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Spring in Verna’s garden in British Columbia

Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Verna Collett

Today’s photos are from Verna Collett. We visited Verna’s garden waaaay back in September of 2012 (refresh your memory HERE) and we all loved it, so I was so happy to see her garden in my inbox again. This time we get to see visions of SPRING!

She says, “Here are some photos of my garden in March and early April this year. We are fortunate to have such great weather! The hellebores, star magnolia tree, and early bulbs are always a welcome sight. I think they are like a “free” show as they appear before you have to start the hard work of weeding and so on!

“These views are all of the front garden of our home in Victoria, British Columbia, where we have lived (and gardened) since 1963—same house but a gradually changing garden. It’s fun to have more gardening time with retirement….even though I am a bit less flexible with some creaky and stiff joints, it all gets done.

“Later in the season, I enjoy container gardening on the deck, and I am busy getting those ready to plant now. I really love seeing the beautiful gardens featured each day at GPOD. Such a delightful way to start off the morning.”

Wow, Verna, you have so much going on in spring! Everything looks amazing! Thanks so much for the revisit. Send more photos soon!

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  1. tractor1 04/14/2014

    Gorgeous vernal emergence. I'm so envious that British Columbia's spring is a good month ahead of the Catskills', so far all I see are the very tips of daffodil leaves popping through. But yesterday the temperature reached a remarkable 75 degrees and should again today so I'll be catching up. Gotta love your daffs against that azure sky. Thank you for sharing, Verna,

  2. flowerladydi 04/14/2014

    So cheery and refreshing to see such great spring color! Love the frittalaria and Toad lily especially, as one does not see them used as often,, and the magnolia is so very pretty! As tractor1 stated,, we also saw nearly 75 yesterday!, and I saw a few of my daffs just start to open!, but today and tomorrow we may actually see snow again!,,,, how nice for you to know that spring has arrived for you to stay! Mother nature is just toying with us for a bit yet!
    It is all just charming!!! Would love to see more of your great yard!!
    Thanks for sharing Verna!

  3. wGardens 04/14/2014

    Wow! What a greeting this morning ... your yard must be an explosion of color. It is wonderful- especially love that double white Hellebore! I need that one!

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    meander_michaele 04/14/2014

    Verna, you have such a wonderful diversity of spring flowering plants...all so colorful and bountiful. They certainly provide the kick-start that gets you energized to do all your amazing container combinations. Is the 5th picture down on the right that of a trout lily? Whatever it is...such delicate beauty. Shame on me for not knowing my wild flowers better.

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    HelloFromMD 04/14/2014

    Beautiful spring bulbs! I planted fritillaria and anemone for the first time. So far the anemone is blooming but not the fritillary so I hope mine looks as good as yours .Happy spring everyone, we've had some temps in the 60's yea!

  6. wildthyme 04/14/2014

    What lovely spring color you've created, Verna! The apricot daffodils are gorgeous, as is the trout lily. Thank you for encouraging us that spring is, indeed, on the way.

  7. GrannyMay 04/14/2014

    Good morning Verna, it is so delightful to start the day with your lovely spring flowers! Being slightly north of you and up a hill, my garden is always a week or two behind those in Victoria. When I get impatient I can go and see previews in Victoria of what will soon appear in my own garden. Thank you for sharing!

    I had a look at your previous posting and was blown away by your amazing containers! If you still do that many you must be working hard already. Please send photos of this year's show!

  8. GardenersWK 04/14/2014

    This was indeed a delightful surprise this morning! Your spring gardens are spectacular! You seem to have every possible spring flower and spring bulb that I know of. I love the chionodoxa or Glory of the Snow mixed with wind anemone and hellebores. What a perfect spring garden you had mastered! I am impressed!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. CJgardens 04/14/2014

    Love all the spring color. I have many of the same bulbs but I can see I should have larger groupings for greater impact. Learn something new every year. Central Wisconsin finally had 50 degree temps and melted our snow banks, then woke up to 2 inches of snow and more coming Wednesday! My tulips, daffodils, and allium are popping out. The tulips are all sequestered in cages to protect them from the rabbits.
    Had to check out the previous photos of your containers - just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your gardens.

  10. GrannyCC 04/14/2014

    Good morning Verna. What a wonderful start to the day. I to live just north of you and some of your flowers are ahead of mine. Sounds like you don't have too many deer. Beautiful combinations of blue and yellow.

    I had a look back at your containers and they are truly stunning. Love the blue ladder.

  11. cwheat000 04/14/2014

    Verna, I am not sure how I missed your first entries, however, now I have a double treat today. I like your gardening enthusiasm. It looks like you have studied many a bulb catalog. Your garden and your containers are stupendous!

  12. Wife_Mother_Gardener 04/14/2014

    Beautiful! I am surprised you have so much blooming already. Thanks for sharing!

  13. janeeliz 04/15/2014

    SIMPLY DIVINE! Love everything in your spring garden. It's splendid! Beautiful photos too...great angles! Oh, how I'm yearning for all those wonderful bulbs to bloom in my garden. And your flowering trees look so dreamy. Send more.

  14. ancientgardener 04/16/2014

    Oh, those gorgeous hellebores, especially the colorful one. I do not have good luck with them, but must try again. The Adder's Tongue reminded me of my childhood in Vermont when the woods were full of them. So beautiful! They seem almost a rarity today. You have inspired me to plant more bulbs and spring plants this fall.

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