No "fall yard cleanup" here!
|Brown is a colour too!|
No leaf blowers at the TBG when I visited a couple days ago mercifully. No crowds either but hardly surprising. The halcyon days of late spring and early summer are long gone when it seems everything is blooming its pretty head off. Gardens now emit a different level of energy which likely few find inspiring.
Who finds brown interesting?
Well, I do!
Since we in Toronto aren't surrounded by pretty flowers for 5 or 6 months (holy moly, that's half the friggen year!), those who have an eye for things horticultural rely on the structure of, um, dead parts of perennials and dormant shrubs and trees to get us through the winter. "Winter interest" is an euphemism to describe our supposed appreciation of botanical brown bits like seedheads, tree bark, or dead grass stalks. I do believe it's a valid concept when choosing plants for a garden but on more than one occasion, a client/garden owner has looked at me with deeply distrustful eyes a I fawn over the virtues of a pagoda dogwood "holding" a fresh layer of snow as the sun rises on a crisp January morning, etc....
|I'm sure some viewers will take out their pruners right about now|
Luckily, I haven't met many clients with such a neurosis but you see them removing every offending leaf from their front lawn, daily, with their blowers!
|As low(er) maintenance as you can get|
|This will be even nicer once it snows|
|A montage of Beautyberry, Winterberry and a Thuja|
|When nothing else is flowering, depend on Colchicum|
Nestled among some bearberry (I think), some autumn crocus were in full bloom. This was a nice way to end my visit, don't you think?
By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"