|Paris quadrifolia & Hosta 'Whirlwind' 4 July 2023|
While some might not understand how a woman (my Rosemary), who was from a small town in Ontario called New Dublin, could be as sophisticated as she was, I knew better. She left her hometown as soon as she could; learned French in Laval and went to Queen's University. Immediately, she travelled to Mexico City (by then she had studied Spanish) sponsoring a group of young students in a program called Experiment for International Living.
We met in 1967 and married in 1968.
It was her interest in gardening, when we bought a house with a corner garden in Kerrisdale in 1986, that opened for her (and eventually for me) a serious search into the history of our roses, hostas and perennials and to be absolutely correct in knowing their names in botanical Latin and Greek.
Rosemary developed a predilection for rare, difficult to find (and grow!) perennials.
One of them is Paris quadrifolia which somehow is doing just fine in my garden now that Rosemary is not here to tend it.
As I have explained before I like to scan my plants with companions. It was fun today (July 4,2023) when I spotted Paris. I chose Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ because they are close to each other in the flower bed.
The blog is called Paris Twice because in the late 80s Rosemary, Alexandra, Hilary and I went to Paris.