It’s June 3rd as I write this and it seems that spring-like weather has finally arrived. Most of my roses have been growing on through the dim cloud-covered skies and persistent rainfall and will likely rush in to bloom as soon as the sun has warmed their buds for a few days; a few are unfolding now and this may make for a concentrated period of bloom this year. At any rate, it is wonderful to see spring finally arriving, albeit late.

In checking the provincial government’s Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin we see that the risk of flooding has greatly increased with the additional precipitation this spring (snow at higher levels) and cooler temperatures so flooding is something that we will have to watchful for this summer as the snowpack starts to melt and find its way to the Pacific. A lot depends on the weather over the next few weeks – hopefully there will not be significant precipitation to add to the problem and that the existing snowpack will not melt all at once, adding to the likelihood of flooding in some regions. At least we should have plenty of water on hand this season in local reservoirs, perhaps as an antidote to a (previously) projected hot and dry summer season.

I acquired a nice hellebore (either sternii or sternii crossed with lividus). It is much like my other sternii’s but with much better colour, and mottling, in the foliage. A kind member also donated to me a fine clump of Arum italicum that I had admired in her garden and I have found a spot for it where it can be seen easily from the kitchen window next winter (its foliage) and where, hopefully, I will also be able to see the stalks of bright red berries that rise, phoenix-like, in August.

Aside from one frontal area where a large drift of lamb’s-ears seems to have departed for a better world (who can kill lamb’s ears?), I have very little space left for more plants so I must be choosey about what other plants I introduce into the garden – probably best to hold out for rare treasures and, of course, small spring bulbs which, seemingly, cannot be overplanted. They have all been successful for me with the exception of Narcissus – a gardening friend tells me that this is likely due to the narcissus fly and I am on the lookout for a method of disrupting this creatures fruitful lifestyle in my garden that does not involve spraying or other poisons. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

Jim Thorleifson