|Grandma tree 1300 years old in Capilano, BC|
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Dec.. 12, 2010
We found a VIP lounge here that makes sitting in a airport lounge very comfortable. We paid our $15.00 each and were enjoying the buffet and comfy chairs when the announcement system came on and said they were investigating a fire alarm in the domestic terminal and we were to stay alert. So instead of a relaxing buffet breakfast we had to gobble our food and make sure our various assorted 'bag lady' items were ready to load at a moments' notice.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Dec. 11, 2010
|Capilano bridge suspended 457 metres above the river.|
We took the free shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The guide driving the bus, asked us without prompting if we needed seniors tickets and then said, “Nice Tilley hat sir! My wife said I could get one as soon as I get a little older.”
Other countries have a hard time trying to top us on forest walks. The oldest tree at the Capilano canyon was 1300 years old and over 250 feet tall! They just soared up, up. Up. And the waterfalls were bigger than any we saw in Hawaii. From the bridge we saw bald eagles perching in the trees, but the bridge was swaying too much to get a photo.
|Real mountains, Grouse, in fact! They don't have these everywhere!|
On the return trip we toured Granville Island and checked out the shops. Afterwards we went to Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral built in 1836. Then a short walk in the rain back to the hotel finished up our adventure in beautiful British Columbia. Home again, home again, jiggity jog! And of course there might be one more blog if something happens on the way home.
Dec. 10, 2010
To Anonymous and all of our faithful readers, it's been great to read your comments and know you are out there. Thanks for the smile every day and making us feel like we are in touch with home. Tomorrow will be our last post about our trip, but we are going to Bahamas in March so more tales will ensue. And there's always the garden blog to read about!
We went to the clothing optional beach today on our way to the Museum of Anthropology but protocol was followed and no one gawked or stared (must have been averting their eyes and following protocol.)
|Museum of anthropology at UBC|
On the way back we stopped at the Van Dusen Garden and saw their Christmas Lights display.
This evening we saw The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. It was the Swedish version with English subtitles. Excellent! You can’t beat Nooni Rapace who plays Lisbeth Salander. She conveys the reticence and vulnerability that the character demands. Hard to image that the English version with different actors will be better than this.
|Lights reflected in the still water|
|A fairy land|
We’re been doing a lot of walking and I have the blisters to prove it! But at least it didn’t rain today.
Friday, December 10, 2010
|Lights covering St. Paul's hospital - right next door.|
We arrived in Vancouver last night during a rainstorm and 7 C temperature. Four days of rain are forecast while we are here. What a relief from all that sunshine. But Vancouver certainly is decked out for Christmas, with beautiful lights decorating downtown.
|Pacific anemonies Vancouver Island|
|the Handyman with his head in an aquarium bubble.|
|Giant Pacific Octopus|
We went to the Aquarium today – what a beautiful ocean floor they have here. I would like to go diving, and I told the Handyman we would wear dry suits, but just thinking about changing outside is enough to end that idea. I bought gloves for my cold hands today.
|artistic arrangements of 50 years of stuff|
|bottles, buttons, bows, bowls, boots, bags, bolts, - you get the picture|
We went to the Art Gallery, it always brings a smile to my face. The artistic interpretations of life are so entertaining/thought provoking/amusing/startling/engaging?
There was an exhibit entitled “Waste not” It was a very intriguing look at stuff. It was like an artistic display of that television show Hoarders. (Okay, I confess to watching) The artist described how his mother began saving items because of deprivation. She lived in China during the Cultural Revolution and started out saving useful items out of necessity, but eventually the stuff she had saved became redundant because of progress in technology or design. The items meant to help improve their lives cluttered the family’s life so much it interfered with their life. You can see in the photos how artistically the items were displayed in the exhibit. It made me smile to remember collecting bits of string as a child. Or how they taught us in school to tear and fold the corner of two pieces of paper together because they didn’t supply paper clips. There were no Dollar stores to make reusing items unnecessary.
We’re easing back into the Canadian climate.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
|A Christmas urn that will take you through the season. Just replace the ornaments with more pine cones or fruit.|
|The inspiration urn from Sheridan Nurseries|
It was a lot of fun creating the urns.
The secret is to layer the colours of greenery that you add. The B.C. cedars and pines are fuller boughs than our Ontario ones, so they are worth the price in my opinion.
Get out and create before the ground freezes and it is too hard to get the branches in the containers!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
|hosta putting on a Fall show|
If you clean up too soon you miss the leaves of evening primrose blushing bright red. You haven't paid attention to it since it bloomed yellow in the spring, but suddenly it reminds you why its in your garden. Lamium is another plant that just keeps on going. In a shade garden the white leaves draw your eye and the flowers are a bonus! But it stays pretty and fresh looking through the Fall.
|As the leaves lose their chlorophyll the resulting colour is still prized.|
|lamium still making a display|
|mature Japanese Maple in Port Credit|
The grasses, swaying gently in the breezes and making rustling sounds outdoors also make the season special.
Hydrangea and burning bush can be relied upon for colour, now. And while burning bush appear bland and insignificant the rest of the year, their eye-catching colour now makes you want to plant hedges of them in your yard.
|Karl Foester grass with large burning bush in the background|
|Hydrangea and burning bush add colour and structure in Fall|
Monday, September 27, 2010
|Meadows of goldenrod|
|berries on dogwood|
|Do you know what this is|
|charming garden shed|
|relaxing by the pond|
|hydrangeas add Fall colour and structure|
|Actea "White Pearl"|
Hydrangeas of all sorts graced the garden tour and added colour and structure in the garden. There are many varieties to choose from, large and small and some with cone shaped flowers that emerge white and fade to pink.
|A formal setting|
|Dark leaf bugbane with lime green lamium in the foreground|
|bugbane "white Pearl'|
"White Pearl" is 3 - 4 feet tall with white flowers against the purply stems. I am going to find a spot for this one in my garden.
The plant sale allowed people to pick up Rose of Sharon, stonecrop, rudbeckia and very many other plants for their own gardens. Thanks to the organizers. The tour was very well done!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The beauty of walking in a public garden is the scope for large plants that may not fit in your own. This is true of the above beauty which is about 4 feet by 2 feet and towers over the retaining wall around this patio. I believe this is a cimicifuga or Bugbane 'White Pearl" it can grow up to 6 ft tall in southern Ontario. The stalks are a wonderful lavender colour. I think I want one!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Cloverleaf Walking Garden tour takes place on Saturday Sept. 25, 2010, rain or shine. What a wonderful opportunity to see what you would like planted in your own Sept. Garden. There are 18 gardens on the tour, and a walking tour of the village of Port Credit is always enjoyable. You can buy tickets at any of the gardens, or in advance. Check out the website at www.CloverleafGardenClub.org
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
There are some container plants that just last and geraniums are one of them. This little beauty sat on the deck all summer and in spite of neglect and sporadic watering is looking strong and healthy. Geraniums are one container plant that can stand a little dryness and heaven knows that it has been an exceedingly dry summer. Once client told me that she have given up on watering container plants. This last heat wave just took too much out of her and she didn't want to go outdoors merely to water wilted impatients. She is writing down the names of plants that did well in containers this summer and will buy those next year. Among her favourites were plants in her very large containers, where the soil provided some insulation from the heat, and heat loving gerber daisies which are native to South Africa. I tried a sedum container this year and I didn't water it even once (mainly because I didn't think about it) and it has done very well.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Check out this web site for picture, because once again I was cameraless : waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph24.htm