Visiting Quebec City
August 19, 2013
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Visiting Les Jardins de Chaudiere-Bassin in Quebec. Photo by Niki Jabbour
or the past several days I’ve been visiting gardens in and around Quebec City in Canada as part of the Garden Writers Association annual symposium
. According to this map
, the warmest parts of Quebec are USDA Zone 3. I’m not sure I believe that, as many of the plants I’ve seen in gardens here are further along than in my own USDA Zone 4/5-ish garden. Nevertheless, it is clearly a cold climate and I’m gathering a lot of useful ideas and wonderful inspiration to share with you in the weeks to come. For now, I’ll just say the Quebec is proof positive that you can have a beautiful garden despite bitterly cold winter temperatures and piles of snow.
What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.
in The Complete Gardener pp. 142