Todays post marks the 1000th post I have written. I want to thank all of my readers for your support over the years. When I started this blog in January of 2010 I knew I wanted to write. I had no idea about blogging when I started so I started slowly using it as a way of writing about my daily life. I have always been passionate about gardening and started about 35 years ago when I bought my first home. Gardening has taught me patience and I developed a respect for nature. It’s a place I can relax after a long day at work or to take the worries away.
So let’s celebrate today by joining me on a summer walk. I was out walking in Tsawwassen with a couple of friends last week. I wanted to do a walk around an area of Tsawwassen known to locals as Beach Grove. I grew up in this area as a child and it holds fond memories for me. We started at the corner of 12th Avenue and Beach Grove Road.
The Beach Grove Cafe is all decked out for fall with a cute display of faux pumpkins and squash adding colour to a planting of ivy.
In front of Painted with Love, another fall display made me smile. Cute scarecrows smile upon another fall scene.
Along the east side of Beach Grove road, homes are built along the beach. This garden was a knockout with all the colour it displayed.
It was the succulent containers in the driveway that really caught my eye. I love containers with texture and this mix of cacti, agave and echeveria has me wanting to replicate this for my garden.
Containers lined the driveway daring anyone to come close.
Variegated yucca added a vertical element and combined nicely with the planting of cacti behind it. I had to look twice at the cactus to make sure it was real. It isn’t a plant normally grown in our rainy west coast but summers here are much warmer now. Maybe this will be the new normal. Who knows?
A little further down was a vibrant planting of zinnias. Such an easy plant to grow yet seldom used around here.
We walked up and down different streets and I had to stop to admire this fairly new planting. I tend to look for gardens with great foliage and this one is on the right track.
Rock walls draw me in. This dry stone wall was full of great plants. Speaking about great foliage, I love the way this plant cascades over the rock wall. I am thinking this is a variegated Lonicera but I am not sure. All I know is I want one.
A mix of black Mondo and Japanese forest grass with their narrow leaves complemented the chartreuse foliage of Dicentra or bleeding heart.
Further down in the same rock garden strawberries cascaded over the wall in front of the glaucous leaves of Euphorbia. This gardener wasn’t afraid to add edibles to this garden with basil filling in the gaps between perennial flowers.
So many lovely gardens to see along our walk on Enderby avenue in Beach Grove. Almost every home has a porch with a sitting area. Who wouldn’t when you live near the beach? I liked this no lawn garden.
This garden is planted up with Dahlias in every colour. I could have spent hours here photographing each one.
Bees loved the Dahlias in this garden.
At the north side of the garden but still in full sun were Mirabilis jalapa or four o’clock. This old-fashioned flower isn’t seen often in gardens. Multiple colours were on single plants with some flowers speckled with yellow along with pink. You can see the two buds in front and how they will look so different. I may have to grow these fine plants next spring.