On my outing to the Royal Alberta Museum for the ‘Wolf to Woof’ display, I stopped to admire the garden of the ‘Residence of Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor’. Today it’s used only for official occasions like July 1st, Canada Day reception.
Both the museum and residence are on the same gorgeous piece of land adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River in Glenora, We love to ride through on bicycle and admire the homes. This impressive sandstone mansion was completed in 1913. It served as the official residence for 25 years and was the setting for many regal receptions and social engagements. It’s easy to find yourself daydreaming:
It’s 1929, I arrive beneath the massive portico in our 1926 Chrysler Imperial Roadster, a wedding gift from Mr. B. along with the pearls that hang neatly over my mint green beaded flapper dress. I was going to wear the matching cap but instead, I’m flaunting a stylish new hair cut, The Bob, it’s all the rage in Hollywood. Once inside, the modern sounds of Louis Armstrong signal a great party has begun and “yes please”, I do love champagne.
Well now, that was fun . Here in the circular front garden is a mass of sunny Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan), purple Petunia and Sweet Alyssum (like sweet Alys and then sum**). I wish I could bottle that scent, and take it home. I really have to plant Alyssum in my next garden.
If your head is not yet spinning from the stately beauty of the mansion and generously planted Sweet Alyssum, tip toe past the white roses. They are perfection, standing guard around the base of our flags. The familiar Maple Leaf is saluting the day.
While the Royal Blue flag of Alberta waves to picnickers who come to enjoy the expanse of soft green lawn. Surely it would’ve have been the most beautiful place to call home.
** Personal note: Sweet Alyssum and Flapper Girls, remind you of anyone GN?