A stroll through spring

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Both running and gardening have given me a profound appreciation for the nuances of spring.

Omphalodes
Omphalodes. One of the first plants that Katherine could identify by name!

Living in a climate that leans precariously toward cooler temperatures even in the most hospitable of seasons tends to bring out either hope and joy or despair and gloom in folks.

Basking
A Mourning Cloak Butterfly, basking in the sun.
Busy
Busy as a bug. Although this may, in fact, have been some form of bee, as it was striped. Thankfully, due to a telephoto lens, I wasn’t close enough to obtain physical proof.

I’ve noticed that runners and gardeners fit the “hope” category, since we lean towards remarking on and enjoying every subtle improvement in our circumstances. I am quite determined therefore always to pursue both activities even after I become a doddering old woman who talks to her plants.

Azalea
An azalea. Can’t remember the name, but I bought one a couple of years ago at the Botanical Garden plant sale and it has happily bloomed every year in my garden. this shot is of a larger plant at the Botanical gardens.

The Memorial University’s Botanical Gardens is a treasure. When we first bought our house, eight years ago, our lot looked like this:

Looking up the lot (the "before" pictures)
Looking up the lot (the “before” pictures). We needed all the help we could get. There was no topsoil, no grass, no nothing, really, except for mud. We had lots of that! I’ll try and get some after pictures later in the season, so that you can see the change.

We went to the gardens for information, inspiration and to see what might possibly grow without too much fussy care and without taking over the yard.

Bloodroot
Bloodroot, in the shade, near The Pools.

I recently heard a prominent gardener who was flown in to speak at a local home and garden show talking about soil improvement and one thing that he said really struck home. He said (and I’m paraphrasing loosely here),

You folks have the most wonderful resource here. Anyone know what it is? The Botanical Gardens at the Memorial University. It’s one of the top three or four gardens in Canada. I go there every single time I’m in town. Even when they’re not open, I call ahead and get a chance to see what’s new. And you know what always astonishes me?

There’s no one there.

He’s right, you know.

In the heath
In the heath (Erica carnea). Katherine likes that you can see the proboscis in this shot. I like that she knows what a proboscis is.

  It is a gem of a garden and there’s something new to see every week (every day, even).

Waiting

Because it’s an active garden, with all sorts of things going on, there’s also regularly new information. They have kids’ weekend programs, the cheapest and coolest summer camps in town and trails to walk and think on.

Rhododendron Dell

Perched

Annual membership is only $35 for a family, which gets you unlimited entrance while the garden is open and first dibs on the plant sales. It’s worth it for those alone!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kayla says:

    Love the Botanical Gardens. When I lived in that area of town I frequented the gardens any chance I could get. A really stunning display!!

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