Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Leaves Haven't Left

They just won't leave! Actually this pic is from last weekend, but the leaves are still around this weekend too.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Twins

We splurged on these two Japanese Maple beauties that will be delivered to our house on Wednesday. We'll install them one on either side of the walkway leading to our front door, where our Katsura trees used to stand. Their scarlet autumn colouring is quite spectacular.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Autumn on Our Street

I was out sweeping the lawn fertilizer off the pavement this morning when I looked up and the sun was sort-of-out! So I ran to grab my camera to capture this fleeting moment, looking down our street.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fence Finito

This is the week of progress on our house projects! (Not that we're having to lift any fingers ourselves, other than to write cheques for large sums of money.) Earthscapes finished our fencing today (although they will return to stain it) - which means we can bring doggy home tomorrow! I think they did a great job. There are several customizations to this fence: 6x6 posts instead of 4x4, custom gate design, extra wide gates (> 4 feet), custom extra long trellis, and posts dug next to house instead of attaching fence to house (bad for siding). What do you think?

North side of house:

South side of house, with trellis and extra wide custom gate:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Landscaping Complete!

Laurie and her crew from Cedarmist Gardens have completed phase one of our backyard landscaping project. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and we can't believe how quickly she got the job done, with no hassle whatsoever. But above all, she has great taste and did a fantastic job, really taking matters into her own hands and planning the garden (including not so green things like shed and garbage can placement) as if it were her own.

Here's the before and after of the back fence (notice our new Thuja hedge, and if you look closely, Kaffir Lilies):

Before and after of the utility side of the house:

Before and after of the tranquil spot behind the living room (eventually we'll pave this meandering path with flagstone, and fill in the beds with more plants like Kalmia):

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

NZ Flax

Our garden is almost ready! I will post before and after pictures when it's all finished. But for now, don't you think this is a beautiful plant? My best guess is that it's some type of New Zealand Flax, but I'm not sure.