Earlier today, I took my morning walk around our country property, to see what’s growing. Amazingly, my “sugar snap peas” look like they will be ready to eat by Wednesday! I can’t recall another year when these peas were so far along at the end of June. My “star-gazer lilies” and daisies are just waiting to open and I can’t wait for this to happen. Many people don’t understand how I can get so excited about gardening, but my new friends in the Bowmanville Horticulture Club can!
Yesterday, on Father’s Day, I remembered how as a young girl, family friends and relatives used to say, “Jane, you’re just like your Dad.” This was something that no young girl wanted to hear as she looked at her attractive mother and then at their Dad. (Was I going to have Dad’s bushy eyebrows??) The truth is, the older I get, I realize that many of the passions in my life come from my late father…..my love of gardens and gardening and photography. My Dad gave me a little Kodak Brownie camera when I turned 10 years old. My Dad grew the most beautiful Peace roses and sweet peas in Thunder Bay when I was growing up. I am trying to grow sweet peas this year but long ago gave up on roses! But to this day, when I see the beginning of a magnificent sunset, I grab the camera, jump in the car and take the 6 minute drive over to Bond Headparkette on Lake Ontario, and try to capture it’s beauty before it fades.
This Wednesday should provide (weather permitting) many photographic opportunities as I am going on the annual Bowmanville Horticulture Club’s garden bus tour. The highlight of the trip is our final stop at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. I’ll share some of the photos that I take on this blog later in the week.