Lilian Ho reminisces before winter's arrival.
"As I prepare my small garden for the winter, it keeps reminding me how beautiful it was during the growing season. I revisited some of the photos and would like to share them with you. I am dreaming on for the next growing season."
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What a powerful color wallop your gardens pack. From the sunken garden out to the street your colorful gardens are outstanding. You PNW gardeners never cease to amaze us.
Good work & good luck, Joe
Your front garden is definitely a traffic stopper, Lilian. That is a lot of wonderful color to have to say a seasonal good-by to. I think my eyeballs would suffer from withdrawal symptoms for a while. Do you do a lot of pre-winter cutting back of your longer rose stems or is that a spring chore? Your sunken patio in the back is a charmer and I love your inclusion of the red leafed Japanese maple...it makes that corner spot sing!
I cut back all my roses to about 2.5 ft tall in November because my site is very windy. Some roses kind of uplifted by the wind. I further prune down to about 1 ft when Forsythia is in bloom and normally it is about March in PNW. Ideally, I should leave them as they are and prune in the spring.
I also love the terraced patio garden, in which you have perfectly set the stage for that beautiful Japanese maple. Thanks for including the overhead view of the front sidewalk garden. What great color. Your neighbors must love walking past your property. Well done, Lilian.
Lillian, one of our favorite things to do is to walk
around neighborhoods in Vancouver to see how well people utilize every available spot for gardening. You have done an amazing job at making your small space beautiful. I really love your back garden. It has such great color!
Where are you in Vancouver Linda? May be we can pay each other a visit like the other gardeners did?
Hi Lillian, I actually live in WA on Whidbey Is. but my daughter lives in Vancouver near Cambie and King Edward. We go up there quite often and we should try to visit each other's gardens. I'd love that.
Yes. look for Lilian Ho on facebook and send me a friend request. I will give address and phone number. I am on West 64th and Granville Street. We go to Washington and Oregon every year. Sorry for the late reply because I am new on GPOD and I randomly found your reply.
Lillian, I was thrilled to see your name pop up again on GPOD. You really had flower-power this season. Looks spectacular. I am crazy in love with the peony shot with the Zantedeschisa in the background, but my favorite view is looking down on your back patio. No wonder you are dreaming of next season already!
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Awesome! Love all that.
Oh my I'm crazy for your blooms. What a show! Your patio is amazing. I really thought that just that was your "small garden" because it is enough! All those layers so much planning. I love that you squeaked in some tomatoes among all those blooms, too. Can you hear me clapping?
I heard your clapping Kathy. By the way, the garden has a buffet of rose fragrance. Do you smell the roses?
Thank you Lilian, I always stop to smell the roses!
Lillian, Wow, thanks for taking a look back and sharing the beauty with us. Your sunken garden is so unique and the blooms are like jewels along the sidewalk. I'm sure all passersby love what you have done. Vikki in VA
Lillian, I have never seen anyone use every square inch of their property before (except Kevin Kelly) and BTW, he has just won ANOTHER horticulture award!!! Congrats Kevin! But I digress...Lillian, your garden rooms are so dreamy, tell us what zone you garden in. I hope your beautiful front yard doesn't cause any traffic accidents with people rubbernecking to take it all in!
Thanks for the props?
Every square inch is cultivated all right but I am not on bar with Kevin Kelly. His garden and street garden are so well designed and kept with all season interest. My is a just controlled chaos. Roses are shapeless and formless. (Queen of the flowers got to have some attitude.)
I garden in zone 7b although some source says zone 8.
We've missed you, Lillian! And where is my boyfriend Frank?
Gorgeous, Lillian! Exuberant and lush do not begin to describe it. Great job. The roses are amazing.
My goodness, Lillian, your front gardens are a fiesta of color! You could easily provide flowers for a wedding and still have plenty to enjoy! You must take great joy watching folks stop to smell your roses... what a wonderful gift of beauty to share with your neighbors. Your sunken patio is equally lovely, but it has a quiet and peaceful feeling to it's design. You have created the best of both worlds!
Hello Shelia, I did host my son’s wedding in August 2015. Wetness they say:”I do” in my garden is the proudest moment as a gardener. I grew all the flowers (also with some flowers from a friend’s garden) for 8 wedding bouquets plus the decoration for the wedding banquet.
Wow amazing garden! Congrats!
All so very nice, Lillian! You have a wonderful backyard sunken garden! I love how you shot that! And oh how i love your roses and peonies and calas and and and... Beautiful!
All comments from gardeners like you guys surely are very encouraging. Thanks. It is a morning routine for me to ready Garden of the Day Post and it is so fun. How come I did not get a sarcastic comment from the Aussie guy Frank? How disappointed I am!
The street garden was created in response to our city’s ‘Beauty the Boulevard’ program. I surely know all the dogs in the neighborhood.
Late entry Lilian but kudos on your prolific garden and your very green thumbs (and hands from the looks of it). Looks like you're running out of room to plant just like the rest of us. Look forward to your photos in the future.
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