Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

Finally spring.  Finally spring-like weather.  And finally, I've done enough work in the garden so that I'm not running through my mind how I might enter into some sort of witness protection program rather than 'fess up to the mess of my garden.  Between work and the weather, clean-up has been a challenge.  I often leave a lot of leaves in the beds over the winter to help preserve the tender perennials -- snow cover can be spotty.  However, this year, I'm thinking I've got to be a little more industrious in the fall -- and perhaps say goodbye to a few of those sissy perennials.  My schedule and the garden just aren't playing in the same key in spring.  Having less to do would make things that much easier.

You may know that this area has been hit with substantial amounts of rain.  Lake Ontario is up three feet at the moment.  It's also been cold.  This nice part of a cold wet spring is that the bushes are beautiful, tulips are lasting, grass is green, and we're getting good use of all our sweaters and light jackets.

Tomorrow I'm headed out to a preview of the Toronto Botanical Garden's annual Through the Garden Gate tour in North Rosedale & Moore Park.  There will be 30 gardens to see June 10&11th.  Tickets are on sale now.  I'll get to see a sample of these lovely gardens in the pouring rain (if the weather forecast is right - and when it comes to rain, it usually is!).  Boots, trench coat and wipes for my camera lens - should be a great catch-up with my garden buddies.

Mum and I got out to the Royal Botanical Gardens Rock Garden for Mother's Day.  Such a pretty venue.  It gets better each time I see it.  Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary - so there are lots of red and white tulips about.

Chartreuse anyone?  When you don't have a lot of flowers, this is a very bright way to bring some sunshine to the garden:

There has been a bit of a grumble that the Canada 150 tulips (a red and white broken coloured tulip) have not come true to colour.  In fact many of them are yellow, purple, or as my Aunt Carolyn said, "They're an odd beige colour at the base."  So much for hardware store bargains.  Anyway these look quite pretty combined with red and white tulips - wondered if they are the same type or a fancier variety.

Back at home I pulled a few bits of spring from the garden to enjoy.

The garden at it's 50% presentable stage.

Discovery time.  This Epimedium was not cleaned up (the leaves stay green during the winter - then turn brown and ugly just as the new leaves and flowers come up), i.e.  I did not get out there and take off the dead.  Well, guess what, it's never looked so good.  The dead folds back quite nicely on its own and the new leaves cover it all up.  Lesson learned.  Epimedium plants do not need to be "cleaned up".

Mertensia virginica.

Cercis canadensis volunteer from a very clever bird.

Many of our little pathways down by the Lake have been closed because of the height of the water.

The rhodos have been wonderful this year.

When I look at this I want to go out and get a can of paint, and start painting random rooms.

My lovely Exocorda 'Snow Day'.  Planted in 2010, run over by a car a few years later, and doing beautifully this year.

Here are some lovely pink plants from the same garden on our morning walk - really nice combinations:

Another garden by the corner.....This was the year to have blooming bushes and tulips:

Only an Italian designer would match car upholstery and brake doodads.  Zowie.

Back to reality.  Some pretty pink tulips in my own garden:

The Akebia vine.

And for the first time ever - black spot on the Akebia vine.  There's also a black fungal wilt in the Cornus alternafolia that I've never seen before too.  Nothing like cold and wet to bring these fungal diseases out.

My work for this afternoon:

 And a very pretty Proven Winners rose called Rosa at Last.  No note with it -- just arrived on Mother's Day - so lucky me and thank you to Proven Winners!

So it's time to get out there and plant.  Look forward to sharing my TBG photos with you very soon!


Aaron Dalton said...

Regarding the Epimedium, don't you just *love* when you discover that groundcovers can take care of themselves without any clearcutting of the old growth? :)

Happy Spring!!

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

So many beautiful blooms! Some of your plants are about at the same stage as ours here, others seem just a bit later. What a beautiful patch of Trilliums!

Laurin Lindsey said...

So many lovely flowers! Spring looks lovely the tulips are exquisite! Happy Birthday Canada : )

Kathy said...

I have that 'At Last' rose and love it. So do the deer. Have to agree with you that this weather has made for a glorious spring. The same shrubs that are blooming spectacularly this year had all their blooms frozen off last year after a polar vortex in April ended our "early spring". I wonder if they are blooming twice as well this year to make up for last year?

Barbarapc said...

Aaron -- nature just has a way of taking care of things doesn't it. Every new year, I need to remind myself of this fact. I've been moving more of the Epimedium around the garden - such a better behaved ground cover compared with many others. And, Happy Spring to you too!
Beth -- They are the prettiest "planted" patch I've ever seen. The plants were put in by a designer and judging by the rest of the lovely material must have been from a really good supplier. My "saved from the tractor" trilliums, while dear to me, are definitely not as splashy as these are.
Laurin -- It truly has been a great tulip season - and continues to be with all the rain and cool weather.
Kathy -- The scent is a knock out on that 'At Last'. Those darn deer! Just had 45 kale eaten to the ground overnight by the bunnies. I'm thinking the winter, while longish and very dark, never was really fierce. We didn't get that smack of foolish cold that we usually do. I can't remember a spring where I've lost so few perennials.