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…

Summer 2021

I have to say I am relieved the summer is over, it was the worst summer ever for gardening! It got hot fast and stayed hot with no rain for almost 2 months! This meant a lot of hose watering for me, luckily we live in an area with a large water reserve so garden…

Day for Daylilies!

Even though August is supposed to be hot it will be nice when fall arrives, since the heat wave began back in June we have had only one day of hard wind and down pouring rain. As long as plants are watered most love the heat, especially the daylilies. I have to admit the Hemerocallis…

Baby it’s Hot Outside!

What a week! When it was predicted our area was going to get hot no one expected the temperature to reach 114 degrees fahrenheit, thats 44 celsius! 114 is unbearable especially for a West Coast rain forest, we are known for weeks of rain not scorching sun. The gardens were hit hard, plants and especially…

Meet the Hostas!

I have 11 hostas in my garden, they are all in pots and protected from the deer and most slugs, both problems when growing hostas. In 2020 we built the enclosure to protect plants especially lilies, clematis and 4 of the hostas. The 4 hostas in the enclosure are ‘Patriot’, ‘Sum and Substance’, and two…

Sunflower & Wild Flower Bed

2021 has been a cold spring, there was frost well into April making me and the plants feel like it was never going to warm up! Not to be deterred by the cold wet weather I took the opportunity to complete the sunflower and wildflower bed. This was a big job because the ground put…

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,…