October 10, 2018

A Riverdale, Toronto Fall Cleanup

Bye bye Hostas (For the Year)


It's October which means, for me, my wife's birthday, the final visit to the cottage over Canadian Thanksgiving and the beginning of a wave of "fall cleanups" (in that order of importance!) Well, the cleanups aren't that important but merely part of the final two month push towards the end of my work season on November 30 (not that I'm circling that day!) And over these next two months, I'll cut down dozens, maybe hundreds, of hostas as they slip into annual dormancy. 

My first 2018 fall cleanup, as covered in this post, occurred in the Toronto neighbourhood of Riverdale and, sure enough, those ubiquitous hostas were involved.



Fall Cleanup Before in Riverdale Toronto by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Fall Cleanup Before in Riverdale Toronto 


Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup Before


Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup Before 


Riverdale Toronto Backyard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Toronto Backyard Fall Cleanup Before 


Toronto Fall Cleanup Before in a Riverdale backyard by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Fall Cleanup Before
in a Riverdale backyard 


Toronto Backyard Fall Cleanup Before in Riverdale by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Backyard Fall
Cleanup Before in Riverdale 



Riverdale Fall Cleanup Patio Weeded Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Fall Cleanup
Patio Weeded Before 


Toronto Fall Cleanup Before in a Riverdale backyard by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Fall Cleanup Before
in a Riverdale backyard 


I actually like the soft yellow colour hostas have as they go dormant in autumn; however, the collapsed leaves become a slimy mess by November so many homeowners prefer that they are removed before winter begins. 

Here are the "after" pictures, showing what I typically do during the fall for clients:


Fall Cleanup After in Riverdale Toronto by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Fall Cleanup After in Riverdale Toronto 


Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup After 


Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Riverdale Backyard Fall Cleanup After 



Riverdale Toronto Backyard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Toronto Backyard
Fall Cleanup After 


Toronto Backyard Fall Cleanup After in Riverdale by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Backyard Fall Cleanup
After in Riverdale 


Riverdale Fall Cleanup Patio Weeded After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Fall Cleanup
Patio Weeded After 


Toronto Fall Cleanup After in a Riverdale backyard by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Fall Cleanup After
in a Riverdale backyard 

October 06, 2018

Autumn at the Toronto Botanical Garden: An Early Look

Fall Flowers at the TBG


A lull before my many (I hope) fall cleanup jobs gave me a chance to visit one of my favourite places in Toronto during my favourite time of the year: the Toronto Botanical Garden in autumn. While it wasn't a classic crisp and sunny fall day when I recently dropped by the TBG (more overcast and humid), I nevertheless happily spent an hour or so taking many pictures of fall blooming perennials hardy to zone 5 Toronto (and a few to-be-discarded annuals). It's still a little early for many of the shrubs and trees to show off their vibrant fall foliage colours so I focused on the autumn bloomers. 



Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’ Grape Leaf Anemone at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’
(Grape Leaf Anemone) at the
Toronto Botanical Garden's
Entry Garden Walk 


Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’ Grape Leaf Anemone fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Garden Hall Courtyard by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’
(Grape Leaf Anemone) fall flowers
at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Garden Hall Courtyard 


Autumn Crocus Colchicum autumnale fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Entry Garden Walk


Autumn Fountain Grass and New England Asters at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Perennial Borders by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn Fountain Grass and
New England Asters
at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Perennial Borders 


Autumn Goldenrods at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Perennial Borders by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn Goldenrods at the
Toronto Botanical Garden's
Perennial Borders 


Autumn New England Asters and Fountain Grass at Toronto Botanical Garden's Perennial Borders by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn New England Asters and
Fountain Grass at Toronto Botanical
Garden's Perennial Border 


Autumn New England Asters and Goldenrod at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Woodland Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn New England Asters and
Goldenrod at the Toronto Botanical
Garden's Woodland Walk 


Autumn New England Asters and Purple Coneflowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Perennial Borders by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn New England Asters and
Purple Coneflowers at the Toronto
Botanical Garden's Perennial Borders 


Autumn Purple Coneflowers and New England Asters at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Perennial Borders by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn Purple Coneflowers and
New England Asters at the
Toronto Botanical Garden's
Perennial Borders 


Calico Aster Symphyotrichum lateriflorum at the Toronto Botanical Garden Nature by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
at the Toronto Botanical Garden Nature


Colchicum autumnale Autumn Crocus fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Colchicum autumnale (Autumn Crocus)
fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical
Garden's Entry Garden Walk 


Dahlia 'Knockout' or 'Mystic Illusion' flower detail at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses--not another Toronto  gardening blog
Dahlia 'Knockout' or 'Mystic Illusion'
flower detail at the
Toronto Botanical Garden 


Grape Leaf Anemone Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’  fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Garden Hall Courtyard by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Grape Leaf Anemone
(Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’)
fall flowers at the
Toronto Botanical Garden's
Garden Hall Courtyard 


Phlomis tuberosa 'Amazone' Jerusalem Sage autumn flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Phlomis tuberosa 'Amazone' (Jerusalem Sage)
autumn flowers at the Toronto Botanical
Garden's Entry Garden Walk 


Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seedheads at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
seedheads at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Entry Garden Walk 


Reblooming Bearded Iris 'Immortality' fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Reblooming Bearded Iris 'Immortality'
fall flowers at the Toronto Botanical
Garden's Entry Garden Walk 


Rosa 'AuSome' Rose-Marie Modern Shrub Rose at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Floral Hall Courtyard by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Rosa 'AuSome' (Rose-Marie Modern Shrub Rose)
at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Floral Hall Courtyard 


Rosa 'AuSome' Rose-Marie Modern Shrub Rose bloom at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Floral Hall Courtyard by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Rosa 'AuSome' (Rose-Marie Modern Shrub Rose)
bloom at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Floral Hall Courtyard 


Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' (Sweet Coneflower) and Tall Verbena at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Westview Terrace by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'
(Sweet Coneflower) and Tall Verbena
at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Westview Terrace 


Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue' and Lantana camara 'Luscious Bananarama' flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses--not another Toronto  gardening blog
Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue' and
Lantana camara 'Luscious Bananarama'
flowers at the Toronto Botanical Garden 


Toronto Botanical Garden Nature's Walk Fall Colours by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Toronto Botanical Garden
Nature's Walk Fall Colours 


Toronto Botanical Garden Perennial Border Fall Colours by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Toronto Botanical Garden
Perennial Border Fall Colours 


Verbena bonariensis Tall Verbena at the Toronto Botanical Garden's Entry Garden Walk by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
at the Toronto Botanical Garden's
Entry Garden Walk 

It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and I'm very thankful for being able to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden. And judging by the crowd milling around during this recent visit, I'm not the only one to feel the same!


September 25, 2018

Weeding a Leslieville Corner Garden: Better Late Than Never, Part Two

Another (Really) Late Summer Toronto Garden Cleanup


We're into autumn but here's one last post about a summer weeding project I completed in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood in August. 

This corner lot faces two very busy streets and has many small odd-shaped garden sections which hadn't been weeded for a long time, as the "before" pictures will show. And, naturally, I had to deal with several large barberry shrubs which haven't seen the blades of clippers in a while. 


And you know by now how much I love working around barberries! (Sarcasm on).


I lived in Leslieville during the mid to late 1970s and passed by this very same house daily going to and from my middle school. And forty years later, I'm working on the same property, which I found amusing, in a circle of life kind of way.




Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Some of the beds leading to 
the front door (hidden from this angle) 
which were infested with 
foxtail weed (Setaria viridis)



Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Cleanup Before 




Toronto Leslieville Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
More lovely barberries! Why do they follow me?




Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Garden Cleanup Before
 An "inner courtyard" section which 
the clients wish to be used as a dog run. 
This makes sense as the section 
is right outside the back patio door, 
in full shade for most of the day 
and the soil is (or will be literally) crappy.


By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before
At the busy corner the weeds are 
thriving in full sun. I also was amazed 
how much trash collected in this area.


By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before
 This section is full of one of the worst 
weeds I deal with: perennial rye grass



Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Proof that simply mulching an exposed 
area is not enough. Some maintenance 
is required eventually.

Afterwards....



Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Mulch is often a busy homeowner's best friend, 
especially if  she isn't into gardening like this client. 
I suggested that mulch be spread on top of 
all the newly exposed areas like these two above.




Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Ho hum hostas and hydrangeas. 
There's great potential for explosive 
flower colour and texture in these beds.  




Toronto Leslieville Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Garden Cleanup After




Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Garden Cleanup After
 Leslieville Garden Cleanup After




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After
 Corners like this one are usually more 
problematic since they seem to attract 
all sorts of weed seeds and garbage.
Mulch, mulch, mulch!




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After
 This decrepit juniper needs to be 
shovel pruned, pronto!




Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After 


Now, let the fall cleanups begin!