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A quick glance back at the 2014 season

The 2015 garden season is now underway. We are very glad to see the back end of 2014, an anus horribilis as the Queen might say. We were badly hit by the ice storm and were without power for a week. The weight of the ice caused a massive amount of damage to trees and shrubs in the garden and nursery. Even large trees came down causing damage to several growing houses. We took over eighty truckloads of debris from around the house and nursery and there is still much to be done. Clients also had damage so it was a very busy season just trying to stay on top of it all. Gardens that had been shade gardens were then sun gardens and needed to be replanted. Even in the nursery shade areas under fallen willows was gone and plants needed to be reorganized and even in December we were rebuilding houses in the last dash down to the wire before the cold set in. Despite this, with a lot of effort from staff the nursery ended up in good shape and sales were up for the year so we are optimistic about this spring.

As usual there are several hundred new plants in our catalogue. These range from rare hardy orchids, exciting new grasses, the latest perennial hybrids, and some old garden favourites returning.

If you are interested in spending this season working in close proximity to interesting and exotic plants, and the people who care about them, why not consider working at Lost Horizons this season? We are currently taking applications! Please give us a call at (519) 853-3085.

We’re now open for the season

We’re now open for the season

 Welcome to the 2015 garden season!

Hellebores are happily in bloom at the nursery and in our display gardens. The botanical name is “Helleborus”, but many of you will know this delightful spring beauty as “Lenten Rose”. We have 40 different varieties of Helleborus to choose from, and now is a good time to visit and expand your collection while they are still in bloom.

This very cold and late spring has delayed growth on many of our new arrivals, so not all of the 2015 stock listed in the catalogue are available or ready for sale yet. Still, those hellebores…

helleborus

Dictamnus albus Rosea

Dictamnus albus Rosea

This is wonderful old garden standard that is seldom available. It is commonly known as gas plant for the fact that a match near the bloom results in a quick flame. The statuesque spikes boast large white flowers that are heavily striped with dark crimson, and the whole plants have an intriguing citrus like scent. It can live up to fifty years so plant it somewhere where it will not be disturbed.

Corydalis nobilis

Corydalis nobilis

Another spring ephemeral that really does have a noble spirit. Bold clumps of luscious blue-green foliage are topped with showy, heavy sprays of tubular yellow blooms with a purplish-brown spot at the tip. It is so large and showy that people find it hard to believe that in a couple of weeks it is gone till next spring. Native to Siberia it probably was quite happy with the past winter.

Anemone nemerosa Blue Bonnet

Anemone nemerosa Blue Bonnet

A charming spring ephemeral that blooms early and then it disappears. It is not a bulb but grows from a tangled mass of woody roots. It creates a compact mat topped by exquisite, rich blue blooms that that are a welcome sign of spring. One of the most endearing aspects of a perennial garden is the constant change and spring ephemerals are a welcome addition. They put on a show and then quickly disappear to let the next entrant become the life of the party.