04 June 2007
Catching up with things
It’s been a busy busy weekend, and now I feel like I should be like Simon Q, basking in the sun…
First I jumped in the car on Friday morning to head to Yarmouth to the annual convention of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs…and to visit a few nurseries along the way. Among my ports of call were three I’d never been to before, which I have to write up and post for other NS readers to check out.
One of them is Woodland Farm Nursery, in Upper Clements (not far from Bunchberry Nurseries), and it is a lovely place, up on the hill overlooking the Bay. Another is Garden of Eatin’ Farm and Nursery in Paradise (Lovely pun, yes? )
What I like is that a lot of nurseries do these wonderful display gardens to show what some of their plants look like planted out and to give us gardeners new ideas about designs.One of my favourite gardens is at Bunchberry Nurseries, as I'm sure I've mentioned before. (I feel like I ought to show them off because they don't have a website--yet.
I rolled into Sandford to my friend Flora’s place about 630—eight hours after I left home. It’s normally a 2.5 hour drive…but when one visits no less than six nurseries along the way….
Flora is one of the most marvelous gardeners I know of. She has this great sense of colour, and she is the propagation princess of the universe. She can take a cutting from anything and get it to root...and she's a great one to share her plants. Her sister and another friend were also staying with her, and I understand that on their way back home, they visited some of the nurseries I told them about--and their car was filled too when they got home.
Saturday morning was foggy in Sandford, but not wet so it was a nice time to wander around Flora's back garden and refresh my soul--and get inspired to try some different ways of planting our yard! She has the best tulips I've seen in a personal garden!
New plants that rode home in the car included:
Half dozen lovely heritage tomatoes
An orchid primrose
The Thujupsis I was talking about the other day
Canada Holly (Ilex verticillata) and Winterberry (Gaultheria procumbens)
Golden Lights Azalea
Lemon Princess Spirea
Another delicious selection of annuals
A lovely copper beech
And when I got home, there was a truckload of soil waiting for me. In between deadlines, you know what I'll be doing!