NURTURING NATURE’S BEAUTY
As this issue of Ottawa At Home magazine hits the stands, spring has officially arrived, even if we’ve only recently said goodbye to a little patch of snowdrops in our gardens. A true harbinger of spring, a Toronto garden blogger recently wrote that snowdrops really are “a psychological necessity in Canada.” She even went so far as to suggest the government start issuing bucket loads of snowdrops to its citizens every fall.
Fortunately, the appearance of flowering forsythia shrubs not only announces the arrival of spring – they positively scream it out with their dazzling display of yellow blooms. They are known to cause a gardener’s heart to beat a little faster; green thumbs begin to twitch. Something is blooming. Something is full of life.
While colourful spring flowers are enough to make most of us forget winter ever happened, the gardening bug is so firmly entrenched in Vera Cody and Hilary Kemsleythat even the winter months can’t completely bring them down.
It’s generally believed that flowers contribute to feelings of well-being – it’s why we send flowers to people who are sick. But Vera Cody has taken that philosophy to the next level. To say that she surrounds herself with flowers is an understatement. There is no surface in her home that doesn’t have a floral theme. Whether upholstery, art, décor, dishes, bedding, or potted blooming bulbs, the flowers are everywhere. “I sit here and try to be glum – and I can’t be!” says an exuberant Vera.
Not even talk of her “lost” garden, the pride and joy of Vera’s life, can dampen her infectious energy. After moving to her New Edinburgh condo last fall, she remains resolute in her happiness despite giving up her stunning Rockcliffe Park garden. “It just means I have a new challenge with container