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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

Today’s photos are from Kiah Grant in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Kiah says, “I bought my house 8 years ago with no gardening experience. It was overgrown but had some elements of design and care from the previous owner. For years I barely kept up and paid a fortune just to keep it under control, until one day I just decided that I needed to commit to it or move.

***BEFORE (2003)***
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

“I have had back and neck surgery, so for me gardening is very difficult, but it has become a labour of love. I subscribed to every gardening magazine that I could find (FG being my favorite) and spent a winter reading and researching. The following early spring I started growing from seed and even managed to find a little glass house my hubby installed for me that I could use as a nursery.”

Your efforts have paid off, Kiah. Your garden in spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/19/2012

    beautiful. Your commitment has certainly paid big dividends!

  2. wGardens 09/19/2012

    Looks like your yard must be the envy of the block!

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    meander_michaele 09/19/2012

    Your beautiful garden is certainly an inspiring testimonial to the power of commitment. And, my goodness, what is the "secret sauce" you use to get those stunning purple blooms on your hydrangea? Your garden must attract a lot of complements from people walking by since it grows so lushly down to the sidewalk. I'll bet that generous clump of red Crocosmia has its own fan club!

  4. annek 09/19/2012

    Like meander1 said, how DID you amass those incredibly purple hydrangea blossoms? I've never seen them so vibrantly colored. Their use as a backdrop to those bright red Crocosmia make me want to dive in. Oh, the colors!! Congratulations on 1. overcoming painful surgeries and, 2. not letting the surgeries keep you from creating a garden haven and enjoying the lushness of your labors. Next installment I'd love to see is your 'glass house'. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  5. greenthumblonde 09/19/2012

    Really great textures. Love the house too!

  6. tractor1 09/19/2012

    A wonderful array of color and texture, all the hard work and dedication is very evident. I noticed the succulent about to bloom, nearly everyone in Brooklyn had one in a cement pot on their stoop, with absolutely no care it sprouted each spring and mid summer put out a voluminous cushion of pink flowers. I have one here (for nostalgia) and is one of the few plants that is invasive in a kind way, leaves fall off and sprout but there is no root invasion... in winter it melts into the ground to hibernate. Keep up the good work, Kiah.

  7. pattyspencer 09/19/2012

    Stunning colors! Love you house - your garden - your colors. You have a good eye for gardening and your dedication has paid off. Would love to be your neighbot!!

    Tractor1 - Blue Jays are in my neck of the woods as well. Noisy little critters. Must put out peanuts and watch who gets to them first - the squirrels or the Jays - fun to watch them go after them and see who wins out.

  8. wittyone 09/19/2012

    Beautiful work.

    I'm envious of those wonderful crocosmia--so lush looking. I have a patch that I have moved portions of about 4 or 5 times looking for a spot where it will thrive. It seems to be a no go for me. It comes up and doesn't die but doesn't flower either!! Guess there are some plants that a person is just destined not to grow.

  9. greengrowler 09/19/2012

    Kiah, add me to the Purple Hydrangea FAN CLUB!! WHERE did you find it??? I HAVE to have one! The rest of your garden is equally as exciting - love the Crocosmia, too. You should be very proud of creating such a beautiful and well-composed garden in just 8 years - especially amazing considering your orthopedic challenges. Give yourself a huge pat on the back!

  10. soilgoil 09/19/2012

    'Love your entire garden, Kiah, including that spectacular hydrangea. But the photo that especially caught my attention was that of the steps leading up from the sidewalk. What a treat it must be to ascend to your home among such a lush and lovely mix of color and texture!

  11. tractor1 09/19/2012

    pattyspencer: Yes, the brazen bluejays are very entertaining. I love how they loudly announce their arrival, and that they stay the winter. Since a bear destroyed my birdfeeder I now use the table on my deck, I think it's much better and my cats spend hours watching the show every day, and there are so many different birds and squrrels too.

  12. KiahG 09/19/2012

    Thanks for the kind words everyone, the purple hydrangea is certainly the star of the show when it's in bloom, I can't take much credit for it as it was here when I arrived and every year I just make sure to prune it as soon as the blooms are done and add Alaska Fish Fertilizer (all I ever use) and compost. The Crocosmia Lucifer is 3 years old and it is taller than me at almost 6 feet, he sits in a dry spot that my sprinklers can just barely reach and even though I amend the soil it's always pretty dry and poorly conditioned so maybe that is the key. I get hummingbirds lining up for it when it blooms, as many as 5 at one time.

  13. lauravalentine 09/20/2012

    I love crocosmia! Aren't they just luscious!

  14. cwheat000 09/20/2012

    Love all the color. Your efforts really show.

  15. passwords 09/24/2012

    Nicely done, Kiah. Your efforts have certainly paid off beautifully.

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