Earlier in the year, Christine Saint-Pierre in Victoriaville, Quebec, shared some photos of butterflies enjoying her garden in previous years while patiently waiting for summer to arrive. Well, summer has finally made its way to Quebec, and Christine sent in these photos saying it was worth the wait. Boy, was she right! Summer may have taken a while to get there, but the garden is incredibly beautiful now that it has arrived.
The backyard is filled with hundreds of wild daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zones 3–9). What a stunning display!
OK, “hundreds” of daisies may be an understatement. What an incredible display of flowers!
A daylily after the rain
Christine photographs a lot of butterflies in the garden—no wonder, when it is so filled with flowers that they love to visit for nectar.
Christine says that the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual) that grow all over the garden are “presents” from the birds when they drop seeds from the bird feeders.
Christine’s favorite place to relax and enjoy the view is like being in a tree house.
A beautiful peony (Paeonia lactiflora, Zones 3–8)
Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9)
Many roses can’t take the extremely cold Quebec winters, but this rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa, Zones 2–7) can take the cold without missing a beat and still provide beautiful, fragrant flowers come summer.
Christine says that this incredible white-flowered Spirea was only listed as hardy to Zone 5, but happily, plants don’t pay attention to what people say about them. This one has been growing very well and has survived the frigid winters.
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