After a wonderful hiatus, winter arrived in Nova Scotia with a vengeance! I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity to get a fresh outlook on the Gardens but the weather (particularly the roads), weren’t cooperating and I had to stay in Bedford. The next morning I enthusiastically make my way into town, only to find the gates sealed and the Gardens temporarily(?) closed, due to the deep encrusted snow covering the paths. That didn’t daunt me (I take my job seriously), so I walked around the perimeter of the Gardens and took photos through the fence.
Someone was trudging through that snow, though by the time I made it into the Gardens, they were closed.
These are those 'bones' I featured last week, dressed completely different.
This could be the middle of February, but that isn't ice covering Griffin's pond, just snow... lot's of it!
Some of the last leaves still clinging to the trees are those on the different Quercus (oak trees) species around the Gardens.
I find weeping trees particularly beautiful with a mantilla on snow covering their crowns.
On December 15 from 5-7PM, these gates will open once more and Horticultural Hall will be decked out for the Christmas/ Holiday season social. All are welcome!
Built in 1876, the Grotto was built as a drinking fountain near the first public lawn tennis court in Canada (which is now the family lawn).
Winter wonderland. You would only get this view in the winter when the leaves have fallen off the trees.
This large Acer (Maple) is crowding the fence and causing it to bulge. If a tree isn't planted straight , it'll grow at an angle forever. Imagine having our mistakes highlighted for so long!
The merging of two seasons. This unusual Quercus robur 'Concordia' (Yellow English oak), shows it's colors best in the fall (though it's leaves are golden all summer.
Through the Gardens fence... good thing my camera is small and fits through the gaps in the fence.
The multi talented Glen (he's also the carpet bed guy), is assembling the biggest wreath I've even seen. It will hang on the main gates.
Weather permitting, the Gardens will re-open for one more week. On December 2 the gates will close for the season. Once the Gardens are closed, I will only be posting photos once a month until the Gardens re-open in April. That’s only 4 months away! It’s almost time to start
planning next year’s flowers (that’s already been done by the pro’s at the Gardens)!