Et in Acadia ego: a plantsman's odyssey
|Bob Howard and lavish rhodo|
|Stevenson/Archibald garden from above|
|Caltha palustris "gone wild" in Duff and Donna Evers' garden|
|Wild Coptis trifolia in their garden|
|View from kitchen window of Donna and Duff's garden|
|Wild Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense) in one of many provincial parks near Halifax|
|John Stanton and Ruth Jackson|
|Glaucidium palmatum in Ruth Jackson and John Stanton's garden|
|Trillium undulatum and Clintonia borealis in a provincial park|
|Coptis trifolia wild|
|Gigantic lichen on a trunk|
|Populus grandidentatum foliage emerging|
|Meconopsis baileyi (formerly quintuplinervia) at John and|
|Closeup of same|
|Cypripedium arietinum in the gypsum fen|
|Jamie Ellison weeping over Shepherdia canadensis|
|Elephant rock on seashore of Nova Scotia|
|Irving Student Union in|
|Rhododendron smirnowii x fortunei hybrids at Kentville Experimental Farm|
|Part of Jamie's dazzling rock garden|
|A succulent samba|
|Incredible backlight on crassulas at Jamie's|
|Jamie's living wall hanging|
|View from Bob and Dessie Howard's home facing north|
|Papaver fauriei (P. miyabeanum)|
|Bob and naturalized Doronicum cordifolium|
|Wild Onoclea sensibilis (Sensitive fern) at the Howards'|
|North facing rock garden at Howards'|
|Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'|
|Lewisia 'Little Peach'|
A glimpse of Jan when we spent the day touring wonderful gardens.
|Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant'|
A wonderful border in one of their borrowed gardens...
It is also extremely attractive to tourists, as you can see...we didn't linger this time!
A glimpse of a tiny piece of that enormous and magnificent garden, cared for by Ken. The former owner dropped by while we were there--a surprise and bonus.
|Rhododendron canadense (albino)|
I shall end this overview with Rhodora--as I began my Maritime series of blog postings--the only specimen I ever saw in any gardens was in this extravaganza garden on the sea. And of course it was an albino!
I have flogged the poor Maritime provinces in seven or more blog postings now: I am impressed at how much I have not even touched upon. Whole gardens we've not visited, woodlands and views. I have a few more postings I shall squeeze out of this delicious trip before I'm done, I'm sure, but had to include this sort of overview before those first impressions began to fade.
I have spoken in well over a hundred cities and many countries: I hare rarely met with such friendliness and generosity as I have this past few weeks in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. I am concerned that I've left a substantial little piece of my heart there: I do hope one day we may go back at our leisure and luxuriate in one of North America's loveliest regions.