By Kim Charles

Lorraine Robson from Canada focuses on profusions of flowers in her rainforest garden.

"I live in the rainforest at the base of Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are in Zone 7 although this past winter was much colder and snowier -- and longer! -- than usual. I planted a cottage-style garden 16 years ago with many self-seeders and spreaders because I like that full look with lots of flowers. To keep a sense of cohesion, I try to limit myself to shades of pink, blue, purple, and white with lots of green and the acid yellow of Lady's Mantle to keep it from being too saccharine sweet. It's a good thing that I am happy with a wild, somewhat tangled look because we have frequent wildlife visitors (raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and occasional black bear) who do not respect the borders. The raccoon families use the fence tops as their highway through the neighbourhood and my trellises as their ladders into the garden which is a bit hard on the clematises growing on them. All the same, I do love to see these creatures and the many birds who live in the tall trees surrounding our garden. When it all gets too out of hand, I "go on a rampage" to remove the excesses and give the remainders room to breathe."

(Photos taken by friend, Jeanne Cronce)

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David Austin Rose 'Abraham Darby' with cedar tree behind.

Aquilegia (Double Columbine). This is probably 'Nora Barlow' though these frilly girls are rather promiscuous, so it may be a hybrid.

Clematis -- not yet destroyed by the raccoons.


Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle), Astrantia major (Masterwort), and Digitalis (Foxgloves) with Darmera peltata (Umbrella Plant) in the background. The birdbath froze and cracked this winter, so I'll need to repair or repurpose it.

Clematis 'Nelly Moser'.

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (Chocolate boneset), Sanguinaria canadensis (double bloodroot), and Helleborus, Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)

Thalictrum (Meadow rue), peonies, foxgloves, Clematis 'Nelly Moser', Myrrhis odorata (Sweet Cicely), Rosa 'Geoff Hamilton', and buttercup: the bane of my existence. If only it weren't yellow, I might love it!


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