Crab Apple Blooms at Dows Lake

Last Saturday (May 12) we took a walk through Dows Lake (arboretum) and I took my camera because on previous dog walks I had seen that the crab apple trees were just about to bloom. I managed to get some pictures, but maybe not as many as I had originally hoped.  I had planned to take pictures of each tree, and also take photos of the names.  Last year when we were shopping for a crab apple tree I found it really useful to be able to view so many different specimens in one spot.  The wind and Mika ended up destroying the crab apple tree we bought (a Thunderchild crab apple in case anyone’s interested), but its nice that I can still go to Dows and appreciate the trees there 😉

Here is a link I found with a description of the various crab apples available, and some photos of the crab apples at Dows. The first 3 photos are of the Thunderchild Crab Apple.


Tulip Festival 2012

So its hard to keep up with blogging when its so nice outside! Not to mention a particularly busy time of the year gardening wise!

A couple weekends ago we went and checked out the Ottawa Tulip Festival at Commissionaire’s Park, right beside Dows Lake.  Tons of beautiful blooms and tons of people! Makes me realize we are very lucky to live in such a great location.  We are only a few blocks away and this is one of our dog walking routes.

Here are some pictures I took.  My favorite displays were the combination beds.  There was this great white daffodil and pink tulip display, which I am going to try to replicate (I think I have the same daffodils already in my backyard perennial garden).  There was also a bed with muscari and orange tulips, which looked very cool together.



Dows Lake – Magnolias are blooming!

So I took some pictures a couple weeks ago of the magnolia’s blooming at Dows Lake, but am just getting around to posting them now.  Next up – tulips and crabapple blooms!

This weekend is the first of three weekends for the Tulip Festival, so I plan to take some pictures soon.  I walked by a couple times last week and there are already some tulips out, but the light conditions haven’t been great for taking pictures (I prefer taking pictures on sunny days, and there haven’t been too many of those lately!)

Morning Walk – April 2



Here are some tulips at the end of the road. No flowers yet, but probably will flower quite early given the nice sunny location:)
You can just see the leaves emerging. I love the crab apple trees at Dows Lake in spring.  The Siberian Crab apple is one of my favorites.You can just see the leaves emerging. I love the crab apple trees at Dows Lake in spring -the Siberian Crab apple is one of my favorites.

Close up of the leaves. You can see a magnolia in the background just starting to bud.

And here’s a red splendor crabapple that’s also budding.