I took another course on the 24th of October at the TBG. It was supposed to be on speciality pruning, they already had a basic course. It was made up of two types of gardeners, Home gardeners (all women, for some reason), and “professional” landscape gardeners (who were all men). These men all worked for the same company, and they were there to learn “how” to prune. Their company wanted to learn how to do it the “right” way, not shearing shrubs into little round balls (I think that we have all seen that). While I commend them for this, I was also annoyed. The course became basic pruning, at least 99% of it was. The last 5% was devoted to speciality pruning, ie: pollarding, espalier, etc. I took it hoping to get some help with my pleached Lime Walk, something that is very “uncommon” in Canada. But, alas, there was no help to be found.
But, while I was there, I took some pictures. The difference in the last three weeks is huge.
I would love to look out my window and see this.
What amazing colour, almost orange!
Why are my Japanese maples not this colour?
These are the “full moon” japanese maples,
A fabulous contrast in colours.
This is fothergilla “Blue Mist”, what a lovely colour.
The paperbark maple, or acer griseum.
Look at the bark, it really stands out against this blue glass background.
This crabapple is just loaded with fruit. Love the way it hangs over the berberis.
Again, great colour. Perhaps some planning for next year now, will give me better colour next year.
P.S. Sorry, I got the order of the posts mixed up. After I said in the last post, “it is the last one on the TBG”, I publish this one. This is the last, I swear!