Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Gardens to See: Pictures from Glendale Gardens

Oberon in the Rhodo at Glendale Gardens

Glendale Gardens and Woodland at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Victoria British Columbia is a self described garden lover's paradise. In my opinion it reflects varying degrees of success (which is one of the things I like about this garden). It is really worthwhile becoming a member of this garden it has a lot to offer - check out the website.

Seed pod from the Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica)

I like Glendale for ideas and to see the plants I want to use in my garden design as they would appear during different seasons and at maturity. Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica) is a tree in my design plan that I got to see with no leaves and with only old seed pods on it and knew I loved it.



I am not a big fan of Rhododendrons. I take Rhodos on a one by one basis and make my mind up if I like them individually.



After getting to know this Rhodo, I think I like it; but I am not 100% convinced.
I know there are Rhodo fans who are wondering what the heck is wrong with me. And maybe they are right...

...Because I find these thorny things beautiful without hesitation

I took more pictures of decaying brambles than I did of Rhododendrons and other flowers at Glendale Gardens.

Which begs the question: What is considered beautiful and desirable in the garden?
To be continued...


Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Hi, I found your blog on blotanical. Nice pictures and your pup is beautiful. Welcome to the club.


West Coast Island Gardener said...

Hi Debbi
Thanks for your lovely comments. It is great to meet gardeners from all over the world.