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Plants soaking up the refreshing rain.

incorporated in 1913, was originally planned as a rival to toney Rosemount but didn’t really begin to grow until the completion of the Leaside Viaduct across the Don River Valley in 1927. Traditional red brick, Toronto-style homes, built in the 1930s and 1940s, line the streets. This is the neighbourhood that produced Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who spent his primary school years here. Cathy and John Mocha welcomed visitors

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garden on a drizzly afternoon, when the air was heavy with mist and the scent of freshly showered plants and soil sent forth that inexplicable, earthly elixir that will make any gardener swoon. Rainy afternoons are often the best time to wander

through a garden. The greens seem so much more lush, the flowers that much more brilliant. At the Mocha home, the rain promotes the mood of

England on the garden, mingled with a touch of Japan. The plantings are minimalist, heavy on the flowering shrubs and light on perennials. The pavement shines and the front garden glistens. Unassuming heuchera, hosta, lamium, and Japanese fern, surrounded by black mulch, are tidily planted in the formal front yard. Two kinds of cutleaf Japanese maples frame the home in beautiful purplish-pink and bright green foliage. The second storey window box overflows with pink and the front door is anchored on either side by tall black pots filled with magenta geraniums set off by blue and white bacopa. A faux cobblestone path leads you to a keyhole gate and Steps from the garden lead to the patio and walkway.

n afternoon stroll through the quiet streets of Leas- ide, a suburb in East York, Toronto, transports you back in time to early Toronto. The community,

Beautiful colours sparkle in the rain.

Japanese cutleaf maples offer pretty foliage.

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