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 New Comers!

The climate in Powell River allows me to garden almost all year around. The only time I don’t work in the garden is for a month or so when the ground freezes hard. My favourite time of the year is early spring when I can put my winter plans in action. Summer is the time…

Poppies in the Wild Flower Bed

Last year I built a small bed where I could scatter wild flower seeds. The purpose is to grow plants to attract bees and butterflies and pollinating insects in general. With any wildflower mix you can expect a few surprises and this year a large variety of poppies came up. Poppies are by far the…

Turn off the Taps!

It has been raining hard for what seems forever! Some plants like the trees and shrubs are all big and green as the rain has gone deep into the soil. Most of my herbaceous plants and annuals for that matter would like the taps turned off! My tree peony was fantastic this year and I…

Ready for Red!

It’s the year to plant red in the garden, yet many gardeners including myself struggle with best how to use this strong colour in our plant combinations. Understanding the colour wheel is a great pace to start. The wheel consists of the colour spectrum and was designed into the wheel form in the late 17th…

A New Season Begins

Even though it’s still chilly here in Powell River every now and then the sun pops out and warms things up. The garden is really trying hard to get going but until its warmer plants are staying dormant, for now. We are going into our 4th gardening year on Lilac Hill. The first year and…

Good Bye 2021!

This year has gone by very quickly and I am looking forward to the 2022 gardening season. It will be my 4th year developing Lilac Hill and with 3 years of cleaning away the garbage, digging beds and building structures behind us, 2022 will be the year I can add some charm and ambiance to…

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…