Summer blooms at James Gardens, Etobicoke

Summer annuals and perennials at James Gardens

Another visit for my client, Dale, means another visit to nearby James Gardens in west end Toronto (Etobicoke). It's public garden run by the city's Parks, Forestry and Recreation department so that usually means a ton of annuals are planted and looked after. I guess it's assumed that visitors will appreciate this vestige of the Victorian gardening style I profiled previously in posts titled "Toronto's James Gardens, in Technicolor" and "Lovers of bedding plants: get thee to James Gardens!".

Luckily, there are perennials and shrubs that anchor the rest of the garden:

Liatris spicata Floristan Violet Blazing Star James Gardens Etobicoke by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Liatris spicata "Floristan Violet" (Blazing Star)
and Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
at James Gardens, Etobicoke


Summer in Toronto: July blooms (and fruit)

Flowers and fruit around town to feed the senses

Pink yarrow Achillea millefolium flowers by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink yarrow (Achillea millefolium

It's July and the living is easy (but the gardening in the heat and humidity, not too easy.)

I'm sharing with you some pictures taken from client gardens and elsewhere.

I hope you're enjoying summer 2014 wherever you are!


Peonies Envy at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Bigger is better

When it comes to peonies, there's no point being subtle. You want big and heavy flowers for those two magical weeks of the year (the leaves and woody stems aren't exactly ornamental.) 

The timing was right for me and my lovely family to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden on Father's Day for an impromptu picnic. The weather was fabulous and the peonies were in full force when I took these pictures. 

Love them or hate them, the gaudy blooms can't be ignored. And when the flowers disintegrate, they'll be a fleeting memory.

I'm envious of those who have the full sun and space to grow peonies. My backyard is way too shady for their liking and, anyway, I don't want to bother with hoops and stakes. Better to admire them without any of the care!

Paeonia Kopper Kettle Hybrid Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Kopper Kettle" Hybrid Itoh Peony
 Toronto Botanical Garden 


June blooms in Toronto

June blooms in Toronto 

More sights from various gardens I've visited during my work hours so far this month. Summer is upon us with the past cruel winter a distant memory.

Some of these flowers you'll likely recognize immediately, others maybe will take a while to recollect. I'm fortunate to come across a wide range of perennials, shrubs and trees everyday. 

If I can only remember to bring my camera!

Anemone sylvestris Snowdrop windflower by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Anemone sylvestris 
(Snowdrop windflower)


In love with my doublefile viburnums!

Lilacs vs. doublefile viburnums

Not really a fair contest for me. I actually like the scent and bloom colours of lilacs but they (lilacs) are two week wonders. What do you have after the flowers turn brown? Yes, you get a green blob for the rest of the summer, culminating with a boring yellow autumn "show" which really isn't. Still, customers are buying lilacs like toilet paper on sale (selling anything flowering is child's play it seems) so what do I know?

And yet...

Viburnum plicatum Popcorn doublefile viburnum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Viburnum plicatum "Popcorn"
("Popcorn" doublefile viburnum) 


Blooms around Toronto

Spring blooms May 2014 around Toronto 

Working as a gardener has its benefits, blog-wise. I'm able to show readers pictures of plants found in other gardens that I can't grow in mine!

May is always a crazy time for me but I was able to take the following as just a sample of what's blooming across the city.

Pink fringed tulip by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink fringed tulip

Allium  Globemaster by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allium  "Globemaster"


Spring blooms at James Gardens, Etobicoke, Toronto

Tulips, redbud, fritillaria spring blooms at James Gardens, Etobicoke.

Whenever I visit my client Dale to tidy up her gardens, I try to spend time at James Gardens nearby. It's a public (municipal) park with small gardens and beds throughout which I've profiled in past posts titled "Lovers of bedding plants: get thee to James Gardens!" and "Toronto's James Gardens, in Technicolor".  While I knew tulips and narcissus were likely on display now, I was really more interested in capturing some pictures of the blooming redbuds. 

And I wasn't disappointed!

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful spring, especially after the dreadful winter we had.

Red yellow tulips James Gardens Etobicoke by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Red yellow tulips
at James Gardens, Etobicoke 


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