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One of the loveliest public gardens I’ve ever visited is Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. When we lived in Seattle, we took a ferry to the Kitsap Penninsula and met my DH’s brother and sister-in-law for a second ferry across Puget Sound to Victoria. We spent an enchanting day exploring this feast for the senses. A former rock quarry, Butchart Gardens is a tour de force of land reclamation.

When the weather won’t cooperate by delivering spring on time, I do a little armchair traveling to relive that day. While I can’t smell the heavenly scents, at least I can rest my winter-weary eyes with a little color.

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Yesterday I asked for your spring pictures. Barbara Monajem sent me this shot of camellias from her garden to share.  Barbara writes delicious historical paranormals. I’m not sure where she lives, but she’s obviously way ahead of New England in the spring department.

For those of us in northern climes, I guess we still have to look to indoor plants for a breath of spring.

Indoor Spring

Nynke, my Dutch friend, sent me a picture of some indoor greenery that has just sprouted “three cute little hands of leaves last week!” (Nynke’s words. Pretty good description, isn’t it?)

I guess what I’m hungry to see outside my window is growth. After the deadness of winter, spring is more than a change of season. It’s a change of mind. Out with the icy sludge of inaction–in with new possibilities and opportunities.

Sounds like maybe I just need to clean out my closets, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, we’re expecting 1-2 inches of snow today, so for the time being, spring will have to remain  elusive for me. What do you do on that first day when the wind blows warm from the south and life bursts through the crusty earth with new hope?

14 thoughts on “Cyber-Spring

  1. I’ve been to Victoria many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to Butchart Gardens. (I hope I would remember if I had!) Must make a point of it some day.

    I’m going to post the dogwood pic to my Facebook page. :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Oh, you must go, Barbara. It’s glorious.

  2. Nynke says:

    Mia, the Butchart Gardens sound and look lovely! I once visited a garden in Stuttgart, Germany, that must have been at least part rock quarry as well – it had really scenic slopes and some actual rock walls! I’m a sucker for slopes. :)

    When I told my boyfriend his plant had made it online, he informed me that it has now sprouted three more hands! I’m pretty sure at least two of those were still invisible yesterday morning. Plant growth can be amazing!

    Wishing you lots of sunshine!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’ll bet at the Netherlands are spectacular at the right time in spring. I imagine whole fields of tulips.

      When I was a kid, we visited Newton, Iowa for their Tulip Festival. Every house in this little town had tulips planted out front and the public parks had little windmills as if a bit of Holland had been plopped down in Iowa (which, like Holland, is flat as a flitter.)

      1. Nynke says:

        Well, most tulips I see are in vases and gardens, to be honest. Outside the main flower bulb region (south of Amsterdam), entire fields of tulips are very rare! But that made the ones I’ve seen all the more spectacular. :)

        Newton’s Tulip Festival sounds charming! :)

  3. Marcy W says:

    Here in southern Missouri, we’ve had such warm weather that the first daffodils are beginning to wilt already! The Bradford pears are in glorious bloom, and the redbud is showing its distinctive magenta color. Today is to be 75! But tomorrow will be 56, so Spring is showing her capricious ways.
    Thanks for the photo of Butchart Gardens … one of my favorite places in the world! Such beauty, and the island of Vancouver is so much fun. A visit to the city of Victoria is the next best thing to a trip to England, and there’s no trans-atlantic flight, just the fun ferry ride. Mmm, lovely memories! :)

    1. Nynke says:

      Ooh, fruit trees in bloom… I forgot all about them, but now I’m really looking forward to seeing them again! Maybe in another month…

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Marcy, you’re such a tease! I’m finding it hard to imagine such a thing as daffodils still exist, let alone get hot enough to wilt.

  4. Barbara Britton says:

    Thanks for the picture of Butchart Gardens. My father was born in Victoria, so I have seen them several times, but never tire of their beauty.
    I am living in cold rain and the threat of snow, but Wisconsin has seen a foot of snow in April, so I’m cautiously optimistic we’ll stay rain.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It’s spitting snow here as I type this, Barbara, so I feel your pain. Spring is really going to have to be all in my mind this year.

  5. Mia Marlowe says:

    I understand about southern weather. We lived in North Carolina for 11 years and our first househunting visit there was during Holy Week between Palm Sunday and Easter. The whole world was in bloom, every tree, every shrub, every bulb! It was nothing short of glorious. Enjoy, and thank God for air conditioning when summer comes.

  6. LOL. I live in Georgia, and the drawback to an early spring is a long, hot, hot summer!! Not that spring always comes early — one year when we had visitors from Montreal in late March, it snowed!!

    I’m going outside now to take a picture of the dogwood in bloom. :)

    1. Nynke says:

      I had to google dogwood, but it’s beautiful!

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