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In My Garden

I live in a zone 8 climate in "the Garden City", so I am able to garden all year around . My garden is on a 100 x 100 foot lot with space for the house, garage, and generous paved driveways. I have approximately 10,000 square feet left to my garden space. I created a water garden, a woodland walk, a vegetable garden and I have perennials, vines, roses, fruit trees, evergreen hedging and a few small rock plants. The birds, butterflies, squirrels, rabbits, deer, otter, racoons and other wildlife visit. Indoors, I have a light garden for my few cacti, ochids and African violets.

In 1997 and in 1999 I was presented with the Silver Rose Bowl award by the Victoria Horticultural Society for my participation in their 'parlor show'. This involved bringing specified items to the monthly club meetings where they were judged and the points earned tallied for the final year end winners.

My garden is in constant revision, as you may notice my web page is, also.


January - we occasionally get snow
February - more rain, and some bulbs up
March - first spring bulbs blooming
April - rock plants blooming, grass needs mowing, fruit trees blooming
May - the garden is in full swing
June - lovely warm days of medium temperatures and roses in bloom
July - we need to water a lot in the summer as we do not often get rain.
August - the Fall perennials starting to bloom and fruit is ripening
September - harvest time in the vegetable garden and time to plant the winter garden
October - glorious fall colors and sunsets, fruit ripening and rains begin again
November - sometimes a lovely month with the Fall colors and warm rains
December - more rain, the garden is mostly greens and browns, very peaceful.

Alpines - I have a few small alpines in various little rock gardens around the garden
Animals in the garden The pond attracts wildlife to my garden. The deer do not seem to bother my plants as I have numerous herbs planted all around the garden.
Birds in the garden There is a small woods and a stream in the Park across the street from our garden. So, we have a good variety of birds in the garden.
Boquets - Creating flower arrangements for the house and for show is an
added benefit for creatativity as well as visual satisfaction.
Boulevard garden I have planted a little garden in the propery next to the street that is owned by the city.
Bugs - butterflies, bugs
Fruit and Vegetables - grapes, figs, pears, apples, plums, and vegtables
Indoor gardening - orchids, cacti, African violets.
Market - photos of produce or flowers bought at the market.
Mushrooms, lichens.
Moss Garden with shade plants: primulas, hepaticas,
Garden paths and Garden art - I have converted most of the lawn to gardens and paths
Vistas and Views in the garden
WATER AND JAPANESE GARDENING - I built my pond with its 8 - 9 foot diameter. It is surrounded by the moss garden with a Japanese garden design.
Wish List Someday there may be fences, gates and special plants in my garden.
Woodland garden - I am trying to establish a few indigenous plants in this area.
Survivors This album will contain photos of flowers growing in some very difficult places. They are generally called weeds but I think they have a special beauty and appeal.
MISCELLANEOUS I have made this page into a list of some of the miscellaneous things in the garden. There is always room for expansion here. These items may not appear on all of the menus, but only on this page.
Outline of the garden changes - This is the first page of a series of three giving a tour of the my garden.
A description of the garden rooms - This is the second page of a series of three giving a tour of the my garden, and showing the creation of the garden rooms as well as some of the renovations over the years.
Annual Garden changes photo albums The third page of the series will be annual photo albums of the changes in the garden for the year, beginning in 2009.
Excerpts from Garden Journal In 2012 I began to keep a Garden Journal on my Computer. There will be monthly notes from each year after 2012. When I first started my garden I had note books for daily entries, diagrams of planting beds, lists of plants used in the garden and the purchase prices. My plant lists are constantly changing so I have not been keeping them current. The Journal Notes will mention renovations.
Lists of the Plants in each Garden Room I have started to make rather comprehensive lists of the plants in the garden rooms. When a plant becomes well established I will add it to the list. If a plant should die I will make a note of it to up date the list. It may be a while until I get this finished. Posted on January 15, 2021.
This page also contains the annual PURCHASES and the annual Garden rooms; although these annual garden rooms might not be completed for some time.


  • (VHS) Victoria Horticultural Society: http://vichortsociety.org/
  • (HCP) Horticultural Center of the Pacific: http://www.hcp.ca
  • (VIRAGS) - Vancouver Island Rock & Alpine: http://www.virags.ca/
  • Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia http://www.agc-bc.ca/home
  • Victoria Orchid Society: http://www.victoriaorchidsociety.ca
  • Native plants: - http://russellnursery.com/natives/
  • Harry Jans informative site about growing alpines. His travels, and smug mug photo albums. https://www.jansalpines.com/
  • David Badke collection of mosses, lichens, mushrooms https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidbadke/albums/72157673563005916
    This is a fine reference source of information on the lichens, mosses, and mushrooms found in my location.
  • Fawn Lilies(erythronium)
  • Swan Lake Sanctuary https://www.swanlake.bc.ca/">
  • Phlox http://www.butterflywebsite.com/articles/phlox-for-butterflies.cfm
  • CRD natural gardening https://www.crd.bc.ca/education/natural-gardening
  • Saanich Native Plants - https://satinflower.ca/
  • Growing Primroses https://www.barnhaven.com/primroses/
  • Plant photos by common name: - http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/browse_imgs/plant_com_1.html
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    Start up: April 15, 2005
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