Demonstration garden

This garden has been a work in process for the better part of 5 years, and it is my pride and joy. I love being here and watching the natural world that has been drawn to my garden. Birds chirp, bees dance and all manner of buzzing insects find their way through vine and creeper to reach the sweet nectar of flowers.

I converted an ugly shrub hedge to a wildflower meadow of annual, perennial and flowering grass species. This is a Garry Oak ecosystem Demonstration garden, with species commonly found on the open exposed bluffs of Victoria. I chose this flower community because climate change will likely expand suitable habitat for this endangered ecotype. There is a number of native species planted here, but I don't actually have a Garry oak tree planted yet! But nonetheless, it is a "Garry Oak Garden," according to the sign.

Annuals are an easy way to add a blanket of colour to your spring show. I like to use Clarkia and Seablush for a pink show in the front slope. Many ground nesting bees use the slope to make nests for their young. They are some of my favourite to watch, as they don't sting, and are very friendly-sometimes they will land on your skin and drink the sweat from your arm on a hot day! Still bumblebee homes remain elusive to me.

In the back yard, I have a sandy exposed site that I call the Miniatures Garden. Here, nothing gets over 2 feet tall-truly a petite garden. There are tiny lupins with spikes of minute flowers , fleshy leaved sedums carpeting the low ground, green leaved parsely fern bask upon rock, and wonderful Blue-eyed Mary come and go with Spring's rain. These annual flowers turn the bed to a cool blue in early Spring, and are important for our native pollinators, partifularily the Orchard Mason bee.

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