About Lilac Hill

Welcome to the website dedicated to the creation of my garden Lilac Hill. Purchasing this 1/4 acre property in the fall of 2018 was very exciting, we loved the house located in the picturesque area of Mowat Bay, Powell River and the site had great potential for a really spectacular garden! This is the 3rd…

The Year of the Seed

Lilac Hill is a big garden and it needs lots of plants so why not try to grow some from seeds collected from the garden and given to me by other gardeners. I have to admit I have always been more of an instant gratification gardener all too willing to dish out big dollars to…

Expanding the Garden

I am so used to gardening in a small space it has been a challenge for my brain to garden bigger. One morning I looked out of my kitchen window to realize I made the back garden bed too small. An expansion was in order! Lucky for us we have an endless supply of rocks…

Creating the Garden

EDIT This page is a season by season look at the process of creating our garden Lilac Hill. Anyone who has created a garden from the ground up can relate to all the hard work it takes. The garden is not planned out formally instead its evolving and very much a work in progress. I…

Lilac Hill 2019

EDIT I was very eager to get some kind of garden in place as soon as possible as the plants had been in pots for over a year. Early spring showed lots of promise and once the ground thawed I was back creating Lilac Hill. I wanted to showcase plants along the driveway as the…

Winter to early Spring 2020

EDIT I consider winter a garden season too! I might not be able to get out there and dig but I enjoy the season none the less. Our winters in Powell River are quite mild, the kill frost is usually around the end of December, but generally we go down to about minus 5 degrees,…

A New Season Begins

Even with the craziness that defined 2020 garden wise the first 6 months were very busy. As soon as the snow thawed I got busy cleaning up. The year was full of trials and tribulations, like realizing the deer aren’t going away! This is a garden for our future, and I am so looking forward…

More Garden Blooms

Time is going by so fast! We have been here 2 years now and the garden is looking great. Its finally getting some structure and every change makes a big improvement. Here are some pictures from the 2020 growing season.

Plant Play Pen

We have been working all summer on our new plant enclosure. Its been quite a challenge since it was carved out of very rocky ground, not only is the ground hard-packed its not level. Lots of digging, scraping, wheeling and raking to get it ready for barrier fabric. I took out 6 wheelbarrows of dirt…

Plants in Bloom

  Here is a collogue of some of the plants in bloom on Lilac Hill June 2020, This beauty is an Anemone “Bordeaux” I grew from Corms. Happy Gardening!

Plants are Growing Fast!

I waited what seemed months for the garden to come to life and now I am having fun keeping up!  The plants are changing constantly and my chore list is long.  As the garden fills in I see changes I need to make, fore example tall plants blocking shorter ones, plants that grew bigger than…