Digging Into Summer with Earthshine Gardens

How time flies when you're having fun! It's hard to believe we are already more than half-way into our season. Our team has been busy working with nature and our clients to care for and create beautiful gardens and landscape features. This year's projects so far include trail-building, garden care, forest stewardship, garden design and creation, tree and shrub pruning, land care consultation, and landscape restoration.

We're been busy outdoors 'making hay while the sun shines', I'm pleased now to have a quiet moment to share some of our work so far this year. Take a look at this Picnic Studios video about our first garden design and creation project with Meg Craig at Skysail Brand in Mahone Bay!

We've also captured some dramatic 'before' and 'after' shots. The beautiful thing about gardens is that the end of the creation or stewardship is only the beginning. The true 'after' for all these projects is still in the future, as new plantings grow and mature into stunning organic perennial gardens. Read more about the benefits of organic gardening here.

BEFORE: This old country garden had become a thick swath of invasive  Japanese knotweed  and overgrown  multiflora rose   ( Mahone Bay , Nova Scotia) .

BEFORE: This old country garden had become a thick swath of invasive Japanese knotweed and overgrown multiflora rose (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia).

AFTER: A good weeding reveals shrubs and perennials that were struggling to compete. Mulch and a clean edge completes the look  ( Mahone Bay , Nova Scotia) .

AFTER: A good weeding reveals shrubs and perennials that were struggling to compete. Mulch and a clean edge completes the look (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: These much-loved old  hemlocks  and  cedar  offered a shady seating area, but nothing would grow underneath them and their roots were exposed  ( Cookville , Nova Scotia) .

BEFORE: These much-loved old hemlocks and cedar offered a shady seating area, but nothing would grow underneath them and their roots were exposed (Cookville, Nova Scotia).

AFTER: A shady oasis complete with native  Medway Moss  (right), a seating area (centre) and a  shade garden  (left);  ( Cookville , Nova Scotia) .

AFTER: A shady oasis complete with native Medway Moss (right), a seating area (centre) and a shade garden (left); (Cookville, Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: Lackluster grass and a boring view  ( Cookville , Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: Lackluster grass and a boring view (Cookville, Nova Scotia).

AFTER: A low-maintenance  meadow garden  with  perennials  and  ornamental grasses  that will bloom in vibrant red, orange, yellow and purple hues  ( Cookville , Nova Scotia) .

AFTER: A low-maintenance meadow garden with perennials and ornamental grasses that will bloom in vibrant red, orange, yellow and purple hues (Cookville, Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: Just grass, which isn't doing much to highlight this business,  Skysail Brand , on Main Street  ( Mahone Bay , Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: Just grass, which isn't doing much to highlight this business, Skysail Brand, on Main Street (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia).

AFTER: A low-maintenance garden created from my ( Caitlin 's) design. This is a  pollinator garden , including  native plants  and  pollinator-attractant flowers ,  shrubs  and  mosses . As it matures, it will feature clean, eye-catching purple and white colour combinations  ( Mahone Bay , Nova Scotia) .

AFTER: A low-maintenance garden created from my (Caitlin's) design. This is a pollinator garden, including native plants and pollinator-attractant flowers, shrubs and mosses. As it matures, it will feature clean, eye-catching purple and white colour combinations (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: A weedy, overgrown garden of crowded perennials and shrubs  ( Bridgewater , Nova Scotia) .

BEFORE: A weedy, overgrown garden of crowded perennials and shrubs (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia).

AFTER: Laura (no of  Meguma Meadows Flower Farm ) made quick work weeding this bed to save the planted perennials  ( Bridgewater , Nova Scotia).

AFTER: Laura (no of Meguma Meadows Flower Farm) made quick work weeding this bed to save the planted perennials (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia).

BEFORE: Grass again. This slope was both unsightly and high maintenance, as it was difficult to mow.

BEFORE: Grass again. This slope was both unsightly and high maintenance, as it was difficult to mow.

AFTER: A  meadow garden  with native flowers and ornamental grasses. Over time, grass and other plants will grow between each planting and it will mature natural meadow that will provide privacy.

AFTER: A meadow garden with native flowers and ornamental grasses. Over time, grass and other plants will grow between each planting and it will mature natural meadow that will provide privacy.

Let Earthshine Gardens give your land some love too! Contact us today and book your complementary site visit or discuss your project with our designer/ project facilitator.