Friday, 23 June 2017
Tomorrow is Quebec's Fête nationale, formerly known as St-Jean Baptiste Day. When I finish posting this, I'm going to put up our Quebec flag, which, of course, featured the fleur de lys, the blue iris. I do this not because I'm a Quebec nationalist, but because this is where we have chosen to live, and I want to signal that we (and other immigrants) should be included in all fête nationale celebrations.
Saturday, 17 June 2017
But not everybody does. Russian olives were introduced as wind break plantings early in the 20th century, and found conditions right to spread widely. British Columbia is only one jurisdiction that considers it an invasive nuisance. But around here, it's reached the limit of its natural comfort zone, and so grows in a well-behaved manner.
The Japanese maple, which is also beautiful right now, is much harder to grow. I've tried, and in the end decided that I'd thrown away the $75 or so I spent on the small tree, because it simply did not appear when the snow melted the next winter.
But this gardener on The Plateau has succeeded in putting the two trees together wonderfully.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
I've done a little selective transplanting, but never onto to neighbor's property, so it would appear that at the force that through the green fuse drives the flower (to quote Dylan Thomas) has spread these lovely, complicated flowers.
Does this make them "invasive?" Perhaps. If so, what a lovely kind of invasive plant.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
So here are two photos from the trip. One is of L'anse au griffon, and the other of the weirdly amazing concrete figures that Marcel Gagnon has created, coming out of the St. Lawrence at Ste-Flavie.