Today is the first day of the rest of 2014
Just ignore what happened this winter. Pretend it didn’t happen. The winter wants you to remember, but we are not going to. The winter is a loser.
The garden centre is open. We are stocking the usual spring flowers. There’s a good assortment of pansies in bowls, baskets and oval shaped planters. Our grower does a good job at conditioning these pansies for cool temperatures but we still advise caution. If the night time temperatures dip below -5 Celsius we need to protect them. We have some enormous hydrangeas inside the store — the best we have had in a couple of years.
Most of our new spring product has arrived. Customers have been buying seeds and soils for starting transplants. We have been selling our new pots and some fountains too. It’s a good time to come and look before the place gets too busy.
The 600 lb gorilla in the room this spring is clean up. The ice storm followed in succession by quite a bit of snow has made a mess of the city. We will be cleaning up for quite some time.
Another issue for gardeners is the cold temperatures we experienced during the winter. These low temperatures are extremely hard on some garden plants. For many years we have been able to raise plants hardy to zone six in the downtown of Toronto without winter protection. Plants hardy to zone six may have failed this winter if they were not protected. That means many Japanese maples, many exotic evergreens and perennials may have perished. Only time will tell.
Located on two and a half acres in downtown Toronto we have been serving city gardeners since 1998. Summerhill is a “destination” garden centre. We offer a spectacular and complete selection of garden plants and accessories, planters, fountains, statuary, tools, soils and garden furniture uniquely merchandised to inspire and provoke gardeners and neophytes alike. There is plenty of complimentary parking on-site and easy access via TTC. Summerhill Nursery and Floral is a terrific place to visit to energize a day of gardening.