Friday, June 15, 2012

More from the Rosedale Garden Tour

The next set of photos are from the northern part of the Rosedale Garden Tour.  

If Peggy and I can't eat as much chocolate as we like, so nice to see that there's this wonderfully round lady doing it for us.

When you reached this point of the patio, it was all glamour, stone and water.  Any garden was contained in pots.

The pool room was left open for us to walk through.  One of the guests of the tour said, "if you put a washroom over there, I think I could just move right in."

More fall-away yard as you can see.  The infinity pool spilled over the back end of the wall for the surprise and delight of the woodland creatures.  By this point, we'd sort of done our upping and downing and just imagined how it would look.

Very nice having the tempered glass as a wall.  The forest becomes a part of your garden.

Now when I came upon this garden, it certainly wasn't a favourite - but give the landscape architect his dues, when I look at the photos, it certainly is the most photogenic of the formal gardens.

I just wanted to sit here and rub their little feet.

We in the north have cyprus envy.  Should we want something extremely tall and skinny and not a cedar, or poplar there's always a bit of head scratching.  These Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' did the trick quite nicely - one on either side of the pool.

Beautiful little pool - the stone is all Credit Valley Sandstone.  Credit Valley is about 20 miles from here.  Although these days, a lot of what is sold as Credit Valley Sandstone is "Credit Valley Sandstone from India" as there isn't all that much left in the pit.

When I turned to leave thought, I just have to take one more shot.  This was a formal garden done very, very well.

The arbour arrangement was constructed and painted to distract from the large building next door.  What building?

The roses were out of this world.

Such pretty clemmies.

While this gardener said, "I don't do leaves.", she does pretty much everything else.  The garden was carefully planted and thought out.  This trellis work for the clematis was just perfect.

A pretty section of the shade garden.

She'd left the tamarix to go crazy just so we could see what it would do.  I wish I could go back and see it when it's all pink.

To leave the property, we circled around the back.  Such a healthy collection of pots.

 The last garden we visited was another where the owner took great interest in the garden, plants and design.  There's something about those gardens that really makes me want to slow down and see what they've done.

The checkerboard had been planted up with Austin roses, as they departed this world, new perennials where added.

How's that for a climbing vine!

Seems as though there were other visitors who wanted to sit and stay a while too.

But that was it for us - we'd been touring non-stop since 11:00 - it was now 3:40 and it was time to go.  So I'll leave you with one more clematis shot - the last one, and I think the best one of the day.



Hi Barbara, What a wonderful tour. It looks like it took place in the wealthy part of town. Sheesh. Amazing homes and gardens. That gardener said she didn't "do leaves" but she had lots of foliage plants. Maybe she just didn't want to appear too trendy. That pink rose climbing up the arbor with the armillary in front is just gorgeous.

Barbarapc said...

Toronto is a pretty young city as far as North America goes. However, I'm willing to guess that as long as there's been a Toronto, there's been a Rosedale - and except for one relative - a Hyde - who owned a Feldspar mine - none of us was wealthy enough to live there (obviously we weren't in the will). The 'do leaves' comment is I realize a real eastern comment - a synonym for raking leaves - something a gal as fabulous as you on the west coast never has to do, trust fund or not anyway. Every rose on the tour was photo worthy - this 25th anniversary of the Toronto Botanical Gardens fund-raiser was completely fantastic. So glad I was able to go and see how those other half live.