I think this garden represents the best part of Canada, as it is a blended front-yard garden. Why does it represent Canada? Because so many cultures, starting with our two original ones, French and English, blend together so well. [Ed: We are correctly reminded that the French and English, along with other Europeans, were relative newcomers to the country that became Canada.] The two houses lush front yard plantings of perennials, hostas, shrubs and trees mix seamlessly together to create a full and forest-y look. One garden is even flying the Canadian flag. Happy Canada Day, everyone.
[Edited to add:
Well I definitely put my foot wrong with this post, pointed out by a reader who correctly pointed out that native Canadians were here before the English and French began build a country in 1867 based on their own cultures.
I mentioned the English and French as they are the official languages – and also because they are part of the make up of our own families. My sister’s family is a blend of French Canadian and English, and both languages are heard around the dinner table, so they spring easily to mind. My own family is also a blend of colours.
In writing the original post I neglected to include the current legitimate controversy, especially this year, from aboriginal Canadians who made their voices heard about Canada 150. Although we are a gardening blog, and mostly don’t comment on current politics, it was an insensitive oversight on my part.
My intent was to celebrate all the blending of Canadian people, not just the English and French. ]
A belated happy Canada day. I think this garden looks great. Blended is so much more interesting.
Thank you, Lisa, and Happy Independence Day to you!
French and English are NOT our “two original cultures”!!!
You are absolutely correct, Howard. We were too focussed on Confederation. Canada’s original cultures predate that by millennia.
Howard, see my edit. You are quite correct, and thanks for your response.