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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blossoms and Blooms, BC style

As promised here are some photos from beautiful blooming British Columbia, taken in late April. I spent four days in Chilliwack (east of Vancouver) before I flew to Calgary for Quilt Canada. I had a wonderful visit with my buddy Wendy; we had a blast. After our time at Acadia, she went into the RCMP and has been stationed in BC for pretty much her entire career, so our time together is rare.

It was glorious- just like stepping right into summer- everything was in bloom- the dogwoods- both white and pink (above and left), rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, cherry trees, lilacs, forsythia, springbulbs, you name it, it was in bloom- a virtual gardeners' paradise. One of the best parts of my visit was Sunday afternoon when we spent several hours walking around Minter Gardens after a picnic lunch. (Wendy, shall I tell them about how the car battery died because we sat there picnicing and not realizing our lights on, and after finding someone to boost the car, we had to drive up to Harrison Hot Springs to re-charge the battery... a pleasant side trip, including a visit to a Hazelnut Farm... NO? Okay, I won't tell them that part)
Minter Gardens is a 32 acre world-class show garden. Set against the backdrop of 7000 foot snow-capped Mt. Cheam, the gardens at this time of year feature close to 100,000 tulips imported from Holland. More than 1000 rhododendrons provide glorious color amid huge native cedars and rock wall terraces. Formal and informal beds, quiet cool woodlands, gurgling brooks and waterfalls... Minter Gardens has it all. It is described as "a kaleidoscope of colour, a place of serene beauty, and a gardener's source of inspiration." Indeed!
I'm sharing just a few photos here tonight..more to follow.
"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity." ~ Lindley Karstens

1 comment:

GailM. said...

Oh my word, those are gorgeous flowers. Beautiful!!

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