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A Canadian Thanksgiving Garden Walk

Maria Fleming (aka Quiltingmamma) shares her early morning garden walk on Canadian Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for!

"We have been blessed with a delayed Autumn this year. Today is our Canadian Thanksgiving and it is an exceptional day with temps in the high 60sF… a rare treat.  These are a few photos from an early morning garden walk. Trees are still mostly green with a few exceptional scarlet maples to enhance the clear blue sky."

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double anemone and sedum

One last rose bloom – Morden Sunrise

ornamental kale creeping geranium wooly thyme

Rugosa leaves

Snow berry volunteer Osider dogwood bay cornus

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  1. user-3565112 10/13/2015

    Beautiful pictures & I am glad you named that rose. We have it but did not know the name. That was my wife's favorite rose. The people at the garden center were stumped also & thought it might be White Wings. Thank You, Joe

    1. Quiltingmamma 10/13/2015

      Joe, I woke up this morning and realized it was the wrong label I read. It is Morden Snow. Makes sense with the colour, and all...Sunrise is a lovely blushy peach but doesn't fare very well in my garden.

      1. user-3565112 10/13/2015

        Thank you for the information update. A rose by any other name, excuse me I digress. Hope you have a good day, Joe

  2. user-4691082 10/13/2015

    Maria, your photos are stunning! Down here in PA, we are expecting our first frost on Saturday night so I will be out there on Saturday bringing all the tenders in! Your photos made we want to come and walk with you. Thanks

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 10/13/2015

    Lovely fall pictures, Maria. In a way, it must be nice to celebrate Thanksgiving in Oct. when there are still so many colorful reminders of Nature's beauty and bounty. That maple is glorious and has the perfect blue sky as its backdrop...makes me feel energized just looking at it.

  4. Chris N 10/13/2015

    Wonderful photos. I love fall walks on crisp, clear days. All the colors from scarlet to orange, maroon and yellow, and the russets, rarely seen except for Fall.

    If you haven't seen Maria's photos before, use Tim Vojt's trick and put her name in the search at the top of the page. Maria has posted not only photos of her garden in Ontario but also Montreal, France and Ecuador!

    1. Quiltingmamma 10/13/2015

      Thanks Chris, glad you like my other photos. I have been blessed being able to visit beautiful gardens on my travels. There have been few 'crisp' mornings yet this year and this is one of the few Fall trees in colour, but soon I'll be kicking up dry maple leaves like a kid. I still love to do that.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/13/2015

    Stellar photos, Maria. Just love those colors. There is hardly anything more stunning to me than autumn colors against a clear blue sky. Our trees are just starting to turn and I had some great views of coloring trees in eastern sun against a dark western sky that made it hard to concentrate on driving! The mum colors are great; I especially love the copper-colored one.

    1. Quiltingmamma 10/13/2015

      Tim, the mums are an annual fund raiser for our Hort Society. At $1 a slip, and the rough weather here, I tend to buy new each year - they rarely winter over. Some years the choices aren't great - but these are keepers.

  6. GrannyMay 10/13/2015

    Happy Thanksgiving!! Lovely to see the fall colours and the last of the blooms.

  7. greengenes 10/13/2015

    Oh Happy Thanksgiving to you all up there in Canada. We certainly do have a lot to be thankful for! Maria, your pictures are beautiful and full of fall colors! Us down here in the pacific northwest have the same late fall colors. More color this year than last. I love the picture of the maple against the blue sky! Such contrast! Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. Cenepk10 10/13/2015

    Yes ! Lovely !!! Days are getting shorter here- but still HOT in Georgia. I had 1 mum open up today with plenty of buds ready to burst open ... Thankful for our fall bloomers ! Happy Thanksgiving ! Beautiful photos of your beautiful garden !

  9. Yeddi 10/13/2015

    Japanese maples are such a treat, aren't they? Worth every penny. Thank you for the walk through your lovely garden - my walks are a daily treat, too, so I know how you feel. So far I have not managed to visit Canada, but it's on my wish list.
    Enjoy your beautiful Thanksgiving.

    1. Quiltingmamma 10/13/2015

      Eddi, that is the colour of our regular maple trees in Ontario. Japanese maples, in most parts of the province, are too fragile and would never get that large, but when I lived on the West Coast, they thrive. I have a little one - under 2 feet tall - that needs to be semi protected. I wish I lived in Southern Ontario with warmer zones, but even then, never as spectacular as the West Coast.
      Some day you should make a visit to Canada. It is vast, with some spectacular gardens and we like to think we are friendly folks.

      1. user-7007140 10/14/2015

        i am from little Old Britain, so this continent is unbelievably huge and varied for me. All the different climate zones, not to mention the terrain, is a constant wonder to me. One could spend a lifetime without getting one's feet wet in any ocean!
        Here in Ohio the Sugar Maples are large, too, and I have one which provides an absolute blaze of color right in the midst of less spectacular trees. This is a wonderful time of the year.

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