Digital-Free Gardening

Most people who know me know I’m almost always on the computer. So this summer, I decided to undertake a “digital-free” creative project: Gardening.

When I first moved to the house, I started to think a lot about the potential for the hundreds of square feet of garden space.

The old lady who owned the house years ago had a lovely garden, but it was overgrown, filled with weeds and it took a lot of work to clear a lot of it out. At first, I thought I would just take the whipper snipper and get rid of everything, but that didn’t seem right.

I’ve never been good at gardening, and I’ve spent so many years in Nunavut that I don’t even know what half the plants growing in the gardens are. But that’s been the fun part.

So here’s a quick look at the many plants I’ve discovered along the way.

Lavender. At first I thought this clump of leaves was a weed. I wanted to trim it because it was growing onto the driveway. The instant I moved some of the branches I noticed this beautiful smell. It’s become one of my favourite plants.

Purple pansies. I planted these in the spring. They had a rough time with the heat and humidity of the late summer, but they sure were beautiful to look at. They remind me of my grandmother’s flower garden as a kid. She had tonnes of them growing. Good memories.

Tiger Lily. These were growing at the edge of the garden near the sidewalk.

Wild Roses. Windsor’s nickname is the Rose City and it sure lives up to it! These wild roses were in a bunch of different colours, ranging from a deep red, to pink and what I think of as a shade of purple.

There are lilacs on both sides of the yard. When they’re in bloom, the yard and inside the house smell so nice!

Grapes! There were a lot of vines growing along the fence, and I like them. I didn’t realize until much later in the summer they were grape vines. They’re small, so I don’t think I’ll be making a fortune off my winery empire anytime soon. But they are nice to look at.

Peppermint! I thought these were weeds, and I actually took the whipper snipper to a patch of them. Fortunately they grew back. The leaves smell minty!

I didn’t know what this was at first, but my friends later told me it was a hosta lily.

Goldenrod. Some people consider this an invasive weed. Others enjoy their bright colour. Myself, I like them and so do the bumblebees.

One of the main reasons I wanted to bring this old garden back to life was because I love being able to support the butterflies. I’m not sure what these little red flowers are, but they’ve been blooming all through the summer.

So that’s a peek at my little garden. This summer was mostly about cleaning it out, identifying what were weeds and which ones weren’t. I still don’t know what some of the plants are, and I might not have listed some of them correctly.

Next year, I’m going to take it one step further with more landscaping and planting.

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