Can you ever visit the same garden too many times? Not when they are as clever a garden designer as Marion Jarvie. It is always interesting to see a garden at different seasons, you can pick up so many ideas for keeping a succession of bloom. She opens her garden four weekends a year, April, May, July and September. My last visit was to her garden in May 2009, you can read about it here. I had taken a course with Marion titled “Early Spring Bloomers” back in February, I wanted to see some of the plants that she mentioned in her lecture in real life. But spring is so advanced this year, they had all finished (always next year), but there was certainly lots to see.
Even with not a lot of flowers, there is so much colour here, a lesson for me to learn. Get more coloured foliage into the garden, not just green.
It seems like so much space between the plants, hard to believe it will be cheek to cheek later in the year.
Marion has quite a number of hellebores in the garden, some of which she was selling. I arrived early I thought, shortly after 10, and she was almost sold out at that time!
The long view towards the back of the garden. In the summer, you can hardly see this path.
Japanese maples are so colourful, she has a number of them in her garden, love this orange.
The long view on the opposite side of the garden, look at how much colour, but not a lot flowering, a great lesson.
This statue wasn’t there last year on my visit.
But this one was. Art in the garden really adds another dimension to it, any time of year.
This massive pot is in her front garden, she changes it a number of times during the year.
Out shopping and brought home some yummy plants, just drop them in some pots while you are waiting to plant them, an instant display like this euphorbia and phormium,
same plants, phormium and euphorbia, just another colour scheme.
Marian had hundreds of hellebore in flower but this one caught my eye.
I’m sure you wanted a closer look!
This plant also caught my eye, I know that I have seen it before, but do you think that I can remember the name. I am sure that someone will let me know, at least I hope so!
A well deserved award!
You can get another perspective on Marion’s garden by reading Barry’s post on his visit (and his photographs are a hundred times better then mine, so please visit him).
The next time her garden is open is the weekend of May 29/30 from 10 to 4, rain or shine. The garden is located at 37 Thornheights Road, Thornhill, which is located near Yonge and the 407. Be sure and bring some money, Marion and Alex sell some amazing plants, a lot of which are sourced in Quebec and not commonly available in Ontario.