Today’s photos are from John Root in Rockwood, Ontario. John says, “As a youth, I got my first lessons in gardening working in my father’s gardens in Stratford, Ontario. Folks sometimes confused our garden area for a public park. There surely was a lot of work to keep it up. Now I am a retired teacher after more than 30 years of successful teaching. For the past 37+ years I have lived in Rockwood, Ontario.
“I have been at this freehold townhome residence in zone 5 for the past 11 years. We built the house situated above the river on barren and very sloped land. We love it here, with a protected mixed wood stand between us and the river, although I can usually see the river between the trees. There are trillium and natural orchids growing in this bush, as well as trails that wind for miles along the river. Beautiful.
“My biggest challenge has been the creation of new gardens…poor soil, great light, hilly landscape, treed area behind the house, rabbits, deer, and raccoons galore. In the last few years I moved about a ton of rock to form the bones of the garden. Then we moved a good number of peony plants and interesting garden structures to compliment the landscape. We get the east, south and west light.
“There are some restrictions for the front of the house, but I’m willing to try to bend the rules a little. I have brugmansias out front, and along the side & back of the house. The beds at the back are varied. Some are tropical, others are like an English border garden disappearing into the woods below. There is so much stuff there, there is hardly any room for weeds, and that suites me just fine….less work to do.
“A few years ago, I moved my fish pond into a raised bed structure with the pond and fountain in the middle into which I put water lilies. The gurgling water makes a relaxing sound for us when we are outside. We get a great view of it when we sit in front of the outdoor fireplace with the dahlia hedge on each side of the fireplace.”
Wow, John, what a garden! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
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