Having been the shortest season on record- our 2014 landscape season quickly became one of the busiest. Collectively called “the summer that never happened”. The snow was slow to leave, even in late May were still dealing with large snowbanks impeding our progress. Cool temperatures throughout the summer made working outside comfortable- but left vacationers, cottagers, weekenders, and even us longing for hot summer weekends.
Even though we didn’t see the sun and heat that Muskoka is accustom to, we were able to have am extremely busy and rewarding season. We started the season working on a commercial property Crossroads Restaurant, located in Rosseau, Ontario where we transformed a busy restaurant parking lot into a lush and comfortable dining patio.
These photos were taken immediately after installation- trees, shrubs and perennials were all just planted. Throughout the season we watched either from roadside or while dining, the growth and colour that transformed the new landscape in it’s first season. We’re excited to share that with you in coming posts.
We completed many new installations including this staircase naturally tucked against a bedrock cliff.
On the other side of the staircase, a steep bank naturally planted with sumac, St Johns wort, shasta daisy and geranium. The granite staircase leads you to a flagstone fire pit patio outfitted with red muskoka chairs.
A stand out for us is enjoying this natural park like setting under towering pines. The lawn area provides a place to play horseshoes, while the patio offers a chance to relax in the late afternoon sun.
In 2014 our realm of work expands to include impressive masonry work. With great attention to detail our masons create functional and beautiful fireplaces, walls, barbecues, etc. with ‘wet layed’ stone thats sure to withstand the elements.
Like this pizza oven and barbecue surround.
Here they are just starting the install of a patio with square, uniformed stone.
We continued with the things we know and love, visiting properties installed the year before for maintenance and a quick picture or two. We are always impressed to see how our landscapes mature season to season. This property is just in it’s second year and is already looking lush and green in late May.
To complete all our annual planters usually takes about a month! But because of a late spring we just didn’t have that kind of time to spare. Our crews really pulled through though, completing them all just in time. The efforts are well worth it, this display of potato vine, scaevola, euphorbia and a perennial miscanthus is already overflowing it’s planter mid summer.
Nearing the end of the season we stepped outside our usual boundaries and took on a large project just outside of King City, Ontario. Here’s a quick look at the unusual goings on.
A crane has our excavator suspended high above the landscape. You don’t see that everyday! More on this project in the coming weeks.
Not too long after this installation, we were hit with an early snow that never left, mid-November a foot of snow and cold temperatures abruptly ended the season. Leaving us with many unfinished fall clean-ups (or now more correctly called- spring clean-ups!).
Although it may be considered to some “the summer that never happened”, we at Rockscape Design were able to make the best of it- long hours, committed co-workers and lots of laughs made our 2104 season memorable and rewarding.