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I am a retired teacher, and now just recently retired from working in the jewellery business. For the past 35 plus years I have lived in Rockwood, ON and enjoyed working a lovely perennial garden.

Several years ago, we moved to a new freehold luxury townhome situated above the river. We love it here, with a protected mixed wood stand between us and the river, although I can usually see the river between the trees. There are trillium and natural orchids growing in this bush, as well as trails that wind for miles along the river. Beautiful.

My biggest challenge has been the creation of new gardens...poor soil, great light, hilly landscape, treed area behind the house, rabbits, deer, and raccoons galore,... In the last few years, I moved about a ton of rock to form the bones of the garden. Then we moved a good number of peony plants, and interesting garden structures to compliment the landscape.

We get the east, south and west light.

There are also some restrictions for the front of the house, but Im willing to try to bend the rules a little. I have brugmansias out front, and along the back of the house. The beds at the back are varied. Some are tropical, others are like an English border garden disappearing into the woods below. There is so much stuff there, there is hardly any room for weeds, and that suites me just fine....less work to do. A few years ago, I put in a fish pond as well, into which I put some of my tropical water plants, and this makes for a nice place to sit beside.

I live in: Canada

My zone is: 5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph)

My favorite forum 1 is Ponds & Aquatic Plants.

My favorite forum 2 is Dahlia.

First registered on February 25, 2001 .