Garden Photo of the Day

Spring Beauty in Vancouver

By Kim Charles

Allium 'Purple Sensation' and peony

Lilian Ho shows us a few of the blooming beauties in her garden.

"Here in Vancouver BC this year, we are about one month late, but slowly and surely the growth is coming in."

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Arrhenatherum bulbosum 'Variegatum', Uvularia grandiflora 


Arisarum proboscideum

Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex 'Flore Pleno'

Maples in sunken garden

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 06/01/2017

    Hey Lilian - Nice to see the vibrant spring growth and newly emerged and colourful flowers in your lovely garden. I especially like the sunken garden and Japanese maples, which are overseen by the rabbit/hare. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Oz

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Nice to hear from you Frank! I love to read your comments every day because you are so funny! Lucky, there are no Bugs Bunny just yet. Our problems are aphids, and fungus disease and slugs. Have a nice fall!

      I got it Frank, you mean the rabbit garden ornament. Thanks for pointing that out.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 06/02/2017

        Yes that is the one Lilian -- looks like your rabbits have longer ears compared with those on our bunnies. Glad you enjoy my comments. Cheers, Frank

        1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

          I place some ornaments in the garden and then forget about them until other people point out but I do remember where every plant is.

  2. user-7007498 06/01/2017

    Good morning, Lilian. Awesome photos. Today, you have graced us with a pair of spring ephemerals. I have only seen the arisarum in a catalog, never in a garden. Looks cool. Your sunken garden is on I always remember, as it is spectacular. I remember the red Japanese maple. It the other one new? I see it is in a container, so maybe just got moved there. Gorgeous flowers. I am also a huge fan of alliums. Thanks for sharing your garden today.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Arisarum is a lovely shady plants and grows really well here. It is not a popular plants - I was lucky to get a patch from a friend. I love it - slug prove. The other maple is in a container and just move there for the photo. (Show and Tell).

  3. user-7007498 06/01/2017

    I woke up this morning to see this unusual yellow orb in the sky. It created some interesting patterns of light in the garden. I had to google what it was. How about that, the ☀️. A long lost friend. Hopefully, it stays until I get home from work tonight. ?

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      LindaonWhidbey 06/01/2017

      Okay Kevin, we shared rain with you so you owe us some ?.

      1. user-7007498 06/01/2017

        Hey, Linda. I have appreciated the rain you sent this way. But...I am not giving up the ☀️.

  4. tennisluv 06/01/2017

    Lillian, what a lovely spring garden. The picture with the Iris brought to mind Monet's garden and his Iris paintings. The sunken garden with Japanese maples is delightful. You must be enjoying your 'late' spring garden. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Thanks for your comments. I enjoy spring no matter early or late. We had a hush winter last year and I was so glad that I did not loss many plants when I saw them sprouting in the spring.

  5. LauraH77 06/01/2017

    Beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Doxnmomx2 06/01/2017

    The graceful maples and the silly bunny are a wonderful combination. Everything is lovely.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/01/2017

    Looking fantastic, Lillian! It's as if Vancouver and Ohio have swapped springs, seeing that we're about a month ahead this year. Love the shot of the Uvularia and the charming Arisarum. Is the Arisarum a vigorous spreader?

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    2. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Arisarum is not a vigorous spreader in Vancouver but may be it would be a semi-weed in California. It is really low, only 3-4" tall and would be a nice ground cover in the shade.

  8. annek 06/01/2017

    It is a fine zone you live in to grow mouse plant. Your sunken garden, adorned by Japanese maples, the beautiful blue iris eyed by the pink bunny with big ears (I studied that one awhile) and the glowing white of 'Florence pleno' are all a delight. Wonderful!

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      You are a very detailed person, I just randomly took some photos one morning and glad you like it. Thanks.

  9. sheila_schultz 06/01/2017

    Lillian, your garden is as beautiful in the spring as it is in the other seasons, and your Japanese maple continues to be a real showstopper! I would guess that when the peonies bloom your neighbors will be stopping by to take in their sweet fragrance!

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Unfortunately, non of my peonies are fragrant but they are very showy. Neighbors do stop and take photos and chat.

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    vanhatalosuomi 06/01/2017

    I'm sure the peonies will be a spectacular display. Thanks for sharing

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    meander_michaele 06/01/2017

    Ok, Lilian, confession time...a little sigh of envy escaped me as I admired your oh, so handsome stand of tall alliums...that purple color is killer awesome. Thanks to Annek for giving us the common name for the Arisarum proboscideum...and your picture shows its "tail" so perfectly...mouse plant, indeed! Is spring warmth far enough along where you are getting to sit outside in your lovely sunken garden? If I remember from a previous photo sharing, you set out a charming bistro table and chair set that tucks in the corner. Your garden areas are always a delight to see.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      No one actually has sat on the bistro table and chairs and I don't know why. For me, I don't have time to sit around in the garden and I always work in the garden - I love work in the garden even weeding. Alliums does not over winter in our climate well so I consider them annual or biannual. We are too wet here.

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        meander_michaele 06/02/2017

        When it comes to just simply loving to work (and not sit) in your garden, you are speaking my language and probably that's true for most of us here in gpod-land. I enjoy creating areas that seem to invite sitting but yet when it comes to self accepting that invitation, I tell myself a polite "no thank you" and get back to the fun part of working.

  12. user-4691082 06/01/2017

    I'm envious that your peonies haven't bloomed yet. We had hot empathy in April and cool wet temps in May so a lot of my stuff came and went quickly. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us, Lillian. It's always a treat!

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Definitely cool weather can keep peonies bloom longer. The weather is so strange this year. Thanks for you comments.

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    LindaonWhidbey 06/01/2017

    Good morning, Lilian. Your sunken garden is always so inviting and right now the color contrast is especially good. Bloodroot is something that I'd love to add to our woodland garden and this double is so striking. When your peony opens, it will be spectacular. Is it white? Our 'Festiva Maxima' is right on the verge. Let's hope that our weather starts to warm up a bit. Last weekend was a good start. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      I have several different color of herbivorous peonies white, pink, fuchsia, fuchsia red and yellow - more like white. I don't know the cultivar names of them. I planted them in my junior gardener years. I hardly knew English back then, Latin was impossible.

      Bloodroot is a lovely shady plants and I grow them under an erect maple tree.

  14. schatzi 06/01/2017

    It has been an interesting spring, hasn't it! I enjoyed the sun's visit, but 90 was a bit much for me. Love your garden, especially the double bloodroot. And the maples and iris and azaleas and...

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  15. Meelianthus 06/01/2017

    Goodmorning Lillian and what a pleasure to see your wonderful gardens again. The Spring colors in your sunken garden are beautiful and I do love that Uvularia! Thanks for all.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Thanks for your comments.

  16. NCYarden 06/01/2017

    Fantastic garden, Lillian. That sunken garden with those maples.....wooooooo...yeah! Love it. And what an adorable little Arisarum. Spring is treating your garden right. thanks for sharing.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Yep, I just like the gardening season spring and all.

  17. user-3565112 06/01/2017

    Good afternoon Lillian, Your gardens are terrific & you folks gardening in the PNW are always raising the bar. The iris photo & the sanguinaria are as good as it gets. I can imagine the enjoyment you get in the evening in your sunken garden." The love of gardening is a seed once sown that Never dies" Gertrude Jekyll seems to t fit your obvious devotion to your garden
    Thank you for the photos & good luck ,Joe

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Gardening is good for body and soul. I find it so soothing and so stress relief.

  18. gardencook 06/02/2017

    These are beautiful photos!!!!!! I live on the East Coast in the Maritimes and our plants are also flowering late this year, but they are all looking healthy as are your plants!!! Love the Japanese Maple!!!! The rabbit is adorable and I love to use rabbits in my gardens as well. Some day I hope to visit the West Coast and admire all the lovely plants and foliage.

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Please do visit west coast and we do have numbers of nice gardens.

  19. Cenepk10 06/02/2017

    Really nice garden. Nice stand of peonies. All nice. My peonies & alliums bloomed in April. What a treat to see yours ! Love the maples too

    1. user-6536305 06/02/2017

      Some peonies bloom in July in the colder part of British Columbia. It is a so adaptive and very hardy plant.

  20. Cenepk10 06/02/2017

    And that Sanguinaria - wow.

  21. user-6536305 06/02/2017

    Thanks every one for your comments. I really enjoy GPOD and it is the first thing I read with coffee every morning. Sorry for the late reply because I just got off work.

    I found it is really hard to capture a nice white flower photo. Could anyone give me some photo crash course.

  22. user-7007125 06/02/2017

    beautiful....yes we sure need this coming weekend with the promise of sun! Cloverdale!

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