Old Thyme Muskoka Church and Cottage Garden

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thyme flowering in old Muskoka church yard

In the spring, while exploring local fishing spots, I discovered this church in a very remote and isolated location at the end of a country road in the deep forest. I was curious to have another look so while fishing again this week I checked it out. It was a surprise to see the church yard covered in purple thyme. All throughout Muskoka I see thyme in full bloom along many roadsides too. Large stretches of the cottage country roads have sandy shoulders turning purple.

Not too far from the old church I spotted an amazing perennial garden. The cottage garden was such a masterpiece of perennial gardening, and specially impressive when you consider the harsh climate conditions we deal with in Muskoka, that I had to stop and take a few photos.

It seems Muskoka plants have a theme going on right now as there is a lot of blue-purple-lavender color in the landscape. The pickerel weed looks great, thyme is in bloom and cottage gardens have beds bursting with blooming lavender too!

Muskoka perennial cottage garden

Muskoka perennial cottage garden flowers

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  1. cheekiweeki

    I love thyme, had it as ground cover at our last house, only today I cleared an area of our new garden (which is over the ‘soak’ area of the fosse septic, in order to plant lots of thyme – it spreads quickly, has a beautiful bloom for several months and fills the air with a lovely aroma, The house in the photograph looks adorable, surrounded by this wonderful garden.

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    • Otter Boyd

      It sounds like a nice idea to use thyme as a ground cover. We have a lot of dry sandy areas with good drainage which would be ideal for thyme, and now that I’ve seen how well it thrives here I should give it a try in the garden too.

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  2. Alexia

    Otter you’ve got a great eye for photography. I’m new to it myself and your pics inspire me to take more photos and try to produce shots like these. Keep posting I love them.

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    • Otter Boyd

      Thanks! Photography is fun, specially around here where I can find new things to photograph every day. Good luck with your photography too.

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