A week in the life of a peripatetic gardener (Toronto sojourn...)
|Iris cf. narbutii|
The flowers up close are immense, and a wonderful melting pink color. I would love to see a lot more of these around town!
|Marion Jarvie and Daphne mezereum|
|Iris x 'Katharine Hodgkin'|
|Bella and Barbara's garden|
|Andrew and Sue Osyany and me|
|Adonis amurensis 'Chichibu beni'|
|Barrie Porteous and giant Daphne mezereum|
|Cyclamen coum at Barrie's|
And yet more Cyclamen coum! Barrie had a terrific career in business--gardening is just a sideline: but what a sideline! I've never been privileged to see his cottage garden near Muskoka in the the country where there are no end of treasures as well. He's headed out to the Penstemon Society meeting this June and we spend a wonderful morning looking at potential stops he might take in Utah and Nevada--making me terribly jealous. Barrie has explored more than many botanic gardeners, and grown more plants than many botanic gardens: so much for amateurs! (And did I mention that he's a fabulous speaker with the most wicked sense of humor I've ever encountered?) Yes, time with Barrie and Jane was time I shall remember fondly.
|Barbara Cooper, Merle, Jane Porteous, Bella and Barrie Porteous|
|Post red full moon setting over the Rockies from my living room window|