The sun has been shining - the weather seasonal. Cold perhaps, but not snowy. And lots of the existing snow has melted - pure bliss. It was nice to tip-toe around the garden checking out some of my old plant friends that have resurfaced.
Spent more time walking - doesn't the lake look gorgeous?
Back at home, look at those two amazing brown patches - the one to the left and the little one to the right! And, that sidewalk - not a bit of snow in sight.I'm about a kilometer from the lake. Just shows the difference one kilometer makes, and the slight difference in the plants folks can grow who are on Lake Ontario.Here is my Mahonia repens. I've had it for over 10 years and it's only bloomed twice. The snow cover was a blessing last year. The blooms were gorgeous - sort of wish I could pick and choose which plants I'd like to have snow-covered. Now, this is a Mahonia I found on a walk -different variety - some sort of Mahonia aquifolium - Oregon Grape. These cool looking leaves are suffering from winter wind damage. They'll be this very nice red colour and turn a sad brown shortly. So that the plant doesn't look too disgusting in the spring, all of this will have to be cut off. A good sharp clipper & gloves sort of job.
Inside, I've got a few seeds started (with a tonne waiting for the appropriate moment). I'm doing Browallia Marine Bells. I'm hoping for better luck this year. I've had problems for the last two. It's such a good annual for the shade when it works. The colour is so pretty and it seems to have fallen off as something that was easy to find in the trade, perhaps because it doesn't show all that well on the bench in spring, or maybe they've been having crop failure too?
Also am trying Red Rooster Carex. Just noticed on the Stokes seed package that I should avoid extremes in both temperature and moisture for this one. Welcome to Southern Ontario Mr. Rooster! Don't know if you don't try?
T&M's Echinacea 'Pink Parasol' that is supposed to bloom this year if I start it now. The seed package is wonderful, so perhaps will just stick that in if it doesn't work out.
And the last one from yesterday was Corydalis ochotensis var. raddeana. I can't for the life of me remember what it is supposed to look like, but it's from Gardens North outside of Ottawa, and I'm sure the description was tremendous. I don't expect to see anything in this pot until this summer, and nothing as far as flowers for a year or two - so it will be a lovely surprise as I expect the tag will probably be completely illegible by that point.
Am meeting two of my favourite garden buddies for lunch today - Gill & Stephanie. Hiding my car keys so I'll walk - about 2-1/2 k each way, so not too far and it will take me past 16 Mile Creek - with any luck I'll have some good ice shots tomorrow.