The only drawback to the scottish zone 7 climate, which serves to mitigate my zone envy, is that in 3 weeks, we only really had one day where the sun broke through the all encompassing grey cloud that blanketed us! Actually, it wasn't typical even for Aberdeen and everyone was complaining about it, and thankfully, there was hardly any rain. But it was lovely to come back to Toronto to perfect blue skies and abundant sunshine, if not the weeds in my garden!
|Cardiocrinums growing in the lovely gardens at Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland|
I must do a little research to find out if there are any options that would allow me to enjoy these in my own garden, perhaps I could keep them in pots and take them indoors during the winter. In any case, these would join the ranks of gardening projects to test my patience, along with my espalier efforts, as they take upwards of 9 years to flower, and the poor mother bulb expires after the effort! Makes you appreciate their beauty all the more.