Toronto gardens off to an early start this yearOh, it's the first day of spring?
This is getting ridiculous!
Today we reached 21 degrees Celsius or about 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Toronto, even warmer tomorrow. You just know that we'll be punished with one more hard frost! But this won't stop us from enjoying the earlier-than-expected blooms. I just can't get rid of this nagging feeling that those bursting magnolia blooms will be zapped!
Iris reticulata nestled among moss phlox.
Saw these really cute dwarf irises blooming their pretty heads off among some moss phlox. I much prefer these little guys compared to their bearded big brothers who are susceptible to borers.
Dicentra spectabilis (good ol' fashioned bleeding heart)
Common as nails but emerging leaves and stems provide plum colour when the perennial bed is still quiet. Take home point: even emerging foliage has ornamental value.
By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"