Today I held my annual open garden for the members of the Maple Ridge Garden Club. For those of you not familiar with where I live in Chilliwack, Maple Ridge is over an hour drive west from Chilliwack. We lived in Maple Ridge for almost 20 years before buying our new home/garden in the winter of 2013. Shortly after moving into our Maple Ridge home in 1998 I joined the garden club. Currently there are over 100 members so it is one of the biggest garden clubs in the province. Today I was very happy to see many friends and very humbled they would make the trek out to the country to see me! I am still a member, probably the furthest away, but I have many dear friends in the club. Enjoy the pictures from our day!
Everyone enjoyed seeing what we had done with the garden in only three seasons, then we went next door and admired Susan and Ken’s garden, they are growing the most stunning clematis on the fence!
Then we kept going to Rus and Helene’s garden to admire the the raised veggie beds!
Everyone trooped back to my garden for some treats and jasmine tea. I thought the jasmine was appropriate for gardeners!
The sun was out and the garden looked great! Lovely friends and pretty flowers who could ask for anything more?
In case anyone is wondering the development where we live is called Garrison Crossing in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Future gardener Levin playing peekaboo under the fence.
After all these years of gardening I am still amazed by the beauty of nature. For me gardening is not work, I find it to be a great way to de-stress, I can garden for hours and get so caught up I loose track of time! For all the care I give my plants I am rewarded with stunning blooms and food to eat. I enjoy my garden immensely, its inspiring, relaxing, and simply a lovely place to have a cup of tea and watch the hummingbirds!
I hope you get as much satisfaction from your garden as I receive from mine!
As a gardener I have lots of very nice plants so why is it I ask myself that it’s always the one I don’t have that I can’t stop thinking about? Take the lilac that blooms at my parent’s house, it is one of the loveliest plants I have ever seen! And as much as I want one for my garden its grows far to big for my small space. A plant like this needs room so can grow to its glorious full potential, my mom said she paid $10.00 for it from a big box store. It is a very lovely lilac that smells as wonderful as it looks!
My mom and I taking in the scent of the blooms, Gizmo relaxing on the roof of the car, he is a funny fellow!
The sun has just come out after a few days of heavy rain, the garden is illuminated with raindrops shimmering on all the young growth. Spring is here and the garden is about to burst with plants for the new season. The winter was very mild, I better not speak too soon we might still get a late winter snowfall, we have only had a dusting of snow so far. I might be in the minority here but I do miss winter, I barely had time to wear my fuzzy scarves!
Columbines, Monarda, Hyacinths and roses are all emerging
Hellebores love the cool winter weather
Bleeding Heart, Peonies and Sedum
I found two rhodos discarded when I was out for a walk, went back and got the car and brought them home, it will be fun to see what colour they are! No, I did not dig it up, the poor little things were lying there with their root balls exposed, not a pretty sight, someone had to save them!
Spring is one of my favorite things…raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…you get the picture!
Hello and thank you for visiting my blog about gardening and tea. There are many connections between the plants we grow in our gardens and the teas we enjoy, below is the link to my new book, Heather’s Tea Garden: Tea and Flowers, I hope you enjoy the book with your favourite tea!
It might be winter but the fun thing about being a garden photographer is I can bring the flowers back through photography! Check out all the updates for the different categories: Thyme for Tea talks about tea in Hawaii and blueberry rooibos from Saint John, US Virgin Islands. Along the Garden Path is about my garden in winter with photos of little crocus peaking through the snow. Botanical Interests is a look at all the “H” plants I have growing in the garden. I will continue to update all the categories on the blog-I like sharing my garden with you!
Wishing all my friends and family a Happy New Year! 2015 went by very fast, why is it as we get older the time seems to go faster? I decided 2016 is going to be the year to write as much as possible, I started a new blog on the site called Blogger, it will focus more on my writing and be the link to the iTunes store were my books will be sold. Speaking of books I am just getting the tax issue resolved, for anyone who wants to publish their work Apple iAuthor is amazing! Apple will set up the tax for any country so that takes the hassle off the writer. After Apple submits the tax forms we set up the banking, the book will be about $2.00 plus tax and is 45 pages. I decided to make it a series all relating to tea and plants. The first book is complete, the second one is about tea and spices, the 3rd book is about tea, bulbs and blooms.
My new book is Heather’s Tea Garden: Tea and Flowers, as soon as its uploaded I will post the link to the iTunes store.
Like I said time is flying by so don’t wait another day! Go for it and make your dreams a reality!