September 15th: A New Garden on Quadra Island, B.C.

It was almost a year ago that we moved to our British Columbia home to be closer to our daughter’s family and watch our grandchildren grow. During this time the oldest has lost a tooth, the middle guy has devloped an allergy to wasp bites and the youngest broke his arm as he learned to fly down the front porch stairs on his tricycle. I guess a normal year!

Our daughter has started up a small business baking cinnamon buns and artesan bread at her roadside stand. The Barking Dog Bakery is a popular destination with a brightly painted sign created by our son-in-law.

Our son continues to be immersed in technology for third world school children. This presents many ups and downs – a very challenging job and a totally volunteer job at that.

While DH has taken on longer and longer walks with Phoebe the dog, exploring the beaches and hidden paths, I have devoted time to our garden, adjusting to one acre after working on 10 in the past.

The garden is less wild than when we first arrived. There are fewer salmonberries, thimleberries, blackberries and elderberries. I have kept many of the huckleberries because I enjoy their dainty leaves. Loads of the ferns have been eliminated as well, though you might not know it because so many remain. And so this is the “secret path” which gets worked on a great deal. A new garden will be planted there in the spring. In the meantime, we will enjoy a Cornus Mas, four Witch Hazels, and a Japanese Snowbell. A rustic bench is hidden there, opposite some Persicaria which has been in bloom for a good long time!

Sept1202015-012b Nearby are Coreopsis Red Satin, Hachenochloa, Helleborus foetidous and more. Some bulbs will son be added.



Helleborus FoetidousSept1202015-009b



Also nearby are some small trees: a Full Moon Maple and a Cornus Kousa. This is their September look.



Young Oak Leaf Hydrangeas are turning colour.Sept14-2015-032b

Nearby a few annuals and perennials are hanging on.



Black Ball Bachelor ButtonsSept14-2015-025b

Behind the house is a long strip that is sunnier and where both old and new perennials reside. I am trying to have colour there in spring, summer and fall.

Below I’ll share some of the September blooms.

Agastache TangoSept14-2015-001b

Orange WallflowersSept14-2015-015b


A Delphinium, reblooming

Gentians. This was in the morning. They open in the afternoon.Sept14-2015-018b

Coreopsis MoonbeamSept14-2015-012c

Knautia Thunder & Lightning  Sept14-2015-008b


A solo lupineSept14-2015-006b

Clematis Blue PirouetteSept14-2015-003b

Salvia Black and BlueSept11-2015-006.b

A very tall lavender AsterSept11-2015-015b and a large Variegated WallflowerSept14-2015-005b*****


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Gardener, knitter, wife, mother of 2, grandmother, and lots more.
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4 Responses to September 15th: A New Garden on Quadra Island, B.C.

  1. alice says:

    Everything looks great!

  2. bonnievrk says:

    Yes! Everything looks fantastic! So many different varieties! How do you find growing the plants you love on the island as opposed to Ontario? (Besides longer growing season lol) is humidity similar?

    • I think that one year hasn’t been enough to judge by. It’s a long process. We had a warm winter last year and a super hot & dry summer. I expect a rainy winter, but who knows? 🙂 I do know that grandchildren are a scary thing for me in the garden! I’ve tried to introduce trees and shrubs that bloom in very early spring and others that have interesting Fall foliage. We’ll see how it goes.

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