#1 Announcement of Loblaw Lawn and Garden Programme at the Toronto Botanical Garden tomorrow
#2 Just 11 more sleeps until I go to England with my Aunt Carolyn. (Kevin, Bart & Hercules will be holding down the fort.)
So glad I have a couple of announcements, because spring really hasn't started just yet. So little to report. Ground cold. Just a few Forsythia have started to bloom. Yesterday spent 2 hours tidying. Wish I had a 4-hour back to finish the job, but alas no. Will be back out there today. Here are a few photos so you can see just how slow spring is to arrive:
This is what the morning walks have looked like. Thank goodness for that hot cup of coffee upon my return.
The last photo of this corner was covered in snow mid-April. Not much happening yet - but the snow has finally melted.
The neighbour's magnolia has started to bloom. Not certain how many of those closed buds will open. Fear they were blitzed by the cold.
At ground level, there are a few wee bits of colour:
Hellebore 'Ivory Prince':
A section of garden on my schedule for clean-up. What a happy red colour. Of note - see the little green sprouts that are a little triffid/evergreen like - Ipomopsis rubra - a Texas wildflower alive and well - showing the importance of snow cover.
Dicentra culcullaria beginning to bloom.
Evidence throughout the 'hood of evergreen damage.
And this from one of my favourite spring gardens on Trafalgar Road - almost drove off the road on Sunday when I saw the display of action - the magnolias are beginning to show their pink slips.
Now, if someone would kindly find the switch and flip it on for a bit of heat in honour of the gardens, and more importantly the gardeners who have endured almost 6 and counting months of winter, I would be over the moon. Fingers crossed we won't be waiting too much longer.