At the Toronto Botanical Garden on Sunday, we visited the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society plant sale. Wow. Wall-to-wall plants and people make for a floral feeding frenzy. Considering the temptations, Sarah & I were restrained, coming home with only three and two plants. (The members’ preview for the TBG’s own plant sale is this Wednesday, May 5th; that, and the 10% discount, are great reasons to join.)
The so-called rain made only a brief show, and soon the day was baking. TBG’s Piet Oudolf-designed entry garden seems to be a month ahead of schedule. Facing south, sheltered, and slightly elevated, this little microclimate seems to be in the Carolinas. Baptisia two feet tall. Peony buds, dewy with nectar and visiting ants. And tulips, of course, already nearing their apex.
The season is accelerating at an alarming pace. Better get out there and enjoy the spring bulbs. Shown at the top, I’m guessing the pink one is the peony-flowered Tulipa ‘Angelique’, but unsure what the orange fellow is making this particularly brazen display.
Above and below, two shots of renegade colours from the purple tulip beds at St. James Cathedral.
Gotta love those orange tulips. Above is Tulipa ‘Prinses Irene’. Yes, that’s how you spell it. Its purpley flashes at the base are subdued in this photo by the full cup of sunshine.
Lily-flowered Tulipa ‘Ballerina’, which is welcome to dance in my garden anytime it likes.
This year, the TBG volunteers and staff were a little too previous (as our Gran would have said) about cutting back last year’s grasses from amongst the tulips in the Garden Hall Courtyard garden (here are some images from last year). One little patch remained in a small bed by the parking lot. Analogous colours and contrasting textures made a picturesque meeting of the seasons.