A small break from my Quebec chronicles to share a few snaps from my morning walks over the last week. The weather has been full of surprises - unseasonably hot and humid - 33C (91F) followed by today's bracing 10C (50F). Our walking speed was correspondingly 70% percent faster much to Bart's delight.
More changes in the 'hood. My what a wasteful society we live in. I'm sure what follows will be lovely, but I'm thinking this was perfectly fine. The Habitat to Humanity donation sign had been planted on the lawn a few days before. A sure signal that it was about to be flattened. I guess we all should be glad that some of it will be reused rather than going to landfill.
We had about 5cm (2") of rain between the hot and the cold weather fortunately. My garden is a bit spotty as far as colour goes. My lack of garden maintenance during the road construction period earlier in the summer is definitely showing. One exception is the Rose of Sharon (year five or so), a Proven Winners Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Chiffon'. Very long period of bloom and good double flowers. Really blue you ask? Not really, but exceptionally pretty.
This Loblaw tropical has been excellent. It's growing up and through some clematis that has gone to seed. I feel our relationship is unequal, I've done so little and it's given me so much.
Thank you to those who bring their gardens right down to the sidewalk:
Be afraid, be very afraid, the Amaranthus looks very hungry:
I have Anemone envy. I'd purchased 3 plants from the RBG last fall, and not one of them made it. Not sure why, perhaps September is too late to plant them? Will definitely try again - wouldn't they be so pretty in my back garden?
I'd hoped that the scent of the Heptacodium might be all that I needed to bring in a few monarchs. Sadly - just spied one last week and that was it. Other years, it would have been alive with orange and black.
How's this for odd? I've never seen Cornus blooming now.
Here's a better view of the whole tree:
And just a couple more shots down by the lake - clear and hot:
The next day with the fog approaching ahead of the cold front:
Kevin & Bart on the move:
And the next day, now you see them:
Now you don't.....