Thursday, 30 June 2011

Annual Garden Tour and Picnic Party Preview

The setting of the Annual North Toronto Garden Party and Potluck Picnic

July is always a great month at North Toronto Hort. Not only is summer in full swing but it's also time for our annual garden tour and picnic party. This year members are invited to visit the historic gardens at Spadina House. There's so much to see at this beautiful property: more than 300 varieties of plants fill the elaborate garden beds. Be sure to watch for the magnificent white oaks, which were growing before Spadina House was even built. There’s also an orchard featuring varieties of apples not readily available today.  Full tour details including maps are available in the July/August newsletter or from membership co-director Andy McCraw.

After the tour, be sure to bring your appetite and some finger foods to the post tour garden party. This year NTHS members Mary Audia and Andy McCraw will be our gracious hosts. Members are in for a real treat. As many of you know, Mary has one of the greenest thumbs at North Toronto Hort.  This is a great chance to see her efforts up close.   Here's a sneak peak at the lovely setting for our garden party.

Admit it.  This is one garden you don't want to miss.  It's always bursting with blooms.

Mark Tuesday July 12th on your calendar for a wonderful afternoon of garden inspiration at Spadina House followed by an evening of food and fun at Mary and Andy's.  We'll see you there.

Happy Gardening.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Daylilies and a Happy Birthday Wish: June Meeting

Happy 93rd Birthday to Kitty Belshaw!

The June Meeting of the North Toronto Horticultural Society was truly extra special.  It was NTHS member Kitty Belshaw's 93rd birthday.  Members sang a rousing "Happy Birthday" before diving into a delicious cake.  Congratulations Kitty and thank you for letting us share your special day with you.

Hardy Daylily Seeds for Sale

Reggie Morgan of Ridley Gardens fascinated members with her presentation on modern daylilies. Reggie has likely inspired a few North Toronto members to try their hand at hybridizing. Perhaps a member of North Toronto will the force behind the next, exciting daylily sensation.

Iris Hazen's irises took the
Best in Show in Horticulture

The June Flower and Design Show was a smaller show than usual as many of our biggest contributors were away but the selections in competition were outstanding nevertheless.

Christine Moore won Best in Show
in Design for her novice class
entry called "Sailing."

A big thank you to all the members who helped make the June Show a success.  The next chance to show off your flowers and designs comes in September.  The Annual Show is North Toronto's biggest show of the year and it is open to the public.  It's a great way to show everyone what North Toronto Hort is all about.

The July Members' Garden Tour and Potluck is fast approaching.  Stay tuned for details and sneak peek photos in the days to come.

Happy Gardening.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

June Meeting: Modern Daylilies

Not Your Average Orange Daylily

June Meeting & Flower Show
Speaker:  Reggie Morgan
Topic: Modern Daylilies
Tuesday June 14th, 2011
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave. East (at Leslie)
Everyone Welcome!

Reggie Morgan and her husband John are daylily hybridizers and the owners of Ridley Gardens (219 Ridley Blvd.) in Toronto. You can always find a unique daylily at Ridley Gardens and Reggie and John are more than happy to dig up or divide a plant on the spot to send home with you. In recent years there have been impressive improvements in daylily introductions, namely in bud count, branching, rebloom, "fancy faces" and Northern hardiness. Tips for hybridizing, harvesting and growing daylily seeds will be covered in Reggie's presentation. She will also bring along a good selection of Northern hardy daylily seeds and a few potted daylily plants for sale!  Don't miss this chance to add a stunning new daylily to your garden.

North Toronto members were thrilled with the
outstanding collection of daylilies on offer at
Ridley Gardens.  It was a stop on the
2010 Members' Garden Tour.

Flower and Design Show Reminder:

North Toronto Hort is counting on all members to help make the June Flower and Design show a huge success.  Some of our biggest show contributors will be away for this meeting which means we could be facing fewer entries than usual. But all is not lost! Especially if all our members make even a small contribution. Take a look and you'll see that you have potentially prize-winning blooms growing right in your own backyard.

Cut specimen categories include:  allium, aquilegia, clematis and dianthus. It's peak season for peonies: we want to see your single, semi-double and fully double flowers. Attention rose gardeners: bring in your hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, miniatures and climbers. There are also five design categories to get creative in. For the full list of categories check your 2011 Show Guide.

Share your blooms with the rest of North Toronto Hort.

See you all at the June meeting.  Until then, happy gardening!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Dazzling Designs

The May 31st Parallel Design Workshop taught by North Toronto's own Pat Ware was a huge success. Check out the dazzling designs created by the workshop participants. Click on any image to see a larger version.

A parallel design is an arrangement that emphasizes parallel lines created out of the plant material contained within the design itself. The theme for this particular design was "A Walk in the Woods."  This will be a category in the June Flower and Design Show. North Toronto hopes the workshop participants enter the June Show so that all our members can see their fabulous creations up close.

Congratulations to all the participants.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Blooming Right Now

North Toronto member Bonnie Ford wanted to share these beautiful images from her garden with the club. Bonnie writes:

"I thought I would send you a couple of photos of my tree peony presently in bloom.  The flowers and buds are gigantic!  I won it in the monthly raffle at the garden club.  It was just a baby.  As you can see it is growing and thriving.  I wonder who donated it for the raffle?  I would love to see what is growing in other members' gardens too."

Don't be shy.  Please share what's growing in your garden by sending a photo and few words to our email address.  A special thanks to Bonnie for being the first guest contributor to the blog.

Happy Gardening!