A History Lesson: Chapter II

 You are going to know  more about me, than any sane person should have to bear. LOL Don’t say I didn’t warn you.       

I am sure  my regular readers know that I can’t stick with  only one project a year. I would get to even more, but that damn grass just keeps agrowin’. IF it was not a weekend house, and IF I did not have to spend 4 hours (at that time, now only 3 hours) cutting the grass, I could get way more done!       

The Kitchen Garden was actually a very easy project. It took us just one weekend to complete it. So I had lots of time to start on my next project, the Flora Glade.       

This was an area that was driving me nuts. It was behind our garage, but as the garage was situated beside the house, rather than behind, you could see it very easily. And it was a mess. Waist high weeds, a huge pile of bark chips, a pile of bricks, very little grass, and lots of bare spots.  There was also a number of maples in a bit of a “grove” as well.        

So I decided that the space would run from the north edge of the Kitchen Garden, to the garage. And I would use the tree line on the east side, run a cedar hedge beside them and the western boundary would be the property line.       

Behind the Garage, May 2007

The Serviceberry, May 2007

This is where I started. My boss gave me a “bonus” and I used the money to buy a redbud  and a serviceberry for the garden. The soil was as hard as a rock here, so I thought that I would make “raised” beds again. I started by making a little brick bed for the serviceberry (which has since been moved).       

On the other side, the redbud was planted. (See how high these weeds are, scary!)       

This is the only part of the garden that I plan on having more free form beds. Everything else is very straight lines, but I wanted a more natural look here. Using the bricks that were behind the garage, as well as all the ones that seemed to be in every shovelful, (was there a brick factory here at one point?), I started outlining the beds/paths.       


Behind the Garage, August 2009       

Flora Glade, May 2007

(Yes, that is our old Christmas tree leaning up against the maple, don’t ask!)       

Marking the edge of the Flora Glade, May 2007

Outlining the beds, Flora Glade, May 2007

The Cornus bed, May 2007


August 2009, you can see the redbud in the middle island bed, and the cornus in the next bed.       

Flora Glade, May 2007

These were free plants, Salix integra “Hakuro-nishiki”. They were quite small when they were planted in 2007. They have certainly grown quite a bit by August 2009, despite being cute back hard every spring.       


Standing in the same spot, August 2009       

For me the Flora Glade is beautiful any time of year:       


whether it is spring,  when the redbud is blooming,     


In June       


or late summer!   

If you are crazy enough to want to read more about the Flora Glade, you can here.   

Future plans include building a pergola behind the garage, (that is why so much space has been left), extending the beds beyond the blue trellis, and changing the path materials from bark.

32 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    gardeningasylum said,

    Love seeing the before and afters – Flora Glade is a lovely name for a lovely place 🙂

  2. 3

    Edith Hope said,

    Dear Deborah, Where do you get your energy from? A new project is always very exciting, even if it does mean a great deal of work and is,I think, one of the ways in which we strive to improve the garden with the introduction of new ideas. However, carrying out these ideas is always exhausting and so often, one finds, one thing then leads on to another. I also love about this posting how you are allowing us to view just that little bit more of the garden. Tantalising!

    The name you have chosen, Flora Glade, borrowed from The Laskett, is most appropriate given its informality compared with other parts of the garden. I am assuming it is the same with you.

    You mention the Cornus kousa planted in memory of your mother. I think this is a lovely idea and I should certainly include it amongst my favourite shrubs. I am delighted that it is doing well for you.

    I do hope that you are enjoying your week’s holiday.

    • 4

      Edith, sometimes I wonder as well, lol. When you are doing something you love, it is amazing how you find the time and the energy. There is a lot to improve in this garden, nothing but lawns when we purchased it. I am eager to get in all the hedges and trees, they take so long to grow.

  3. 5

    Joy said,

    Deborah .. I love seeing pictures of your place with all of those trees : )
    I also enjoy watching the progression of how things are going with all of your garden .. the pergola sounds perfect for that area ! I am going to have to put my plans to paper soon so I can give what ever company we go with , solid , in your face requirements for the landscaping I am dreaming ? about 😉
    Keep doing what you are doing girl ! it is working !

  4. 7

    fairegarden said,

    We want to know even more! Showing the before and after shots really help us understand your garden. Not as good as being there, but almost. Your plans, and having free bricks is such a bonus, are delightful. It is already full of life and seems a good place to sit and contemplate the universe. 🙂

  5. 9

    Liisa said,

    A beautiful transformation, Deborah. It is wonderful to watch your plans unfold. In the link to your other post about Flora Glade I was happy to find that you had placed a bench nearby. As I was scrolling through this post I was thinking how lovely it would be to just sit and enjoy this area. Although, this is not always an easy thing to do when you are the gardener. It seems that there is always something that needs our attention. What a beautiful place you have! 🙂

    • 10

      Liisa, there is an old factory in Owen Sound that was demolished. But when they did that they kept the whistle. It goes off at noon and at five. That is the signal for a drink and that bench!!!

  6. 11

    Teza said,

    Your Flora Glade is mesmerizing! It indeed has something to offer all year long, and is that not the first effect that one goes after when creating a new bed/border. I love that you have such an interesting tapestry upon which to create! A pergola would be the cat’s meow~ I do question wny more people haven’t picked up on that fascinating shade of blue – do you know the name by chance? It pulls me into the garden everytime I see it!

    Hakuro Nishiki is a wonderful shrub – I made the mistake of wanting a standard form….. lets just say it got the haircut of it’s life thus far this past fall. It had to be four feet wide and smack in the middle of the front yard. It totally blocked the view of C. alternifolia ‘Golden Shadows’ – and that was oh so not acceptable. The shrub form look so elegant spreading their arms heavenward, and the best thing – take cuttings, plant them, and voila! Baby Hakuro’s!

    Eagerly looking forward to Chapter Three. This is your vacation week? Just know that the mild weather of today is to herald in winter again….. 5-10cm of snow by Thursday. Best sit in the Red Room and cozy up with a good read! Great update!

    • 12

      Teza, how did you know my ass was planted in front of the fire with a book? Are there hidden cameras here. lol.
      I can look the blue up and get back to you.
      I am glad that you are not letting that willow hide your beautiful Golden Shadows, that would be horrible indeed.

  7. 13

    leavesnbloom said,

    What a lovely name – Flora Glade – and what a lovely part of the garden too.

    Do you get any problems Deborah with those Salix integra “Hakuro-nishiki”? They don’t like my scottish climate at all – the leaves are always blemished due to the weather. Rosie

  8. 15

    I love seeing photos that detail the progress of a garden. I look forward to seeing the pergola go up. What type of materials will you use for the path?

    • 16

      Much painting to be done on the garage before the pergola can be built. I am still trying to decide on a colour. I hate to keep going back to peagravel, but I am thinking of that, or a very small limestone screening.

  9. 17

    Grace said,

    Hello Deborah~~ Amazing progress you’ve made on your garden areas. I like the names you’ve chosen for them, just showcases your multitude of talents. I’ve tried to think up titles for my areas but they’re all rather blah. Thanks for the inspiration. I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got cooking. 🙂

    • 18

      Grace, it seems that I have always named parts of my garden, even when it was just the Black and White Garden or the Oval Lawn. I guess I have read too many English gardening books.

  10. 19

    miss m said,

    How many people can boast about having a glade in their yard ? Deborah, I am and always will be so jeal…erm.. envious of your property ! My next purchase will be land oriented. I couldn’t care less about the house that comes with it ! I want LAND ! 😀

  11. 21

    Hi Deborah, I can see that the glade will fill in beautifully. The curvy lines suit this more relaxed space. Lovely!

  12. 23

    Another great post Deborah, I really like the natural setting of this area. Looks like a great place to sit back with a glass of lemonade and a good book. 🙂 Rebecca

  13. 25

    Anna said,

    It looks like a most tranquil spot Deborah and I enjoyed reading how it came about. What is a redbud? I have come across it before on blogs from your side of the pond but I don’t know what they are. Do tell:)

    • 26

      Anna, a redbud is a Cercis canadensis. They have the most beautiful lavender pink flowers that bloom right on the branches, instead of on stems. Then they leaf out in lovely almost heart shaped leaves. You can also get a variety called “Forest Pansy” with a dark leaf.

  14. 27

    I really like your floral glade, and it is fun to see how it started and the progress it has made. It seems to be a very peaceful place. I also grow cornus and redbud; they are so beautiful when they bloom in the spring.

  15. 29

    Wendy said,

    you must be busy every moment of the weekend! Bet you go to bed tired and feeling good! I love the names of all your gardens and garden areas.

  16. 31

    Hi Deborah, Your history lessons are so delightful! I so enjoy seeing the birth of your gardens! I find your ‘flora glade’ with the dappled light to be so beautiful and enchanting… and resting on a bench with a cold drink sounds a lovely way to enjoy early evening in your garden. I am so impressed with all you have accomplished in your ‘weekend’ garden! Having a pergola will add to the beauty and mystique. I look forward to the next chapter and to see what you do with your paths!! ;>)

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