What is with that bizarre title? This was the second to last stop on the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling, it was a private garden. As the bus worked its way through the neighborhood my feeling of dread grew more and more severe, let me explain...in Portland we're currently experiencing a run of older homes being torn down and replaced with huge new construction. A small 2-bedroom, 1-bath (or 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath) is replaced by a 5 bedroom, 3 bath monstrosity that hugs the property lines, towers over the neighbors, and leaves little to no room for a garden. A Toronto version of that tragedy was unfolding all around as we drove to our destination. Moderate sized mid-century modern homes (excellent examples of the style) were interspersed with mock Tuscan villas, Tudor mansions and homes that Donald Trump might consider as a crash pad. My fingers were crossed that we'd stop in front of one of the older homes, rather than one of the new ones.
We stopped next to this. Fortunately, with the construction fence in place, I was pretty sure it was not our destination (I was also happy to see they'd left the trees).
Ahh...this was our garden!
Even more surprising is the fact this too is new construction, but unlike the neighbors these folks didn't need to prove their wealth and value by building a home that could be mistaken for a hotel.
Well, and they're gardeners too of course!
And at least one of them must be an artist? Or maybe they're collectors.
Variegated Lily of the Valley?
Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)?
The rare Twiganthius hyacintho (the Google monster said blue in Latin was hyacintho)
I noticed this on the front porch too, serious railings!
And a great fence/entry gate.
Really I think every gardener in Toronto has a patch of Pulsatilla vulgaris.
It's that weedy Euphorbia that I lust after (but never seem to find except for in other people's gardens!).
Heading back around the opposite side of the house I was thrilled to discover a little desert-ish planted patch next to the driveway - taking advantage of the reflected heat.
Come on little guy, you can make it!
Yep, these people are a treasure.
I hope their neighbors appreciate the wildlife they bring to the neighborhood.
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