Yes Diane, things are blooming at the Halifax Public Gardens! A post on the PG Facebook wall asked if there were any blooms in the Gardens to photograph. It was time to re-start our weekly photo tours so I headed down on Thursday and what a pleasant surprise! The Pieris japonica (Japanese andromeda) along the stream between the upper and lower bridges, were magnificent as promised. The bandstand was surrounded by hundreds (thousands?) of daffodils and the rifleman on the Soldiers fountain appeared to sit amidst a cloud of white butterflies.
If you enter the Gardens through the main gates you will be met by a beautiful spring display. To the right, by the Power memorial birdbaths, the tulips are just beginning to open. Further down the path on the left, is the spectacular spring display of Pieris japonica (Japanese andromeda) I promised last fall.
A new Magnolia hybrid? At closer inspection, someone had decided to ‘decorate’ this Magnolia with a Primula flower which ( I hope) was unintentionally decapitated.
My favorite subject… color with foliage. Flowers aren’t the only parts of the plants that provide color and interest. The leaves of evergreen plants and trees can also display glorious colors, especially in cold weather when the plant cells take protective measure against the winter and in doing so change color.
The geometric beds surrounding the bandstand are filled with sunny Daffodils. The beds are being given a rest from their usual tulip plantings after a problem with Tulip virus. If you find that your Tulips are emerging disfigured every year, dig them out , discard them (not in your compost) and don’t plant any new Tulips in the same bed for a few years.
Open for business! The lovely Uncommon Grounds Café in Horticultural Hall is open from 8AM to 4PM. Gourmet sandwiches, ice cream and an exotic list of coffees are available to be enjoyed inside their sunny, airy café, or sitting outside on the wrap around deck surrounded by the Public Gardens. (It must be lunch time as I started the list with food and not coffee).
Just in time to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Maritime ship Modellers Guild worked hard to restore and repaint the Titanic model in Griffin’s Pond in time for the early opening of the Gardens and the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
This corner of the Gardens is filled with Magnolia stellata, the earliest flowering Magnolias in our region.
This is the perfect time of year to observe the structure and form of trees. This Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm) displays it’s graft scar like a necklace. Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ where in vogue in the Victoria era, especially in ‘Gardenesque’ styled gardens ( like the Halifax Public Gardens).
I couldn’t resist a last shot of those Pieris japonica (Japanese andromeda).