With the month of July drawing to a close, and many of my favourite blossoms beginning to fade, I’ve been reviewing my photos of the many lovely gardens that I’ve visited this summer. Many of the pictures were taken while visiting friends, on garden tours with Bowmanville Horticulture Club, and making Memory DVDs for clients of my business “Your Garden or Mine?”
One charming city garden that I was invited to is an award winner….literally! Jacquie Cook received again this year, the honour of Garden of the Week in Oshawa. Jacquie’s quaint cottage welcomes her visitors with a little sign and stepping stones leading toward the house. In early July, the front gardens were filled with shasta daisies, various day lilies and specialty cone flowers in various colours including my favourite “echinacea paradoxa”. In a sunny corner, tall red manarda were surrounded by pots of dark purple petunias rimmed in white cascading from antique pots. Huge pots of flowers lined the tiny side yard and were visible from inside her sunroom. Behind the house, various seating areas had been lovingly created with hostas and other shade lovers as well as arbors, trellises, stone patios and painted screens. The soothing sound of a little water feature added to the tranquill nature of this city garden. Jacquie has created a little oasis of colour, magic and tranquility not far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Congratulations Jacquie! I can’t wait to return to see the Fall colours.