WALATing on Canda Day (photo heavy)
Today is a holiday here - of course every day is a holiday here now that Randy has retired :- ) After a walk around the front garden after lunch, we visited a historic home property that we'd never been to before in a neighbouring town. The house wasn't open today but the grounds were. We got rained out so didn't get to see it all. We'll definitely go back. The gardens weren't extensive - unless there were more in the part we didn't get to... - but it was a very pleasant spot on the lake. The property is maintained by the town so I didn't expect there to be much in the way of an elaborate garden. Here are pictures...
Some shots from our garden first:
Vyvyan Pennell is fading fast and will soon be a puddle of purple on the ground!
Hot Cocoa nearby clashes with Vyvyan dreadfully! One of these years I'm gonna yank this rose....
The x durandi clematis is finally starting to look good on the BDC and angel rose combination - but the roses are fading fast so the timing is off for the three of them to make a nice show together :-( The clematis is a darker blue than it turned out in this picture:
This is part of the base of the iron arbour, on the garage side of the arbour. I fear that the honeysuckle is the dreaded Hall's honeysuckle... We started the honeysuckle a few years ago from a cutting we took off a nice-looking one on a street in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I gather here Hall's is not the fearsome thing it is furhter south though.
The shrubs (Viburnum opulus and various hydrangeas and a holly) along the garage wall have become climbing frames for clematis - it's all gb's fault!
The plantings in the new bed are starting to fill in now. The main bed is looking a bit plain in the background - it is currently dominated by Brookside blue geraniums sprawling over everything! The blue doesn't show up well in the pictures. We dug out a lot of the daisies last year and I think we took out too many. The coneflowers are ready to bloom in a few days but there's a lull on at the moment - likely because of the cool temperatures.
Moving on to the estate on the lake....
The front entrance:
There was a nice terrace off to the right with a wonderful view of the lake.
Looking back at the house from the lake, the terrace isn't visible in this view (it's behind the trees on the left)
That smooth green lawn is neatly clipped by the resident geese!
I thought of Chelone and the discussion about paths when we walked in the woods. The path was wide. The surface was fairly coarse bark so it was a bit heavy going for me but walkable.
Aside from a bit of rain in late afternoon, it was a very nice day here.