Moments in the Garden 3rd Anniversary

 Early Photos of the Findleberry Garden

I can’t believe that I am celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Moments in the Garden.  The Findleberry Garden has evolved over this time.  When we first bought our home in Fintry the garden was very neglected.  My husband worked on some of the structural features while I slowly added some of my favourite English country-style flowers.  It has given us a lot of  pleasure;  it is our sanctuary.  We love to sit by the pond and here the light splash of water from the fountain.  I hope that my gardening tips and floral photography has enlightened some of you.  I never thought that starting this blog would lead into photography but almost every day I capture something in the garden or in Fintry Provincial Park.  There is a remarkable difference from my early photography to photos recently taken.  One of my favourites is the two toned tulip.  It has even led me to experiment in floral arrangements.  This enables me to showcase flowers currently blooming in the garden.

 

 

These past few weeks there has been a burst of growth.  In particular I am finally seeing some new buds appearing on the rose bushes.  They were severely set back this year.  

New Leaves on Ornamental Lacy Leaf Maple
New Growth in the Findleberry Garden
Gold Flame Spirea

I certainly will not have any problem replenishing the garden.  There are numerous seedlings in the greenhouse.   A long list of both annual and perennial  flower varieties as well as my standard tomato, lettuce, basil and cilantro seedlings. 

 

I hope to continue to inspire others to garden.  Hope you all have a great gardening year.  Thanks for supporting me.  Vyvienne

  

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

With Easter fast approaching I have opted for a simple theme this year.  Once again it has been quite the challenge obtaining fresh plants and flowers in my area.  The long winter has certainly had a long-term effect, i.e. delays in stock being brought up from the mainland.  However, I did manage to pick up a selection of frilly pansies which I think are delightful.  They match perfectly with the pastel coloured containers I obtained from Ikea a few weekends ago.  Not a big investment but adding a splash of colour to my front porch.   I also managed to discover some reasonable potted hydrangea plants in Home Depot.  They have a great choice and they are of good quality.  I will use the one I bought for indoor decor first and then slowly adjust it for being planted outside.  

As for the garden….everything seems to be on hold at the moment.  The buds and blooms are just ready to burst but with cooler temperatures this week they have been set back.  Currently flowering are my violets and scillas adding fresh fragrance as well as a number of primroses.

Violets, Primroses and Scilla   

I have been continually assessing winter damage particularly to my roses.  I had almost given up on one of them but discovered new shoots at the base.  Lesson learnt – don’t give up just give them time to recover.  

New leaves on potted Japanese Maple
Forsythia about to Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing all my followers a very Happy Easter.  Hope you are able to share it with family and friends.

Fintry Provincial Park Opens

Fintry Provincial Park Barns

Fintry Provincial Park Opens April 7, 2017

Camping Spot

I have written many posts about Fintry Provincial Park as we are fortunate to live close by in the delta.  It is one of the favourite parts of my day walking through the park and down to the lake.  With looking after my daughter’s dog these past few weeks it has encouraged us to take even more walks than usual.

It was only a few weeks ago that the park was covered in snow.  Now the trails are clear and there are patches of lush green grass.  There is definitely a delay this year with the trees budding out and I will be on the look out for those first wild flowers. There is an abundance of bird life and walking near the entrance the other day a marmot popped up.  

Clean up crews have been busy getting the park ready and clearing the trees that were felled last year.  It is certainly a great place to come and get away from the hustle and bustle enjoying nature and all it has to offer.  

(Feel free to read related blogs on my website:  Another Season in Fintry Provincial Park, The Essence of Fall in Fintry Provincial Park, Fintry Park Trail)

Please also visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/fintry/ to learn more about the history and heritage of this area.

Happy Trails, Happy Camping

 

 

April Showers

As the saying goes April showers bring forth May flowers.  It certainly has been the case in the area I live in.  I have welcomed the rain along with sunny breaks – a perfect mix for bringing on the flowers, trees and shrubs; even the lawns are starting to turn a brighter green.

This is also the month that we celebrate Easter this year.  I have already been looking out for interesting containers and was happy to discover some pastel ones in Ikea.  The frilly pansies look great in them.

After patiently waiting the garden has finally come to life.  Now in the rockery garden there are groups of crocus and miniature daffodil blooming.  The chionodoxa (glory of snow) has small blue buds showing as well as the grape hyacinth (muscari).  Even the pond is back up and running thanks to my husband and the fish have safely been returned.

I have many tulip clumps and I am hoping they will flower by Easter.  There are a few primroses in bloom from last year but I could not help buying a few more.

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The forsythia is forming yellow buds and leaves are starting to open on my ornamental maples and spirea .  I always like to bring in sprigs of forsythia and force them into flower.  

Unfortunately my hellebores have suffered from the long hard winter as well as some of my roses.  While I was down in Vancouver I was intrigued how many hellebores were planted in containers outside restaurants in Yaletown. There are so many varieties to choose from now.  I will definitely be on the hunt for some when I next visit the plant nurseries.  Most days now I can escape to the greenhouse.  The overwintered plants are doing well as I have started to fertilize them weekly.  Meanwhile seeds are sprouting including basil, rosemary, lettuce and tomato.  Even the perennial seeds I planted just over a week ago are starting to come through; so far lupine, dianthus and foxglove.  This for me is my favourite time of year where you can discover something new in the garden each day.  

 

 

March Moments

March Moments

 

As we near the end of March the scene is very different to the same time last year.  I am so glad that Easter is later this year.  I usually have an abundance of plant material to use for decorating both my front porch and the Easter dining table, however, the garden is looking very dismal at the moment.  I have resorted to visiting a number of nurseries this month buying myself cut flowers and spring-flowering plants.  I have had to monitor leaving the pansies outside as even though they prefer cooler temperatures, they have suffered a little some nights.  One of my favourite cut flowers are freesias and I was happy to hear that Art Knapps (@artknappskelowna) bring them in regularly.  

Bulb shoots are slowly coming through in the garden beds but it will be some time before we will be seeing the actual blooms.  As of writing this post there are still patches of snow to be seen during our walks in Fintry Provincial Park.  I have managed at least to do some garden clean up.  In particular raking up many leaves and pruning shrubs and roses.  

Tulip Shoots Appearing

 

It was lovely to see the rockery garden slowly unveiled as the snow melted.  I am always amazed how resilient the plants are having endured the long harsh winter.  Without doubt the deep snow protected a lot of the plants.

 

I can finally see my rockery garden.

I have two containers of potted bulbs that I plunged into the vegetable garden last fall.  These I have now placed in the greenhouse and there are young green shoots appearing.   I am hoping by bringing the bulbs on in the greenhouse they will be ready in time for Easter. 

 

Here’s hoping for warmer temperatures and new discoveries in the garden.  

 

Another Season in Fintry Provincial Park

The Avenue
Walking Trail
Fintry Barns

 

Shorts Creek

 

Waterfall

 

View to Lake

It won’t be long now before camping season starts in Fintry Provincial Park.   I  have been very fortunate virtually having the park to myself these past winter months.  Now it is time for others to enjoy what the park has to offer.  From the many trails and scenic walks to adventures on Okanagan Lake, it really is a perfect place to come to.  Before settling in Fintry Delta, my family and I camped many summers in this BC park.  For those of you feeling more adventurous you can always climb the 400 plus steps by the Shorts Creek Waterfall and admire the many vistas.  Believe me, it is really a good work out! 

As I am keen gardener/photographer one of the highlights for me is admiring the many wildflowers as spring arrives.  First to bloom of course is the Balsam Root (Arrowleaf).  Many clumps are to be seen up on the mountain side.  Soon to follow are the lupins and then the mounds of wild penstemon, my favourite.  A much loved plant of the humming bird.  For further information on wild flowers found in Fintry Provincial Park visit www.wildflower.org, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/fintry/

Penstemon
Balsam Root (Arrowleaf)

 

 

 

 

There are left over gardens from the Dun Waters Fintry estate.  While wandering through I often spot an odd clump of daffolds or iris.  What remains abundant though are the lilacs and they really are a sight to see, both purple and white.  I almost forgot to mention the wild roses that come in many shades of pink.  The scent is amazing as you walk through the trails.

Let us not forget the wildlife.  Deer roam through the woods, quail rummage through the undergrowth and there is a prominent presence of geese in early spring.  I am always happy to see the black capped chickadees too with their distinctive bird call.  

Happy Camping