Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Minter Gardens - part one
I've been itching to go to Minter Gardens all summer long and for one reason or another it has just not worked out. So when I had some spare time in the afternoon I finally decided to head "wackward" - that's East towards Chilliwack - and visit Minter Gardens. They have some of the most beautiful flower beds.
And they always have the most wonderful flax at Minter Gardens. I have to hunt down Brian Minter one of these days and ask him his secret. They are much colder than the rest of the Fraser Valley and significantly colder than places like Metro Van. I wonder if they lift them out?
Here's my kind of plant.... echeveria.
On the flax... I was almost sure that they lift them out of place. But I visited here last year and these flax were right in the same place. It's possible that they are lifted and planted in the exact same place ... but that seems a little weird.
moving on we find more flax. This is not good for me. It makes me think of all the beautiful buy one get one flax at Phoenix Perennials.... hmmm....
And the true reason I wanted to go back... these agaves! I remember them from last year. They used to have a giant sempervivum lizard that is no more.
These agave americana variegata even had a number of pups. I wonder if they are willing to part with any agave pups?
I was so enamoured by the agaves and flax that I almost missed this flying dragon!
And for my flower loving friends. I have to admit, this makes me nervous.
But this doesn't!
Looking back at the agaves from above.
It's such a PNW scene eh?
I really appreciate how they add touches of epicness like this giant timber bamboo.
They certainly embrace a nice tightly planted bed.
And while I love all the colours, there's something about this green. All the ferns, vines, moss ... I guess I'm more of a PNWesterner than I thought.