Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Darker Side

Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)
The berries on this shrub can be poisonous but 
the dark aubergine foliage provides some mystery and contrast.
 In the right hands, elderberry has been used for infusions, 
brandy and medicine.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hello Buttercup!

Anemone canadensis
Wildflower, windflower, buttercup or anemone...
whatever you wish to call it, I'm happy to see it flourishing 
this year! Purchased last year at the Hort's plant sale
(Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto).

This native plant is usually found by meadows and thickets
but tolerates the city too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tall, leggy European Beauty

Sicilian honey garlic (Allium siculum)
The Sicilian was spotted at dusk.

Monday, May 28, 2012

...the ideal tree grows

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow."

Hermann Hesse

Twinkle Lights

White flowers are the ones that twinkle at night
in the exuberant garden.
All other colours fade to black.

(Tradescantia is a prettier name than spiderwort. 
Thanks Annabelle.)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Etymology of Aquilegia

The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word
eagle (aquila), 
because the shape of the flower petals, 
resemble an eagle's claw.

(thanks wiki)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Desirable Bachelor

This botanical singleton holds me captive 
with its arrival. A worthy encounter.

Bachelor's button  (or cornflower)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Very Vegas

Over the top in just the right measure. 

Claims center stage with its variegated foliage,
unusual coloring  and tolerance for 
full sun or part shade.

It's showtime for Euphorbia Martinii Ascot.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Beautiful Decay

Stunning in death as in life...
  paeonia suffructicosa

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Endurance and Stamina

Blooming since mid-December,
Endurance and Stamina
are just two of the qualities this beauty boasts.

Helleborus orientalis Royal Heritage

Friday, May 11, 2012

Worth waiting for...

Never fails to provoke stupendous awe-
Nature is stunning.

'Gladiator' Allium before the ball shaped flowerhead
opens to a giant sized pom-pom! (6-9" across)

Thursday, May 10, 2012


 Readying to unfurl and deliver 
a stunning display-Rhododendron 'Fantastica'

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Believe in miracles

Miracles happen in the form of paeonia suffructicosa.
This one is "Kokurya-Nishiki".

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lots of Heart

Puffy heart shaped flowers taking centre stage,
bleeding hearts-Dicentra.