My son and grandson spotted this fawn very shortly after the baby was born.

A Year in the Garden, Part 2

The meadows and fields at Glen Villa are white with snow in December, but in June and July, they are alive with colour.

Lupins brighten the meadow and the edge of a field in late June and early July.
Lupins brighten meadows and fields in late June and early July.

 

Buttercups and dandelions colour a field yellow.
Buttercups and dandelions colour a field yellow.

 

Ragged robin turns this field rosy pink.
Ragged robin turns this field rosy pink.

 

Closer to the house, colours appear in smaller doses.

Hawthorn trees are a froth of white.
Hawthorn trees are a froth of white.

 

Old-fashioned day lilies brighten a dark path.
Old-fashioned day lilies brighten a dark path.

 

Siberian iris add colour to the Lower Garden.
In the Lower Garden, irises add a touch of purple among the shades of green.

 

Clematis 'Inspiration' blooms faithfully each summer.
Clematis ‘Inspiration’ blooms faithfully each summer.

 

I wish I could remember the name of this Iris. The colour is stunning.
I wish I could remember the name of this Iris. The colour is stunning.

 

I started this Sanguisorba from seed many years ago.
I started this Sanguisorba from seed many years ago. It makes me think of the brushes I used to use to clean baby bottles.

 

The Aqueduct is satisfyingly colourful throughout the summer.

Nepeta takes centre stage at the Aqueduct.
Nepeta blooms continuously for a solid six weeks.

 

Gillenia trifoliata, or Bowman's root, contrasts nicely with Nepeta 'Walker's Low.'
A close-up of the scene above shows Gillenia trifoliata, or Bowman’s root, combined with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low.’

 

Perhaps my favourite combination this year was the Eremurus 'Cleopatra' rising up from the Nepeta at the Aqueduct.
Perhaps my favourite combination this year was the Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’ rising up from the Nepeta at the Aqueduct, with Gillenia in the foreground and boxwood peeping out here and there.

 

Animals played their part in the garden.

My son and grandson spotted this fawn very shortly after the baby was born.
My son and grandson spotted this fawn very shortly after the baby was born.

 

I spotted the same fawn with its mother, grazing in the field a few weeks later.
I spotted the same fawn with its mother, grazing in the field a few weeks later.

 

A robin sings away, its red breast blending nicely with the rusted steel container.
A robin sings away, its red breast blending nicely with the rusted steel container.

 

Tadpoles galore!
Tadpoles galore!

 

A turtle suns itself at the Skating Pond.
A turtle suns itself at the Skating Pond.

 

Butterflies love Joe Pye weed.
Butterflies love Joe Pye weed.

 

Sculpture and art installations appear throughout the property.

Bridge Ascending, by Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito, is one of my favourite pieces of sculpture.
Bridge Ascending, by Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito, is in the Upper Field.

 

This section of Abenaki Walking chronicles the story of the original inhabitants after the arrival of Europeans.
This section of Abenaki Walking chronicles the story of the original inhabitants after the arrival of Europeans.

 

The Sundial Clearing is the destination for In Transit/En Route, part of the Timelines trail.
The Sundial Clearing is the destination for In Transit/En Route, part of the Timelines trail.

 

The Past Looms Large is another section of Timelines.
The Past Looms Large is another section of Timelines.

 

The barn at Lilac Cottage
The barn at Lilac Cottage is typical of this part of Quebec.

 

June and July — memories of warmer days.

 

  • Things are really starting to fill in nicely with magnificent fields of colour. Happy New Year!

    • siteandinsight

      The fields really are amazing in the summer.

  • Looks like you need more of that ‘Cleopatra’!

    • siteandinsight

      You are SO right… and I forgot to order them this fall. Oh, well, next year.

  • Wonderful. I especially love the photos of the fawn and the Iris-loving turtle.

    • siteandinsight

      Those are my favourites as well.