Summer has arrived bringing with it that heavenly shade of green …that glossy green of new leaves… along with a rainbow of colours from perennials and annuals in bloom.
Last fall, I planted over 200 tulip bulbs, a dozen alliums, and a row of muscari (grape hyacinth) in between the lavender that borders a boxwood hedge.
The tulips, a mix of 4 or 5 different varieties of white were beautiful, but unfortunately only about half of them came up. The alliums are still blooming and spectacular and I will be ordering more of these beauties to plant this fall. The muscari, which was supposed to be a pale shade of lavender, was surprising. As you can see (photo below), the colour is almost neon blue!
With all the rain, the ferns seem to multiply before my eyes! There are so many that I thought I would experiment by transplanting some of them into urns. The wind has proven to be much stronger (breaking the stems) than my desire for something new, however, the shady garden under the front window is sheltered enough to protect the graceful fronds.
Most of the flowering shrubs and trees in my garden bloom in white only. As I am posting the photographs I’ve taken of my containers and flower beds, I surprise myself with the bold, vibrant colours. Somehow everything fits together just like Nature intended. Was this a subconscious effort to combat the bleakness of the past three months?
Although this has been the most unusual and difficult Spring, the garden has been my safe place…a place to escape the realities that have weighed heavily on all of us. If I didn’t have my garden I think my anxiety and cabin fever would have maxed out weeks ago.
Staying home, with no stimulus from the real world has made it difficult to come up with varied and interesting topics for the blog. I fear the posts have become monotonous …after all not everyone is into gardening!
I am going to take the summer off from Apres CC on Whyte with the hope that come September our world may have changed…somehow…opening the door to new things to talk about. I know this may be wishful thinking but…
I hope you all find a fulfulling way to spend your summer months and that you, too, will be rejuventated in the fall.