It’s always amazing to us how summer suddenly arrives in Quebec after a fairly short and concentrated spring. Certainly it is here today and we have been labouring outside trying to get a head start on things.
Dandelion flowers needed strimming off before they can set seed (how I love doing that – nasty little plants), J has been setting out canna lilies that have overwintered, the vegetable bed needed weeding and watering, special fertilisers applied to the blackcurrant bushes and the sour cherry tree and just generally lots of gentle pottering about.
What passes for a lawn here is looking really nice at the moment. Purple ajuga has spread into it from the flower borders in recent years and does mightily well – at the moment it is putting up its purple flower spikes which go well with the self-set forget-me-nots that are also all over the place. Once they have flowered they will be cut back to normal lawn height but at the moment the purple and blue drifts of colour are very appealing indeed.
Planting the canna lily pots
Beyond the rose arch is the new vegetable garden