Indian Summer Crabapple
Late last summer, we visited Rideau Woodland Ramble Nursery in Merrickville, Ontario and I thought I would share the stroll we took that day through the display gardens and down the shaded woodland path.
The cool shade of the tall pine and evergreen furs was more than welcome on that hot, humid afternoon. I loved the way that the "garden" perennials blended into the mix of native plants already found in the natural landscape.
Different varieties of grasses were grouped beautifully in a garden beds. The spare inclusion of a Japanese ornament here and there were a great compliment to these minimal, all green displays.
There were also flowers, even as late in the season as our visit was. Isn't the toad lily (tricyrtis) below exquisite?
Toad lilies like shade and rich, moist soil and so I have had difficulty getting them established in my dry, Southern Ontario garden.
I find that I only see dragonflies here in late summer in Ontario. I wonder why that is?
Sedum Stonecrop (Angelina rupestre)
I thought that this flower was kind of interesting and unusual. It is Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) and it also likes moist soil.
Some bugs were busy! Poor little Brown-eyed Susan!