Visiting the Historic Garden in Annapolis Royal (Nova Scotia) was one of the best experiences of the trip, for me. For Tim, not so much. He took a nap in the car, hit by the cold that plagued our trip.
Strong winds sighed in the trees at the gardens, blowing warm and humid. The locals said it was quite unusual. The scent of lilac drifted everywhere. A variety of gardens delighted and informed.
The roses were not yet in bloom, but the peonies made up for that.
This wire sculpture, named Fern Dancer, added a whimsical touch. I loved this garden and would enjoy returning for more exploration of it, and of the town of Annapolis Royal.
And if I do, I'd love to stay in this Bed and Breakfast - the Queen Anne Inn. Doesn't it look charming? Next time.
This first week back home included a visit to another garden - our local Butchart Gardens, with the trio above.
Sweet peas and roses, begonias and geraniums - there was much to delight.
The Little Miss and I rode on the carousel together while my DIL manned the camera. Round and round we went, up and down, down and up.
I was very surprised when, passing by the blue poppies, my DIL said she knew the Latin name. She used to work at the gardens. I asked her if she knew the Latin for all the flowers there, but she said that this blue poppy is the only one all employees need to know. The Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) was brought to the gardens by Jenny Butchart in the 1920s and is quite special to the gardens.
Two gardens a continent apart. Unique. Beautiful.
Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith of Lavender Cottage Gardening.