The Toronto Botanical Gardens, located at Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue W. in Toronto is one of my favourite places to visit. You know that when you arrive you are going to see lots of colour and ideas that you can incorporate in your garden. You may not be able to plant those exact plants because Toronto is a Canadian Zone 6. Many plants do very well that would not be possible in my 4B garden. However, it is always interesting to see what is growing there. The day I was there last week the volunteers were madly planting up boxes of bulbs for the spring show. The ornamental grasses were looking amazing swaying in the nippy breeze. A fellow Master Gardener, Lynne and I took a look around the grounds to see what was still in bloom. At one point I came around a fence to come upon some gorgeous white Iris. I was taken aback as this is not a usual sight. Iris grow in spring here not fall but there they were. In a rose garden my roses were finished for the year but I did find some blooming happily anyway. I was in awe of the Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ a purple Beautyberry shrub. I have never seen one before but I will never forget the glorious deep purple berries just loaded on the stems.
I am joining Mary at DearLittleRedHouse for Mosiac Monday. I hope to see you there. Have a great week. It is going to rain all week here. If you are in Ontario you know that Monday is a day to vote in your Municipality. It is your right to vote so please do. I will be working at one of our local polls. Valerie