The rains are about to start and plants are coming on sale at the nurseries…so here we go. I want a “river” of white hydrangeas along the shady slope in the back garden. I managed to find a few Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ that will fill the space nicely. I struggled out many an invasive spirea, self-sown sword ferns and a ridiculously-inappropriate-for-such-a-shady-spot Wiegela and popped in 4 nice new mid-sized plants to go with the three further over to the left, out of the photo, that I’d planted in the spring. Making it my own!!

The deer have been nibbling last fall’s Hydrangea plants a bit…here’s hoping I can keep them at bay. I never see them in the back garden.  But the little bits of nibbling here and there indicate they know when I’m not here!!


Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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