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APRIL 2018

Above: Widening a narrow pathway so that my tractor can gain access, east side ravine.

MARCH 2018

Above: Hauling a big rock up from the north side ravine.

FEBRUARY 2018

Above: Smashing up a flight of concrete steps and taking out old landscape ties in preparation for installation of a waterfall.

Above: Installing the butyl liner and placing rocks for the waterfall.

Above: Lineup of rocks ready for placement in waterfall.

JANUARY 2018

Above left: Some of the bricks from a demolished chimney-stack, the mortar yet to be chiselled off. The bricks will be used for edging of paths. Right: Rocks from a dismantled terrace wall, to be re-integrated into a waterfall.

DECEMBER 2017

Above: A large rock with a (conveniently) stepped profile being manouvered into place to form steps between two grass walkways. The lower pathway is also being widened to accept my lawn tractor.

Above: Hedging cedars being transported from the front gate to a new location.

NOVEMBER 2017

Above: Fallen leaves are raked up, stuffed into plastic bags and then fed through a mulching machine prior to being spread over the garden. The useful machine will also chop up small-diameter twigs and branches to make good pathway material.

Above: A wider pathway along the edge of the ravine allows improved access for my garden tractor.

OCTOBER 2017


Above: Making a narrow trail wide enough to take my garden tractor meant rebuilding and extending some long, steep retaining-walls. Some of the foundation-stones were pretty sizeable!

SEPTEMBER 2017

Above: Lovely visitors from the garden club of Gibsons, B.C. Our garden club had enjoyed visiting gardens of their club members in the previous June.
Above: A not-so-lovely garden visitor! This wild-looking, humbug-striped insect (which I had never seen before) I allowed to go free, only to discover later that the larvae of the Asian longhorn beetle kills maple trees.

AUGUST 2017

Above: A new bed is created in the upper lawn to accommodate some rhodos and other bushes. Not the best time of year to be doing this, but thankfully all the plants survived.

JULY 2017

Above left: Concrete mix being poured into the spaces between a crazy-paving path made from broken chunks of concrete. The tarpaulin is there to protect the concrete from drying out too quickly in the hot sun. Right: A large flat rock being repositioned at the head of a flight of steps leading down to the rockery.

JUNE 2017

Above: Guests at a wedding in our back yard, on the first really hot day of what would become a long, hot summer, with virtually no rainfall for three months. The seats of the metal chairs were so hot you could almost fry an egg on them!

MAY 2017
Above: Rock dust being applied on the cobblestone pathways -- in the pouring rain!

APRIL 2017

Above: a rustic semicurcular fence (the trelliswork made from the branches of hazelnut-bushes destroyed in a windstorm) to provide both a visual screen and noise barrier at the foot of the garden.

MARCH 2017

Above left: revamped garden gates, east side. Right: a gate across the garden path to prevent our dog Toby from wandering.

FEBRUARY 2017

Above: Continuing heavy snowfalls precluded much garden work, while damaging quite a few plants.

JANUARY 2017

Above: At least the animals, both real and pretend, seemed to enjoy the snow!

DECEMBER 2016

Above: An early snowfall bent a 15-foot viburnum tree down to the ground.

NOVEMBER 2016

Above: A large clump of 'elephant grass' had to be dug out of the front yard. Its tubers, which formed a solid mass, went two or three feet into the ground (I don't do metres) and took a great deal of effort to dig out. Here, the resultant crater has been partially backfilled.

OCTOBER 2016

Above left: Sadly, a nice Dawyck purple-leafed maple died, probably choking itself on its own root-ball, the roots not having been spread out enough when planting. Right: Our ginko tree in full autumnal glory; its bright yellow leaves fall very suddenly.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Above: Our annual family gathering and barbecue. The long dry summer has even turned the lawn of micro-clover brown.

AUGUST 2016

Above: My trusty garden tractor, carrying a load of building materials. The access ramp on which it sits was built up to also allow for easier trimming of the tall hedge which borders the front of our property.

JULY 2016

Above: Left: a rock which showed a hairline crack creates two good stepping-stones when split in half. Right: Transporting one of the rocks on a home-made dolly, easier than trying to lift it into a wheelbarrow.

JUNE 2017

Above: Left: a cobblestone path being relaid. Right: a crazy-paving path made from chunks of broken concrete.

MAY 2016

Above: A garden shed largely built from scrap materials. Originally, the structure was a small greenhouse that was relocated.

APRIL 2016

Above left and right: Waterfall under construction, showing water and elecrical supply.

Above left: steps being placed leading down to the waterfall. Right: the reassembled waterfall course.

MARCH 2016

Above left: surface roots from cottonwood trees which damage cobblestone pathways have to be dug up and the paths relaid. Right: cottonwood roots which spread out into lawn areas also have to be pulled up.

FEBRUARY 2016

Above: A pathway made from discarded scraps of Turkish marble leading toward both the front door (left) and the kitchen garden (right).

Above left: A multi-family birdhouse, which was actually claimed by bumble-bees! Right: One of several nesting-boxes containing cardboard tubes, to be occupied by mason bees.

JANUARY 2016

Above: My brother and his son in-law expertly pull down dead and damaged broad-leaf maples.

DECEMBER 2015

Above left: creating a trough for a waterfall, west side. Muddy work! Right: A wooden bridge near the head of the waterfall.

NOVEMBER 2015

Above left: A violent windstorm damages several trees. Lots of clean-up! Right: heavy-grade plastic piping protecting electrical wiring for waterfall.

OCTOBER 2015

Above left: Boulder, dragged up from the bottom of east side ravine, being rolled across the sundeck into position to form part of a retaining wall on the garden's west side. Right: Completed retaining wall.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Above: Chunks of Turkish marble (rejects from a stone company) form new steps alongside waterfall. Right: Some local boulders are pale blue in colour, unlike the more common brown variety.

Above left: Z-bricks taken up from front yard are laid out to form edging for grass pathways. Right: Rock from ravine being slowly hand-winched uphill.

ROCKING AND ROLLING, ALL DAY LONG . . .














0315. 'Main' pergola under construction, 2008.


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