Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Garden Tour

Well the time has come for me to share with you our garden. Vegetables are in the ground, the new perennial bed has been planted, the pots around the deck are full and things are starting to look like summer around here. We have been blessed with some amazing weather - high temperatures and lots of sunshine. I do love it, but was wishing for a little bit of rain, I was getting tired of dragging the hose out...note to self add irrigation system to top of to do list for the fall.  My wish came true Sunday night and we had an amazing rainfall. I am hoping for more over the next few days as well.

With rain overnight and sunshine during the day things really do come alive and I am amazed at how things have grown in the short 10 days they have been in the ground.

So come along with me for a little garden tour. It will be the first time this season but certainly not the last.

Welcome friends!
Our home

The new raised beds.
Planted with kale, Swiss chard, strawberries, beets, onions, carrots, squash,
zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

Swiss chard

Kale...my fav!

The new tomato trellis

New perennial beds - full of bee, butterfly and humming bird loving plants.

More of the perennial bed

The perfect spot for morning tea

The backyard

Our little cottage

The experimental bed, everything direct sowed about a month ago.
Carrots, beets, Swiss chard, kale, lettuce, leeks, cucumber, basil.
Still to go in beans and snow peas.

Leaf lettuce, I had a few leaves for dinner last night.

The fire pit

Work in progress - the chicken coop

A view from the back corner of our property.

The gate that opens for us to explore.

Reece's secret garden, being loved and enjoyed.

The first wild rose.

The back deck

The deck fireplace - the perfect spot to relax once the little man is tucked in.

Reece's little garden - garlic, tomatoes, strawberries and cucumber.
He also throw down a whole bunch of poppy seeds, fingers cross they come up.

A little reminder for the plants in Reece's garden :)


Reece's play space.
Teepee, swings, rocks to climb on, a balance beam and sandbox.
The teepee needs a new cloth and there is a music wall to be added this year.


A view from the cottage.

Columbine - beautiful!

A view from the driveway.

Hope you enjoyed the garden tour. It has been a pleasure to share it with you.

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Linking up with Elisa at Elisa Loves for Nature Walk

55 comments:

  1. what a lovely spot you guys have! The gardens look great and LOVE the play area :)

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  2. You have a beautiful home. I really like your front porch, I'd love to have a cup of tea with you!

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    1. Oh that would be lovely, what time shall I expect you :)

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  3. What a little piece of heaven you have there. Love your backyard. So many little nooks to enjoy and explore. All the veggies are looking great! You're not behind at all! :) Looking forward to seeing it grow, grow, grow!!!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, we really love our space and are so happy with all the work we have done over the years.

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  4. You have such a lovely home! Thanks for the tour.

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  5. Wow, you have a gorgeous property. It's what my dreams are made of. So many wonderful outdoor spaces to enjoy and to garden. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, I am happy to share :)

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  6. Beautiful, Kim! So much love clearly put into it. And I'm super jealous of your porch. It's on my wish list: big porch with wisteria vine. Have the vine, one day the porch...

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    1. Just keep dreaming, one day it will be a reality. That porch has seen many transformations over the years, we are actually thinking it is time again for something new...

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  7. Wow! What an amazing spot you have. Looks like a wonderful place to play and explore!!

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    1. Thanks Taryn, we love it and enjoy being outside in it.

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  8. I look at that and I think total bliss and a lot of hard work. You guys have put so much love into your space. I really really hope one day that we will have a space so beautiful. I'm finding this desert to spiny and brown for children. We can't play anywhere.

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    1. Bliss, yes and hard work, yes :) We have lived here for 15 years though so it is a process, adding things every year to make it everything we want it to be.

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  9. kim, what a gorgeous space to be blessed with!!! every picture, absolutely beautiful! i'm curious about the tomato trellis system- will you train the plants to the outside of the wire and then trellis them up to the peak? i love that all of your boxes and poles are made from trees. i'm experimenting with outdoor sowing this year with all of my plants- i have awful luck with starting seeds indoors, so this year i planted all of my seeds right outside and everything seems to be thriving... even the tomatoes. i'm going to buy a few seedling tomatoes and do a comparison, i have a feeling my direct sowed tomatoes will catch right up with the indoor started seedlings. so much fun experimenting, can't wait to see what becomes of yours!

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    1. Thanks so much Heather. This is the first year we are trying the trellis so not totally sure what I will do. I decided to plant the tomatoes on the inside and will see what happens when they start growing, I do think I will train them towards the outside though, it makes sense and will look great. An experimentation this year.

      We don't have a lot of room to start seeds indoors, although there is a little greenhouse in my dreams, so there may be more seed planting indoors next year, will have to see.

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  10. really? this is yours and not from photos found on pinterest? BEAUTIFUL.....someone has been working really hard out there!!! Saving a few of these photos to use for ideas:)) ~Barefoot Mama

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    1. Yes Brooke, it is ours, my pictures taken yesterday afternoon :) Lots of work, but over 15 years, that's how long we have lived here. Every year we decide what we want to do or add and then go with it.

      Happy to give you some ideas, and looking forward to seeing more of what you do with your outdoor space.

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous...and very inspiring. Good work!!

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  12. I shared your link on my facebook page today. Do you have a facebook page for your lovely blog? https://www.facebook.com/Barefootnmama

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    1. Thanks Brooke, greatly appreciated. I don't have a facebook page for the blog, just a private one, which you already follow :) But here it is just in case https://www.facebook.com/yourgreenbaby1

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  13. Your home and gardens are lovely Kim, I especially love the little cottage shed. I know you are going to really enjoy being outdoors with the weather being so nice. :)

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    1. Thanks Tracey. We are already really enjoying the outdoors and loving the sunshine.

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  14. You have some great looking gardens. It seems like you've really created a space that speaks to you. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Gretchen. The creation of the space has taken years, but yes, it is a space that speaks to us as a family and really means a lot to us.

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  15. Your home and yard are truly a slice of heaven Kim. Just a few days ago Avery told me that when she has her own home she wants one like yours. :-)

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    1. Awe, that is so sweet Susan. Tell Avery she is welcome to stop by anytime. You will have to come by for sure once the chicks are here, which fingers crossed should be by the end of the week.

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  16. Kim everything is beautiful. I love your home, your yard, garden and Reece's areas. He is one lucky young man. What a beautiful spot you live in. I was going to ask how you've done it all, but then read above that you've added a bit more each year. Well done. You have certainly done a great job. I wish I lived close to you so I could drop in for a cuppa. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing all the new growth. xxoo

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    1. Thanks so much Julie. And yes it has been a process. Some years we add, some years we tear stuff out, some years we do both. We still have dreams of what we will add in the next few years. And then I am sure there will be more dreams :)

      I too wish you lived closer, I somehow think we would have lots to talk about.

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    2. Yes, I think we would have lots to talk about. xxoo

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  17. Lovely, really lovely Kim. Thanks for the tour.

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  18. What a lovely blog and an absolutely beautiful home and gardens. Thanks so much for the tour.
    p.s. Lisa sent me the link to your blog -- she knew how much I would love it.
    :-)

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    1. Awe, thanks Colleen. Glad you enjoyed the tour, I appreciate you stopping by.

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  19. I came here to read your yarn along post but I was distracted by your garden - no wonder you're getting no knitting done, neither would I if my garden were like yours, it's wonderful! Lucky you :o)

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  20. Oh Kim your place is gorgeous!! Really, really gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. Your cottage is soooo cute. xx

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    1. Thanks Kim! And the cottage, I love it too. It was actually an old shed on a friends property that he was taking down and throwing out. My hubby went over and carefully dismantled it and rebuilt it on our property with a different angle to the roof. We have a wood burning stove in there. It is the best place to be on a winter afternoon with the snow falling. And a great place to be in the summer with the french doors and windows open.

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  21. When can I come visit??? I'm in love with the space you've created!!! beautiful!!!

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    1. You and your lovely family are welcome anytime Jules, anytime.

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  22. Thank you for the tour! What a wonderful space!

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  23. Wow! As already mentioned you have an amazing yard. I *love* the raised garden beds. Very rustic and charming. If those tomatoes trellises disappear you know who to call... or email :) Lovely lovely!

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    1. Thanks Josee, we are pretty pleased with how everything is coming together, it has taken years, but finally it is becoming what we had hoped and dreamed. And I have my eye on those trellises :)

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  24. Aww...your place is just wonderful. I love every little corner and space. You have a beautiful home, and I'd be so happy to have a beautiful porch like that to sip tea on one day. =)

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    1. Thanks Elisa, it is very special to us.

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  25. hi, I'm here from Elisa loves. your home and garden and yard are all beautiful. I love that everything seems homemade, handcrafted. Those tomato trellises are beautiful, as are the raised beds.

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    1. Thanks so much. We try our best to do as much as we can by hand with recycled materials. The trees for the raised beds were cut down by hydro last summer to make way for some new lines. The trellises are branches from dead trees and the wiring was from our old dog run. The only thing we had to purchase was the triple mix to fill up the beds.

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  26. It's so interesting to see a garden from the other side of the world. Love how neat everything is! So different to our native bush garden. Love your raised beds, too.

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  27. I've been meaning to tell you forever that your garden is just beautiful! I love all the little spots you have. Particularly the cottage...

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  28. Your garden looks wonderful. It looks so peaceful and relaxing.

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  29. Ohhh, I love your garden. It is amazing. What wonderful spaces to enjoy!!

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