any more maritimers out there?
Hello, I'm just introducing myself to this forum, it seems like this should be a good one for information on all sorts of problems, and experiences... I moved here to Nova Scotia, just outside Yarmouth, in Sept. 11, and since I am certainly no master gardener, I had no idea I would once again experience such challenges of a different sort than ever before. I have enjoyed gardening since my retirement 9 years ago, never had time or energy before, and because I lived in the Lower Mainland of B.C. at that time, with its mild weather and lots of choices and stores, it was reasonably easy to learn... I quickly developed an almost obsessive love of roses. I moved to the Fraser Canyon for 2 years and there learned to love plants which could take those blazing summers and frigid winters... xeriscaping I think they call it... didn't think I'd like the new plant choices but learned to really appreciate them. Now I am learning about wind, fog, rocky ground and salt.... and I have much fewer choices in my immediate area, Yarmouth is at a low point in its history right now, with many stores having closed and much of the population moved for work..Still, I have a large older home here and the largest lot of land I've ever owned ( not counting a short time spent in Saskatchewan with 80 acres, but too busy for gardening there for sure ) the potential would seem unlimited but 'taint so.. Yet, I am managing to already spend more money than I said I would, and dream once again about plants that could live in different spots on this lot, and in spite of the challenges, gardening has once again lifted my spirits and made me feel alive... even with this very difficult spring we've endured. I already have planted a dozen roses, hydrangea, peonies, hosta, bleeding heart, lillies, tradescantia, daisies, hen n chicks, daylillies, aconitum, delphinium, columbine, and more that I can't remember right now.. and that's with my telling myself " I am NOT going to spend a lot on the garden... too much to do in the house first".... so much for that resolution. That's all for now folks.