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Maxine’s Summer Garden in British Columbia

Dahlias, hydrangeas, and more!

Today we’re revisiting the summer garden of Maxine in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

My gardening hobby spans many decades, ever since I was in 4H almost 70 years ago. I grow a huge garden as well with two greenhouses full of tomatoes and Swiss chard. Right now, dessert is the sweet, ripe cantaloupes. My little patch of raspberries gave me 60 jars of jam.

This is only a small part of the yard where shrubs and a myriad of flowers delight us throughout the warm spring and fall months. I hope this will bring a smile to your face.

I experience a great deal of happiness growing a variety of dahlias and gifting bouquets throughout the summer.

Swallows come back each year to this birdhouse, and they get to enjoy the daylilies as well.

Star Gazer lily‘Star Gazer’ lily (Lilium ‘Star Gazer’, Zones 4–8) doesn’t disappoint. I grow this lily in memory of my mother, who taught me different constellations when I was a wee girl 70 years ago. To me it signifies purity, and I await the beautiful blooms every year.

white oriental lilyA white Oriental lily (Lilium, Oriental hybrid group, Zones 4–8)

Hydrangeas are also a favorite in my flower garden. (This is a blue variety known as a lacecap for the ring of large, showy flowers surrounding the lacy, delicate fertile inner flowers.)

The flower heads on this panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 4–7) are blushing from white to pink.


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  1. Carolyn3134 10/05/2020

    Lovely!!! I admire your stamina to do such work!!

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    treasuresmom 10/05/2020

    Oh, my, how very, very pretty. I see what looks like a greenhouse. What do you grow there or do you put some of your plants in there for winter?

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      treasuresmom 10/05/2020

      Well, shame on me. A greenhouse was referenced in the description. What about your fence & hill/slope. What all do you have growing there?

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        bdowen 10/05/2020

        What a beautiful garden. What a lot of garden! Do you have helpers or is this your 24/7 job/ love? Thank you for sharing.

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    simplesue 10/05/2020

    You are an inspiration to any gardener of any age!
    Flowers! and fruits! and vegetables! all in one garden and all done so perfectly and beautifully!
    Wow 60 jars of homemade raspberry jam!
    You are amazing!
    And your garden is amazing too!

  4. btucker9675 10/05/2020

    What a spectacular garden! You are incredible!

  5. Maggieat11 10/05/2020

    I'm curious as to how many raspberry plants you have to get that quantity of jam. Thank you!🌿

  6. [email protected] 10/05/2020

    Love your garden, Maxine. I am a few hours south of you down here in Washington, and you grow some of my very favorites, especially the hydrangeas and dahlias. Thanks for sharing.

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