After a time the years all start to run together, and so when I sat down to put this post together, I struggled to remember back to the beginning of the gardening season.
That's one great thing about keeping a blog: you can look back and be reminded.
January and February
We Canadian gardeners learn to be a patient lot. Spring always comes...eventually.
You know winter is almost over when it's time for Canada Blooms; the big garden show in downtown Toronto. This display of poppies was my personal choice for 'Best in Show'.
In April I made plant markers to identify all my seedlings and enjoyed the first signs of spring in the garden.
The garden really starts to come into its own in May. My lilacs have underperformed in recent years, but this spring they made up for it and the branches were covered with flowers.
French Hybrid Lilac 'Paul Tririon' on the left and a common lilac on the right.
Manchurian Lilac 'Miss Kim'
Though I crush the woody stems with a hammer, lilacs never last long enough in a vase.
June is the month where my peonies and roses are at their best, but there are also lots of other flowers in bloom.
Gas Plant, Dictamnus albus, Salvia 'Caradonna' and a common spirea in the background.
Gas Plant, Dictamnus albus
Self-seeded Columbine growing in front of the white picket fence.
Self-seeded Rocket, Hesperis matronalis with a pink Beauty Bush in the distance.
More of the 2013 gardening year in review in the next post.