Saturday, May 30, 2009
Saskatoon Garden Interlude
I'm out of my usual northern habitat for a little while, so decided to check out gardens away from home. The city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is south of La Ronge (just over four hours by road). The trees here are leafed out and the perennials are definitely a few weeks ahead of those in La Ronge. Tulips are in full bloom here, while my northern-dwelling tulips have yet to show their buds!
Googling "botanical gardens" in Saskatoon gave me the idea to visit the Saskatoon Forestry Farm. Unless I was missing something, I found only two small gardens: the Robin Smith Meditation Garden and the Heritage Rose Garden.
A patch of Fritillaria meleagris in the Meditation Garden:
Both gardens are apparently maintained by the Saskatchewan Perennial Society, though it appears the volunteers have not been in the gardens as of yet. Of course, many perennials are just starting to grow and only early-blooming perennials are showing their colors.
A dwarf iris about 6-8 inches tall, perhaps an Iris pumila:
A variegated leaf, pink-flowered Pulmonaria rubra "David Ward". This is an uncommon perennial and a pleasure to see:
The gardens were followed by a trip to Dutch Growers garden center extra-ordinare (did you know you can buy fancy underwear here too?), where I appreciated this lovely flower, Meconopsis (the Himalayan Blue Poppy). It is beautiful to behold and lovely in gardens of UK and North American west coast dwellers. However, has anyone actually made this plant thrive on the prairies? I think garden centers just offer this flower to tempt us, knowing that the beauty of the plant will exceed our better judgement and ultimately lead to horticultural heartbreak.