Spring is here, finally, with the promise that summer is a-comin’ in. Or so it feels today. And maybe it will feel the same tomorrow, but who knows?
Oscar Wilde said that conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Not so for gardeners in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where I garden. Weather means more for us. This year at least it means ground so soggy that farmers still can’t seed their fields. It means trees still struggling to leaf out.
On the positive side it means that spring is lasting longer than usual. Daffodils began to bloom more than a month ago and are only now reaching their peak.
Because we planted different varieties of daffodils at the Skating Pond, we may enjoy them for several more weeks. That’s if the weather cooperates and doesn’t heat up too much, too quickly.
Overall, the Skating Pond itself is looking very good, particularly on a moody-sky day.
I’m happy with the Cascade, too.
I particularly like the little marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris) that found a foothold near the water. At this time of year, any muddy spot offers them a place to grow. And what a bright light they are!
In the Lower Garden, the magnolias are particularly beautiful this year, thanks to abundant rainfall.
Bergenia is blooming near the front door ….
…. with twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) lighting up the world nearby. This plant is one of my favourites. I like that it was named after Thomas Jefferson, I like that it changes dramatically throughout the season, but I like most of all that it comes and goes so quickly.
Andy Warhol taught us that we all have our 15 minutes of fame. Jeffersonia diphylla illustrates this perfectly. What could show us more clearly how ephemeral spring ephemerals can be? And, by extension, suggest how fragile are our gardens’ beauty and well-being.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Open Garden Day! One click will take you directly to the Massawippi Foundation’s website where you can purchase tickets for a morning or afternoon visit.