What is a Maritimer to do when the forecast shows gray and wet as far as the eye can see? Suck it up and go about your business.
I’m happy to say that the eight people who joined me for my weekly tour had the same attitude and we were rewarded with a (mostly) dry walk through the Gardens.
Tracy not only went about her business, but claimed to actually enjoy working in the damp weather. My tropical side was aghast, but then again when it reached 32 degrees on the previous sunny day, I was sitting by the waterfront with a refreshing breeze to cool me off. The gardeners were toiling and broiling in the sun.
My once favorite tree, Cornus kousa paired with Viburnum tomentosum. I first spied the flowering Dogwood trees on a trip to the Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia. I wanted one but that particular variety wasn’t hardy to us. Now everywhere you look there are pink Cornus kousa. I have a white variety in my garden which I still enjoy. They aren’t as popular and so widely used.
Even Flora and Diana get to enjoy flowers.
Another plant that shone in the grey were these yellow-leaved Mock orange bushes. There are two by the benches facing the bandstand. Their scent is lovely though you’ll have to bend down to smell them.
ln my quest to find the positive in this wet and dreary week, I marvelled at the Wisteria blooming on the new fence I built last year (I’m way off the Garden’s path). When I looked up their varietal name I discovered that these Blue Moon Wisteria are native to the swamps of Kentucky. As I planted them at the top of a 5′ stone wall, I was grateful for all the water we’ve had. Right plant but definitely not the right place! I’ll deal with that next year.
The sun is breaking thorough the clouds for a few hours so I must go out and enjoy my garden. Don’t read this post until tomorrow when the grey and damp weather promise to return.
Happy Canada Day!
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