I'm back and I'm not sorry to say that I missed the horrible Calgary snowstorm! (What I want to know is - why does it make the news every year and everyone acts so surprised? There's always a snowstorm in late April in Calgary! I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so! but I digress...)
I was at a conference in Montreal so didn't have a lot of free time but I managed to walk around in the evenings and find a few good restaurants, shops, ... and interesting gardens!
The historical gardens at the lovely Chateau Ramezay in Old Montreal (above and below)...
... with a formal french potager, laid out in a grid and lined with chives, wooden pathways, and espaliered fruit trees. Sorry for the lack of light.
Plus, the wonderful architecture and lovely front gardens in the area of the Plateau. I was particularly drawn to the very unique ones - the ones with colour, of course! Granted, it would be much easier to maintain a front garden if it was this small, but I loved that barely anyone had a front lawn! How wonderful and un-Calgary-like!
And lastly, some tulips, mayday tree and crabs blooming for you in downtown Montreal.