September 06, 2016

Late summer or early fall (you pick) at the Toronto Botanical Garden and Edwards Gardens

Spending part of Labor Day weekend at the TBG


Work has slowed down a little to give me some time to write about....flowers! My recent posts have covered garden maintenance "befores" and "afters" which, while perhaps cathartic for the clients, are not pleasing to the eye for the rest of us.

This Labour Day weekend was spent just relaxing around the house and enjoying the fantastic weather in Toronto. Sunny, upper 20s (Celsius) and no humidity. I'll take that anytime, especially given the torrid weather we've had in July and August.

Linda and I spent one morning at the Toronto Botanical Garden, along with many other visitors and more than a few wedding parties who were creating memories along side their respective brides and grooms.

Here are some "late summer/early autumn" pictures showing many plants that bloom at the TBG and elsewhere in Toronto right about now.

I can't/don't want to think about fall until after (Canadian) Thanksgiving in October, knowing what will soon follow! So enjoy the sun and warmth with me for a little longer...



Allium and bee at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allium florets and a hungry bee


Anemone x hybrida September Charm wind anemone at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Anemone x hybrida "September Charm" 
Japanese/wind anemone 



Backlit Brugmansia flower at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Backlit Brugmansia flower:
I was trying to be "artsy"!



Blue and white Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue and white Cardinal Flower (Lobelia siphilitica
at the Beryl Ivey Knot Garden 



Blue and white Lobelia siphilitica at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue and white Lobelia siphilitica among the boxwood hedges



Blue Anise Sage Salvia guaranitica Black and Blue at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue Anise Sage (Salvia guaranitica "Black and Blue")  



Echinacea coneflowers and Bear Breeches Acanthus hungaricus at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Echinacea purpurea (Coneflowers) and 
Bear Breeches (Acanthus hungaricus



Hibiscus Kopper King at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Hardy Hibiscus "Kopper King" 



Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Paddle plant at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
The token succulent: 
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Paddle plant) 




Kopper King hardy Hibiscus at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Kopper King" hardy Hibiscus, dinner plate size



Phlox paniculata Robert Poore Summer Phlox and Goldenrod at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Phlox paniculata "Robert Poore" Summer Phlox and 
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) screaming for your attention



Pink Brugmansia flower at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink Brugmansia flower, nicely lit for me




Pink Phlox paniculata Summer Phlox at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"No I.D." Pink Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox). 
Perhaps a reader can help identify?




Russian Sage and Rudbeckia along path at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
My kind of flagstone path: Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia
and Rudbeckia beg to touched as we pass by.



Tall Bearded Iris Immortality at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Tall Bearded Iris "Immortality". 
I assumed wrongly that all Irises have 
finished blooming by now. 
Such a clear and clean white!




Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Vernonia noveboracensis 
(New York Ironweed) 
Why don't we see more of this 
native plant in Toronto gardens?




Next to the TBG is the older Edwards Gardens section. I call the seasonal temporary plantings here "municipal" because of a reliance on bedding plants to create island beds of which Queen Victoria would approve and such a style is a favourite throughout the several municipalities making up Toronto in their public parks. These "show gardens" provide the colour many visitors (and taxpayers) expect to see in public spaces. (Will there a shift in the public's attitudes towards more sustainable horticultural practices and plants which require lower maintenance and other inputs?)


As the song goes, these tender bedding plants are "here for a good time, not a long time" and will be tossed away soon and be replaced by fall mums and other frost hardy annuals. So we might as well enjoy them for now!



Bedding plants at Edwards Gardens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
I do admit I found the Musa spp.
(ornamental bananas) very striking!



Carpet bed hummingbird at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Carpet bed hummingbird



Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia hybrid at Edwards Gardens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Cherry Brandy" Rudbeckia hybrid



Edwards Gardens annual bedding plants by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
A mass of begonias, salvia and ornamental bananas



Edwards Gardens bedding plants by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Nothing subtle here with these "streams" of annuals




Tiger Eye Rudbeckia hybrid at Edwards Gardens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Tiger Eye" Rudbeckia hybrid 




Victoria Blue Salvia farinacea at Edwards Gardens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Victoria Blue" Salvia farinacea (Mealy Cup Sage)



Xerochrysum bracteatum Strawflower at the Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Xerochrysum bracteatum (Strawflower).
A new one for me...


Toronto Botanical Garden carpet bed by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
A carpet bed celebrating our city's baseball team