(This posting originally posted at My 1929 Charmer on May 25th)


We have worked our butts off!
Truly....and we still have much to do...just a little slower than most people!
I love gardening and a few years ago discovered flowers.  I know....just a few years
ago?  Yes, I always planted herbs...every herb imaginable it seemed and now
I plant herbs, flowers, and vegetables!  I love to make new additions to all
the types every year and wait with bated breath for the old flowers to
raise their sleepy heads and bloom!
The photos I'm going to show you today are of a large portion of our
front perennial & herb garden which we've been working hard at
cleaning up for Spring Blooms.  Keep in mind that many of the flowers
have not yet bloomed and still have a few weeks before they do here in Southern
Ontario.  The second portion which you may have seen in rough form in
my Greenhouse Hell posting, is about halfway complete, including a move
for the Greenhouse to a shadier spot.  Keep an eye out for my posting on this secondary section of our front yard to come out soon!

I have quite a few photos, so please bear with me!
One of the most important things ( I believe) you can do for your perennial
garden bed is to spread mulch.  It definitely keeps the weeds to about one third of
what they'd normally be.  We started about a month ago working the flower
beds we should have cleaned in the fall last year.  UGH!  I will for sure this year!
Check out these Before & After Pics!
BEFORE
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Desolate, weed-ridden mess
AFTER
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Happy, refreshed & ready to start blooming!

BEFORE
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Disgusting!
AFTER
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Calm & Serene

BEFORE
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Nooo...that's not a big white Eastern Milk Snake!
AFTER
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Note the missing Greenhouse in this photo...that's another story like I said!
At the end of it all, when you end up with a lovely entryway to your
front door winding through lush colourful (soon!) gardens, the
feeling of accomplishment is fantastic!
Here's a few more peeks at our peaceful place....
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Front Entry...garden you've just seen winds around to the right of this photo.
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Facing out from the front doorway
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Dan found this piece of driftwood down at our dock a couple years ago!
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Love this birdfeeder my youngest daughter Megan gave me for my birthday a few years back.
Thanks so much for visiting my happy place with me!
xo

5/30/2012

Oh, how I wish this house at least had beds and pathways! I'm starting over at this little 1934 property. And the task of putting all that in alone seems daunting. Love the dangling monkey!
Brenda

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5/30/2012

I love your paths, you really have good bones in the plan. It always seems like so much work, we just have to chip away at it. I understand about doing it alone. Your garden looks wonderful. Kathy

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6/2/2012

Although the winding paths were there, it's taken me three long years of hard work to get all the different perennials in and all the pachysandra (ground creeper) out. Don't worry! I started over as well when we moved here....it's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! xo

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5/30/2012

Beautiful garden. Weeding, etc. is such a pain, but so rewarding when you see the afters!

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6/2/2012

Thanks Angela! I find it very peaceful and a great time to just think about "stuff". xo wendy

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5/30/2012

What a lovely garden, the setting is beautiful, you have done a lot of work, well worth it.

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6/2/2012

Thanks for visiting! I love your beautiful first rose! xo wendy

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Your garden cleaned up so nicely! I have a nightmare going on in my backyard as I type this .... dread dread and more dread.

Oh, and the fun touches of whimsey (that frog and the umbrella?) just adorable!

... so happy your shared with us all at our Great Outdoors link party!

:)

Linda

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6/2/2012

Thankyou Linda...I felt like the photos don't do it justice! But, when the blooms come out more it will be more colourful as well. My nightmare (Phase II) is beginning to come together, but feels like all I'm doing is gardening...no time to blog! xo wendy

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Wow, what a wonderfully pulled together look in your garden. So many beautiful flowers. Love, love the irises!!! Thank you so much for sharing at our party!
Karah

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6/2/2012

Thanks for your sweet comment Karah! The irises are so special, aren't they...so detailed and beautiful! Too bad they don't last long enough! Thanks for having the party! xo wendy

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5/29/2014

I like your house, your garden. it is an ideal home for me.

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            Years ago I took a distance learning course (in my not so free time) and received a certificate as a Natural Health Consultant.  I've always had a love of herbs, growing and using them and recently I've delved more into flower gardening.  If you have anything to add to my posts, please comment so others can gain your knowledge too!

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