Took a quick hit and run visit to Ottawa to see my high school friend Brenda and her husband Bob. VIA rail had a $39.00 deal and I couldn't resist. It has been cold and damp here. Fortunately though most of the snow is gone - I took these photos before I got in the car to go to the train. So spring is coming, albeit slowly.
The Hellebore that was thrown on the compost dead - but a little piece of the root and survived. 10 years later it's going to bloom quite nicely.
Lots of little petals on the Hamamelis.
Read Jian Ghomeshi's 1982 on the way. Good train read. When I looked up, this is what is looked like outside. I'd gone from almost spring to definitely winter in just 3 short hours.
And here are the snowbanks at Brenda and Bob's house.... Apparently they're a lot smaller than they were.
Also got to visit with her daughter and granddaughter in Calgary via FaceTime.
This cartoon pretty well sums up spring in Ottawa.
The next day we headed out to the National Gallery - really fabulous exhibit of Don McCullin's photographs on the top floor.
Can't believe as new as the place is - they're having to replace all the windows - this piece of machinery was being used to move the scaffolding around.
This was called - The Gardiner Expressway.
(no, not really) Although, the resemblance is very good.
After a salad lunch we were off and back to Oakville. One last view of the outside of the gallery.
This afternoon, I'm starting some seeds:
in no particular order:
Cenolophium denuadatum (old seed)
Gaylussacia baccata (old seed)
Oenothera trilby (old seed)
Chaerophyllum hirsutum roseum
Cladrastis lutea kentuckea
The Kew Collection T&M
Lupin 'Dwarf Pink Fairy'
Antirrhinum 'Chinese Lanterns'
A. 'Bronze Dragon'
Clematis integrifolia mixed
Digitalis 'Milk Chocolate'
No name digitalis
Sanvitalia speciosa 'Million Suns'
Celosia plumosa 'Smart Look Romantica'
Frank's Dad's tomatoes
True Thai Chiles Orange Fogo and Red Demon
D. Landreth Seed Company
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds
Green Zebra Tomato
and a few more - in case they didn't make it through the winter:
Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri
From Dr. Dennis J. Werner's garden... (2009)
Let the fun begin!