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.