Friday, May 22, 2009

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It has been a while since I posted, but the biggest reason for this is I went to Butchart Gardens on Mother's Day weekend and was totally blown away by it's beauty. I was like a kid in a candy store and I do not think the smile ever left my face. Problem is, I could not stop taking pictures, took about 400 I am sure. It was amazing. Apparently one of the best Spring displays ever, simply because of the way our weather has been - a cold Winter and late Spring meaning late blooming things arriving at the same time as the right time bloomers, hence a terrific show, and it IS a show! Enormous credit to the designers of the flower beds amongst the general overall look at these magnificent gardens. The colour schemes were incredible. Some of the monotones were even more stunning. They would take the background into consideration, for instance. If there were cream Rhododendrons, then the flowers in front of this could all be cream too and this theme happened throughout the gardens. Of course because of the enormous amount of pictures, all I did was put a huge pressure on myself on the process of elimination. It was ALMOST impossible. I still am posting way more than I should, but could not reduce any further, heehee!!! Hope you enjoy them, but of course the real proof is BEING THERE!! Pauline PS - If you click to enlarge, you may be truly amazed. I am still on a high of the gardens and I thank my dear friend Binners for encouraging me to go visit with her, even though I, (we both) had a busy schedule that weekend. WONDERFUL!
You will see on the third of this set of pictures that at some point in the gardens (actually from the Japanese Gardens), there is a lookout between the trees of this beautiful view of Brentwood Bay and the new tour boat belonging to the gardens. I am not sure if it is in operation yet, but this will also be a future asset to visiting the gardens.
http://www.butchartgardens.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
Thank you for looking. Pauline

86 comments:

Carolyn said...

Wow!!! I have never seen so much color in a spring time garden.It is absolutely amazing.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.
Carolyn

lynn'sgarden said...

HOLY MOLY, Pauline! What a treat this tour is!! You did an amazing job capturing all their beauty..for some reason, the deep purple and white tulips in the bed of forget-me-nots really stood out for me. But all the other flowers are just as beautiful..I love the falling effect of the white flowers down the rock. Glad you're back 'cuz I did miss your posts!

Debbie said...

That is almost unreal looking!!How many people take care of that place?? Some of the pictures showed so many flowers it reminded me of a page in a childrens book. Like a page out of a Dr. Seuss book, Who-land.

Kim said...

Oh, MY! What incredible photos. The larger-scale ones are so breath-taking they almost don't look real. I'd have been smiling, too. Thank you so much for sharing all this beauty.

Northern Shade said...

Wow, there are so many standout garden beds, and combinations. It has been a while since I visited Butchart Gardens. The intricate tapestries of the colourful garden beds are fascinating. I love the areas where the tulips, yellow, white or red, are surrounded by the little blue flowers.
When I see shots like these, I think I just don't plant enough bulbs in the fall. I must remember to order an extra 10 000 bulbs for next fall. :)

Sandra said...

What a stunning garden!! It is beautiful! I've never seen anything like that. Truly beautiful. I could stay there all day long. lol Thank you for sharing with us.
Blessings,
Sandra

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Oh Pauline,
Absolutely stunning! Thank you for taking the time to share these photos with us. It has truly been a pleasure! Have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Mrs. G said...

So nice to make your aquaintence Pauline. I just came over from Susan's, BNOTP, via your comment you left on her lovely porch.
What a delight to discover another rose lover. The Butchart Gardens pictures took my breath away when I first clicked over here. I will be back often to look at them again. For now I am adding Forget-me-nots to my nursery shopping list. Our old houses garden was covered with those tiny blue flowering plants that nestled below the tulips in the spring. Now after seeing this post I am wishing that I would have dug a few up to bring to this house.
Again, so nice to meet you.
Sue

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Pauline, Wow, what can one say about so much beauty. I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The colors and the layouts are so wonderful. So glad I saw this posting. It just made my mouth drop open looking at them.
Lona

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Holy COW! That is a gorgeous place and your photographs are professional in quality! They are amazing! I cannot get over the variety and color in the gardens...almost more than I can handle all at once;-) I am sure your day was fabulous, and I am going to mark that as a garden I need to see before I die;-) Thanks for uploading so many photos to share. I don't like uploading photos to blogger, it's kind of a pain. It usually takes forever, so you deserve kudos for your efforts!!

Helen said...

Spectacular -- the pictures and the garden. I envy you your visit, but I'm grateful you took the time to share. Butchart Gardens is even higher on my list of places to go now.

texasdaisey said...

Wow, Wow, Wow, I would love to visit there. I have seen pictures of it before but yours really are stunning!
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gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That is beyond words! Beautiful pictures! I haven't been in many years and I was just telling my husband I want to go this summer. After seeing your pictures I want to go even more!

Roses at Wedgwood House and Gardens said...

Oh you guys, thank you so much.

Wouldn't it have been fun if wee could all have visited together. I do not think that I will ever forget that day. I am lucky to live not that far away from Butchart, and every Season is a treasure there, even in the winter! Especially Christmas time. I have not experienced that yet.

Catherine, I hope you do get to go this summer. Of course it is very touristy, naturally and summer must be the peek time. If you guys are going solo, try and go early in the morning. I felt lucky this time to have been able to take a lot of pictures without people in them, but if I had no choice, I would take them anyway, of course!

I heard some people along the way asking where the rose garden was as they were REALLY looking forward to seeing the roses. I felt really sorry, that they did not realize that there would not be any roses this early in the season, especially at Butchart!

I still visited their rose garden, even though off season and was still thrilled by it's expectations. Wow they were pruned soo very low, in other words hard pruned. The plants were so very close together. Looked like even a foot, two at the most apart! WOW! so not the norm in home gardens. But I was happy to see that, as if I am able to follow their system at some point, then it means that I can wiggle in some more roses, teehee!!!

Anyhow, I am so happy you all enjoyed my day at Butchart's!

I loved all your comments - so much appreciated with thanks.
Pauline

Kellye said...

Amazing, it's like Heaven!

nikkipolani said...

Pauline, no wonder you are still on that high! These are phenomenal photos. It looks like everywhere you turned, there was something glorious to photograph! And how nice that it wasn't so crowded that you couldn't get some lovely flowers-only images. Bet you were making up bouquets in your mind as you went... :-)

Alison said...

In all the times I have visited the gardens I have never seen them so gorgeous!
I can almost hear the bees buzzing around the flowers they look so real. Phenominal photography!

Joanne said...

Hi Pauline i have been away and just catching up but of course everything is on a go slow tonight.

This garden is such a kaleidascope of colourful tulips I will be intrigued to hear how they follow through later in the year.

Lovely photos thank you for sharing them.

Roses at Wedgwood House and Gardens said...

Kelleye and Nikki, thank you for you nice comments.
Alison, yes I too have never seen them look this good, either! Of course the look is constantly changing and it is amazing how they do it without missing a beat!
Joanne, thank you. Nice to hear from you. I sensed you were missing but glad you were just away for a wee while and assume well! :)Yes, I hope I get a chance to go back again later in the summer.
Cheers all,
Pauline

a woman who is said...

These pictures are completely stunning. I had the privilege over 30 years ago to see this garden in early June on my honeymoon. I would love to return some day. Thanks for sharing your visit, it brought back very lovely memories.

a woman who is said...

Funny I just did a post with a similar title ;0

Wanda said...

Hi I am a new visitor, I am visiting all the blogs I can find with the word roses in them. I hit the jack-pot here, I love the Buchart gardens too me they are paradise. I havn't been for a few years but they are as beautiful as I remember, your pictures as fantastic. Did you have tea while you where there, we did it was so delightful. TTFN

Martha said...

What beautiful gardens. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and I would have taken 100 as well.

Joanne said...

Hi Pauline I haven't heard from your blog for some time I hope all is ok with you.

perhaps you are enjoying a long earned holiday.

Carolyn said...

Hi Pauline,
Just checking in -wanted to let you know I miss you!
Take care,
Carolyn

María Cecilia said...

Hello Pauline, this is my first time in your blog... and OH my GOD!! it´s heaven!!! I want to be there all day long, sleep between all the roses and tulips and the entire garden. If you don´t mind I will add you to my blogroll in my recently opened blog. I´m from Chile, southamerica.
Cariños
María Cecilia

maria cecilia said...

Hello Pauline, I´m so sad you haven´t posted for a long time... really hope you are doing well. I would love to see a new post.
My best wishes to you.
María Cecilia, from Chile

DCW99 said...

What can one say, this is the most beautifull garden I've ever seen. How do you keep it in such a beautifull condition?

I want to place your website link in my blog.

I've always dreamt of a garden as beautifull as yours.

Keep it up, you are a real inspiration.

Hopefully my blog will one day be able to display 1/4 of the beauty that your garden have.

My blog on gardening is as follow: http://therelaxingwaytogreenthumbgardening.blogspot.com

Regards,

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Paula Bee said...

We visited Butchart Gardens on our honeymoon and have been back a few times in the last 36 years. It is always spectacular! Your pictures are amazing. You did a beautiful job capturing its beauty! Thank you for the nice visit...Love, Paula

Aszka9 said...

beautiful garden, greetings

CIELO said...

Truly beautiful... I'd love to feature this garden in our "Garden of the Month" blog... come visit!

http://www.gardenofmonth.blogspot.com

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Heather said...

You've captured Butchart Gardens beautifully! I'm lucky in that I live close by so we can visit often - such an incredible place! Your pictures are fantastic too - lovely blog!

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Talk about GORGEOUS!!

A Storybook Life said...

So beautiful! I LOVE these gardens & plan to take a trip there with my husband some day soon. Thank you for sharing your amazing Spring trip with all of us!!
Pearl

faye boyd said...

Pauline, Can you tell me where in the US you live? I am trying my hand at English roses and have been admiring yours. I live in Alabama which is very hot and humid and not the perfect climate for most of the David Austin roses. Yours are so pretty and healthy looking. Just an admirer who is envious.

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Hi Pauline,
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