Last weekend, while visiting Toronto Botanical Garden for a Sunday morning walk, there was an African violets show and sale in the garden hall. There were not too many vendors, but the cute plants indeed caught my attention. I never knew that African violets can look like a mini orchid, and I bought two home!
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It’s the gardening season again! I think I like spring time the most in Toronto. It means that the winter is finished; and we can start planting things, either vegetables or flowers; and more outdoor activities on the weekend!
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The past Sunday, I joined Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour of Cabbagetown in Toronto. It was ashamed that I’ve never visited this neighbourhood before even though I’ve been living in Toronto for 15+ years. It was a very nice day out visiting some beautiful and lovely private gardens. I am sure this won’t be the last time I visit it.
First up, container gardening, vegetables in containers, totally my cup of tea:
BEAUTIFUL purple double clematis, it was stunning, I’ve been trying to have one of these in my garden:
Seems so effortless, yet very thoughtful:
Quiet zen water garden, my favourite too:
A small collection of succulents:
Vertical wall garden, the container bags are actually made of felt fabric:
Formal garden for a corner house:
Informal garden for the same house, a group of people were playing “Take Five”:
And finally, a rooftop garden:
What I’ve learned from the tour is that gardening takes TIME and PATIENCE, a lot of patience. Some of the owners showed us the picture of the same garden 10 years ago, and how they slowly built it. My garden has a long way to go…
Toronto had a very cold week last week, to a point which a frost advisory was issued last Friday night. My parents already planted annuals in their front yard, so guess what, my dad took out the newly bought camping tent, and covered the entire front yard. LOL. It might be a little bit overkill, but better safe than sorry, right?
I’ve added a few plants to my container backyard gardening this week.
Dwarf Red Dragon Japanese maple:
Clematis Abilene™ Evipo027:
Hosta, which survived the winter, growing strong and healthy
A few annuals container:
This past winter was brutally cold, I’ve lost my clematis (that’s why I bought a new one), hydrangea, and one lavender. I really have to find a way to move them to my garage this winter.
Toronto is slowly warming up, like very slowly….
I started some seeds two weeks ago. Salvia, suppose to be easiest perennial to start from seeds, but so far, I am still waiting. Chamomile, started several pots, they are the tiniest seeds I’ve ever seen, germination rate is not bad at all, but they look so tiny and weak. Finger crossed…
Blue fescue grass, they are easy and quick to germinate. Hopefully I can enjoy its beautiful color and texture this summer.
While I was watering my house plants this morning, found a new leaf on my orchid.
The spiral planter stand in the corner of my dinning room: