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!!!
I’ve been sniffing and sniffing since my Clematis armandii bloomed over a week ago. And nothing much. But today….today, the most amazingly intoxicating scent is wafting all over the garden, but especially under the pergola. Heaven!!
The local plant sale season started this weekend. I was off before 7am to catch the Eaglecrest Garden Club Sale…always lots of wonderful little pieces of Garden club members gardens at fantastic prices…here’s the haul….
Then today I hit the road, again at 7am, to check out the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific’s Spring Sale…scored many more somewhat exotic lovelies.
After that, I wandered the gardens at the HCP….through a stunning woodland garden full of inspirational shade lovers:
To a Japanese Garden:
Then on to more plant purchases at Gardenworks Nursery and the Root Cellar Nursery in Victoria:
Phew….what a day….feels good! Now…lots of planting to do!!!