Normally I see deer in my neighbourhood down the block, closer to the river, but sometimes I see them wandering around the streets too and despite their destructive visits in the summer I still love to see them.
Out our dining room window we have clear evidence of the deer joining the squirrels, rabbits and birds at our feeder during the night.
That twig sticking up at ground zero is our lone rose bush that was here when we moved in - perhaps it is not ideal to have hung the feeder immediately above it, poor thing, but it is pink in my Moon Garden so it is eventually going to have to go, one way or another.
The critter in the photo? Look closely and you will see a bird about to alight on the feeder. Can you spot it?
Then I mentioned it to my husband who immediately fell in love with the idea and two weeks later we had a fountain. I like to gather lots of information before making a decision and he prefers to just get things done. This balance is one of the ways we complement each other, and let me tell you, I am very glad we have our fountain already rather than waiting to build one.
(I can always build another later!)
Next year I will add plants around its base to give it a rounded appearance and to hide the square concrete base.
Suggestions for low-growing, zone 3, part-sun, deer & rabbit resistant, long-blooming, white perennials welcomed.
It was early September so we were eager to get it out for the limited frost-free nights ahead. We drove it in the back of our SUV onto the lawn after dark, placing it off-centre and closer to the rounded edges of the Moon Garden and our bench, rather than in the centre of the lawn.
Our fabulous neighbour stopped by to toast our new addition.
We love any reason to use the bench in the front and this new addition is a great one. Not only does it look great but it has a great sound: as the chamber in the base empties the sound of running water becomes higher pitched and more audible, a kind of musical 'tinkling' sound.
I like asymmetry so this modern style was just up my alley, and it is plug & play: run an extension cord and fill the basin and you are good to go.
As you can see it also adds winter interest which is a nice bonus.
When sitting on the bench looking at our home there is a lone branch hanging down from the large Blue Spruce between you and the house, and believe it or not, as slight as it is, it serves to create a vague sense of separation.
When combined with the Peony
it creates almost enough of a barrier that you feel sheltered from the
bright lights of the house.
I am also dividing the existing lightly pink-tinged Peony into three and planting them along the border and the pathway. New and old have been inter-planted and odd roots that fell away from the transplant were thrown into the same holes as the new plantings. The more blended these two are, the better.
While I have read that Peony do not like to be transplanted I have personally had luck with it before, so I am willing to try again. My hope is that the increased size of the Peony border between the house and bench will enhance the sense of separation and increase the feeling that one is tucked away in a forest.
I love Christmas and our house is quite decorated (and decorated early) but rather than a red Santa with a sack of toys I prefer something more along the lines of a Father Christmas, the more woodsy the better.
On our front step we have plaster Father Christmas that looks like it is actually carved from wood. I gave it to my husband for Christmas years ago and I think he has always found it a little creepy.
I never have thought so until taking this close up, or at least I can see what he means, though I still love it.
My suet feeder is not in my garden because the best view is actually out of our kitchen window, making the occasional dirty saucepan a pleasure.
It hangs closer to the barbecue than I would like because it has to be tied to the far end of the branch to keep this big gray squirrel from reigning as 'king of the feeder'. Instinct sends him scurrying away, momentarily terrified by a rap on the glass, but he is back withing seconds - and without a mortgage to pay he was bound to win our waiting game.
We had a bench on our front porch in Toronto but have no porch to place it on in Winnipeg.
What to do, what to do?
Under these circumstances I think of the bench as 'yard art'; putting it directly in the yard means it has to look as fashionable as it does functional.
Before I plant plants I first place them where I think they will go (and
generally always make adjustments). It was no different with this
The first place I thought of was on the lawn outside the garden proper but after a few short weeks the lawn under the bench started to die back for lack of sun.
While it is not quite a field of poppies à la Wizard of Oz, I liked the sense of being completely surrounded this spot created. There was even already a rudimentary "path to nowhere" curving in that general direction.
My parents had some large paving stones they needed rid of and so a platform for the bench was quickly and inexpensively made to keep the Goutweed from completely engulfing the bench.
According to Better Homes and Gardens "A curving walkway provides more visual interest than a straight path -- and accents the garden around it." Plus it minimizes how visible the concrete blocks used for stepping stones are; you can make a beeline from the house to the bench without having to stare at the functional concrete stones and then you get to travel through the garden and around the Peonies to get to it.
Eventually we repainted a portion of our home's exterior and painted the bench the same colour with leftover paint. Love or hate the orangey-brown (we still flip-flop ourselves), it is a nice touch that they now coordinate.
It will be quite exciting to see the plants grow up and around the bench with it already in situ next spring.
Finally, a map of the Moon Garden, where all flowers are white unless otherwise noted.
Given I put this map off all summer and fall I know there are gaps in it where I simply cannot recall (hence the need for the map) that I will have to fill in as plants return next year - or not. While annual Impatiens and Petunias are visible below I am not mapping them and will use them to fill in gaps amongst the perennials.
Green circle far left is Hemerocallis. Standard orange daylilies.
Smaller blue circle is Lily-of-the-Valley; was already here and has white blooms - perfect fit.
Large pale pink circle is Bishop's Goutweed; was already here with white variegated foliage - perfect fit.
Red hexagons far left are Peony. I divided an existing light pink one and add five new whites in the fall.