your garden! Great job! Posted: 7:46 am on April 18th
siesperanza writes: Very creative and lovely environment. So glad you shared it with us. Posted: 7:37 am on April 18th
hummergirl writes: Do you do yards for a living? You should! Your decorating touches are absolutely the best!! Love that red door!! Posted: 7:28 am on April 18th
hummergirl writes: Do you do yards for a living? You should! Your decorating touches are absolutely the best!! Love that red door!! Posted: 7:28 am on April 18th
sheilab writes: Hello from the Canadian east coast, Julie. What an incredible difference there is from West to East in the climate and growing conditions! I've been to Victoria many times and have always been envious of the lush gardens I've visited. And, the size of the trees out there is truly awe inspiring! Cedars just don't do well in Newfoundland (although many have tried). Your garden is gorgeous and you've given me many ideas for garden decor. Love the bridge, the door with the sweet peas trailing alongside...well, everything. Posted: 7:25 am on April 18th
tractor1 writes:

Julie's is another of those delightful gardens that one needs to be there to fully appreciate; too many transitions to capture in its entirety with photos. I love all the chachkas that are incorporated so imaginatively. I would have liked to have seen those "favorite trees", oh well... Being a minimalist who believes that less is more my favorite is the photo of that alluring red basement door with that daintly wall planting alongside (wish it were sharper), I'd love to see what/who lives down there. Thank you, Julie, and I need to see much more.

Posted: 7:19 am on April 18th
bee1nine writes: Hi Julie- Have SO enjoyed absorbing in all your wonderful
and creatitive garden 'work's of art!' Love the captivating
lushness that surrounds you!!
Wishing you a GREAT garden success this year!!! Posted: 7:09 am on April 18th
wGardens writes: This is wonderful! Great combos, AWESOME bridge. Did you design/build that yourself? Clever use of the fish. Wish I could visit in person...! Posted: 7:03 am on April 18th
meander1 writes: Wow, Julie, yesterday's pictures were like a movie trailer for today's full feature of delightful creativity. So many great ideas...the arched bridge over the tree stump, the colorful door in the hedge gap, the various fish vignettes, the various metal structures...each photo is a gem! You and your garden are a real treasure trove! Posted: 6:52 am on April 18th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: wow! Posted: 6:20 am on April 18th
briandowns writes: Your garden is just awesome. So personal, intaimate and unique. Unique out the ying- yang. Just to walk those hallowed grounds must be a daily treat. Posted: 5:15 am on April 18th
tntreeman writes: yesterdays photos were great but today, i'm just blown away.
the bamboo fence, metal salmon spawning under that great bridge, a fish fence!with bubbles no less AND a door to hide a bare spot in the hedge. i love it ALL / is your name julie or Alice because i'm expecting to see a Cheshire cat in there somewhere. i love this backyard wonderland Posted: 4:07 am on April 18th
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