Also got to run around with Kevin at the RBG - the lilacs were amazing:
Syringa vulgaris 'Rochester'
And, some new signage which adds to the experience.
Though a little cool - a perfect sunny day.
You can see that they're replacing some of the old lilacs that have been lost. The deer fencing is unattractive, yet essential.
This must have made a good thump coming down. Interesting, lilacs rarely perform well in the shade, yet this variety, 'Winston Churchill' is doing beautifully and would make an excellent addition to a large property.
The Cercis canadensis were just finishing up.
The wonderful thing about the gardens these days, is you never know what you're going to find. Look at the magnificent owl.
Nothing like the warm hug of a turkey vulture. Although the handler said it had more to do with sun tanning than it did with affection.
Struck by how perfect the form was on this little Malus 'Hillier'.
Now, when the lilacs are in bloom - it's usually a good time to visit the iris garden - not that many are in bloom just yet, but there are a number of Japanese Tree Peonies that are just lovely to see and photograph.
But...... These gardens were closed last year for renovations, and it would appear, the renovations continue. The newish iris gardens have been completely upended - and this is what we saw:
So a quick spin behind the iris-to-be-garden to the hosta garden with Bart leading the way. Kevin says this is one of his favourite spots of the garden. Not many people visit - few probably know it exists - and hidden behind the big patch of dirt, it isn't about to be overrun this year either.
It's time to put on my rain coat and umbrella - Bart is explaining loudly it's time for his walk.