Oh Happy Day! Make that weekend… three-day weekend!
I’m sure some of you wouldn’t agree, but I’m thrilled with the weather for the last 3 days. Sunny and warm with a lovely sea breeze (at least where I live). Thanks for listening rain…
The gardeners have begun “bedding out” (a Victorian innovation).
When I was at the Gardens on Wednesday the scroll beds had been planted, the Tropical display bed was showing signs that the Agaves would soon arrive, and the geometric beds around the bandstand had an army of gardeners prepping them.
The trees and shrubs were also doing their magic and I imagine with all the sun and warm weather we’ve had for the last three days (following rain for too many days to count ) the remaining leaves have ‘popped’. I reckon this week the Gardens will beginning its spring ‘peak’
Perfect timing for my first tour of the season.
The tree that burnt two years on. You can see callus tissue, which forms a protective barrier separating the injured tissue from the healthy,at the edge of the wound. Eventually it will seal the wound but it still has got a long way to go.
The last of the beautiful Magnolias. The ‘Elizabeth’ Magnolia is the last of the lovely waxy flowers to put on a display. There is still one more to go, the Magnolia acuminata (Cucumber magnolia) , though it is one of the largest Magnolia’s, the flowers aren’t very showy.
One of the highlights of the Public Gardens is the ability to stand back and be able to admire trees at their mature size. This was a ‘Gardenesque’ style of gardening concept. Trees were planted far enough away from each other so that they could achieve their full potential.
The garden shed and meeting room for the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society garden, the oldest of the two gardens amalgamated to form the Halifax Public Gardens. Today Horticultural Hall houses the beautiful Uncommon Grounds cafe which now has a new range of Gardens inspired souvenirs for sale… post cards, mugs, tote bags…
Cherry trees, magnolias, viburnums, rhododendrons, crabapples, ornamental pear trees etc, etc. Spring is the most floriferous season of all and the Gardens are no exception.
The season is getting underway. My free tours begin this Wednesday at 10am, story time continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Concert series at the bandstand begin next week. Also next week The Friends of the Public Gardens will hold their AGM with guest speaker Bev MacPhail, Chief Horticulturist of the Gardens. For more information on all events click here.
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