Day one over and I have already been blown away, sighting so many amazing plants; some known and others an intriguing mystery. But I thought I’d start off with something familiar.
We saw three colours of bougainvillea today: pink, apricot, and white. Who knows what we will see tomorrow.
I made my first visit to the Montreal Botanical Gardens about nine years ago. It was early August and the lotus flowers in both the Japanese Garden and the Chinese Garden were in bloom.
Two close friends had died the year before, just days after my birthday. We went to Montreal to get as far away as we could from the place we had seen them last. That trip did a lot to boost my spirits, but it was probably the lotus that made the biggest impression.
For nine years I pined for a return visit during the month of August to experience them in bloom again. This year it finally happened.
Unfortunately, I was only able to bring my digital camera with me. The day was unbearably hot and I was unable to lug a big camera bag around due to a shoulder injury. I’m happy with the digital shots, but of course, as a film lover, I can’t help feeling remorse about the photos I didn’t get to take. After all, it could be another 10 years before I see lotus in bloom again!
I’ve put together a limited edition printing of Lotus in Bloom notecards. There are five photos in the set. However, just a warning that we are going on a big trip during the month of December so I will be shutting down the online shop in about a week’s time.
I’m putting together a larger post that will go up later today, but here’s a preview of the lotus I saw at the Montreal Botanical Gardens back in August.
Unfortunately, I did not record the name of this particular plant when I took its picture. Beautiful foliage, don’t you think?
I bought this strange, vining succulent, Ceropegia linearis ssp woodii, back in August at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.
I’ll have to take some pictures of the leaves as well — they are interesting in their own right. The plant has suffered a bit of legginess over the past few months as I’ve grown accustomed to its light and water needs, but I think it’s in the right spot now. I think the watering issues I’ve been having are on account of the undersized pot it came in. I am not looking forward to the balancing act required to repot this gnarly thing. It’s a disaster in the making.
Despite a rocky start, it has been flowering regularly since I brought it home, and has even produced seeds! I’m curious to see if anything will come of them.