My dear friend Peggy and I set out on Saturday morning to do the Rosedale Garden Tour - 21 gardens in 5 hours - and we almost did it (missed 2). So not bad at all. We gussied ourselves up for the occasion and were probably about 1 in 10 who bothered to change out of their Saturday morning clean-the-garage get-ups. Oh well, this is North America, and people don't like to fuss on the w/e.
The gardens matched or exceeded expectations. There were enough gardens-by-owner to keep us both happy in between the completely over the top money's no object extravaganzas. Rosedale is Toronto's most expensive neighbourhood. Tiny lots (no home) go for about $2MM. So, to devote a patch of soil to garden rather than another home is definitely a sign that these folks are living on the interest of their interest (and a $30 perennial isn't going to break the bank).
Before I show you the gardens, I'm going to show you some great stuff we saw that wasn't on the tour, but lovely all the same. I know this is a bit of a tease, but I'm looking through the photos this a.m. and the ones that jump out are those of little gardens and bits that we came about as we wandered through the fancy streets. So, I'll start with those and come back to the tour later in the week. Promise.
I have conservatory envy. Every single window was filled with plants in this home below. Look at the wonderful little green room attached at the side. Just imagine how many new plants I could start.
Lots of white roses all over Rosedale, goodness help you if you were looking for one or two on the days these gardens were planted, the nurseries would have been completely cleaned out. Isn't that a lovely Cornus?
If my husband loved me and he robbed a bank, this would be the fence he would have installed for me in the garden. Beautifully constructed in teak.
Then, just as a throwaway at the bottom of the grasses, these wonderful roses.
When straight just won't do:
Wonderfully fragrant white roses - I wonder if there's a front yard by-law prohibiting coloured roses?
This is one of the loveliest Beech trees I've ever seen in my life. And, if his lawn maintenance company really isn't using pesticides and herbicides on the lawn (no one in Ontario is permitted to), I'd like find out how he keeps this lawn looking so fabulous.
A tri-coloured beech that I thought looked really pretty with the sun coming through matched next to the greys and putty colours of the stone.
What a gorgeous Gymnocladus diocus - Kentucky Coffee Tree. You'd need 2 people to give this tree a hug.
And finally, this home was magnificent - sort of like an iceberg - you can see just a tiny portion of in this photo. I bet the planting scheme hasn't changed since the house was built - 9 flats of impatiens, red, pink, pale pink and white. Ooooooo, I'd so love to do a couple of wonderful perennial beds from the street on either side of the path, and maybe a stone path rather than tumbled stone. But it's not my house, so they'll probably have the tiny-shoe garden beds around those locusts for the next 100 years.
I'm going out to weed - and will be back shortly with more from the real tour tomorrow.