I’ve returned from much rainier parts to some lovely spring weather.
Timing is everything!
Compared to last year things are moving a little slower in the Gardens by a couple of weeks, however if predictions prove accurate we’ll be catching up in no time.
Staff have recently come back from snow removal (quite a winter). They have a busy time ahead of them painting, repairing, doing spring cleanup and bedding out thousands of annuals (many home-grown) to name just a few of their chores.
There are many Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia) scattered around the Gardens. They are the first of many resident Magnolias to bloom. Next come the pink Magnolia soulangiana, followed by the gorgeous yellow Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’. The parade is just gathering force!
The prettiest place in the Gardens at the moment. The beds alongside the stream between the bridges, are a mass of deep pink and white flowers on the Pieris japonica (Japanese andromeda).
Glen (he of living urns and carpet beds fame) has been working his magic again. I headed into the greenhouses to visit the new Tropicals (hardy to our region!!!). The first thing I saw was a beautiful representation of what I’d seen on my walk.
The citrus fruit in the greenhouse had fruit on it. Something that hasn’t happened in a long, long time. The grapefruit, clementine oranges and lemon trees all had fruit on it. Some even had the lovely white, scented flowers I smelled in Mallorca.
With all of us on its side, the Halifax Public Gardens can’t help but thrive.
Things are just revving up and soon we’ll be in the midst of one of the prettiest parts of the season. The plants aren’t the only things getting ready to put on a show. Concerts and festivals are being organized, and social occasions planned.
We kick off the season with Victoria Day celebrations which include a Tea Party, a band concert and a string quartet followed by a stroll through this gem of a Victorian garden.
Join us in celebrating the longest-serving British monarch (63 years) who ruled during one of the most innovative eras in gardening history.
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