Calgary Garden Tour

It’s the end of August and I just visited two amazing gardens in Calgary – my Oma’s garden with dozens of varieties of flowers and Uncle John’s homemade greenhouse.

Oma has a sea field of plants.  She’s been cultivating them there for over fifty years.  There’s white hydrangeas, red Japanese poppies (I brought the seeds back from a visit to Japan, but I don’t think they let you do that anymore), pansies, marigolds (annuals) and nasturtiums from seed…


white ones, yellow ones, pink ones, red ones, hostas, ferns…

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and clematis – to start!  There’s more flowers in the vegetable garden, around the house and in the front yard.  Plus apples, raspberries, onions, tomatoes, beets, rhubarb…

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And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – Uncle John also has an impressive garden.  Look at these vegetables!  He strings up the tomatoes so they take up less space.  I think he has every vegetable you can grow!


Uncle John built this greenhouse on the side of his garage with pvc pipe and plastic film.  It’s over 6 feet tall and keeps a nice hot temperature even during those summer cold snaps.

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Oh, and here’s gardening companion, Diamond.  Uncle John catches wasps and puts them in her web.  Diamond wraps up the wasp like a breakfast burrito.  Samwise can’t save you now!

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Diamond, the gardener’s spider companion

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