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Klaus has several varieties of tulips.

not be required to join the military. I had seen enough of war.” Klaus decided to move to Tobermory permanently in

There is a quiet beauty about wildflowers.

1976, while Ben was overseas. He became the town's harbour master and held that position for 28 years until his retirement. Ben joined him in 1979 and shortly thereafter they separated the properties and became neighbours. Ben claims he can’t name all the flowers that grow on

their property, but does know their growing habits. Klaus on the other hand has studied gardening and is more familiar with all the plants. Arabica, tulips, daffodils, crocus and lilies thrive. The creeping phlox does well as do the aubratia and Scottish hair bells. Spring, Klaus will tell you, is an explosion of colour.

“Think Van Gogh,” he says. “I love colour; pink, yellow, magenta, violet, and red.” All bloom together in Klaus' front yard overlooking the water. Nature doesn't produce gardens of a single colour, so why should he? "I am mad about tulips,” he explains, “I have wild, single, double, early and late bloomers.” But, he adds wistfully, “there is something about wild-

flowers. They have a quiet beauty about them.” He would love to see more people planting wildflowers and native trees. The men have discovered that they are on a migration

Klaus loves tulips.

path for Monarch butterflies. These orange and black winged beauties are heartily welcomed into their garden. “I was fascinated by these creatures that are able to fly such extraordinary distances, to a place they have never been before” says Klaus, and so plants such as black-eyed susans, coneflowers, cosmos and butterfly bushes were added to the garden. “We also save the seeds of the wild milkweed and plant them to encourage the butterflies,”

Blue waters offer a peaceful backdrop on sunny days. 10 • Early Spring 2015

Spring is an explosion of colour.

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