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Lilactree Farm

It is such a small world (in a way) in the blogging and gardening community. Because of Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening reviewing Brian Bixleys book last year,  I got a chance to see his garden for the first time. And it was well worth it.

Brian loves spring, and is trying to educate gardeners, how many plants there are that flower early. Most gardens, when they open to the public, open later, usually mid to late May, but Brian opens Lilactree Farm a couple of times earlier then that, and when I visited last year on April 24th, I picked up lots of valuable ideas. This year, I visited on May 6th, and all the early spring bulbs that I had lusted after were finished for the year, but my heart filled with other lusts. And I want to show you a few.

Anemone nemerosa is new to me. I certainly grow a few (ok, quite a few) varieties of the fall anemone, and I love the amemone coronarias that we sell at the flower shop, anemone blanda, is another of my favs, but I have not paid to much attention to the spring ephemerals. There is certainly quite a few, but nemerosa, is such a gorgeous one. Coming in white, soft blues and pinks, it is certainly easy to place anywhere in your garden.

 I do not know the name of this one,

 but this is Pallida, a very soft yellow.

Brian did tell me the name of this very tiny trillium, but my head was spinning by this point and I do not remember, isn’t it sweet.

My one cimicifuga looks pretty lonely now, this is the way to plant them.

Wish I knew the name of this yellow magnolia, it is gorgeous.

The nice thing about the yellows, other than the obvious, (the colour), is they are later flowering. So they usually avoid the frosts.

I have some Virginia bluebells in my garden, but I think I need more. Perhaps I shall transfer some fo them to my berm, and hope, one day, I will have a show like this.

Speaking of blue, is there anything like a gentian.

One of the only perennials that was at Kilbourne Grove when I bought it, was a primula veris in the grass.

 I carefully dug it up, and transferred it to my garden, and it has been divided many times by now. After seeing this, perhaps I should transfer him back to the lawn.

I do not know how I missed this piece of garden art on my last visit, just a reminder always look up, instead of just down, you never know what you might see.


Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’

I remember when finding this plant was like finding the Holy Grail. You should see the number of them here, mind-boggling.

Now, one of the best parts, the species peonies. I have a weakness for peonies, my grandmother always used to tie the first blooms to my birthday present. The species are not only gorgeous in flower, but the leaves are amazing. He has a large number of varieties, including mlokosewitschii, veitchii, tenuifolia,  and those are just the tags I could see.

 Unfortunately (for you), they are not in flower yet, but I am going back for a visit on May 20th, so you might get lucky, depending on Mother Natures mood.  Fingers crossed…

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A Day Out with the Fabulous Mr. T

See what happens to me when I meet a man for the first time.

Straight, gay, it doesn’t matter, they fall to the ground in amazement at my beauty, lol.

Barry, aka Teza, and I finally met for the first time. Despite all my enticements, and finding a huge bed for us to share, the man did everything he could to resist me. But on Friday, it finally happened, out eyes met and we stared in longing, then stated bitchslapping each other, I want that plant, no its mine. Tee hee,  there was a lot of that going on.

I was super excited when I drove from Owen Sound to meet Teza. He was one of the first Canadian garden bloggers to welcome me to the world, and was highly influential on me joining Blotanical. When he first left a comment on my blog, I had only been blogging for 3 months, and was flabberghasted when he left a comment. One smart ass comment, lead to another, led to e-mailing, and joining up on his seminar.  But with a 1 and a half hour distance, and limited time on the weekends, it was not until this year that we were able to meet.

I was quite surprised when I finally got to see his kids. I know he has mentioned that he has a very small space to garden in, but even  looking at his photos, I didn’t quite realize just how small.

 It is stuffed full of goodness, and I made a few high pitched squeals myself.

Larix decidua 'Horstmann's Recurva'

Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke'

Acer campestre 'Carnival'

And was tempted to grab a shovel when his back was turned. After very generously gifting me with two fabulous Arisaemas and a fern leaf peony, OMG, we put the pedal to the metal and headed to Lost Horizons.

I had only visited once, and it was years ago, so I was really looking forward to seeing the display gardens again, and especially with such a knowledgeable guide.

 Teza has worked here in the past, so any obscure plant that I wanted to know what it was, he was able to provide the info, (or maybe he made it up, I certainly wouldn’t know, lol). With a lot of bending over, (little did I know that I would see photos of that on his blog), and grunting and groaning, (yoga, don’t fail me know),

Veratrum nigrum

Darn it, I can’t remember which anemone this is right now, but I know I must have it.

I took a huge number of photos of plants that I just have to have. (I am shaking my head as I type this, my good intentions with Kilbourne Grove, my forever garden, of not having a huge collection of one ofs, but drifts instead, is seriously falling by the wayside).

Milium effusum 'Aureum'

And look, what a brilliant idea. I am going to plant Bowles golden grass under my Redbud, Cercis canadensis, you know I am loving chartreuse and fuschia right now.

I also love this, look at the rhythm provided by these columnar yews, want these as well.

A new part to Lost Horizons, at least to me, is the knot and formal garden.

Love the Beech topiaries

 This was certainly an area to inspire me, love the knot,

 and look at this avenue. Could it be a Lime Walk? It is certainly Tilias, and look his is pleaching them as well.

His way looks a lot easier then mine, perhaps I went a bit to far with the poles and the wire.

Although I had a list of the woody plants that I am trying to restrict myself to, with such an enabler, a few more fell into my garden cart. I managed to restrict myself to spring or fall bloomers, deciding there is no point in purchasing plants that would bloom while I am in Barbados, although Molly the Witch, Paeonia mlokosewitschii did give me a bit of a tussle. I certainly tried to limit myself, (Ian will be happy), as I know I will be attending the ORGS on May 6th and will be heading off to Kingston, the middle of May, where another garden enabler will be no doubt be encouraging me to buy, buy, buy.

We loaded up the car, and I was struck by how ‘girly’ my purchases looked next to Tezas



 That surprised me as I don’t consider myself having girly taste. But maybe I do. What do you think?

After a lovely lunch (thanks again for buying Teza), we visited Little Tree, employer of the fabulous Mr. T. I hope they appreciate what a treasure they have, every where I looked I could see signs of how he wants to make this garden centre into a destination spot. Cornus Venus, Cornus  ‘Wolf Eyes’, a gorgeous yellow magnolia that I forgot the variety of , Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’ and Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’ or more commonly known as  ‘Floating Cloud’, all plants that I soooo want in my garden, and was very, very tempted to purchase, (still am, I could be back there in an hour)!  But, somehow, I restrained myself, thinking of lovely Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ waiting for me in the back seat of my car. 

I don’t need anything more, do I?

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