Monthly Archives: June 2014



Our back yard is actually at the side of the house. And it is a sunken backyard with little walls on some of its sides. The walls are the foundation of the house, supposedly a boulangerie, that previously occupied the space. It was basically a squared space, with some features: a little brick area and 2 brick flower bed in the middle of the lawn, a stone flower bed and a little patio, where we have a pic-nic table.



It was a very plain space, that we just used to eat outside in summer days. One of the reasons being the fact that it is not very comfortable to sit long in a pic-nic table. And we didn’t have nice seats to use around the fire.

So first thing I did long ago was taking out the brick flower beds, they just didn’t make sense. And last year I started to destroy the stone one, and we finished that beginning of last May. We used the stones and all the dirt we moved to make a new flower bed in a new location of the garden.


After, it was the gigantic work of loosening the soil and moving all the dirt to the new flower bed. It was a 3 generation work and a very nice family moment (even if exhausting).


We covered the space in landscaping fabric and had 2 tons of gravel delivered, and Pierre had to move all that in place. Heavy work… I made a border using the old bricks we moved from other places, but we still have a lot of bricks for future projects. We them made two benches use cinder blocks and 4×4. And here we are:


We already have the pillows, and you can see the decor and plants already set on the space. It has  received some use, even if it is soooo windy… But there is some to do to be finished.


Coming next:

– Putting pea gravel as a finishing layer

– Moving the wood to under the benches

– Replanting grass in all damaged area and thyme on the bricks

– Finishing the flower bed on the other side of the patio

– Making wood planter for the herbs on the wall

– Some extra decoration (may curtains? Painting the wall? some landscaping under the lilac?)


Garden update -26.06.14


Every couple of weeks the garden changes, it is so cool.. So last days were peonies days, so beautiful.

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The malves were just starting but soon it will be all covered in beautiful flowers. I love this part of the garden.


The lupins are beautiful as always, but the new ones I planted last year are full of Aphids and really affected. I will try an old brazilian gardening recipe, lets see if works around here…


The columbines were also planted last year, it is the first blooming. It is a very funny flower.

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This allium is fully open now. It is short, and a cute presence in the garden.


Some beauties in vase around the new patio (I will post soon are progress there).

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And the vegetable garden is growing. Look at these tomatoes!!


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It is a very rainy and chilly spring around here.. We had some wonderful days last week, but mostly it has not been like that. What makes everything move slower outside. We have 3 projects, besides the regular gardening, going on now:

– finishing the front porch (it is mainly painting so..);

– building a small patio with benches in the sideyard (that led to the third project);

– building a new garden bed.

I had a plan of making a shade garden in one of the yard corners, but as we had to relocate several rocks and a lot of land from the patio area, we decided to build a raised bed instead. The rocks were part of a previous garden bed and come originally from the fireplace the house had before being moved to this location. So obviously it had to be use. And it would be some work to get rid of the land. All solved!!

We can see the corner in the picture below. It was a huge mess of wood and branches. Part went to trash (they have old paint, possibly with lead) and the branches are waiting to be stored and used in summer fires.


So we used the rocks to build a wall, justing piling them up, very cottage-y.


And filled the space with land from the patio area.


It will take time to be covered in plants, but most of them are already there: hostas, astilbes, heucheras and bleeding heart. Not sure the bleeding hearts and heucheras are coming, lets see.. I want to plant a blueberry bush next spring too.

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Garden update – 12/06/14


Sometimes I have the impression I can see the garden moving. Things change so fast, it is impressive. The front garden is colorful of phlox, myosotis and lilac.


But there is so many other colors and shapes all around…

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I love lilacs. It is so beautiful and it smells so good. We have 2 lilac bushes that are probably not that young considering their size. One is really in need of some pruning… Lets see if I manage to do this year. Heavy work!



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