An Elevated Toronto Garden
OK then, let’s visit another of the gardens included in the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling. This one was located on a bluff near Lake Ontario, northeast of downtown.
Arriving in the front garden, the first thing I noticed were the lovely clumps of Iris.
The second thing I noticed was that this was an entire lawn of thyme. I loved the soft-looking mounds of tiny leaves. I wanted to roll on the thyme just to see how it felt and smelled, but I restrained myself since I don’t want to be barred from future Flings.
Going around to the back garden, I was struck by a Baptisia with bright yellow flowers – maybe ‘Carolina Moonlight’? An exciting plant, in any case, and so upright!
Clearly the gardener here has a soft spot for the fuzzy purple flowers of Thalictrum.
I liked this metal hummingbird. Wouldn’t The Metal Hummingbirds be a good name for a band? Even better: The Iron Hummingbirds.
When you come into the back garden you are actually in a sort of elevated terrace overlooking a steep slope and a lower garden. I’m generally not fond of weeping trees (just grow up, I want to tell them), but that weeping purple beech has a certain charisma.
Sadly the poppies were not quite ready to bloom. This one looks like it is peeking to see if the coast is clear.
Pulling back a little from the edge of the garden, you can see that Salvias are a go-to plant here.
I like this creeping thyme creeping between and onto stepping stones.
Here’s a view of the lower garden, a small grass lawn surrounded by native shrubs and trees.
Plantings on the slope utilized lots of Hardy Geranium, among other low-growing and ground-covering plants.
To reach the lower garden you use this terraced path. We wondered how they got the lawn mower up and down.
If you’re yearning for those sweet days of June – fear not. I still have plenty of Toronto gardens to show you from the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling.