Sunday, February 21, 2016

Butchart Rose Gardens

We had an amazing warm up yesterday and almost broke the all time record for high temperature.  It was a nice 83 degrees without much wind so we  took advantage 
of the day and headed outside to get a jump 
start on our spring garden chores!

Butchart Rose Gardens

I bought a few more pansies, dianthis
 and some romaine lettuce to plant up in pots.
We still have a month to go before we are clear of 
last frosts, so it will be easy to move the pots or
 cover them up if needed.

I'm continuing to share more "garden rooms" of Butchart Gardens from our trip last summer.  I just need the inspiration and revisiting 
Butchart through photographs gives me joy!

Here are a few of my favorite roses and pictures from 
the rose gardens at Butchart.

I hope you are getting excited about Spring too!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Butchart Gardens Quarry Garden

Butchart Gardens has one of the most photographed garden rooms in the world.
The old rock quarry was turned into a place of beauty with stunning color and plant combinations.  I took dozens of pictures when we visited but will only share some of 
my favorites. 

Thankfully most of the plants they grow there will also grow in my climate.  Many of my color and plant choices are inspired by the mass plantings on display at Butchart.

Enjoy the photographs-they speak for themselves!

Next post: The Rose Garden    

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Butchart Gardens

The most beautiful place I've ever 
visited is Butchart Gardens in Victoria,
British Columbia.

When we planned our summer vacation/anniversary trip, Butchart Gardens was at the top of our list.  We had visited there about 10 years ago and I've been yearning to return.

We visited during the summer months when the garden is in full bloom and the 
weather is perfect.  The variety of plant material is amazing and the condition of the gardens is impeccable!

The garden is divided into "rooms" and I've decided to share the garden in several posts so that I could share each "garden room".

When you enter the gardens the main walkway takes you to the original home of the Butcharts.

This color combination is one of my favorites and the plants are easy to grow here in Oklahoma.  The blue salvia, pink begonias, dusty miller and geraniums are a foolproof combo for a warm garden.  

The home now houses a restaurant and just outside is Mrs. Butchart's original private garden area.  She was an amazing gardener and turned an old rock quarry into one of the most photographed gardens in the world.

I love the arbor and flower boxes!

If you have never visited the gardens or Vancouver Island, do yourself a favor and go during the summer.  

Spring is around the corner
 and I can't wait to plant flowers!

I'm linking with
Susan's Outdoor Wednesday

Next post:  The sunken quarry garden