There’s no reason for name calling! Truth is, for we Canadians, this was our Thanksgiving weekend, and as such today [Monday'] is pretty much a stat holiday – few and far between are your chances of finding any retail establishments of interest open. M and I decided to tour the countryside, and happened to notice an OPEN sign at Ayr Country Gardens, a wonderful garden centre I’d never stumbled upon before now!
It didn’t take long to spot this solitary Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Matthaei Broom’ in a display at the front of the store. No questions asked, it was bound for Fergus! Those familiar with this delightful specimen know that it originated as a ‘witches broom’ on the species M. glyptostroboides, and is usually sold grafted onto a trunk. It maintains relatively the same shape and habit as the species, but in most cases, owners comment on the exceedingly long and soft ‘needles’ that Matthaei Broom exhibits. I can definitely attest that its ‘needles’ are long, soft and feathery! [Barry, stop fondling it for the love of God!]
The owner came out and acknowledged us and let us know that there was more nursery stock ‘in the back.’ I was pleasantly surprised to find row after row of what can best be described as ‘rare and choice’ nursery stock. There was a decent selection of Acer palmatum species, a couple of Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’, [Restrain me M, you know I have a weakness for them!] and then I spotted this adorable charmer:
Larix kaempferi ‘Nana’ also known as the ‘dwarf Japanese Larch’ is everything that it’s name touts and more! Growing 40-45cm in height, it is a wonderfully globose shaped member of a favourite genus, with smashing blue grey green foliage and a tight slow growing habit, making it a perfect accent point!
Did I mention that both were 25% off, and I got both for $165! De-bloody-lightful! I am going to do away with the ever so ‘been there done that’ Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ and extend the existing front garden, in an effort to eradicate more lawn in 2012! Do you think anyone will notice? And how was your Thanksgiving?
Here are a few pictures from our walk in the woods: