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The Year in Review 2011

Another  year has come and gone, where does the time go!

January

Yet another idea for my garden, it would be a lovely reminder of my time in Barbados!

February

Bumped up my country count with a quick trip to Trinidad.

March

Oooh, maybe this would be a better reminder of my time in Barbados.

April

I arrive back in Canada, just in time for the snowdrops, yay!

May

I finally get to visit Brian Bixleys garden, after wanting to for many years.

June

The trees in the Lime Walk get their first prune.

July

Visited Hunte’s Gardens, an amazing place in Barbados.

August

Saw my first Kadooment Day parade, and vowed to start exercising when I saw the size of the costumes.

September

The hydrangea (free leftovers from Easter sales), finally started bulking up in the Lime Walk and looking like something.

October

Visited another amazing garden while I was home in the autumn. Keppel Croft is located close to Kilbourne Grove.

November

My SIL came for a visit and we tried zip lining, what an adrenalin rush.

December

Christmas on the island, what a glorious feeling.

Interested in what happened last year? You can read about it here.

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Under Foot at Keppel Croft

I am always on the lookout for path ideas, I have quite a few leading the way throught Kilbourne Grove, and I would like to make them unique to the space they are in. Right now a lot are grass, but that becomes a problem in the spring when it is so muddy. Not to mention cutting the grass, I need to edge the sides as well (all time consuming), so I might as well spend the time and install a hard surface.

Stone, brick all beautiful, but expensive if you are planning a lot of paths, but cement, inexpensive and speedy. But how to make it interesting?

Imbed rocks…

Make a design with them…

I think Ian is going to be one busy boy!

If you want to read more about my visit to Keppel Croft, you can read about it here, about their art installations here, and their amazing pots here.

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Potscaping at Keppel Croft

I have always had a love affair with pots, (not that kind of pot, people, please), but I started out small. Waaay too small! Trust me, when it comes to pots, bigger is better.

At my first house, I used to have a few pots on my front steps, and they were tiny, probably a mix of 4″ and 6″, they dried out in a heartbeat. And there were never enough plants in them.

Then I started working at East of Eliza. We specialized in pot planting, used to change a lot of customers seasonally. And my pots at home got larger and larger, and fuller and fuller.

I was very sad when I could not have any pots at Kilbourne Grove, with no one around to water them on a regular basis, they would be toast. But one day…

When I visited Keppel Croft,I found a kindred spirit, someone else who loves pots as much as I do. And I got sooo many ideas….

Love the row of agaves.

Love this last one, I could buy a new (and expensive) hosta, leave it in a pot like this all summer to bulk up, then divide it and plant it in the ground. Oooh, I can’t wait.

If you missed reading my first post about Keppel Croft, you can read about it here. Missed the art installation post, read it here.

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Art at Keppel Croft

I got sooo many ideas from the art installations at Keppel Croft, I hope you do too.

I especially like the stone balls. I remember reading Frances post on making them, perhaps this summer I will finally get to it, now I have even more inspiration. If you missed the first part of my story about Keppel Croft, you can read about it here.

I realized after I published the post on Keppel Croft I forgot to give you the link to their website. Please do go visit, they have lots of interesting stories.

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Garden Visits: Keppel Croft

Wow, I found another garden that I am full of admiration for, and the best thing, it is very close to Kilbourne Grove. That means I can visit it at different times of the year, and steal get lots of ideas from it, and not just on plant material. The owners, of Keppel Croft, Bill and Dawn Loney, are masters at not only gardening, but hardscaping, potscaping and all kinds of artscaping! I took over 200 photos when I visited, so many great ideas, I will have to break up my visit in a number of posts.

The Loneys started their garden in 1977 when they moved to Wiarton from the Arctic. At that time, it was 4 acres of (mostly) empty fields with only a house and a few plants on it. They had no plan for the garden, it just gradually evolved, and is still evolving.  Their garden is located on a bed of gravel/rock. Every time something is planted, a pickaxe is needed, and more stones are found, lots of these are used to mulch beds, and create paths.

You walk through this gorgeous gazebo to the rock garden, and yes, shouldn’t everyone have a chandelier outside. I know we had one on our porch in Kingston, and are just waiting till we stumble across a cheap one for Kilbourne Grove.

They use large swaths of plants to fill and highlight art installations.

Another gazebo leads you along the path.

I like the raised water feature on the terrace by the house. I wonder if Ian could build one.

Great use for all the thousands millions of rocks that they dig up on a daily basis.

The path into the woodland walk.

Have a seat and rest, there is still lots to see.

The walk through the woods was very interesting, lots of art installations, which I thought was very unusual, but loved.

You all know how I feel about an allee, love the light at the end of the tunnel. Can’t wait till mine achieves this effect.

He does all his own concrete work, I shall have to see if there are any workshops.

The rock garden.

My favourite spot, we all know I am a sucker for a formal space.

There is still lots to see…

Ooops, I forgot to give the link to Keppel Crofts website, please do go visit, lots of interesting stories.

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