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.