Monday, 1 July 2013

Build It And They Will Come

I found a few projects for future consideration while on the tour.




This garden shed was just steps from the house. The owner was dubious about the location at first but now appreciates the convenience. Why do we tend to put them at the other end of the garden? It is also home to a crowd of mason bees. (I have no idea what a group of mason bees is called, ? anybody)

I'm always on the look out for a rose arbour to copy. The Salish Sea as a background doesn't hurt.


I do like paths which actually lead somewhere.


Especially if it is to somewhere like this.

 

Inside.

I wonder if they bought new cushions for the tour.

These gardens on the tour made good use of existing structures. Many rural properties have weathered buildings left behind from early homesteaders. It reminds me to honour the work of previous hands.



With pioneers in mind, I'm off to volunteer at our local Canada Day celebrations. 
My international readers may or may not be interested in a definition of a Canadian:
-someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.
Whatever you are doing today I hope you have fun.

13 comments:

  1. Hi Susan,

    Wow, so much inspiration! I always wanted a garden shed. I'll have to put that on my "list". Happy Canada Day!

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  2. I will take all of the above. The gardens are amazing. And, I adore the definition of a Canadian! Enjoy the week.

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    1. Just for the record, as a newcomer, I've never tried it. My Canadian husband remains silent on the matter.

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  3. All of those structures are lovely - but especially the rose arbour. Love it!

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    1. My husband rashly promised to build me a rose arbour. I think he may have underestimated the scope of my vision.

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  4. I loved the garden shed. Two rooms? I wonder what is inside.

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    1. Welcome PP. I didn't get inside, more's the pity. Didn't even think to ask and the owner was so nice I'm pretty sure she would have let me in.

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  5. Fabulous rustic structures! (I WANT that weathered pioneer building.)I've never met a wooden arbor or summer house that I didn't love and having them by the water like that is just the best. Oh and I think yes the cushions were new. (I recover them sometimes, for economy and to choose the fabric. But still none of mine match nicely like that.)

    I would rent that first garden shed as a house I think--looks quite livable!

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    1. As it is you dear linniew I will confess my secret yearning, years ago, to live in the shed on my city allotment. I hated my job and thought I'd quit and live there. I wonder what would have happened if I'd gone through with it. The road not taken....

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  6. What lovely lush growth. And those garden structures blend so well with the style of the gardens.
    I hadn't heard that definition of a Canadian! My daughter is working at a summer camp in Canada this summer - she was so delighted to have got her dream job.

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  7. When I see all the lovely sheds and arbours it makes me wish for a much larger garden to put them in. Looks like it was a great tour.

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  8. Hope your celebration was wonderful...love that shed and those paths.

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