This beautiful PG Hydrangea is to be found in King City's Wellesley Park, on the northwest corner of Keele Street and King Road. It is the time of summer when hydrangea come into their own in many gardens. I stopped by Black Forest Garden Centre to ask one of the Kohnen brothers if they could identify this hydrangea for me, from the photos I took. None of the boys were about but their mother, Katherina, was pretty sure it was a PG Hydrangea and she took the time to show me several varieties of hydrangea which they still had in stock. Youngest brother John showed up and told me that hydrangeas have become tremendously popular and there are now so many varieties and hybrids that many gardeners don't even recognize them.
King Township is known for the artistic gate presentations of many of its country properties. The skill and detail executed in the metalwork is often extraordinary, as seen in the three photos featured here. All three gateways are fairly new and near to each other on the 16th Sideroad, between Keele and Dufferin Streets.
This immaculate, restored 1932 beauty caught my eye at the gas bar in the King's Ridge Marketplace last Sunday. The Frontenac was the successor to the Durant, after they stopped being built in the 'depression'. They were built only in Canada, in Leaside (Toronto) for three years: 1931-1933.
Tars being built, restored and played in King City
Idrove by a house today, very close to mine, where a man, in the open garage, appeared to be holding some kind of musical instrument. I stopped and introduced myself and discovered this neighbour was restoring (see photo above) a musical instrument of Persian origin, called a tar. The gentleman's name was Hussein and it turned out he plays, makes, repairs and restores these interesting stringed instruments with their unique and voluptuous body shape. The particular instrument above is made of mulberry wood, has six strings and is akin to a lute, said Hussein. His mother introduced him to the tar as a child and he has been playing for 35 years. I was delighted when he asked me if I would like to hear it played. He played it for a few minutes and I was musically transported to the other side of the world to some mystical enclave of Persia. It was a brilliant moment. I thought afterward how I had first driven by the scene without stopping, but turned around and went back to meet this man. I'm so glad I did.
Preparation of the sites at the King Heritage & Cultural Centre, in Kinghorn, for the Laskay Hall move and the new bandshell, is underway with heavy equipment on site and construction fencing in place. The first three pictures here show the Laskay Hall site between the heritage and cultural centre and the old church, while the bottom photo shows the site preparation underway for the bandshell, in the north-east corner of the property.
After waxing elegantly a week or so ago about the 'old-new-old' wood barn on Keele Street, at the north end of Kettleby, I was excited to discover on the same day another barn with a similar, classic look. This one is locatedon DufferinStreet, east of Kettleby. I had been watching the construction of the new foundation for this barn for several weeks wondering what the upper structure would look like. Now I know....and tradition prevails. It matters not to me with what it will be clad: wood or metal or whatever. It's the overall shape and design that I care about and I do like traditional designs in barns. But what can I say? I'm a 75-year-old fart who had a grandfather with a gambrel roof barn. When I was a kid. I lived on his farm for a year and I loved his barn....and him.
This King barn at Kettleby was diligently restored five years ago and new wood board cladding was applied to imbue it with renewed life. Very quickly however, the barn has re-written local history by quickly weathering and turning grey, making it appear to be at least another 50 years old. The new dark, glass and wood, front door (see below) is not entirely in keeping with the heritage aspects of the barn, but it is sort of whimsical. This transformation is so refreshing when one sees other old township barns that will soon lose their historical appearances and cease to exist.
Keele Street and the 19th Sideroad
Below are photos of the barn shortly after the it was renovated with new roof-covering, barn-board cladding and new doors and windows.
The Ligularia flower I mentioned two days ago, played host to a nectar-hungry male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on Saturday. It is the second largest butterfly in Canada but only appears in southern Ontario - lucky us. This one spent over an hour at the same plant despite chunks missing from the bottom of its left wing. Please comment if you wish. Barry Wallace
Here's a sign (photo above) that I'd never seen before, in King City or anywhere else. It seems popcorn ceilings in houses are a thing of the past. Who knew? My wife says everyone is getting rid of them. She also told me that some buyers looking for older homes won't even look at a house with popcorn ceilings! It seems to be a frenzy and now contractors are providing a specialty service to remove such ceilings. I don't understand the fuss, but now I'm wondering if Linda is thinking maybe our popcorn ceilings need to go. Already, I'm wishing I had not said a word about them.
It's almost the middle of summer and one of our favourite perrenials has bloomed to become exclamation marks in the very green garden. They are almost 6' tall with grand yellow flower spikes, in complete contrast to the dark purplish-black stems and large, broad, jagged edged, green leaves; quite unlike anything else in the garden. Ahhhh, summer!