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.
If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.
in Northern Exposure