Recently, I went to Quebec City to attend the annual Garden Writers Association symposium. While it was far from the best conference I've ever attended--though I saw some friends and made a few new ones, I found the overall group very clique-ey, like high school--, there were some interesting moments, and I got to meet some terrific folks at the trade show, like Angela Treadwell-Palmer of Plants Nouveau.
But the highlight of the whole road trip was my side excursion on the way back home: going to Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, which is tied with the Rock Garden at NSAC for my favourite garden.
It's a long drive from St. Andrews to Wolfville, so I don't get to Kingsbrae nearly as often as I'd like: usually every two years. I'll do a more dedicated post about Kingsbrae soon, but I wanted to highlight the perennial gardens for your viewing pleasure.
Briar Patch Farm and Nursery in Berwick, Nova Scotia.
One of my projects this spring was helping to revamp the Horseshoe-shaped Perennial bed surrounding the big fountain at the Blomidon Inn in Wolfville. We removed some over-enthusiastic irises and common daylilies, added many loads of compost, some Irish Moss meal from SeaBoost, and a variety of perennials, chosen for foliage as well as for bloom performance, from Baldwin Nurseries in Falmouth. Among the perennials we added were Agastache 'Blue Fortune', Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty', and Echinacea 'Hot Papaya.'
We are very pleased with the work in progress that is this garden, and as you can see it is awash in colour now!
Globe thistles (Echinops ritro) put on a cooling blue display, are very attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators. Here a drift of them is backdropped by a fountain at Kingsbrae.
Lavender Hill Nursery in Jordan Falls, on the south shore between Liverpool and Shelburne. 'Heavenly Blue' is my favourite morning glory, and its pristine blue flowers have been pleasing me for weeks.
These are just a few of the colours of late August--are you inspired yet?