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GARDENS BY THE BAY

Our  View of Georgian Bay


When I remarried in 1988, I was delighted that my new husband had a cottage on the shores of Georgian Bay in the province of Ontario, Canada. The view from our deck includes three islands: Griffith, Hay and White Cloud. These are only three of the thousands of islands dotting this large body of water, but the only ones in our particular area.

Hay and White Cloud Islands Griffith Island

The beautiful sunsets visible from the deck are a wonderful bonus.  

sunset on Georgian Bay


Our weekday reality in those days was somewhat more hectic than the slow pace of cottage life.

We bought a home together on the outskirts of the city of London. When we took possession, our back yard was like most new subdivisions - nothing but sod to the fence around the perimeter. A wonderful canvas to work with, but time-consuming in development.

We were both employed at the time and concentrated our time and efforts at this location until our circumstances changed.

We built a dog run, a patio and deck, erected an arbour, created perennial beds and grew vegetables on our home property. As time went on we joined smaller gardens into larger ones, designed island beds in large lawn areas and added a water garden.

mixed border water garden with spring-blooming Spirea beyond

Of course, it was natural that we would eventually want to begin doing more of the same on the cottage property as well. Finally, in 1992, when we were both able to spend longer stretches of time in the north, we started putting our plans into action.

Follow the link to see how we began our cottage garden construction work on what was dubbed The Corner Garden. Or follow any of the many links below for information, images and instructions on all things perennial.


All of our own Gardens By The Bay pages can be accessed by clicking on the links below.


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GARDEN POETRY  |  GARDEN POETRY MUSE

GEORGIAN BAY VIEW

BOTANICAL LATIN - BASICS

COLOR THEORY

THE GARDENS

CORNER GARDEN CONSTRUCTION  |  CORNER GARDEN PLANTING  |  LONG GARDEN

EAST GARDEN  |  HOSTA GARDEN  |  NORTH GARDEN  |  WINTER GARDENS

PLANT PARTNERSHIPS

BLUE PERENNIALS    Aconitum - Geranium  |  Iris - Vinca

BULBS    Allium - Hyacinthus  |  Narcissus only  |  Tulipa only  |  Minor Bulbs

BUTTERFLY MAGNETS    Anaphalis - Hemerocallis  |  Liatris - Veronicastrum
DAYLILIES      Spider & Unusual Form

EDGERS    Arabis - Iris  |  Nepeta - Veronica

FOLIAGE PERENNIALS     Alchemilla - Tanacetum

HOSTA    Hosta - all

HUMMINGBIRD-FRIENDLY PERENNIALS    Alcea - Salvia

ORANGE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Tulipa

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES    Acorus - Imperata |  Miscanthus - Spodiopogon

PINK PERENNIALS    Achillea - Lilium  |  Lychnis - Veronica

PURPLE PERENNIALS    Aconitum - Liatris  |  Polemonium - Veronica

RED PERENNIALS    Achillea - Veronica

SHADE PERENNIALS    Aegopodium - Erythronium  |  Ferns - Polemonium  |  Polygonatum - Vinca

SILVER FOLIAGE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Cerastium    |    Cornus - Limonium    |    Lunaria - Veronica

SIMPLY SPECIAL PERENNIALS    Acanthus - Saxifraga

WHITE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Iris  |  Kalimeris - Yucca

YELLOW PERENNIALS    Achillea - Hypericum  |  Inula - Verbascum

VARIEGATED-FOLIAGE PERENNIALS    Acorus - Erythronium  |  Hakonechloa - Lysimachia  |  Miscanthus - Yucca

PLANT PROFILES

Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'  |  Geranium  |  Geum coccineum  |  Kerria japonica  |  Knautia macedonica

Paeonia tenuifolia  |  Papaver somniferum  |  Rudbeckia  |  Salvia 'East Friesland'

Trollius  |  Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'

PROPAGATION

DIVISION - SPRING ONLY  |   DIVISION - FALL ONLY  |   DIVISION - SPRING OR FALL  |   DO NOT DIVIDE

FERTILIZATION

BULBS  |   ORNAMENTAL GRASSES  |   PERENNIALS  |   SHRUBS  |   VINES

LINKS

GARDENS  |   LOCAL GARDENS  |   BOTANICAL TERMINOLOGY

GARDENING BOOKS  |   NON-GARDENING


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