Jardin Botanique

The Jardin botanique de Montreal is reported to be the third largest botanical garden in the world. The middle of November, however, may not be the best time to visit. But there I was, so I couldn’t miss it.A very light dusting of snow on the grounds could not daunt these well-named Arctic daisies, Arctanthemum arcticum, Chrysantheme arctique.The First Nations Garden, Le Jardin des Premieres-Nations. Yet another name for this section might well be “local hardwood forest and the people who knew how to walk there.”Another cold bloomer: Azure monkshood, Acontium carmichaelii, Aconit de carmichael. Not native to the First Nations, but welcome on a cold day.These cherry-red and -sized crab apples were in the Pommetiers section of the Arboretum.A grand old weeping willow tenaciously holds out against the Fall. I must visit again in September, or, better yet, June.Le chat orange dans le Jardin alpin.

2 Responses to “Jardin Botanique”

  1. 1 Out Walking the Dog December 2, 2011 at 9:05 am

    That azure monkshood is a beauty, and so (despite the carnage it may wreak on songbirds) is the marmalade cat.

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