15th Apr, 2011

Spring perennials

The garden has popped. It’s crammed with  perennials and  bulbs; buds bursting on shrubs and trees. I have been  in the hospital with my husband Jack who has just undergone heart surgery. I can now truly celebrate spring:  spring for him with a new valve and by passes; spring for the garden that has this going on.  2011 Viburnum bodnantensis

That’s a Viburnum bodnentensis which I swear did not look like that a few days ago.  It’s  going crazy.  And a  Cornus mas behind it is starting to look golden. And i n the outside world the sun shines. The bubble of being in the hospital is broken once I see the garden. It never disappointed. Mud has turned into a carpet of green and blue and white:  scilla, chionodoxa, snouts of everything pushing up.

But last night temps dipped down to -2C so we’re are not in a safe zone yet.

I will be talking to the Edmonton Hort on Easter Monday:  LET’S STOP MAKING UGLY GARDENS.  Really looking forward to this.  Monday 25th at 7 p.m.


I can feel the relief and joy through your words. Perhaps a theological gardening book coming on?

Thanks Uli. I feel as though life and spring are just beginning again. It’s been tough. xxM

That’s truly wonderful news about your husband. The relief at the end of a long winter and a long wait must be overwhelming just now. Congratulations.

I am looking for information regarding the Clematis Serratifolia-Golden Tiara (yellow) which you wrote about last year in the Globe and Mail. I need to know the location of the greenhouse where I can purchase a plant.
Thank you for your assistance.

Perfectly pent subject material, thanks for selective information. “In the fight between you and the world, back the world.” by Frank Zappa.

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