Garden Visits: Larkspur Lane

 

When I was in Kingston over the past weekend, I was fortunate enough to visit a wonderful garden called “Larkspur Lane.

The Centre

The Centre

Started on a family farm in 1980, Janus Belanger laid it out using a classic quadrant design, divided by pea gravel paths.  It was amazing what she has accomplished on the heavy clay of the family farm.  As with everyone, she didn’t have much time to devote to the garden when her children were young, but has made up for it since.

The South Garden

The South Garden

 
Sum abd Substance

Sum and Substance

 

 

 

Pots in the South Garden

Pots in the South Garden

 

 

The Cedar Arch

The Cedar Arch

Windswept fields, still cause a problem with her garden, actually lowering it a zone, leaving magnolia only marginally hardy.  Her husband refuses to plant a windbreak for the garden as it takes away the use of good farm land. Not to mention, the “magnificent” view (of more farmland).

  

The Vegetable Garden

The Vegetable Garden

 

  The vegetable garden is actually a mix of vegetable, herbs and cutting flowers.  She also uses this area as a “nursery”. This is where she lines out plants that she has started from seed, giving them time to grow before subjecting them to the “thugs” in the border.  As I know from personal experience, any new perennial she buys must have more than one crown. When she gets home, these are immediately divided and allowed to bulk up in the vegetable garden, before they are planted in the main garden.

 

She uses a  plastic kids paddling pool to water all the pots that she hasn’t got in the ground yet. Does the expression, “eyes to big for your stomach” ring any bells! (Of course, I am the same way, never met a plant that I didn’t want!)

 

On The Porch

On The Porch

 

 

 

lovely porch and pots

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 Here Allium christophii seedheads are drying, Janus will scatter the seeds around her garden and in a few years will have flowering plants. She puts any new  perennials she buys in pots along with some annuals to fill them for the summer, then plants them  in the fall.

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Janus also has a light set up in her cellar for tender plants and the storage of dahlias over the winter.  She will also start seeds there as well.

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The South Porch

The South Porch

 

A Colour Echo

A Colour Echo

 
 
 
 
 
 
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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    miss m said,

    I’m speechless.

  2. 3

    […] but spring is my favourite time of year, and I was desperate to see it then. So while I was in Kingston visiting friends I made a special point of saving some time to go […]


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