Wednesday, March 10, 2010

On the weekend I drove out to The Niagara Parks botanical gardens to see if there was anything of interest in early March and I was surprised by the variety of plants still in leaf after a cold winter. The bamboo (phyllostachys) is still mostly green.
A beautiful Ilex (not sure which one) is just one of many in the garden. (Click on pictures for a better look.)

This Daphne didn't seem to have suffered in the winter.

A beautiful Pieris looks like it's ready to start blooming.

This Viburnum rhytidophyllum is how my little plant might look one day.
I checked on the Monkey Puzzle tree in Niagara on the Lake and it seems to be doing fine.

This gorgeous Magnolia grandiflora (I presume Edith Bogue) is one of two growing in front of a house in Niagara on the Lake.


  1. Pictures are great, I hope to visit Coles in the next few weeks. Please let me know when you have everything in stock.

  2. I am most impressed by the Araucaria, though I remember having read that if the roots are protected from rotting in the winter, Zone 6 is going to be quite OK. We have some in Hungary, but the climate might be too dry for it in the summer half year.

    If it is not a privacy issue, can I ask you in which street you saw the Magnolia in Niagara on the Lake? I would love to see it in the summer.

    Do you know of any evergreen Magnolia virginiana in our neighborhood (between Toronto and St Catherines)?

  3. The Magnolia grandiflora are on McNab Rd. If you are travelling on Lakeshore east bound from St. Catharines, turn left on McNab and you'll see them on the left hand side about half way down. They are easily visible from the street. I have seen several large Magnolia virginiana in Niagara, but in private gardens not visible from the street. One is photographed in an earlier post.