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 – so while we wait for ‘Diane’ and ‘Arnold’s Promise’ in the West View Terrace & Garden Hall Courtyard, here is more of ‘Primavera’.
From the Floral Hall Courtyard you can clearly see Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten rose) in the Entry Garden up against the wall. I can’t help myself but to follow their progress closely from first poking through the soil and snow, now to swelling flower buds … stay tuned! Look for some great new hellebore introductions at Toronto Botanical Garden’s booth at Canada Blooms, March 15-24, 2013.
I couldn’t help but notice the ‘feet’ of Fagus sylvatica ‘Cuprea’ (Copper beech) standing in water as the snow melts in the Knot Garden. They make for terrific hedging and provide for year-round interest. And as a matter of fact, it’s not at all unusual to find trees recycled as props in the Shop TBG – go in and have a look, as well as for all the summer-flowering bulbs now available.
As I walk around I am constantly reminded of all the pruning I can be doing now. I’ll be cutting back clematis and pruning shrubs including the stand-at-attention vertical suckers of Abelia mosanensis (fragrant abelia) seen here.
It may not be the best photograph – but you get the picture. Narcissus coming up through snow in the Floral Hall Courtyard. We spring ahead this weekend, and although I’m the first to defend snowfall, it will be welcomed to have this meltdown continue!