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NOVEMBER 2018

Above: A series of windstorms wreaked havoc with tall trees, several maples being blown down. Much chainsawing to do!

OCTOBER 2018

Above: A new pathway being made to access the lower part of the house.
Above: A (level) parking spot being made for my daughter's newly-acquired recreational vehicle.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Above: A large rock at the bottom of the ravine is dragged up and rolled to the other side of the yard.

JUNE 2018

Above: Our granddaughters enjoy opening the door at the base of a cottonwood tree to look for messages from the fairies.

MAY 2018

Above: A tractor and trailer is helpful when getting small boulders up steep slopes.

APRIL 2018

Above: Widening a narrow pathway for tractor access, east side ravine.

MARCH 2018

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

FEBRUARY 2018

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

Above: Lineup of rocks ready for placement in waterfall.
Above: Installing the butyl liner and placing rocks for the waterfall.


JANUARY 2018

Above left: Some of the bricks from a demolished chimney-stack, to be used for lawn edging. Right: Rocks to be used in creating 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.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Above: Visitors from the garden club of Gibsons, B.C. Our garden club had enjoyed visiting their club members' gardens the previous June.
Above: 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.

MAY 2017

Above: Crusher 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 screen 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 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.

ROCKING AND ROLLING, ALL DAY LONG . . .















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