April 25, 2018

A Front Garden Spring Cleanup in Mount Pleasant East

(B)low Maintenance


The work season is well underway for me so here's another post dealing with a very small front garden spring cleanup I was hired to complete in Toronto's Mount Pleasant East neighbourhood. 

Anyone who has or looks after an area covered with river rock knows the pain involved with keeping it looking tidy, especially if trees are nearby. (Well, if you pay people to do this, maybe it's not so physically painful.)

I see such "rock gardens" occasionally across the city where smooth medium sized stones ("river rock"), 3/4 inch drainage rock, rip rap, pea gravel, etc. are dumped on a property and, voilà, an instant "low maintenance" garden is created. You can even call it a xeriscape, if you're imaginative enough.

Except for the fact that most of the times, these gardens are anything but low maintenance. I prefer to call them "blow maintenance" since a leaf blower usually needs to be used to blow leaves and other small plant debris off the hardscape.

So it is with this post:



Mount Pleasant East Davisville Front Garden Spring Cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville
Front Garden Spring Cleanup before 


To give you context, there's a huge Norway Maple next door and its leaves which fell onto this garden weren't removed last fall. Raking is ineffective so I brought my cordless leaf blower specifically to deal with the river rock but it wasn't easy to remove the decomposing maple leaves and keys lodged in the rockery. I also removed the several dozen "saplings-to-be" (maple seeds which germinated last year) before they became a larger issue. 

Kneeling on top of medium sized rocks, even on a cushion which use, to get at the germinated tree seeds and other emerging weeds isn't a fun chore for anyone!

So much for low maintenance...


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Front Garden Spring Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville
Front Garden Spring Cleanup After 

Spring Front Garden Cleanup before Mount Pleasant East Davisville by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Front Garden Cleanup
before Mount Pleasant East Davisville 


Spring Front Garden Cleanup After Mount Pleasant East Davisville by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Front Garden Cleanup
After Mount Pleasant East Davisville 

Front Garden Spring Cleanup before Mount Pleasant East Davisville  by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Front Garden Spring Cleanup
before Mount Pleasant East Davisville  


I'll return in a few months to prune this overgrown "Bridal Wreath" spirea hedge (Spiraea prunifolia) which hasn't been touched in many years by the look of things.




Front Garden Spring Cleanup After Mount Pleasant East Davisville by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Front Garden Spring Cleanup
After Mount Pleasant East Davisville 


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Front Garden Cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville
Spring Front Garden Cleanup before


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Front Garden Cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville
Spring Front Garden Cleanup after


April 15, 2018

The Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show

Florist Hydrangeas, Easter Lilies, Tulips and Daffodils Provide Relief


The poet T.S. Eliot wasn't kidding when he began The Waste Land with the words  "April is the cruellest month,..." April has been indeed cruel for Toronto gardeners as a blast of freezing rain, hail, sleet and the ilk descended upon our fair city this weekend. And looking at my garden, it does look a bit like a waste land, a frozen flat field of browns and greys. It could be mid-November out there, forget about mid-April. 

My patience is truly wearing thin, hoping for warmer days with the sun gracing us along with a fragrant spring wind. It got to the point where even looking at masses of Easter Lilies would alleviate my floral deprivation. So off I travelled yesterday to the western part of Toronto where the Centennial Park Conservatory is located to get warm and take some (many) pictures, before all this current sh*tty weather arrived

You can make the argument that flower shows aren't really about gardening but, to me, you're using a very narrow definition. You likely know by now that I favour the "ornamental" side of the gardening spectrum as I find plants arranged in an aesthetically-pleasing manner appealing, regardless if they are edible or not, native or not, hardy or not, etc.

And if masses of greenhouse-grown Easter lilies and florist hydrangeas are not considered ornamental given the still-wintry conditions outside, then I don't know what is.



Blue and pink Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue and pink Florist Hydrangeas and
Easter Lilies at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 

Easter weekend came early this year at the end of March so I didn't know how fresh-looking the Easter Flower Show's exhibits would be but such worries turned out to be unfounded. All (and I mean all ) of the plants looked to be in top shape. It was a shame that so few visitors took advantage of their beauty during my visit but given it was a rainy Thursday after the Easter holiday weekend ended two weeks ago, this was understandable. All the better for me with no pesky strangers getting in my way while taking my pictures (just kidding, sort of.)


I'm not a fan of Easter Lilies and find big leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars) way overused in Toronto gardens but many new and old gardeners seem to love their mopheads and pom-poms. One good thing, though, about flower shows is that certain classic garden design principles are on display for you to make note of and incorporate in your own garden at home. Principles like the good use of repetition, rhythm, and scale are shown in many of these pictures in this post.

  
Blue and white Florist hydrangeas and Easter Lilies at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue and white Florist hydrangeas and Easter Lilies
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 


Blue Florist Hydrangea macrophylla and Easter Lilies at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue Florist Hydrangea macrophylla and Easter Lilies
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 

Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show blue Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show
blue Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies

Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show pink lacecap Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show pink lacecap
Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies

The next three pictures will give you an idea of the main display beds in the greenhouse where the seasonal Flower Shows are held. Here's looking down one side:

Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show Massed Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory 2018
Easter Flower Show
Massed Florist Hydrangeas
and Easter Lilies 

This picture shows the central show bed:

Massed Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Massed Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show

And this area is on the other side of the central bed:

Massed Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies at the Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Massed Florist Hydrangeas and Easter Lilies
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 

Even if you hate such "wasteful" floral displays (and you'd be a curmudgeon), your garden would benefit from effective the use of repetition and rhythm. Instead of buying one of a dozen types of plants and unintentionally trying to create a botanical garden, choose three groups of four types (to give an illustration) and mass them. This will lead to a stronger design with greater visual impact or, as I like to phrase, it will "amp up the wow factor". 

I took the following closeup of the various hydrangea flower heads. Don't ask me for variety names as there were no labels and I think there are dozens or more of florist hydrangea cultivars anyway; hence, the unhelpful captions.


Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show Florist Hydrangea by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory 2018
Easter Flower Show Florist Hydrangea 


Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show Florist Hydrangea pink lacecap by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory 2018
Easter Flower Show Florist Hydrangea pink lacecap 


Florist Hydrangea at the Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Florist Hydrangea at the Centennial
Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show 


Florist Hydrangea macrophylla at the Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Florist hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 


Florist's Hydrangea macrophylla at the Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Florist's Hydrangea macrophylla
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show


Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show Florist Hydrangea blue lacecap by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter
Flower Show Florist Hydrangea blue lacecap 

These Florist Hydrangeas are the same plants you might get or receive for Mother's Day or part of a bouquet from the local flower shop. Occasionally I see some clients trying to nurse them in their gardens after the blooms fade. They usually look sad by summer's end and unlikely to survive the first winter outdoors. These Hydrangea macrophylla are not reliably hardy for us in zone 5 so if you still want to get one or several, buy the hardy shrub from a real garden center. I do warn you that after a very cold winter with little snow cover, even the "hardy" Big Leaf hydrangeas are killed right to the ground or even down to the roots.



Since Easter came early this year, remnants from the Spring Flower Show which precedes the Easter Flower Show were left for our enjoyment. Normally the Show beds are filled with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs but they were removed to allow room for the hydrangeas and Easter lilies. Some tulips, however, still were on bloom and I took these pictures:


Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show pink Parrot tulips and hydrangeas by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter
Flower Show pink Parrot tulips and hydrangeas 

The above shows a typical spring or Easter pastel flower colour combination: pink from the parrot tulips, light blue from the hydrangeas and yellow from the back shrub (?) which had no identification. It reminded me of a cinquefoil (Potentilla) but it could be something completely unrelated.


Florist Hydrangea macrophylla and pink Parrot tulips at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Florist Hydrangea macrophylla and pink Parrot tulips
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show


Florist hydrangeas and Queen of the Night black Tulips at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Florist hydrangeas and "Queen of the Night" black Tulips
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show

I think these satiny black "Queen of the Night" tulips provide some unexpected drama when combined with the hydrangeas' quiet pastel pinks and blues. A red tulip wouldn't be as effective.


Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus Pheasant's Eye daffodil Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus
(Pheasant's Eye) daffodil
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
Easter Flower Show

This small clump of Poet's Narcissus was the sole leftover, daffodil-wise, from the Spring Flower Show.


Parrot tulips at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Parrot tulips at the Centennial Park
Conservatory Easter Flower Show 

Pink Parrot tulip detail at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink Parrot tulip detail at the Centennial
Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show 


Pink Parrot Tulips and hydrangeas at the Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink Parrot Tulips and hydrangeas
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 

Queen of the Night black Tulips and Florist hydrangeas at the Centennial Park Conservatory Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Queen of the Night" black Tulips and
Florist hydrangeas at the Centennial Park
Conservatory Easter Flower Show


Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus Pheasant's Eye daffodil by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show
Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus
(Pheasant's Eye) daffodil 

Spring container with Florist hydrangeas at the Centennial Park Conservatory 2018 Easter Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Spring container with Florist hydrangeas
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
2018 Easter Flower Show 

Lastly, this picture above may give you inspiration for a short-lived spring container. Our house's two front containers still have their winter decorations (evergreens, red-twig dogwood stems, etc.) and, ridiculously for mid-April, look appropriate, currently covered with a layer of snow and ice.


April 12, 2018

A Backyard Spring Garden Cleanup in the Junction

It's Spring Somewhere, Just Not Here!


I had some déjà vu moments working outside over the past week. It was as if I've still been raking leaves since last late November with temperatures stuck in the lower single digits (Celsius). It's been cloudy and windy with some flurries at times. Gardening in your thermal underwear and woolen hat in April seems like a zone 3 habit but, to be honest, it's made being outside bearable for hours on end with these "spring" cleanups. So back into cold we go with this post as I prepared yet another backyard garden ready for new perennials and shrubs.

Located in the Toronto neighbourhood called "the Junction", this garden has two existing beds facing south and north. The cleanup, as usual, involved raking out last year's tree leaves and cutting away dead perennial stems. I would normally empty out the old containers but with overnight temperatures below freezing last week, the pots' contents essentially were blocks of ice so this would have to wait.


Spring Garden Cleanup Before in The Junction by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Garden Cleanup Before in The Junction 


Spring Garden Cleanup After in The Junction by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Garden Cleanup After in The Junction

The big vine you see above that is partly trying to strangle Buddha is an ancient grape that was planted decades ago by the previous homeowners. I'm guessing there was some sort of trellis supporting the vines from one side of the garden to the other. The grape now is growing up and on top of the garage which isn't good for the roof. In fact, I saw evidence of weeds growing on the roof. This is not a type of roof garden the homeowner wants: a mass of vines and weeds!


Toronto Gardening Company The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
 The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before


Toronto Gardening Company The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services
The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After 


The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup Before



The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup After

And St. Peter (or Francis?) located in the north bed. The client wisely added a layer of mulch last year to keep the weeds at bay. The euonymus (the green blob right of the saint) doesn't add anything so I'll suggest that it be removed.


Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup Before
The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup Before

Perhaps you can make out the two metal poles and grape vine next to the fence above. I'm sure they supported the trellis for the grapes, which has been long removed. But the grape is still there! I'll strongly suggest it be dug out as my client prefers a lower maintenance flower-filled garden.



Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup After
The Junction Spring Garden Cleanup After


The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before 

The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After 


The tight and narrow space behind the patio chairs and in front of the deck should be massed with Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’). The grass's erect form and low care requirements will fit in well here. Also, with no flowers to attract pollinators, guests won't be bothered by bees (there are always a few visitors who don't like insects buzzing around when they're trying to enjoy a meal or drink.)


Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before
The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before



Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After
 The Junction Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After


I'll try to post pictures of pretty flowers soon instead of nasty brown bits. This weekend calls for freezing rain and temperatures in the low 40s F. or low single teens in Celsius, just lovely!














April 10, 2018

A Spring Garden Cleanup in Mount Pleasant East-Davisville

In Preparation for a New Toronto Ecological Garden


Installation of pollinator-friendly gardens seems to be increasing in popularity these days and I think it's a good thing. If this means planting fewer mophead hydrangeas, boxwoods, euonymus, ad nauseum, I'm all for it. From a maintenance experience, I much prefer pottering around a garden that's alive with wildlife above and below ground.

So it was with great interest that I met a new client, Amy, who wished to plant new native perennials and shrubs in her front and back gardens. But first, she hired me for the notorious "spring cleanup" which mostly consisted of removing last autumn's leaves and pruning away dead stalks.


The small front bed is dominated, literally, by a huge Norway Maple (Acer platanoides Anyone unfortunate who tries to garden under such a tree knows the "challenges" of having anything thrive in very dry and heavy shade.


Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before 


Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup After 

Raking away the leaves reveals how bare the area is. A thick groundcover which can tolerate the maple's shallow roots and heavy shade would be useful to reduce weeds from getting established, reduce the erosion (the bed is sloping towards the street) and improve the overall appearance.

Or do what Amy's neighbour did: dump a truckload of black-dyed mulch and call it day. Nah, we can do better!


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before 


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup After 



The picture above wonderfully shows how shallow the Norway Maple's surface roots really are.


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before

Although you see shadows in the above picture, by June when the leaves fill the canopy, this area will be in heavy shade.




Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Front Garden Cleanup After
 Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup After


Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup Before 


Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Front Garden Cleanup After 


And in the backyard....



Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before 

The lot is quite narrow but very long for a city property. The area along the right fence receives full sun for most of the day as it faces south. That huge tree that growing apparently right on the property line is a Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). Fortunately, its canopy is so high up that we get partial shade or better for most of the day.
 


Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After 

I know, the brick edgers kind of end abruptly. Maybe the client can pick up a few more to complete the curve.

I suggested placing three red-osier dogwoods (Cornus sericea) and three serviceberries (Amelanchier canadensis) in this bulge of a space. It's a pinch point so the large native shrubs could act as a screen, "concealing and revealing" the back half of the garden. Of course, something has to be done with the wonky garage as it's hardly a reward for travelling back. Actually, it's a focal point, but for all the wrong reasons!


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville 
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before 



Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville 
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After 

This shadier bed above will be filled with Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and run of the mill variegated hostas "recycled" from other parts of the property. I suggested we add lots of shade-tolerant sedges  (Carex spp.) to give us foliage contrast in terms of leaf texture. The colour scheme will be simply white and green in keeping things relaxed and a little boring. But boring is a good thing in this situation!


Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Garden Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville 
Spring Garden Cleanup Backyard Before 



Mount Pleasant East Davisville Spring Garden Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Mount Pleasant East Davisville 
Spring Garden Cleanup Backyard After 

A rain garden could be created where the downspouts empties. Cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis), anybody?



Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Davisville Mount Pleasant East Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup 
Davisville Mount Pleasant East Before 



Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Davisville Mount Pleasant East After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup 
Davisville Mount Pleasant East After

A lot of possibilities along the south facing area above but I must thin out the rambunctious Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) and tawny daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) before they spread everywhere.


Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Mount Pleasant East Davisville Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup 
Mount Pleasant East Davisville Before 


Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Mount Pleasant East Davisville After by Paul Jung Gardening Services a Toronto Gardening Company
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup 
Mount Pleasant East Davisville After 

I suggested to Amy that we should remove the lumber should be removed and plant groups of coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and start her ecological garden this year!

And not one boxwood will be planted here, thank goodness!


Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
 Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup Before 



Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services
 Davisville Mount Pleasant East 
Spring Backyard Garden Cleanup After

I feel that forsythia, planted way too close to the deck and fence, needs to be shovel pruned!



Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Gardening Company Davisville Mount Pleasant East Spring Crocuses



It was a cold day in the garden during the cleanup but at least some clumps of crocuses, like the one above, were happy to see me.