Treated myself to a tulip (photo) safari

Corner store tulips, taken with Camera+ app – cropped as Golden Rectangle; Miniaturize filter applied. What could be an easier than treating myself to an afternoon walk down the Danforth, looking at corner-store tulips through the eye of my iPhone? Then taking a few self-indulgent minutes with neat camera apps, making pretty pictures – prettier? […]

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At last, the Allan Gardens Spring Show 2014

Our temporary reprieve from winter arrives his Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 10 am at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories. Am I alone in being particularly excited? Will you be there? I’ve already charged up my camera batteries. Thank you, thank you, thank you! [Ed: No matter which blooms they feature, year to year, […]

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Wish I’d planted autumn crocus

Autumn crocus (Crocus speciosus) blooming in November 2013 Especially after having written a Trellis Magazine article that mentions them among “the other bulbs” that are oft neglected in gardens, you’d think I’d have rushed right out and bought me a bundle of autumn crocuses (Crocus speciosus) and their cousins Colchicum speciosum. I could be enjoying […]

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The many faces of Tulipa ‘Antoinette’

Tulipa ‘Antoinette’ at the Montreal Botanical Garden ‘Antoinette’ really is prettier than a picture. She arrives a lemony shade of yellow, and gains a widening, lipstick-pink edge on every petal as she ages. I hear that she is also multi-stemmed! A fitting feature for this almost-Wordless Wednesday. A full palette of beauty for any size […]

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May Blooms Day in Toronto

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ with Hosta ‘Pineapple Upside-Down Cake’ and the glorious Tulipa ‘Prinses Irene’. May has raced by so quickly, I forgot it was the 15th – the day when, every month, Carol of May Dreams Gardens invites garden bloggers to share what’s growing on. I might just make it under the wire. After a […]

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Allan Gardens Easter Show 2013

The cactus house at Allan Gardens Conservatory The Easter Show is on now at Allan Gardens. As the winds pick up for one last wintery blast, head over there to remind yourself there really is such a season as Spring. But I’m going to walk you backwards through the greenhouses, starting at the end with […]

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Idea File: Four spring families you’ll want to know

Beautiful yellow trout lily (Erythronium – perhaps ‘Pagoda’?) from Barry Parker’s Parkdale garden Spring has arrived, and now we’re waiting impatiently for it to actually begin. But just because there are blank, snowy spots where your plants are supposed to be doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about what to plant between them next year. […]

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Hyacinths: She forced us!

Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Delft Blue’ – the camera turns it more purple than the soft blue of real life So glad I didn’t plant hyacinths last fall – or, rather, so glad I didn’t plant all of them. I held back six extra-fragrant ‘Delft Blue’ hyacinths from Botanus to try forcing. And now, when you step […]

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Ahoy, snowdrops emerge from the snow!

Sarah’s garden won the Snowdrop Derby in 2013 It’s a tradition at Toronto Gardens to mark the arrival of the first snowdrops. Despite the recent dump of snow and slush, these welcome babies arrived on Sarah’s south-ish facing slope just yesterday, if not before. Snowdrops in February? Priceless. Time to note where to plant more, […]

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