A Constant Gardening

 

No comments are necessary here. These photographs were all taken within a couple of hours at the official residence

Ho Hum, just another rose garden

Ho Hum, just another rose garden. Let’s get out of here. The aroma of these roses brought back childhood memories of a English gardener father, languid Sunday afternoons in the park and a brass band playing on a huge gazebo. I was bored stiff!

The devil is in the details

A concrete bird and rose petal soup. The devil is in the details.

Bad boys raiding cherry trees. Hmmmm...cherry-grazed venison.

Bad boys raiding cherry trees. Hmmmm…cherry-grazed venison.

BUT IT'S BAMBI! The enduring legend of the urban deer.

BUT IT’S BAMBI!
The enduring legend of the urban deer.

Fading beauty. My Iris eyes weren't shining

Fading beauty. My Iris eyes weren’t shining.

No balcony, but what a view it must be. This gable is a familiar landmark from out at sea.

No balcony, but what a view it must be. This gable is a familiar landmark from out at sea.

Flowers everywhere, and they all have a name...and one in latin.

Flowers everywhere, and they all have a name…and one in latin.

Martian Asters?

Martian Asters?

 

of British Columbia’s Governor General. Nice work if you can get it! The grounds are open to the public, and believe it or not, there is no admission charge!

The ocean view from this property is fabulous and the gardens are indescribably beautiful. The gardens change with the seasons and are well worth the visit, even if you’re not interested in some incredible flora, and surprising fauna. They are not far from the bustle of downtown Victoria and have been a well-kept secret for a very long time. That is changing and they are being discovered by the tourists but the aura of peace and order has not been diminished. This garden may not have anything, or it may have everything, to do with sailing. Without destinations, the voyage between is meaningless.

Stems are redd, petals are green, bassakwards,  know what I mean?

Stems are red, petals are green, bassakwards,
know what I mean?

Bee down collateral damage and the nectar overdose.

Bee down
collateral damage and the nectar overdose.

Bzzzzz, incoming honey dipper.

Bzzzzz, incoming honey dipper.

The Dancer

The Dancer

All natural colour everywhere

All natural colour everywhere

 Danged purty, whatever they're called


Danged purty, whatever they’re called

It's real!

It’s real!

An ocean glimpse

An ocean glimpse, through the trees. Hard to believe this is a few blocks from a city’s core.

ORCA O'CLOCK

ORCA O’CLOCK

Griffon and flowers

Griffon and roses

A painter's bliss

A painter’s bliss

No fish, no coins, but a beautiful fountain among the blooms

No fish, no coins, but a beautiful fountain among the blooms

Lady bug, lucky bug

Lady bug, lucky bug

La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose

One starts to not see it all

One starts to not see it all

Translated it means "No milk today."

Translated it means “No milk today.”

Hey you, get offa ma rock!"

Hey you, get offa ma rock!”

Stunning to the bitter end

Stunning to the bitter end

Look up, way up. A redwood blocks the sun

Look up, way up. A redwood blocks the sun.

The ubiquitous and rare bronze tap flower

The ubiquitous and rare bronze tap flower

a hidden gateway to the magic garden

a hidden gateway to the magic garden

Stunning glasswork on someone's front lawn

Stunning glasswork on someone’s front lawn

WOW!

WOW!

One more for the road

One more for the road

The world laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

4 responses to “A Constant Gardening

  1. You are outdoing yourself in each post.

  2. Thanks so much Justine.

  3. Nice! I once had the honour and pleasure of being seated beside then Lt.-Gov. David Lam at an awards dinner in Victoria. It was under his watch that the public gardens were developed at Gov. House and volunteers were welcomed in to create and maintain them. He told me about how and why he did this, a story which was a delight to hear. I haven’t been to the gardens (though have been meaning to ever since I heard his story) – so appreciate your photos and comments. A very special place indeed.

  4. Yep, there’s great Karma there, an oasis of sanity. always worth visitng any time of year. Fred

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