That was our walk today. Betwixt and between the rain showers.
Today, we walked through Bowen Park and the Hailey Rhododendron Grove. I hadn’t been there in a few weeks and really wanted to see how close the Grove was to flowering! It is in bloom. Or really just starting to be in bloom….There are still many plants in bud. Three hundred and fifty varieties of Rhododendron and Azalea, all colours and sizes, incredible.
Companion plantings include, Camellia, Dogwood, Trillium, Curly Lilies and a few others that I didn’t recognize. It was beautiful today.
I was amazed by the Trilliums and Curly Lilies in Bowen today. I had never noted them before! The trilliums in full bloom, showing up the banks beside us as we walked by the River and hiding under the greenery until the angles were just right! Curly Lilies lined the path at points and were mixed in here and there with other tiny wildflowers.
The River itself is flowing more quietly and is no longer overflowing the banks that bind it. The water still fills past the rocks, but you can see the shapes of the rocks below the flow. There is no ROAR of sound now and birdsong is the predominant noise.
There were many photographers in Bowen Park this morning, enjoying the views. A local club was partaking of the views and they – the views – were many.
My garden does not fare so well. I have a few new plants to place in the ground and tomorrow I am going Tree Shopping with a friend. Rebuilding a garden from scratch, with a limited budget is a slow process.
The Hostas that we were given last year are coming up beautifully. This year I want to add ferns to their beds. I have one new Rhododendron – just planted today; and I am looking at getting a few more. Maybe some heather plants for under my new, as yet, unknown trees.
Planning is a fun part of the process, but I want an instant garden. No such garden exists, especially when the criteria is; everything must be perennial, must flower or have interesting foliage. It takes time to create that type of garden! Years even! Patience!
In the meantime I enjoy the local parks and gardens that Nanaimo has to offer. There are many.
Happy Walking and Gardening