Transforming a garden

In another oddly warm day for this part of the world, in early October, I'm reminded of summer.

A friend this morning said that she'd noticed some signs of fall, thought it was warm for September, and then realized that it was October.


And some recent posts (as well as catch-up visits with friends) have reminded me of how wonderful Quebec and the Bas-St. Laurent region are in the summer, and the Gaspe Peninsula as a whole.

Doing programs about native woodland gardens and pocket meadows have me thinking about our landscape in our "new" house in Le Bic -- which we're nudging and editing towards a more naturalistic and sense of place garden, with native woodlands and meadows as inspiration.  We've been thinking about what we can plant to replace some of the ornamental species that aren't really what we want for months and months.

I'll be talking about native woodlands again tomorrow and am reminded again about the Southern Appalachians-Northern Appalachians connection that drew us to the Gaspe in the first place, and encouraged us to make a second home there last summer.

This image (from my presentation) annotated with purple dots shows the locations of our house and garden in Le Bic, Quebec in the north and Asheville, NC in the south as well as the expanse of the Applachians.  We're firmly grounded in both.

We'll be keeping peonies, lilacs, and many of the roses, for sure, but the Bishop's Weed (Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum') that's so prevalent as a ground cover in beds throughout the landscape is on its way out. The Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush) hedge along the parking area will also be replaced soon, maybe not next summer, but soon.  It doesn't appear to be invasive in Quebec, but it's not particularly uplifting to have plants you know are problems elsewhere in the world, in your landscape.

Besides, it's one of the few full sun sites close to water.  I've thought it would be perfect for an attractive mixed bed of vegetables and perennial herbs.


Jason said…
The variegated Bishop's Weed in our garden is really not aggressive, I guess the conditions are not to its liking. We have a big Euonymous alatus that I would like to take down, but certain persons object.