May 18, 2018

A Cabbagetown Spring Cleanup

Front and Backyard Gardens Spring Cleanup in Toronto's Cabbagetown Neighbourhood


It's mid-May and spring is in full force here in Toronto. What's also in full force are the spring cleanups I've been completing non-stop (it seems) since the beginning of the month.

My latest post takes us close to where I live in downtown Toronto to the area known as Cabbagetown.

This front garden is typical for Cabbagetown: small yet full of plants. Given the postage stamp-sized areas surrounded by mature trees, there's no point growing turf for most of these downtown Toronto gardens.

This particular garden was not cleaned of leaves last fall so there are many matted leaves and germinated maple seedlings to contend with now.


by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company Toronto Spring Front Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown Before
Front Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown Before


Cabbagetown Toronto Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Toronto Spring
Front Garden Cleanup Before 

Yes, there's a provincial election at the moment. Normally, I place such signs elsewhere, take my picture, and put it back but I forgot here.


Toronto Spring Front Yard Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Front Yard Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown Before 

Above is the view from the top stoop outside the front door, looking down.


Toronto Spring Front Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Front Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown Before 


After the cleanup...



by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company Toronto Spring Front Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown After
 Toronto Spring Front Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown After


Cabbagetown Toronto Spring Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Toronto Spring
Front Garden Cleanup After 

That's a soaker hose, by the way, snaking through the area. The green weeping Japanese maple and Hinoki Cypress fit in so well with this small space.


Toronto Spring Front Yard Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Front Yard Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown After 


Toronto Spring Front Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Front Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown After 

Nice to see the flagstone path after all the leaves and ivy stems were cleared away.

Now in the backyard:




Cabbagetown Toronto Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Toronto Spring
Backyard Garden Cleanup Before


Again, no "fall cleanup" occurred last autumn so many leaves "over-wintered"  throughout the garden beds and on top of the pavers. The garden is only about 20 feet across and maybe 50 feet long but the space is made to full use with the flagstone pavers, pea gravel path and two large garden beds, in full sun.


Cabbagetown Toronto Spring Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Toronto Spring
Garden Cleanup Before


Toronto Spring Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown Before


This is the central bed is composed of the three globe boxwoods and perennials like herbaceous peonies and clematis against the wood lattice wall.


Toronto Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Backyard Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown Before 


Afterwards...



Cabbagetown Toronto Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Toronto Spring
Backyard Garden Cleanup After 

This is my version of a selfie. That's my shadow in the lower left corner, holding the camera up.

Cabbagetown Toronto Spring Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Toronto Spring
Garden Cleanup After 

The sitting area under the structure now is clean and inviting.

Toronto Spring Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown After 


Toronto Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Cabbagetown After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Spring Backyard Garden
Cleanup Cabbagetown After

One lone Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) seeks a couple of other partners.

I'm taking a break over the Canadian holiday Victoria Day weekend starting tomorrow so no gardening for me for at least 2 days in a row. But back into the chaos in a mere few days and, of course, more cleanups coming your way!