White Rock used to participate in the national Communities in Bloom program, but as far as I can see they haven’t done so for a number of years. It’s a shame because there are so many lovely gardens in our pretty little City by the Sea.
The long growing season, the lovely sunshine, the (normally) ample moisture all contribute to copious blooms and rich green foliage. Not everybody knows how to harness and choreograph all those elements, it’s a true art and takes lots of time, energy and patience.
If I was awarding the prize for the best condo garden display in White Rock, hands down it would go to this building on Merklin. Bold color, changes of height, and the use of texture all convene to make one of the finest displays in town. With both staple perennials and the addition of carefully placed annuals this wall of blooms has been flowering incessantly for the past two months. I love to walk by and see what’s new every week.
Whomever is responsible should be proud of what s/he has accomplished. You get five stars from me.
The yucca plant is another garden staple in the lower mainland of BC. I doesn’t require a lot of attention and can withstand both heat and drought. In White Rock they show up on boulevards, in flower beds and parking lots. In early spring they send up flower stalks which bloom in June with lovely white blossoms.
I love placing bits of whimsical art in my garden, some hidden among the plants, others out where they can be seen from afar. Here are a few of my favorites.
Morning glories are blooming in my garden and every day it get to see a new batch of colors and designs. Never the same blossom twice.
I believe I’ve been invaded by a wild cucumber plant. What do you think? I planted a number of squash and melons in my front garden and when this plant began to grow I thought it must be one of those. I left for a two week holiday and came back to THIS.
It has spiky green fruit, which if I have identified the plant correctly are inedible. It can become invasive if left to reproduce, so my plan is to rip it out and find the original tuber and dig that out as well.
Clematis Jackmanii is one of the most popular and widely grown clematis culitvars in Canada. Hardy to zone 4a, I’ve found it to be not only successful but prolific in my zone 3 garden.
It prefers cool roots but flourishes in direct sun, blooming from mid summer into the fall. Mine is at its prime this week, already more than 8 feet tall and covered in luscious 5-6″ purple blossoms.
I trim my Jackmanii to 24″ above the soil in the late fall once it has finished flowering, but if I forget or don’t get it done before snow falls I can do the same in the spring before the new sprouts emerge.
Clematis Jackmanii was originally developed by horticulturist George Jackman of Surrey England in 1862. It can be purchased at virtually any garden center in North America.
I participated in a garage sale a few weeks ago and sold off a bunch of artwork I no longer wanted to display. One of the paintings was an acrylic folk art piece by an American teen artist. It didn’t sell, but one shopper told me that she often shellacked similar paintings and hung them in her garden.
Hmm. Since It was destined for the thrift shop I decided, “what the heck” and hung in on my fence among some planters and climbing vines. I like how it ties in the colors and I think it’ll look even lovelier once the morning glories start blooming.