Our Garden

14 May

Living in Canada is not easy. Some people can afford to buy a house but can’t keep up with their mortgage payment. Even if they can, they have to use a large portion of their income to do so. In China, these kind of folks are called “房奴”, meaning “slave to the house”, because that’s what they are “working for”.

Well, me and my wife are “slave to our house” too, but we are different kind of slaves. We bought the house, finished the renovation, and fortunately the monthly mortgage payment is not a big burden. Yet still, we are stranded — by our garden.

Believe me, keeping a garden in both front and back yard nice and tidy and beautifully looking is no small matter and not suitable for faint hearts. Every year, we spent lots of time and efforts in our yards, not just mowing the lawn and spreading glass seeds in sprint and fall, but also planted lots of roses and some trees and other flowers. I’m not saying our garden is the most beautiful one in our neighborhood. It is not at all. But sometimes when people pass by and say, “nice flowers” or the neighbor says to you over the fence, “those are beautiful roses”, that’s all it takes for us to keep on.

It’s been pouring down for the last few days in Toronto. It’s spring, so it’s great for the lawn but bad for outdoor photography. I’ve been trying to photograph the tulips before they blossom. But am afraid of missing the chance because of all these rains. Lucky, tonight before dusk, the rains stop and I couldn’t hesitate to snap a few pictures. These tulips are in our front yard’s flowerbed.

On our porch, we put a big flower pod and planted a variety of annuals.

In the back yard, it’s still too early to see any rose blossoms. But it seems we are going to have a beautiful Peach Blossom tree this year.

Copyright © 2011. Jenson Yu. All rights reserved.

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Flower, Garden


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2 responses to “Our Garden

  1. Dominic Li

    April 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Jenson,

    What is the name of the species of peach blossom you planted? Is this the first year you get it? Will it survive the usual cold winter weather in Toronto? Where did you get it from?

    Thank you for showing the peach blossom.

    Dominic Li

    • Jenson Yu

      April 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Dominic, this is now the third year. It seems it’s still alive although we haven’t seen any buds yet this year. We bought it from Sheridan Nurseries (HWY 7 & Warden).


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