A prelude to summer

One of the joys of being a gardener is sharing your garden with others. Lovingly collected and grown plants suddenly go on display for others to enjoy, if only for an afternoon. Today marked a highlight on the calender: touring fellow Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society members' gardens.

Join me in my continued admiration of those special Niagara region gardens:

  David Austen 'Crown Princess Margareta' rose: an arching climber with prolific and repeat blooms. For best results seek out only plants that are either original stock or have been grafted onto hardy Canadian rootstock. Also bury the rootstock much deeper than you normally would.

 

David Austen 'Crown Princess Margareta' rose: an arching climber with prolific and repeat blooms. For best results seek out only plants that are either original stock or have been grafted onto hardy Canadian rootstock. Also bury the rootstock much deeper than you normally would.

  Another David Austin in a classic combination: rose and Clematis tangutica. All the more striking by the colourways here. 

 

Another David Austin in a classic combination: rose and Clematis tangutica. All the more striking by the colourways here. 

  Magnolia sieboldii 'Colossus' blooms later than standard varieties. The large cup-shaped blossoms entice you closer to reveal a lovely scent and rose stamens.

 

Magnolia sieboldii 'Colossus' blooms later than standard varieties. The large cup-shaped blossoms entice you closer to reveal a lovely scent and rose stamens.

  Behold the forming fruit and enormous thorns of Poncirus trifoliata, or hardy orange.

 

Behold the forming fruit and enormous thorns of Poncirus trifoliata, or hardy orange.

  Judicious bird that chose to make its nest safely tucked into the crown.

 

Judicious bird that chose to make its nest safely tucked into the crown.

  A delight to unfamiliar eyes: hardy orchids. These were but a sampling of cacti, amaryllis and other tenders normally relegated to the indoors or far more southern zones. Yet here, they not only survived our most recent harsh winter outside but are thriving examples of the possible.

 

A delight to unfamiliar eyes: hardy orchids. These were but a sampling of cacti, amaryllis and other tenders normally relegated to the indoors or far more southern zones. Yet here, they not only survived our most recent harsh winter outside but are thriving examples of the possible.

  Succulents in a bed of stone always stop me in my tracks. I love their foliage, maintenance-free nature and unique blue-tinged colours.

 

Succulents in a bed of stone always stop me in my tracks. I love their foliage, maintenance-free nature and unique blue-tinged colours.

  A garden tour wouldn't be complete without a visit to a fantastic nursery. Vineland Nurseries specializes in rare and unusual plants, including an excellent selection of dwarf conifers. This beauty came home with me.

 

A garden tour wouldn't be complete without a visit to a fantastic nursery. Vineland Nurseries specializes in rare and unusual plants, including an excellent selection of dwarf conifers. This beauty came home with me.