Today’s artful photos come from Bindy Jane French-Wright.
I reside year round in a tiny house in the beautiful Georgian Bay area in Ontario, Canada. I purchased my property some time ago but only started having permanent residence here 15 years ago. I spent a lot of my spare time sailing on Georgian Bay and sailing offshore in the Bahamas, so I never got a garden started until 15 years ago.
The only thing that adorned my property besides a forest of trees was the occasional orange ditch lily (Hemerocallis fulva, Zones 3–9).
I was gifted with the love of gardening by my grandad in New Zealand, who never planted a flower without a prayer and kept everything manicured to perfection.
I am not able to do that here, with the only soil being sand, but as a labor of love I have carried hundreds and even thousands of bags of soil into this yard. I also have dug every flower bed myself and searched out every rock from here to the beach.
Gold bearded iris (Iris germanica, Zones 4–9) blooming against a backdrop of green hostas.
Bright Asiatic lilies (Lilium, Asiatic group) in shades of pink are almost as bright as the paint job!
Sculptures are tucked between the flowering plants.
Choosing the flowers I can grow has been a challenge due to the vast number of trees, especially in one spot with a lack of sun. Given that situation, I have planted many pots of annuals that have added an array of glorious summer colors to the landscape.
People say I have a green thumb, but everything I do is from trial and error. Take these gnomes, which I discovered add some garden whimsy to a place near the guest cabin.
The faux outhouse is a perfect place to store garden tools. A vintage washing machine works as a fountain, providing the calm and peaceful sound of fresh flowing water. View our video on how to build a garden shed here.
This is a sample of the work I do in recycling and harvesting old pieces of furniture, wood, and other mysterious items. I procure the material wherever I may, and with a little imagination, I start creating a recipe for new items of furniture and interesting artifacts. This table is made out of a hundred-year-old chair turned upside down and a table top created out of old wood and then adorned with different hardware to make it a little more interesting. Click here to learn how to make beautiful mosaic art to add to your garden.
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