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What’s In Bloom: Coneflower Season

What’s In Bloom: Coneflower Season

The garden is lush and full from regular weekly rainfall, with coneflowers in bloom throughout. In the Entry Garden, Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern' Ruby Star (purple coneflower) are planted en...

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What’s In Bloom: Fleeting & Longer-Lasting Flowers

What’s In Bloom: Fleeting & Longer-Lasting Flowers

Many spring-flowering perennials seem fleeting, but are well worth it. For me, Oriental poppies, such as Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise' (shown here) in the Entry Garden, fall into...

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What’s In Bloom: Hellebores & more!

What’s In Bloom: Hellebores & more!

Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin' (reticulated iris, bulbous iris) flowered before the snow, flowered through the snow, and is continuing to flower throughout the Entry Garden. I love her...

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What’s In Bloom: No, Really!

What’s In Bloom: No, Really!

My search for late-winter, early-spring flowering plants has begun!  Helleborus niger 'Maximus' (Christmas rose) in the Westview Terrace has fully opened buds. Even I can't resist saying...

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What’s In Bloom: Desert Plants

What’s In Bloom: Desert Plants

While the deep freeze of winter continues here, I thought I'd share a few more snapshots from my Desert Botanical Garden visit. Featured is Echinocactus grusonii (Golden barrel), endangered in its...

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What’s in Bloom: Braving the Low Desert Sun (Yeah Right!) …

What’s in Bloom: Braving the Low Desert Sun (Yeah Right!) …

... to see Chihuly in the Garden for my annual winter trip to the Desert Botanical Garden with Deborah.  This photo is a closeup of Sapphire Star (2010) by artist Dale Chihuly, installed in...

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What’s In Bloom: Who Says?

What’s In Bloom: Who Says?

Who says you can't plant bulbs through the snow in November?  Well I'll be planting on until they're all in - rain, sun, or snow!  The ground hasn't frozen through so once I break through the inch...

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What’s In Bloom: It’s a berry good time!

What’s In Bloom: It’s a berry good time!

It's been a particularly good year for all things 'berry', and this is no-less so for one particular garden bed here at the Toronto Botanical Garden.   In the Show Garden closest to the Spiral...

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What’s In Bloom: Perfect Gardening Weather

What’s In Bloom: Perfect Gardening Weather

It's been a particularly fine fall, and many trees & shrubs are producing fruit by the bushel, with fantastic colours to boot.   Malus 'Donald Wyman' (flowering crabapple) in the Entry...

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Sweet Autumn

Sweet Autumn

Autumn is officially here and the weather has been so sweet - so is the Clematis terniflora (sweet autumn clematis) covering the Demonstration Garden trellis. The bees are still going strong...

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