Well, it's been gorgeous here - freezing (and yes, I do mean freezing as in frost in the a.m.) - but clear and beautiful. So Monday, Kevin and I headed off to one of Oakville's best viewed-in-the-Spring walking trail in order to see the Mertensia virginica that grow wild along the banks of 16 Mile Creek. As you can see the trail is really well taken care of - and also you might notice the rather steep incline - down at the beginning - and a butt crunching climb as you head back to the car.
In order to plant this sign - someone would have had to stand in the middle of the largest patches of poison ivy I'd ever seen.
There are lots of wild flowers along the pathway - a very pretty geranium.
Here's a view of the red clay that gardeners to the north of the highway have to content with.
Looking at these pictures, wonder if you can really see what I saw when we were there....this was the first sight of the Bluebells.
Such a lovely colour on the forest floor.
Back at home - it really is a wonderful time of year. Even those little bits of remaining tulips from mass plantings of years ago manage to enchant.
I always think these Parroty tulips look so girlie.
A sweet little scramble of plants. Later I'll take a shovel to that Lily of the Valley....it was a very good year for it - it is everywhere.
Worked hard on edging this bed on Saturday. Death toll quite surprising - 3 very large Ajuga, two shocking chartreuse Hypericum & a fancy Brugmansia. They had all looked really good coming out of the winter in April - just one of the things you learn when you garden in this climate - alive in April means very little - always wait until May to see what you've got.
So much tidier with a better edge. This bed is about 50 feet long. I've given up having much grass under this Norway Spruce.
There's no time to rest on my laurels. At some point soon, I've got to tackle this Monarda - all this from a 4" pot 3 years ago.
Hosta 'June' looking fresh and pretty.
Another little weird feature of gardening - this Inula (the kind that is never bothered by insects) is looking perfectly revolting at the moment.
25 feet away - same type of Inula, same seed package - different bed - and look - not a mark on it.This is Berberis thunbergerii 'Gold Ring'. I bought it as a whip and the chartreuse ring around the edge of the dark leaves (there were about 5 of them) was very distinct. Now, not so much. Just had to tuck my camera in to get a bee's eye view - he was very, very cross - had to hot-foot it across the lawn to get away from him.
It is a pretty view - well worth the effort.