CANADA BLOOMS AND WILD LIFE IN THE URBAN GARDEN

I don’t know if this is a sign of spring, but I was riveted the other day when a hawk, a HUGE hawk settled in the garden right in the centre on the Japanese maple. I didn’t dare move because I could feel him looking at me so I have no proof of this. We’re used to the red-tail hawk swooping through on his daily hunt but this behaviour was really unusual. When he hopped into the vines on the fence he became completely invisible.  His pale breast covered with dark brown stripes looked exactly like a shrub.

He was either looking at the little squirrel bashing about next door, or had his eye on anything fallen from the feeder which had been filled that day. When he took off it was breathtaking. How can they do that?

It was cheery this week to make my way to Canada Blooms and actually see and smell plants in bloom. They have an amazing track record of forcing plants and it made slogging around on the those cement floors worthwhile. I like the show very much and there’s lots to see without it feeling smooshed together.

Ben Heppner at Canada Blooms

My highlight was talking to Ben Heppner the great Heldentenor. He was standing in his garden named Parisifal (designed by Judith Wright). He was ever so patient being interviewed and I couldn’t resist speaking to him.

Parsifal is the opera that changed my life. Turned me into an opera nut. I also has actually met Mr. Heppner years ago. It was up at the Red Barn on Jackson’s Point when Peter Gzowski used to have fabulous fundraisers for his literacy campaign.  I was doing a small gig on gardening;  and Ben Heppner was the surprise star of the evening. So I like to think I once sang with Ben Heppner (he at the mic me at the back of the stage belting out Oh Canada!).

So we chatted on amiably.  I am his slave forever he is so kind and patient. I didn’t ask if he was a gardener which was fairly stupid.

All  of this  took my mind off the flood that’s begun and will continue until the ground can absorb the snow melt and the water coming in from all around (and rising from Taddle Creek our underground stream). There are snow drops up everywhere. And it really is beginning to feel like spring might make an appearance soon.

5 Comments
  • Jennifer@threedogsinagarden

    March 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Hi Marjorie, I have to say that I was disappointed by the large garden displays at this year’s Canada Blooms. I did not get the large Landscape Ontario display at all. I thought it was big and ugly. What did you think of the show?

  • Peter Mykusz

    April 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was my first time at Canada Blooms so I have no reference as to how it compared to previous shows. How can you not appreciate all the hard work that went into staging it. The colourful flowers and floral fragrance banished any thoughts of winter. It was very interesting and informative. I shot a video of the Feature Garden Award winners. It’s at http://www.vimeo.com/21881151

  • Marjorie

    June 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Really nice video Peter. Keep up that good work. M

  • Trish

    March 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    My favourite thing was the forced lilac trees in the Feist Juno garden.

  • Anthony A. Simpson

    August 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Great post, Canada Blooms, and wildlife were a nature lesson to me. Thank you very much for sharing it.

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