2016 was our fifth gardening season at Tower Hill. Winter seemed like it would never end but we started our season at the end of April as usual.
We were disappointed by some vandalism over the winter to the Ranger Cabin as well as to the rocks surrounding the base of the Tower.
But we were not deterred and got right to work cleaning up leaves, beds and the pond.
It was a cold grey day, but the daffodils and primroses were blooming.
Before long the grass was green and spring was in full bloom.
The end of May brought the early irises and lilacs.
We learned in early May that our application for funding by TD Friends of the Environment had been approved and so we ordered plants and got to work.
We hosted another Garden Days event in late June.
Summer brought heat and drought and many hours of watering.
But there were flowers everywhere ... our best season yet!
We went on our annual Muskoka Garden Centre crawl in early September.
But made sure we had time to clean the flagstone path for a wedding,
That took place at the sundial and was almost rained out!
By fall the grass was green again and as the flowers faded, we barely noticed.
And we declared the gardening season over on a beautiful day in late October.
We got together a month later for our Annual Potluck,
and then officially closed the year with our Winter Solstice on Tower Hill Celebration. There was no snow the day we decorated, but a week or so later there was a dusting of snow.
and by the 18th, we were buried and just about froze as we gathered round the fire at sunset.
Now we wait patiently for our chance to get over there and take down the decorations!