Sunday, 19 October 2014

Always a Price To Pay ......

Well ... the luck of the Irish never ceases to amaze me ... meaning the opposite of luck to the fullest!
It has been raining consistently when ever construction is trying to get ahead of the game with the new fence ... let alone the final details of the pathways.
Plus .. when the "boss" left ... care was NOT taken with my garden plants and one was totally trampled on to leave for plant heaven ... one of my favorites that I was so happy to find.
When I saw it was gone , the first thing I did besides moan and cry ... I called the company I got it from and asked if they would have it again .. and there is a possible maybe to that one .. I hope so!

I just have to suck it up and get on with appreciating the fact that we are able to get this project done at some point and time ... that I will have the privacy that I so wanted.
You can always buy another plant to replace one ... but I got attached to that little fellow and the potential it had to be a wonderful specimen plant in my garden .. but never mind ... BIG sigh!
Rain ... rain and more rain ... making for a miserable time to do this but it is shaping up.
Yes ... it is a rather massive fence .. the topper which will be added eventually will make it 8 ft. tall.
I did say I wanted privacy right ? .. our next door neighbors are fine with that though.

It actually helps support the vines on the arbors .. and might even contribute to forcing more of a warmer micro climate that I can test with some plants that are of a higher zone than 5b.

Even on a gray day like this I appreciate the amazing colour of my Tiger Eye Sumacs ..

 The Inaba Shidare is glowing red ....

It is so nice to see some colours popping in parts of the garden still ..
I still have bulbs to plant ... garden clean up if it ever stops raining.
Our Pacific Sunset maple is almost the last tree in the neighborhood to drop it's leaves so that takes patience ... other wise ... even with my lost calycanthus ...
I can't wait for next Spring to play in my secret garden !!


NanaDiana said...

OH MY GOODNESS! That looks absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful private area you have created there. I love it. xo Diana

ps. If you get a chance swing by my blog. A little boy is lost in the mountains and the family is asking for prayer.

outlawgardener said...

Your fence and path are gorgeous and I'm sorry about your lost plant. That often happens when other people do construction in our gardens. They don't step as gingerly as we would if we were doing the project ourselves! Glad that you were able to find a replacement! You will be glad to have the privacy in your garden that the fence will afford and the possibility of some zonal denial plants is exciting! Happy bulb planting! I ordered way too many bulbs this year and have the same task ahead of me! I wish us both dry days to enjoy the process!

CiNdEe said...

Oh wow the fence is so awesome. I wish I had a fence here! It makes a huge difference in the micro climate department for sure!
I love all your fall colors! Everything is so pretty!
I love this time of year!

As luck would have it I have a calycanthus for you. I have a ton of them in my yard. I can probably sneak one up there(-: The question is. I have seen two different types. The one I have has a smaller flower. It is probably two inches at the most. I saw one last Spring at the nursery and the flowers were huge! I was going to get it and I thought well I will go back later. Well was gone!So if you want me to try and send you one of mine just let me know(-: I got the original from my Great Aunts yard. So it is an old variety.

Martine-Alsace said...

Beautiful work! I love the fence and the privacy it wll bring you. Nothing like walking out early mornings in a nightie with a cup of coffee to look at the garden and not being seen!
Have a nice "sunny" week! Martine

Rose said...

Wow, your side garden looks lovely, Joy! I don't think I've ever seen such a long shot of it before. So sorry about your lost plant, but knowing how construction goes, I think you are lucky you lost only one plant. Your Japanese maple is just gorgeous! Mine is rather dull, but considering it was a bargain plant from a big box store a couple of years ago, I can't complain. You get what you pay for:)

We've had lots of rainy days, too, making it difficult to get anything done around here. I'm looking forward to a week of sunshine--fingers crossed--hope you have the same!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Diana !
Yes it will be almost perfect when they are finished .. then all I have to do is wait for next Spring to enjoy it all? haha

Dear Mr. TOG Thank you so much .. and YES! the privacy makes enjoying my garden so much more wonderful .. I will be testing that zone denial next year for sure! We aren't used to so much rain as we have been drenched with .. whats up with that ? LOL

Cindee girl .. you are too sweet! Thank you so much : )
I think we better not try and test our border authorities? haha
I think I can get a hold of the specific cultivar next year, fingers crossed .. I really want Aphrodite and I think that is probably what you saw with the bigger flowers .. that is what I want along with the spicy scent from them ... thank you though, I really appreciate your offer!

Hello Martine : )
Yes ! that is what I am thinking of with those private moments .. just wondering around the way I want to first thing on a warm Spring morning .. can't wait !!

Hello there Rose girl : )
Thank you so much! .. I will try and set up proper before and after pictures when it is all done.
I bought this Japanese maple from Home Depot at a great price .. it is one of the prettiest I have out of the 5 I have, in Autumn.
I don't know what is up with all of this rain .. I forget what the sun looks like ? haha Fingers crossed !

rochefleuriegarden said...

It is just as rainy here - hardly 10 days of sunshine in the last 60 days. I am glad the neighbours have not made any problem about the fence.

Anonymous said...

I love your stone path. Too bad about your plant, though I have found sometimes that plants thought to be trampled to death end up being resurrected the following spring.

Barry said...

I am assuming from perusing the other comments that said plant was Calycanthus. A divine plant for sure, and so many newer cultivars to choose from. If you are in a pinch let me know as I have sources that will stock it. That is one whopping big, tall fence! I could use one about now as the neighbor has taken to parking their third vehicle on their front lawn. You can see the blood thirsty look in my eye from there can't you?!?

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Alain .. Isn't this the weirdest weather this year ? I am so sick of the rain I could cry .. it has held up all the construction and finishing of the pathways too .. I am hopping for a sudden burst of long lasting sunny days .. fingers crossed!!
The neighbors on that side are great. So no problem with the fence , they actually have hired our contractor to redo their deck .. so that is a good factor! haha

Hello there GIC ! .. Thank you ... I too am hoping the root may still have survived .. when it stops raining here and we have some dry weather I am going to be very careful and gingerly probe the area for remains if possible .. BIG sigh !

Hello Sweetie ! OMG ! You have made me laugh this morning and I so needed THAT ! ... parking on the lawn near any of your plants ? can you say "redneck parking" ? LOL .. sorry I am VERY bad .. Yes ! calycanthus "Aphrodite" to be exact .. I was so happy to snag it from Garden Import .. my contractor says he has a few connects with nurseries but I don't think he will find that cultivar and I don't want the older standard .. BIG sigh .. I phoned Garden Import right away when I saw what happened and they said they may carry it next year .. so I will have to hope .. but I will keep your very kind offer tucked away in my memory ;-) Thanks!!

Casa Mariposa said...

Your construction company needs to pay to replace the plant not you. All that privacy will be wonderful. I garden along a 4 ft see through fence. But your path and gardens look wonderful. :)

RobinL said...

Lovely, lovely, as usual! Anxious to see the finished paths!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you Tammy girl ... I had to let it go because finding that exact cultivar was beyond the contractor .. and we did get an excellent price with the pathways .. limestone was free, we just paid for labor. So I will just hunt it down next year if possible!

Thanks Robin girl ... trying to get some decent before and after pictures!