…and along with the warmer temperatures and warbling birdies there’s a crop of new releases springing up…like this one from our very own Lorna. So excited to get started on As Love Blooms. Excited for you to as well…so here’s a chance to win a copy:
Every time you leave a comment during the next two weeks, you will be entered to win a copy of As Love Blooms. The name will be drawn by Random.org on Saturday at midnight, central time, and the winner’s name will then be posted on our blog on Sunday. (Continental U.S. residents only.)
So, in honor of Lorna’s spring bundle of joy we’re hosting garden tours in our neighbourhoods. But before we get started — just remember it’s been wretchedly cold up here and our spring season has been slow to start. Mostly I’m just thrilled to see green instead of white covering the ground.
Here’s a sampling of what’s finally starting to come up in my garden.
Here’s my gardening bud, Oreo. He lives a few houses down but likes to trot over to make sure I’m doing the job right. He has the softest fur ever and the biggest purr to go with it. When he stops by I do more kitty petting than weeding. And he doesn’t pose for pictures. Who knew cats don’t look at the camera on cue the way a dog does?!
So come on a walk with me. I want to show you a beautiful heritage garden in my ‘hood. It’s just down the block and along this lovely footpath a way. This used to be a cable car track. Back in the day, my area was cottage country and farmland and the city folk would take the trolley out to the beach to escape the summer heat. Now urban sprawl has swallowed up the countryside and we’re considered part of the downtown core. But this lovely treed path makes it feel like I’m walking in the country. And it leads us right to Maplelawn Garden.
Over a hundred years ago this was the home of a well-to-do farmer. Now it’s a heritage building that has served many purposes over the years. Right now it’s a restaurant with a whole lot of private meeting rooms great for weddings and other special occasions. But it reminds me of The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.
In Burton’s story the little house starts out in country but the city gradually encroaches nearly suffocating her in skyskrapers and busy roads. Maplelawn is now hemmed in my towering office buildings and condos and the road on the other side of its stone wall is teeming with cars and trucks and buses.
The garden is run by volunteers but even they couldn’t encourage flowers to bloom after the cold winter and spring we’ve had. Usually the beds are a riot of colour but right now it’s the stalwart tulips and daffodils bringing cheery colour to the garden….and a sprinkling of periwinkle.
The garden is pretty big for an urban setting.
My favourite spaces in the Maplelawn garden are little nooks like this one with pretty benches. The perfect place to read…or write, don’t you think?
Mind you don’t forget about the giveaway. Leave a comment to get into the draw.