Friday, 27 September 2013

Dahlia's - Minter Gardens - #2

Continuing yesterday's post about
Minter Gardens, which is set to close
permanently in a few weeks..... are a few photos
of  the Formal Garden,
filled with Dahlia's
Years of planning went into the hardscaping
of these gardens.

The pink Dahlia's are my favourite.  :  )

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Garden's Last Days

Today was a gorgeous sunny day...
...and the forecast does not look good... we decided to tour Minter Gardens one more time
before the garden closes it gates
permanently in October.

33 years of planning and developing this garden
are evident in the landscape you see here.
And now it is closing  ....
...what a shame.

(More pictures in following post)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

My Garden - Spiderwort

Tradescantia "Blue and Gold"
These lovely triangular blue flowers
bloom all summer long
on the golden, grass like foliage,
...and is still blooming into late September
in my Flower Garden.   :   )
It is called spiderwort because,
when the stems are broken,
 the sap runs out and
forms filaments that are spider like.

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Roaring River

The rushing of water is fascinating and beautiful.
It also can be powerful and dangerous. 

Here the Coquihalla River is hurrying down this rocky channel,
on it's way to the Pacific ocean by way of the Fraser River.
It drops 1000m in 53km.
Can your hear the roar of the swiftly flowing water?
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Friday, 20 September 2013

My Garden - Cheery Red

While the other perennials in the garden are winding down...

...Red Flag's bright red blossoms
put on a cheery show of colour...

...and the large hibiscus flowers
 continue to flounce their enormous blooms.  : )

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Beautiful Harrison Lake

A lovely day on a beautiful lake....

...Harrison lake,
 the largest lake in the southern coast mountains of BC,
is 60 km long,
and also has three hot springs,
including the  world renowned Harrison hot Springs.

This destination makes for a lovely outing.
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Rurality Blog Hop

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Barns - And Canola

Taken in the beginning of August,
the Canola fields in this photo offer...

...a bright backdrop for this old shed... central Alberta.

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

My Garden - Trio and Water

(Phlox, petunia, and coreopsis)
A trio of colours
as these perennials keep blooming and blooming
in my garden.

No, it is not raining,
this is a view of our water wall and pond,
a refreshing melody on hot, sunny days.
Today we will be over 30C again. 
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Home and Garden Thursday -

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Hiking the Ridge

After a 45 minute, steep switchback climb
beginning near the Coquihalla highway rest area,
the hike to Needle peak, on a gorgeous sunny day,
 continuous along the ridge...

...with open views on both sides,
showing layer upon layer of mountains.
also see previous post here
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

My Garden - "Summer Storm"

A few days ago my Hibiscus (Rose Mallow)
bloomed for the first time... is so exciting to see these humongous flowers
open their faces... 

... to grace our lives with their beauty.
This Hibiscus, with it's 10 inch flowers is
appropriately called Summer Storm
(Hibiscu Summerific "Summer Storm")

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Barn - Rustic Red

I love the red paint on this rustic shed,

bringing out the texture of the wood.

The leaning door adds an element of charm.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

Fencing Arrangement

An interesting array of fencing and gates
make do in this Alberta cattle yard.

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Cloud Cap Mountain

We often travel the Yellowhead highway to Alberta,
...and one of the highlights of the trip is Mt. Robson,
the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies,
and the second highest in BC,
(after Mt. Waddington).

On a clear day, as you drive around a curve on highway 16,
the mountain jumps up at you and
dominates the view,
taking your breath away.

The summit is often obscured in clouds,
and is famous for its terrible weather conditions
for those attempting to climb to the summit..
(there is only a 10% summit rate)
Hence the nickname Cloud Cap Mountain.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Coquihalla Highway

Hiking up the trail above the Coquihalla Summit,
on a beautiful day,
allows for widespread views all around.
The Coquihalla Highway
in the valley below
allows motorists to travel quickly
from the coast to central BC.
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