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What’s in Bloom: All the Usual Suspects

What’s in Bloom: All the Usual Suspects

It's the end of March, and right on queue the earliest of the early spring-bloomers have arrived!  In the West View Terrace Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc' (Dutch crocus, giant crocus) is accompanied...

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What’s Beginning to Flower?

What’s Beginning to Flower?

The meltdown has begun and right on flower is Hamamelis x intermedia 'Primavera' (Witch hazel) to greet you in the Arrival Courtyard. Can't get enough of those (sugar crisps) Hamamelis -...

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What’s in Bloom: Good ‘Winter’ Bones

What’s in Bloom: Good ‘Winter’ Bones

Many of you who participated in our recent survey of the gardens, in particular noted that more 'Winter interest' should be added.  I've been walking around the garden daily this winter, and here...

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What’s in Bloom: All things Aurea/Aureo …

What’s in Bloom: All things Aurea/Aureo …

... can be found as part of the Show Garden conifer collection, including this stunner, Pinus mugo 'Aurea Fastigiata' (Mountain Pine). Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aureovariegata' (Sawara...

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What’s in Bloom: Baby It’s Cold Outside!

What’s in Bloom: Baby It’s Cold Outside!

But where's the snow?!  In the Show Garden, the candles of Pinus parviflora 'Hagaromo' (Japanese white pine) have a light dusting of snow at their base. On Wednesday, the blooms of this...

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What’s in Bloom: It’s nice to be under snow!

What’s in Bloom: It’s nice to be under snow!

Even if only for awhile - the weather man is calling for rain Friday - it is so nice to see the garden under snow!  Here, Helleborus foetidus (Stinking hellebore) in the Entry Garden by the shed,...

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Annual Visit to the Desert Botanical Garden – & class!

Annual Visit to the Desert Botanical Garden – & class!

I'm on my way to sit in my sister's class as a guest at the Desert Landscape School at the Desert Botanical Garden.  Visitors to the Desert Botanical Garden are greeted by the permanent installation...

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What’s in Bloom: What does this Toronto gardener do every winter?

What’s in Bloom: What does this Toronto gardener do every winter?

Every winter for the past 6 years I have visited my sister, brother-in-law, and three nephews who live in the Arizona low desert.  This Agave parryi (Parry's agave) is just one of many that I covet...

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What’s in Bloom: Fall Colours!

What’s in Bloom: Fall Colours!

A trio of Larix kaempferi (Japanese larch) line the way into the Floral Hall Courtyard, with tiny, attractive brown cones lining branches of green needles turning yellow. The red leaves of...

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What’s in Bloom: Bulb Planting

What’s in Bloom: Bulb Planting

The weather has been perfect for bulb planting - and continues to be so raining just in time to water bulbs planted in the Entry Garden last week. So many visitors ask me while planting 'What...

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