Wider views of the garden

Too often I spend my time in the garden looking down, finding joy in the small details.  It’s time to step back and take a wider view of the garden!

East Garden….not as private as the back, so often neglected! Cherry tree blooming gracefully outside my bedroom window.
View into back garden from the east Garden….lined with rhododendrons to the east and south and columnar apple trees to the west, this ‘Secret Garden’ space is currently under construction!
Pond and u-u-p-p the slope
West path to Garden…Japanese maples, Cornus Florida ‘Cherokee Chief’, and the Westwood ravine with towering Thuja plicata, Acer macrophylla, Pseudotsuga menzensii and rhododendrons hugging the house.
A Fagus sylvatica purpurea, all copper in early leaf and sunlight towers over the Fernery.
Golden hour…late afternoon rays squeeze through the woods to highlight lime spirea, pulmonaria and ferns that line the path downward
Sky through pond
Pergola looking east through Japanese maples, Phyllostachus nigra and daylilies to ‘Secret Garden’
Standing in ‘Secret Garden’ looking west over the pond to the Westwood ravine beyond. Borrowed views!


And some blooms

It’s Rhodo season, for sure….here’s just a few to get us started…

Snuck a Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Pearl’ in here for good luck!

Squint and you can see the flower on the Podophyllum just budding out under the leaf.

Fine foliage day!

I’m just as much a lover of foliage as of flowers.  Here’s some lovely foliage happening this week in the garden:

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, Adiantum venustum, Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’, Galium odoratum, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Emerald Mist’, Hosta, Omphalodes verna (creeping navelwort/forget-me-not or blue-eyed-Mary) sweetly intermingling.
Hellebore variegated
Lime leafed Spirea…the Garden was full of them when we moved in 4 years ago and they self-seed like crazy, so not my fav plant….but the colour makes my heart sing each spring!
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow
Nandina ‘Twilight’
Polystichum munitum (sword fern), cut back with new fiddleheads coming with a large leafed variegated (not so invasive) ivy (Hedera canariensis Gloire de Marengo)
Epimedium x rubrum
Tiny Fatsia just leafing out
Podophyllum delavayi
Corydalis lutea

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’
Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’

What’s blooming this weekend

Camellia japonica ’Nuccio’s Pearl’…so close to blooming, but not quite!
Luzula sylvatica ‘Aurea’
First Rhodo…almost there!!
Pulmonaria ‘Roy Davidson’
Heath? Heather??
Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Magnolia stellata and daffodils
Doronicum, Leopards Bane, coming!!

Hacquetia epipactis
Native Sedum spathulifolium
Clematis armandii

Plant Sale weekend

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….

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Bird’, misc. Heuchera, misc. ferns, variegated polygonatum, misc. Carex, Luzula grass, variegated Hellebore, Corsican Hellebore, Lemon Grass, Bergenia, Astilbe NoID.

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. 

Libertia peregrinans, Prostanthera rotundifolia, Rubus calyeinoides, Sanguisorba ‘Little Angel’, Coprosma ‘Evening Glow’, Another Grevillea Victoria, and Hebe Carnosula, Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon Beauty’, Chelone obliqua, Phlomis russelianum. And an Osmanthus ‘Jim Porter’ from Gardenworks seems to have jumped into the photo!! Oh….and a Prunus laurocerasus ‘Marbled White’ in the top right corner.

After that,  I wandered the gardens at the HCP….through a stunning woodland garden full of inspirational shade lovers:

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ contrasting with Ophiopogon planiscapus. Great combination in shade!
Azara macrophylla ‘Variegata’ oh my…I need one of these. Amazingly enough I found one at Gardenworks later in the afternoon!!
Largest leaves on a Rhodo I’ve ever seen!
Rhododendrons galore

To a Japanese Garden:

Then on to more plant purchases at Gardenworks Nursery and the Root Cellar Nursery in Victoria:

Highlights were: Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’, the Azara, Garrya elliptica ‘James Rood’, Nandina ‘Twilight’ – nicely variegated, Osmanthus delavayi, x Fatsherdera lizei ‘Annemieke’, and more!!

Phew….what a day….feels good!  Now…lots of planting to do!!!