I wish I knew the answer to that question. Living here in Niagara Falls, NY, it is 80 miles driving and about 1 hour and 26 minutes to Toronto. They are North and a slight bit West of us around a very big lake. Boat across and it is a bit over 30 miles across Lake Ontario. We share much of the same weather benefiting from the Great Lakes being that close. The Fling is a long time off, but to get an idea what the attendees might see, let’s look at my garden and why it is a good indicator of bloom times.
I know the 2015 Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling is not my concern being in a different country, but it is so darn close to me, so I thought to post what happens in my garden June 5-7 each year, and give you an idea of what blooms – even one week later. This time of year is always a surprise.
The above gallery is the garden June 5, 2011. Lilacs are in bloom, and creeping phlox is at prime – usually though, blooming mid-May.
The Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling is scheduled for June 5-7, 2015 which is rather early in the season. We do have a wonderful spring most years with much in bloom, yet it is always a flip of the coin on what part weather plays. Let’s see how my garden fared in the last four years as a comparison. Allium is in both the front and back gardens. Just one week later… Allium fizzles yet…
The above gallery is June 12, 2011. Quite a difference in a short week.
I rarely walk to Canada to see the flowers this early in the season because June 29, 2011, I went over and they were just beginning to install the annuals. See them planting here.
At the end of May 2015, I will check what Niagara Falls Parks has planted. Pretty images in the link, but funny story at the end with a snippy Canadian parks worker, worth clicking to see my other blog, Green Apples. It is a blog I stopped posting to, but currently it gets over 100 views a day on posts like this one, so I keep it live.
Granted, 2011 was a slow starting year, just look at my garden above. I even asked Park workers why so late? They told me it was partly due to weather and partly due to budget constraints. So I guess those factors will play into 2015 planting too.
Do I know if these places are on the Toronto Fling schedule?
No, but I bet the Fling committee has worked out the schedule with them, weather permitting if the group ventures to the Falls. The Horticulture School (7 miles from me) is down our way as is Niagara on the Lake another nice place to visit, along with the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservancy. Maybe these places could be visited. See why I mentioned this?
In our area, it is recommended to wait until after Memorial Day for planting tender plants due to a possible late frost. We have had frosts that late before. This is why I was surprised the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling was scheduled so early. Many in our area plant annuals and early June they are barely much to see unless massed excessively as carpet bedding plants, like Niagara Falls Parks. They have a Floral Clock too that works! I would think the Fling committee would schedule seeing the clock, because next to the Falls, it is a huge attraction for visitors. Of course, the organizers may keep the Fling attendees away from all the tourist traps, but they do flowers well in Canada. Also, the clock would be over an hour away from downtown Toronto.
Let’s keep looking at my garden for yearly comparison since home gardens if on the schedule, will likely have plants similar to what I have for bloom times.
This gallery is the front garden June 5-7, 2012. Where there was barely more than Allium in 2011 during the 5th to the 7th, you can see a host of blooming perennials in 2012 in the front and side gardens.
But the back gardens…Past peony time yet daylilies have arrived. You can see a big difference in the back garden as the iris is done and the Asiatic lilies are ready to pop. No creeping phlox either, June 5-7, 2012. But roses are flush.
What you will see is a lot of plants from bulbs. You might see Allium, iris, viburnum, peonies, creeping phlox, and Salvia. Then again, depending on weather, you might not as shown from 2011-2012. Let’s keep going…
I did not have many photos taken in this time frame in 2013, but you can see peonies and iris were in bloom by the 6th.
Peonies are yet to open on the 5th, but creeping phlox and lilacs are past prime, iris are blooming, and lots of sage. This is a good time to show the next week too where the garden was much more in bloom. I have no images of June 14th, but here are photos from the 12th to the 16th.
Only next year’s weather will tell what will be blooming, but you can see at least some pretty blooms will greet Flingers. The 2015 winter and spring weather will keep us guessing though. Get your passports ready! Toronto is a fun place to visit.