Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Hydrangeas are Finally Happy

With the milder winter (not so frosty) and all the rain we've had up to now the Hydrangeas are finally flowering with large, growing heads of flowers. We planted them about 5 years ago. We bought them for potted plants, as decoration at out daughter's wedding on the farm just before we moved her. Each year they have looked promising but then been cooked or frosted so badly that they didn't really flower.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pink Wisterias

I love wisterias and last week I had 2 mauve standard wisterias in full bloom. This week the pink ones are just beginning to flower. They are a soft shade of pink with long flower bracts. The colour is so subtle that the photos do not indicate the true pink. My mother has a white and a double white one as well, something I'll be looking out for when we are in the nurseries or at the markets.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Camelot Garden Oct 2010

Some highlights of the garden in Oct. The gum trees provide a beautiful backdrop with their shiny new red leaves. It has been very wet and the garden is just beginning to burst into flower. The wisterias and viburnums have been particularly beautiful this year.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Butchart Gardens

Our last big day out in Canada was spent at the Butchart Gardens. It is quite an excursion because you have to take a ferry ride to Victoria Island. To get to the ferry station and the ride across to the island takes well over 2 hours but our tour guide made it quite interesting. All the tour guides have a well rehearsed narrative to inform you and keep you amused on your travels.

The Butchart Gardens were a spectacular mix of traditional flower beds all perfectly in bloom and magnificent old trees that have been part of the garden since the beginning. We both agreed that our favourite gardens were the Sunken Garden and the Japanese Garden.