This landscaping feature is a product of laziness. I didn’t want to put tons of money or time into building a mound, so when the garage was torn down I asked the crew to just leave the rubble where it was bulldozed. They were a bit shocked by the idea but did as I asked. All I had to do was to cover it with some good dirt and here it is: the perfect spot for all the feature plants in the garden.


I recognized this as a columbine by its leaves, but having had no luck with them previously, I left it in the back of the garden for years. It never bloomed but continued to survive so I finally moved it to a sunnier location. Here it is, blooming for the first time in maybe decades. I think it’s smiling.

Shirley’s Iris

I was driving by and noticed the side of a neighbour’s house glowing with colour. I couldn’t see individual flowers from the road so it was like somebody painted her garden a vibrant lavender hue. I asked her if I could have one of the flowers and this spring the back of my house is beginning to glow too.

Undiscovered Flower

The yellow globe flower (trollius) in the foreground is a remarkably hardy and showy plant, yet it’s almost unknown in Edmonton. Where I grew up in Poland it was plentiful along streams, yet it’s perfectly adapted to the dry prairie summers. Perhaps it’s one of those plants that hasn’t been discovered yet. Maybe this one in my garden will become a trend setter.

Nothing Better

I can’t think of anything better in life than working in the garden for a few days and then sitting down with a cup of tea and looking at the results. It’s especially true in the spring when the warm weather still seems like a magic spell.