I always find spring a busy time. As Canadians emerge from hibernation, the garden calls to be tended, cottages are opened, and there is a sense of release as we shed our heavy layers of winter clothing.
This May, I almost forgot to venture to Bloor Street, Toronto's so called "Mink Mile," to view the breathtaking displays of spring bulbs. Bloor Street has the finest stores, and is in walking distance to museums, restaurants, and the campus of the University of Toronto. Luckily, we've had a long, cool spring, so the displays have lasted a good two weeks longer than usual.
The sidewalks were recently renovated. They were widened in some parts, paved with black granite, and plain planters with a minimalist aesthetic were added. Different types of trees were planted. Sadly, a few perished, but most survived and the buds are just opening. This was an expensive and complex project that ran overtime and over budget, but it was well worth waiting for and has added great charm to the city.
My wish is that this beauty will be appreciated and perhaps even spread to other areas of the city. Aren't the blocks of solid primary colour tulips bordered with intense violet muscari impressive after the grey of winter? It is much too beautiful to overlook.
So, here are a few glimpses of a Toronto spring.