Creating the Garden

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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 do the gardening and my husband builds the structures.

There were many great features in the garden when we bought the property in September of 2018: The big hazel nut tree became the focal point for the back garden, there is a giant rhododendron, a weeping spruce tree, an ancient apple tree and many tall forest trees. All set in the stunning scenery of Mowat Bay, Powell River.

FALL 2018

The plants came with us from our previous garden so I had lots of material to work with. My first idea was to frame the back garden without blocking the view out the kitchen window, naturally my eye was drawn to the big hazel nut tree and this area was the first area I cleared of garbage, ivy and blackberries. My other plan for the fall of 2018 was to plant a California lilac hedge to frame the right side of the garden. This was a hard go as the ground on this side of the property is mainly clay, a lot of compost was added to create some soil. The hedge creates separation from the formal garden and the wild hillside.

FALL 2018 ABOUT TWO MONTHS AFTER WE MOVED IN SHOWING THE NEW HEDGE AND THE HAZEL NUT TREE
LOTS OF PLANTS IN POTS! THE LEAN-TO CAME IN HANDY FOR WINTER STORAGE
THE GROUNDS HAD NEVER BEEN LANDSCAPED, IT WAS EXTREMELY OVER GROWN AND THE GROUND WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO DIG

The front of the property has a large lawn that we are keeping as a place for games, the apple tree and spruce are out front and the rhododendron is along the side of the house by the big sundeck. There is also a lovely covered front porch for a nice relaxing cup of tea. I knew the garden was going to be a hard go so I wanted to make sure I paced myself. Each planting hole was full of big boulders that I set aside for use in the spring of 2019.

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