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The Whimsical Garden: |   Herbal Walk  |  Ba Ba Lambs Ears  |  Rosewalk  |  My Perennial Border
         Piglet's Corner Map of Garden  Views from the Gazebo  | Building the Pond 
Visit to Ruth Ann's | Gardening Links  |  Park Scenes
          Early Spring  |  The Pond in Spring   |  Mid Spring Summer 2000  |  Summer 1999  | Autumn  |  Winter 
       A Visit to a Greenhouse  Canada Blooms 99  Snowbound  | Birding in the GTA

    Pictures and text by Catriona

 Piglet's CornerThis is the area that started all this wonderful whimsy in the garden. When I was sick 5 years ago Klaus helped me set up this corner by the old tool shed and the house. He called it Piglet's Corner. We both like Winnie the Pooh and I call him Pooh and I myself Piglet. I had a nice chair to sit on and he helped me plant up pans of annuals to look at and sit in the sun and regain my strength. I always hang a basket of my favourite fuchsia from this side of the tool shed. Over the years I have decorated the tool shed with with small  plaster cast suns. There is a small Scottie wind chime in honour of my mum's Scottie Wee Gordie.  When we got new front and back doors I saved the grillwork from the old  aluminium screen doors and mounted them on the wall of the old tool shed facing the Piglet's Corner. I have a large holed metal mesh planter hanging from it, too.

It has violas in it.mpatiens of various colours. I have planted up two old oven clay bakers that got chipped and cracked and could not be used any more. The top and bottom of one of them has a mixed bag of perennials and the other top and bottom has mixed violas. I  found a furnace grate at a garage sale ($2).  I have put it on top of a chimney flue turning it into a table. The grill work is quite nice. On the wall I have a picture frame sprayed silver with pieces of moulded mesh (large hole kind). Here and there I have affixed  mirror tiles with glue. In the back I have a mesh device that holds two plant pots. I used to have lobelia in it but it kept drying out too fast so now I have small twigs instead. This spring,  we had a fine spring for the Toronto area due to El Nino, I put some branches in the pots and had pine cones and shells on the soil. It looked silly but fun. I now have some terracotta bunnies that hang from the pots one here and two at Lota Terracotta. They are a birthday present and I think they are very sweet.
Welcome to My Garden

Beyond Fragrant Walk on the left and Piglets Corner on the right facing you is a green chain link fence. In front of  this fence on the left hand side is a triangular border  filled with mugo pines (2) dwarf Alberta spruce, buddleia, euonymus, currant bush (not clove) and a smallish hicks yew.  On the right  hand side is a clematis (white that has been moved three times and has finally found a home it likes - right by the chain link gate it is twinning up the trellis and the gate and it is very happy now..) There is a hosta and a peony that has to be moved since it doesn't get enough light so it won't bloom. There is a green barberry bush that is used as a hide for our recycling bins.

 Camelot Garden

is a proposed new bed to be of delphiniums, my favourite flower. The reason I am calling it Camelot: it will have mostly delphiniums from the 'King Arthur' series. This might be a place for the coleus to reside because when the delphiniums would go over as it were it would be kind of bare. HMMMMMMM!! Well I finally found a place for the delphiniums beside the pond and in Eeyores's Special place.

Welcome to Our Front Door

I have a fuchsia there every year and assorted annuals in pots. I plant them up differently every year. I have a large planter that used to house a rather large and tall philodendron called Alphons. (He felt like a member of the family, we had him so long). It was a gift from the real estate agent who sold us the house. He went to plant heaven after we had the floors sanded. I guess all that dust was too much for him. I kept washing him but it didn't help. There we put his special planter box Klaus had made for him and I have mixed annuals every year in it. In the winter I fill it with pine cones, I had collected.

This should have been at the beginning but I started the other way; I said I was whimsical. I have been gardening since we moved into the house twenty six years ago. Before that I got the love of gardening from my Mum (Marjorie Gray). She had a huge garden that had around the edges a perennial border with hybrid tea roses, and climbing roses on two sides. She had Concord grapes on another side. Those actually were my Dad's babies, he had thoughts of making wine at the time.  In the middle she had large beds containing black currant bushes, a strawberry patch and mixed vegetables. I had a little patch of my own where I planted annuals. I also planted vegetables in the vegetable patch. I remember we got seeds from school that we planted up and took the harvest of vegetables and flowers to be judged at the school's Fall Fair. I never won anything but  I loved the gardening part. We also had a next door neighbour (Old Mrs. Law. She had a daughter in law called young Mrs. Law or Helen) that had a huge perennial border. It was awesome. Her secret was: she raised chickens and made a manure tea that she poured on the plants. They had the handsomest bantam roosters just for show and leg horn hens (White chickens with red combs) for eggs.

I have loved looking at all the gardening sites out there. I recommend  Debbie's Garden Page. She has a great page herself and so many links it is hard to count. I have visited most of the sites. I would like to thank all the gardeners out there in cyberspace for the hours of joy and knowledge I have had over the past few months. A special thanks to Kathy Miller for all the help and friendship through the ether. She has a great page to visit, as well, with lots of good advice, great pictures and links.
{;-) Me and my winter Beret. (It's cold in Toronto in the winter)

End of tour, we hope you enjoyed it.
For more about the garden read my journal,
Views from the Gazebo
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Debbie's Garden Page.
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Homepage
The Whimsical Garden
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Catriona's Homepage
The Whimsical Garden: |   Herbal Walk  |  Ba Ba Lambs Ears  |  Rosewalk  |  My Perennial Border
         Piglet's Corner Map of Garden  Views from the Gazebo  | Building the Pond 
Visit to Ruth Ann's | Gardening Links  |  Park Scenes
          Early Spring  |  The Pond in Spring   |  Mid Spring Summer 2000  |  Summer 1999  | Autumn  |  Winter 
       A Visit to a Greenhouse  Canada Blooms 99  Snowbound  | Birding in the GTA

    Pictures and text by Catriona

Last updated October 3, 2000


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