Do you become absolutely insufferable through the last dregs of winter? Do you cry, bitch, and moan that spring will never come and you will not make it out alive, not this time? Well then you and I are in the same boat my friend, and this post is for you.
Last April I spoke at the Drawn and Quarterly bookstore in Montreal to promote my book, Grow Great Grub. While there, I took the opportunity to visit my favourite botanical garden, the Montreal Botanical Gardens. If you’d like to see images of the gardens and greenhouse at different times of the year, I have an archive of images from past trips. You can not visit Montreal without visiting the garden!
Magnolia trees in bloom. Enough said.
I love the way the hardy sedum trails over the hard edges of the concrete border, and the little muscari flowers that are popping up within it.
Grecian Thistle (Ptilostemon afer). My love for thistles is expanding.
Fritillaria persica. This is a flowering bulb that I really want in my garden. The bulbs are not cheap to buy so we passed this year. Someday.
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum). The first time I saw these in person was only two springs ago on a speaking trip to Pennsylvania. Since then I have seen them on several occasions. I even bought some in a bag of foraged greens from a market stand while in Montreal, but I had a hard time convincing myself they were okay to eat. I really don’t even want to eat them. They’re too pretty and special to sacrifice for that purpose.
Two types of pasque flower (Pulsatilla), a spring favourite.
These tulips smelled like cardamom! The variety is called ‘Akebono’. Worth growing for that, don’t you think? Although, if I were in a warmer climate I would just grow cardamom and call it a day.