It’s finally starting to melt!

So, our first snow dusting was Dec. 5 and just now is it beginning to melt!  That’s 24 days and counting ‘cuz it’s not gone yet!!  Not at all what we signed up for when we moved to Vancouver Island from Southern Ontario!!  Who knew that living a mere 500’ elevation (part way up Mt. Benson) instead of at sea level would make such a difference?  The deer have been hungry in all of this as well and too many of my deer “resistant” plants have been nibbled…Aucubas, Hebes, X Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’, Cytisus….

And, two nice big 1″+ diameter culms of the black bamboo snapped under the weight of the snow just where they were tied in place.  Note to self about tying up the bamboo!  Likely not the best idea if this type of snow ever happens again.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t!

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Back garden with George…adopted deer hunter!!
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Front garden
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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