April 11, 2014

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2014

Easter lilies, hydrangeas, primula and more!


With Easter right around the corner, those in love with florist hydrangeas and Easter lillies can get their fill at the Easter Flower Show. Not a whole lot blooming outside in Toronto right now, besides winter aconites, snowdrops and witch hazels but tulips and daffodils are breaking through!


Light blue purple Hydrangea Macrophylla Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Easter Flower Show garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Light blue purple Hydrangea macrophylla
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2014 Easter Flower Show

April 09, 2014

Toronto Botanical Garden spring blooms

Crocus, tulips, narcissus and others at the TBG


I took advantage of the beginning of a stretch of warmer than average days (about time!) in Toronto and visited the TBG for the first time this season. Only the crocuses were blooming but the tulips and narcissus are emerging quickly so photos for these bloomers will follow.

If you're like me, you're starved for colour outside so enjoy the crocus for now, along with a shrubby friend (can you guess the genus?)



Pale blue crocus spring blooms Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pale blue crocus spring blooms
Toronto Botanical Garden
 

April 08, 2014

Trust Me: I'm a Professional Landscaper

When did yews become checker pieces? 


King me! That's what came to mind when I saw these guys. Nearly choked on my sub sandwich.

Now I'll be the first one to give the guys and gals (mostly guys) in the commercial landscape maintenance biz some slack when it comes to mow, blow and go pruning but what follows is, umm...


bad commercial landscape pruning by garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
Maybe stepping stones across a zen ocean,
with cigarette butts thrown in?

Meatball yews by commercial landscape experts garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
My son trying to blend in, albeit unsuccessfully.

Yews pruned into cubes cylinders by garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
When did the front of a coffee shop become a checker board?
It is now.

Poor yew pruning by commercial grounds maintenance company garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
Someone really, really loves his level.



Yews pruned into meatballs by garden muses:not another Toronto gardening blog
Hockey pucks? Cheese rounds? Who the *&%! knows?

Poor commercial landscape yew pruning by garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
That's me making sure that this
wasn't some stage for
a performance art installation.

To paraphrase the immortal from Syracuse, "Give me a place to stand and with a gas-powered shears I will move the whole world.” I was definitely moved.

April 06, 2014

"Arnold Promise" witch hazel spring blooms in Toronto: it's about time!

Hamamelis x intermedia "Arnold Promise" fulfilling its promise


What a winter! Pounded by wave after wave of punishing cold temperatures since December, I've almost given up on seeing spring roll around. But my favourite (well, only) witch hazel in my backyard never gives up hope and throws off dozens of strangely-shaped and faintly sweet-smelling blooms year after year without complaint.

Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis) and one of our earliest bloomers.Other popular cultivars include "Jelena", "Pallida" and "Diane" and worth the extra cost.

Why buy another rhodo when you can get one these guys/gals that have multi-season ornamental interest? (I ask rhetorically.)

While "Arnold Promise" usually blooms in late-February and early March for many of us in the Toronto area, we're definitely "behind schedule."

But, of course, it's nature's schedule, not ours.

Let's enjoy the show that will enfold soon!


 Hamamelis x intermedia Arnold Promise witch hazel spring blooms by garden muses-not another gardening blog
 Hamamelis x intermedia
"Arnold Promise"
witch hazel spring blooms