Letting the sun shine in for the rhododendronsAfter a long, cold winter (and chilly spring!), the Gardens is getting ready for the new season. Yesterday a City of Mississauga forestry crew was hard at work taking down six large trees near the rhododendron and azalea beds in the West Garden.
|Top-of-hill Tree Removal at BRG|
|Felled Pine Tree in Rhododendron Bed|
|Downhill View of Felled Pine Tree at BRG|
|Silverbark Willow (centre) Near BRG Main Rhodo Bed|
During a wind storm last year, the silverbark had sent out a loud cracking sound, startling several visitors who looked at it with alarm. The tree didn't fall, but it did list a bit, and rested one of its huge limbs on its Black Willow neighbour.
Now it is gone; the Black Willow is also being watched for health issues. These large trees pre-date the BRG's establishment by many years, and are always monitored for health and safety, says BRG Head Gardener, Para Kanp, adding that new trees are continually being planted around the gardens.
|City of Mississauga Forestry Crew at BRG|
Also note the 'snow fence' around the rhodo and azalea bed (lower right) is still in place after other snow fencing around the gardens has been removed for the season.
That's because this bed, one of the first when you enter from the parking lot, is the first chance dogs get to 'lift a leg'. Since dog P is very harmful to rhodos, this fencing will prevent them from damaging the sensitive rhodos until a permanent (and more attractive) barrier can be put in place.
|Forestry Crew CofM Main Rhododendron Bed BRG|
|Tall Pine Trunk Before Removal at BRG|
A side benefit of removing large trees, says Para Kanp, is that with the shady canopy gone, more sunlight will be able to reach the rhodos. While they do like some shade, and wind protection that the large trees afford, rhodos appreciate a bit more sunlight. And since more sun can result in more flowers, Kanp foresees a great blooming season for the rhododendrons.
Kanp, assisted by Gardens volunteers, will be the leader-guide for the BRG's annual gardens tour. This free tour takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. the last Sunday in May. This year, the date is May 26. Come down and bring your cameras and questions for the Master Gardener.