Had a little break in between programs and took these photos…sigh. How I love this time of the year. The garden provides a rich source of inspiration, the shapes, the colours, the intricacies…
And after this long hiatus of feeling uninspired and uncreative due to life stuff, I am pleased as punch (throwback to the Scatterbrain Booky series I loved as a kid) to say that I’ve been rejuvenated by the season, the sights seen by the long and winding daily bike rides, my friends and the various people I have the pleasure of meeting through work, chance encounters, and just about everything.
Also a “perennial” favourite. It’s not perennial but sure feels like it with its amazing self seeding properties!
Oh amaranth, how I love thee in its various forms (i.e. Asian varieties, Callaloo in the West Indies etc.). It grows amazingly well in Ontario! But it is not a major crop (although definitely is hugely popular in many Toronto communities).
Marigolds are called souci du jardin in French, which directly translated means “worries of the garden”. They are often grown to keep garden pests away but also used in religious ceremonies and medicinally.
I love the “veins” of the plant. And it’s tasty.
Purple shiso gone to seed.
Calendula is a fantastic plant to have around because it self seeds like crazy, you often can see it’s various stages of life at the same time, and also there always blossoms for the whole duration of the growing season, hence its name, coming from the latin word for calendar!
You can make a lovely herbal tea with this variety. And the stalks grow so tall, over 6 feet!
The paper thinness of the seeds are beautiful in their delicate appearance. Orach, aka wild mountain spinach, is one of the earliest plants in production in the spring and comes in a wide variety of colours. So prolific!
The layout of the petals are absolutely to die for!
I do not know how people can just walk by and resist jumping in the giant piles of leaves that are scattered everywhere (often gathered by city workers). I am like a cat with no impulse control when it sees a laser pointer or little furry mouse. I cannot help but jump feet first.