Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Renewal and Imagination

I recently joined a group of garden writers for lunch and a tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.  They too suffered from the cold winter and lost many prized roses. There were few crab apple or cherry blossoms, with hopeful thoughts that sometimes trees take a year off to recharge.
Heading over to the Laking Garden which is famous for the peony and iris collections, one leaves the parking lot to cross a bridge over the railway tracks. A view worth drinking in.
There are varied plants in this area as you enter the gardens.
A bench that beckons to weary gardeners walking the property.
The design of the peony and iris beds has been redone and because everything is late this year, few peonies were open.
However, bearded iris 'Sharp Dressed Man' and peony 'Coral Tide' were breath taking.
The Hosta Walk is a secluded area of various hues of green except for the bright flashes of orange I saw. Orioles were flitting amongst the trees while we toured.
It was agreed that the new iron tree structures for clematis to climb were a brilliant idea of someone's imagination. I hope to see a photo of these 7, 8, 9 and a few 10 foot structures covered in beautiful clematis flowers some day.
The staff at the RBG is friendly and helpful, willing to answer questions and made our tour a pleasant outing.

23 comments:

  1. Judith I imagine the peony and iris beds will be glorious very soon as will the clematis structures some day.

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  2. This looks like an interesting trip, Judith. I'm sure the flowers were breathtaking! You take fabulous photos to share with us. I always enjoy your posts.
    Debbie
    xo

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  3. What a lovely tour of the gardens.. I love the irises and the peonies..I am sure the clematis trees will looking gorgeous in the future.. Have a happy day!

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  4. Visiting such garden can either inspire us to home and try something new or we go home depressed because we can't get the same wonderful results. Our peonies have put on quite show, finally this year. Last spring they froze. They are about done and I will miss them. I love the path photo.

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  5. I can imagine that it is wonderful to be there when the peonies are blooming. A place like this is on such a grand scale - it's hard to pick one thing to recall and hold onto. I like those iron structures for the clematis too.

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  6. What beautiful gardens! I love visiting gardens in different locations. All are so unique. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Terri

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  7. Thanks for sharing this trip with us, Judith.

    Do they leave the 'other things' besides grass growing in the lawn? I mean they aren't trying to be all perfect and weed-free there?

    Diane

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  8. Each public garden is unique and so much fun to visit. i have just learned of another new-to-me garden that I so want to visit before summer's end. The further joy of them is that they change so as each flower comes into bloom. Very lovely iron trees for the clematis. They actually look great as they are.

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  9. Lovely gardens. That bearded sharply dressed man has such a beautiful deep shade of purple.

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  10. Judith, this looks like such a wonderful place! I love all of your photos...my fave is the next to the last one :)

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  11. I love to walk through public gardens. How nice to do so with other knowledgeable gardeners. We passed a huge iris farm the other day on our way up north. Absolutely beautiful!

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  12. What a beautiful place... Pretty peony and iris! Your photos were lovely...thanks, Judith, for sharing your visit!

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  13. I grew up in north Burlington! I even had my wedding photos taken at the RBG in front of massive iron gates. These are such beautiful and extensive gardens. I wonder if you took a tour of the rock gardens as well. If not, you'll have to try and visit them another time, it's really pretty (and they have a tea room). The iris and peony are gorgeous, too bad the peonies were not out just yet, that would be spectacular to see them en masse. Wendy x

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  14. Thank you for taking the time to share with those of us too busy to visit our own local gardens this season.

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  15. What beautiful gardens, Judith. I love the structures for the clematis. What a great idea!
    Hugs, Beth

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  16. Oh my, I would have LOVED this! I love the entrance, the Hosta Walk, the iris and peony ... and yes, I'd love to see the clematis "trees" one day as well! Thanks for sharing such lovely photos!

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  17. Really like the idea of the iron tree trellis!!!...:)JP

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  18. It's a shame more peonies weren't in bloom, but it looks well worth the trip anyway. The grounds look beautiful and I would have enjoyed a quiet walk through the hosta garden.

    Karen

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  19. Garden designers are so creative. The iron tree structures for the clematis are sure to be stunning in a few years.

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  20. Lovely photos. I've attended conferences at the RBG but have yet to tour their gardens. I hope to finally do so this summer, as well as visit their Rose Garden Tea House!

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  21. That is such a shame about the roses, but the garden is still so lovely and tranquil, thanks for sharing. Thanks also for your comment on my post--I hope you have a great time in Ireland! A garden tour over there sounds so lovely (and I'm sure, green!). I can't wait to see your posts :)

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  22. Lovely gardens to view. It's a shame what has happened everywhere this past Winter.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  23. What a wonderful way to spend the day

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