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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:35 PM

Post #6758350

We have had an extremely late spring. We removed a very large trampoline and I have been digging grass. Ran out of steam so I made a few container beds on bark mulch.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6758355

Here's a circle view in the back yard. Lots of buds, so next week it will look very different

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6758358

Red Tea Roses (budded) with Creeping Jenny

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6758361

Still a little construction in the yard

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6758367

Fountain area

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6758372

Garage

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #6758378

Greenhouse with rose pots & pink tone flowers in pots

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #6758381

New area claimed for gardening where the tramp was

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #6758385

kitchen window box

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #6758391

Veggie garden

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6758398

View from the swing

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6758403

View from the greenhouse

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #6758409

From the swing

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #6758415

Front yard

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #6758422

Backyard gate

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:50 PM

Post #6758430

Front North

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
2:50 PM

Post #6758439

Front South...end of tour

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lowellsf
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2009
2:59 PM

Post #6758496

Joanna,

I love your yard and gardens! Will you come do my yard?
Sarah
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6758562

Joanna,

Beautiful garden !! I love all of your settings especially fountain area.

Tomtom


joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
3:49 PM

Post #6758707

Tomtom,

What is the symbol on the back gate? I bought it thinking it says welcome, is that correct?
TexasLizzy
Southlake, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2009
3:54 PM

Post #6758731

absolutely beautiful! How do you water all of the containers? Here in TX it is a challenge to keep everything hydrated!
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6758764

Takes about 1-1/2 hours to do the entire yard. Most containers are large enough that they do not need to be watered every day. All the lined wire baskets have a heavy plastic liner with bottom slits for drainage. Here's my gardener in training & she is about 5 feet tall. she can reach all the baskets easily with this water wand (48")
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 30, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6758781

Oops...was on my work computer & had to change to my personal to get the picture. Here it is

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ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6760275

Beautiful garden, joannabanana! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #6760438

Joanna,

Yes,you are right.

歓迎 is generally used as meaning 'Welcome'
迎 means 'welcome'
歓 means 'with pleasure.'

It's a well-meant symbol .

Tomtom




snowtop
Orange, CA

July 1, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #6765153

Thank you for the tour Joanna. Your yard shows a lot of beauty and hard work. I, like Texas Liz, have a difficult time keeping plants watered. Here in SoCal it is usually parched. At the most we might get 13" inches of rain a year.
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6765299

Thanks for the beautiful pictures, Joanna. Our containers here in south Texas don't look like yours.
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 1, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #6765387

Thanks everyone. This year is about 3 weeks behind normal for everything. We even had a freak snow storm & frost the 2nd week in June. It was VERY discouraging. Still hasn't got very warm and the nights are very cool
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 2, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6765510

Yikes, you ARE in a cold climate in zone 3a. I am suffocating down here in zone 9 with triple digit temps everyday...and only 2" of rain since Jan. 1...you know we are jealous of you.
kdulany
Rapid City, SD
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2009
4:35 AM

Post #6766761

Thanks for sharing. I always look forward to your pictures. Did you do any wintersowing this year?
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 2, 2009
4:42 AM

Post #6766770

Yes I did about 36 jugs. Finally got everything cleaned up today.
Artwestallis
Milwaukee, WI

July 10, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6803781

you need to make myour conrtainers self watering I am have very good luck with the ones I made only about once a week need watering twice at most
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 30, 2009
4:50 AM

Post #6883545

Well we finally got several weeks of good weather and everything took off. If you would like to view some recent pictures, check out the thread in the Canadian forum

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1004151/
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6884102

Joanna!
Thanks for taking the time to post all those photos! I SO LOVE seeing "normal" people's back yards! Such a wonderful way to start my morning...sipping coffee and enjoying your beautiful efforts! My local gal-pal (aka partner in crime) and I do at LEAST one yard tour a summer and we always enjoy the yards that are done by the homeowners ...and not professional yard services. I love the green house views! I'll be right over to just sit in the yard and enjoy! :)

Also, I love your bold pops of that blue color (chairs, doors etc). My home is a very neutral pallet...and I have been trying to think of a fun color to put on my front door and one small gate. The Feng Shui rules say flame red (due to the direction my door faces)...but...I'm not sure I'm ready for that...lol

Wonderful efforts! Obviously a labor of love!
lrwells50
(Lynn) Paris, TX
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6884412

Here's my planters as of a couple of days ago. It's taking about 20 minutes each day to water. Luckily, we've had enough rain this week that I haven't had to water since Sunday. Really weird for us to have any rain in July, much less the several inches we've had.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 30, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6884505

Irwells50,

Nice pic...everything looks so lush
ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2009
5:39 PM

Post #6885322

joannabanana - Loved your photos. What a beautiful yard you have! I agree with Highmtn, I like seeing "normal" people's yards better than professionally landscaped ones. I find it's more inspiring to see what others have done themselves (not that professional jobs aren't beautiful, mind you...). I especially like how you hung the two window baskets above your garage window. Great idea! That leaves space below it for more containers.

Irwells50 - Beautiful! I'd say the 20 minutes a day are definitely worth it. Your containers look so lush and full! I would never guess that you live in a dry area.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2009
12:33 PM

Post #6888690

Irwells Thats a beautiful arrangement of containers.
I like them against the brickwork
These are some of mine

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lrwells50
(Lynn) Paris, TX
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2009
12:37 PM

Post #6888717

Thanks. I keep saying I'm not going to plant as many next year, and I always do it anyway. I'm lucky that we have some college students that work for us, and I can just have one of them come by and water before they go to work if I'm going to be out of town.
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #6888788

Irwells...

Gorgeous! I love container plants! You can control the fertilizer and watering so much better, but you're right...LOTS of hand watering.

ge1836
Nice photos too!! Thanks for posting

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2009
1:33 PM

Post #6888914

Thanks I also cant resist a container.
I had lived on a small lot and being the driveway couldnt be used I put containers there.
When we moved here 2 years ago I brought 12 with me.
Ive added 4 this year because the cheap fiberglass ones are looking bad and some are cracked.
I'll be down to 10 next spring.
This is the old driveway w/ containers
This was August 2004

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Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2009
1:47 PM

Post #6888981

Love it... I have poked containers in the strangest places for some green or color...

What a quaint driveway! Looks good to me!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6888988

I think its the best solution for a small yard.
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6888994

Yep! Off to work for me! Have a great day!

poof*

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2009
1:53 PM

Post #6889008

Bye
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 3, 2009
6:32 PM

Post #6902407

Had some repairs on the roof after a storm last night. Here's some pictures from a Bird's Eye View
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1022808/
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 14, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #6944091

I was playing with the scanner at work the other day and since this is my 10 year anniversary of living in this house, thought it would be fun to do some before & after

1999 vs. 2009

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 14, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #6944096

some more back yard

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 14, 2009
1:37 AM

Post #6944101

Along the house

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 14, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6944104

Roses are in containers in this bed

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

August 14, 2009
1:39 AM

Post #6944109

an of course the front yard has a few more plants too

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2009
9:35 AM

Post #6944854

joanna!
Thats just a masterful piece of gardening and planning.
I love before and after pictures.I wish I had done some 2 years ago when we bought this house.
I'll try and find some.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2009
6:03 AM

Post #6948454

WOW Joanna...Your containers and yard look beautiful. You sure have done some amazing (and hard) work! Love your 10yr comparison photo's!

Some very pretty photo's and containers ge1836!

Kat

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2009
9:37 AM

Post #6948606

A great transformation Joannabanana
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 17, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #7072821

Joanna- your garden looks great. How many months do you get to enjoy it, and what do you do with all the pots during your long winter? We used to have friends from Edmonton who lived in San Diego Mid-Sept to mid-May due to not being able to tolerate the cold (medical reasons). That must translate to plant life too? Our 'dormant' period is like other desert areas and is about 3 summer months.

Lynda
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 17, 2009
3:41 AM

Post #7072872

That's about right Mid September for 1st frost and Mid May for last frost. although this year is a little whacked. This week we have had record high temperatures. It's like we are getting August weather in September, which has been a treat. I move alot of my canna lilies, geraniums, begonias and stuff to my daughter's school atrium and help look after the indoor garden thru the winter...then I take them all back in the spring. I store the dahlias in a heated garage. The rest is compost. I put the potting soil in the flower beds. All my roses that are in containers spend the winter in the veggie garden with lots of peat moss mulched up about a foot. In Feb I start the madness again with seeding petunias and a number of annuals & tomatoes. In March I start my greenhouse up and start some stuff in there. I also do some wintersowing in March.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 17, 2009
9:22 AM

Post #7073213

I had really good luck direct sowing poppies last year.
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #7077476

We have enjoyed awesome weather so far this September. No frost yet and record high temps. I pulled some the annuals out that had gone to seed or were looking a bit ratty. The forecast is for another great weekend.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #7077480

All the petunias are doing great

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #7077491

The Silverlace vine has buds

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:13 PM

Post #7077499

Sunrise pic

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #7077505

Container bed still looking good

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #7077521

Lots of color

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #7077525

Front is much more shaded

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #7077565

That is such a wonderful use of space. I just love all the views

jasminesmom

jasminesmom
Saugerties, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2009
10:25 PM

Post #7078859

Your yard is beyond words. Your neighbors must be GREEN with envy, I know I would be. All your hard work shows.
Christine
ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

September 24, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #7099773

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 28, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #7112483

The Trampoline, did you make an archway with it? I have one with Wisteria growing on it.
Beautiful pictures.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2009
11:21 AM

Post #7115693

You purchased a nice house but your talent has obviously turned it into a home!!!! Congrats!!! Looks great!!!!
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 14, 2009
8:13 PM

Post #7169014

Time to start the clean-up.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 14, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #7169018

I have a bit of clean-up to do. Got caught off guard with snow & cold.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 14, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #7169020

Need to move the potted roses into the veggie garden

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 14, 2009
8:17 PM

Post #7169025

Looking forward to the 2010 seed catalogs to start arriving.

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 14, 2009
8:18 PM

Post #7169028

Adios for 2009

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2009
1:24 AM

Post #7170097

Boy that is not a sight that any gardener looks forward too!!! I have a terrible time with depression shortly after our 1st hard frost!!!! Of course you know we don't have weather like yours but once in a Blue Moon!!!!
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 15, 2009
4:46 AM

Post #7170874

On Monday morning it was -16C, which is 3F. Record low and wiped everything out. It was sad.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2009
10:31 AM

Post #7171131

NOOOO!!! We don't even want to get that cold!!!! We had the 4th or 5th snow of my life time last year but it was maybe 30 degrees and warmed up from there. LOL!!! I don't know how Yall can stand 3 degrees. Hibernate?
ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2009
9:35 PM

Post #7172989

Hope the weather warms up a little for you to do your clean-up, joanna. I like 15-20 degrees and snow, but 3 degrees is a bit too cold... especially if the wind is blowing!

I agree, winter is the time for catalogs!!! I love to gather my catalogs and sit with a cup of hot cocoa, my lap blanket, and Post-Its and pen...and dream...

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