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New Region, New Garden!


Kay Stedman made a big move, and has nicely adapted to new gardening conditions. Well done Kay!

"Moving from the west coast of Vancouver to the Sunny Okanagan was a huge gardening learning curve. With deer to enjoy your plantings, to the extreme heat, our yard is finally coming together. Loving the views , mountains, lakes, orchards and wildlife."

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favorite view from living room window.

side of house, Silver Lace vine.


Honey Locust Tree

day lily

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  1. user-4691082 09/30/2015

    Good morning Kay! I bet sitting on that screened in porch is heavenly. It sure looks peaceful there. The front yard is so colorful, it just brings a smile to my face. Enjoy your new home and don't get too close to that raptor! Well done.

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    meander_michaele 09/30/2015

    Wonderful pictures, Kay...of plants and wildlife. I'm quite captivated by the intent gaze and dignified stance of the large bird...eagle or large hawk? And what a sight your silver lace vine is when in flower...a tsunami wave of crested white...quite glorious!

    1. Yeddi 10/01/2015

      Oh! I wish I'd thought of that phrase, it's perfect.

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    HelloFromMD 09/30/2015

    Wow, Kay, what a beautiful location and photographs. I looked up online your new region since I had not heard of Sunny Okanagan. Sounds like a whole new palette of plants. You are in a dry sunny area? That reminds me of a catalog I used to get from High Country Gardens that was filled with plants I wanted but can't really grow. Does this mean you are now in penstemon and salvia heaven?

    1. user-4297063 09/30/2015

      yes, moving from a shade yard and moist wet area was a big change, now I can try all kinds of plants that I could not at the coast. Loving the "new garden centres".

  4. greengenes 09/30/2015

    Well Kay, it sure looks like you have done quite well! Your pictures are stunning too! Love the old barn and all the fall colors! Beautiful! It is so pretty over there. It truly is so different than the west coast. Thanks for sharing!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/30/2015

    Really scenic and sounds like you are adapting well. That wildlife is wonderful (except the deer!).

  6. Quiltingmamma 09/30/2015

    Lovely garden and views....particularly the autumnal second photo. We used to occasionally camp in Similkameen Valley over Thanksgiving
    (October, folks) and the aspen colours and sounds were wonderful. Hope you get similar experiences. I didn't think I would get to 'bird' as well as admire your garden, but had fun trying to ID the hawk - re-tailed, I believe. Good to see the swallowtails as well. Hope you enjoy that wraparound sunroom.

    1. user-4297063 09/30/2015

      Yes the colors in fall, Oh my.!! Birding is now a big part of my day, so many new ones here in Vernon, the camera is always near. The screened room is such a joy
      to have, from April till frost, it is an extension of our house.!!!

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    gringopeligroso 09/30/2015

    Nice transition and Nice Photography! We are also going thru a move and like you it has put us back farther down on the learning curve. (Solutions and things which worked There...not so much Here...and vice versa. ) But, what is Life without challenges?
    I particularly love the Locust and Prunus (?) view of y'all's front yard with the winding road leading our eyes past the eye catching foreground into the misty and mysterious path ahead and around the corner. Fitting!!!

    1. user-4297063 09/30/2015

      The winding road is going up,!! good for the legs...all huge properties ahead, I explore everyday, and the view, wow..I can see all the town.

  8. Sheila_Schultz 09/30/2015

    Moving can be so exciting, specially when given the opportunity to try new plants in your new gardens! Enjoy all the upcoming adventures, Kay!

  9. katieerb 09/30/2015

    What a beautiful yard! I'm sure the change has been challenging but it looks as though you have figured it out! I especially loved the silver lace vine shot!

  10. GrannyCC 09/30/2015

    What a beautiful garden Kay. The Okanagan is a special place. Love the view from your window. The Fall colours will be lovely.

  11. Cenepk10 09/30/2015

    Gorgeous pics !!! Fattest goldfinch I've ever seen ! Love the LR view Love it ALL

  12. Yeddi 10/01/2015

    I had to find Okanagwa and you've improved my geography no end, Kay. What a. Beautiful place to live. - I am in love with the open countryside and the promise of further discoveries up your pathway. Stunning pictures, all. Just great.

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