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GPOD on the Road: Abkhazi Garden

Spring in a marvelous garden

garden pond with waterlilies and surrounded by conifers

Cherry Ong is taking us to visit Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, British Columbia. These photos are from a trip she took there this spring.

large red Japanese mapleJapanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) are always beautiful, but look at the incredible trunk on this old cutleaf variety. It is an incredible piece of living sculpture.

wide view of the garden in spring with lots of still bare plantsLooking across the garden, there is some truly beautiful stone carefully accented by beautiful plants.

close up of plant with spotted foliageThis clump of Asian mayapple, with outrageous spotted foliage, looks like the variety Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, (Zones 6–9).

large flowering shrubs in bloomThis stunning Rhododendron is in full bloom. In climates where they thrive—like the Pacific Northwest—rhododendrons can be overplanted, but it is easy to see why. What a beautiful plant!

large native oak trees with no leaves in the gardenBeautiful garry oaks (Quercus garryana, Zones 6–9) cast wild shadows on the lawn. This species of oak, native to the west coast of North America, is being threatened as its native habitat is destroyed by urban development.

dwarf conifer and tiny succulents in a stone containerSometimes simplicity is the most effective approach, as exemplified by this beautiful container with its single dwarf conifer offset by a carpet of hens-and-chicks (Sempervivium sp, Zones 4–8).

garden pond with waterlilies and surrounded by conifersThe pond is ringed by beautiful stones and conifers. The leaves of waterlilies (Nyphmaea, Zones 4–10) are just coming up to the surface.

two turtles on the edge of the pondThe local turtles are big fans of the water as well.

close up of a single white and single pink flowerTwo blooms from Anemone nemorosa (Zones 5–8) varieties—the one on the left is the double cultivar ‘Vestal’.

close up of plants with small yellow flowers in shadeThis trout lily (Erythronium) is probably the hybrid ‘Pagoda’ (Zones 4–9). Different species of trout lily are native to woodlands around North America and give elegant spring displays of bloom in shade.

close up of white trout lilyThis gorgeous trout lily is probably ‘White Beauty’.

 

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    simplesue 08/26/2022

    Such a beautiful place, I love that photo of the mature red Japanese Maples with the old twisted limbs! Thanks for sharing your tour of this garden!

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    treasuresmom 08/26/2022

    I still am not receiving the email. What do I need to do to start getting them again?

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      simplesue 08/26/2022

      I'm not getting the emails I signed up for either...whats up with that?!

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    treasuresmom 08/26/2022

    BTW, great photos!

  4. user-7007672 08/26/2022

    As always, Cherry, gorgeous photographs and informative, interesting captions. Thank you!
    Chris

  5. BTucker9675 08/26/2022

    Stunning!!! I've always loved trout lilies and these photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this lovely garden.

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