Sunday, May 22, 2011

in the garden

You couldn't have asked for better weather around here yesterday - sunny with a high of 25°C (77°F) - perfect weather for a trip to the garden centre on this Victoria Day weekend. Here in Canada we purportedly celebrate the birthday of the late Queen Victoria, but to tell you the truth, we're really celebrating the unofficial start of summer. Finally the risk of frost at night is considered negligible meaning gardeners finally have a green light for transplanting annuals and perennials. And for many Canadians, it's a chance to open their cottages and get ready for summer.

My townhouse gardens are pretty small so at a garden centre like Connon Nurseries I have to show restraint. I did come home with a hanging bag of Impatiens, a couple of Clematis to train up the back fence and this Helleborus. The Helleborus wasn't planned, but when I saw it I just had to have it. And from the crowds at the garden centre it was clear that very few people really thought the world was ending yesterday at 6pm. Everyone was planning their gardens instead of worrying about the end of times.


Wanderingcatstudio said...

I have limited room here too - and the wild roses dominate the front garden. I have some orange lilies out back, but I usually sate my need for flowers with a hanging basket or two. But given more space and money - I could have a seriously good time in a garden centre

kathy b said...

I have to plant some helebores..I have just come to know the beauty of this spring flower...lovely. Here's to no Rapture....I have way too much knitting left to do!

suse-the-slow-knitta said...

ooh pretty!
scotland has Victoria day too, but not the rest of the UK oddly enough