U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8b. Sunset climate zone 5

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Houseboats' Gardens. Victoria, Canada.

Canada. Vancouver Island. British Columbia' capital, Victoria.
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbor,
you will find Fisherman's Wharf.

Click on the picture for a better view
It celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.

If you don't click on the picture, you won't see my cute muzzle!
You can get there by foot or by water. We arrived by water.

Just a few minutes away from downtown, there are floating homes

with their cute little gardens:



Fell in love with this place? There are several homes for sale.

I could spend hours strolling the docks and admiring all the details.
Isn't it something?

Click on me to see all the details!
Funky Fisherman's Wharf is full of life. There is coffee, ice cream, fresh seafood and music:

Did I mention ice cream?

Residents enjoy the beautiful views of the inner harbor from their balconies.
You can get there by water plane, too:

Why am I posting about Canada? We are off for spring break!
To Canada! I love Canada. I love Victoria, we got engaged there.
This time, we go to ski at Whistler. I don't think I'll see any gardens there.
But who knows?!

***Copyright 2009 TatyanaS

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Best Bloom of 2008

Click on the picture to see snow crystals

My reward for the outstanding performance in my garden-'08 goes to
Fuchsia Double Otto.

It's the same plant that was featured in my January post
The picture above was taken in December
(look at the description below - it's far beyond its bloom period).

Flowers: Bloom Period: June, July, August. Flower Color: pink, purple
Size: 24-36" tall.

Space 24-36" apart.
Soil: Minimum pH: 5.6 • Maximum pH: 7.5
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade.
Cold Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bird House Extravaganza

A dog can have a fancy outfit, a cat can have a diamond collar, but a bird can live in a castle...
First time I saw them in 2007.

They claim that all the materials are weatherproofed.

Then, I saw them in 2008. More varieties, for every taste.
A bird house, or should I say a palace, for a sailor, a wild-life lover, a wine enthusiast, a cook, a gardener, a dog owner....

...a tea lover, a dragonfly lover... I also saw a golf bird house, baseball bird house...

What's next?

Someone can love or don't love them, but what I admire is a creativity and the ability to reinvent a bicycle, as we say.
To see if the birds like them, I need to buy one for my own garden. They were about $50 in 2007, $65 in 2008.... I'd rather buy one soon!
Oh, well, I always can have this classic one...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Puppy Gone?

HELP! My blog lost its face! Blotanical doesn't show my little pup anymore.

What happened to my little innocent baby?!
He was just here, welcoming all the gardeners to my blog.

We never left him alone:

If you see him, send him my way, please. You should recognize him right away. You can't miss such ears, can you?!

I believed he was under a good supervision...

Could he be lost in a garden?

Ahhh... I just remembered... Was it a mistake to put him in my Winter Garden Dining post under the name Hot Dog( )?....

Stuart, find my puppy, please!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fanciful Fences

Здравствуйте! Вероятно, вы зашли на эту страничку по ссылке с другого сайта. Мои садовые фотографии и тексты на русском языке находятся на блоге Pelageya, русская американка. Конечно, там не только садовое, а и всё другое - жизнь, в общем. Добро пожаловать!
There is a fence for every taste!
These fences go far beyond of the original fence' mission - to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary.
Simple and beautiful:
(The larger the better - click on the pick!)
How appropriate! What other material would you use for a fence in this location!

Without this light bamboo mini-fence the pedestal would look a bit lonely:

Wow! What an imagination! I couldn't pass this masterpiece!

Old-fashioned charm:

I like this birdhouse resting comfortably on a fence:
A bird house for each pole:
And look at this! Wonderful!
I love this post! Thank you Jacque, for reminding me such a great way to use all the rocks we get from our soil!

And how about this?!
What is your favorite?
***Copyright TatyanaS

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Rooks Have Returned

I want to share with you one of my favorite Russian spring paintings. Can you feel a smell of melting snow? coolness of the spring air? can you hear birds ?

Alexey K. Savrasov (1830 -1897).
Oil on canvas.
From collection of the Tretyakov Gallery.

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Alexey Savrasov was one of the most important -arguably the most important- of all the 19th century Russian landscape painters, considered the creator of the "lyrical landscape style". A trully emblematic work, "The Rooks Have Returned" (or "The Rooks Have Come Back") is Savrasov's most famous painting, a lovely elegy to the spring announced by the rooks return. The canvas shows Savrasov's love for the rural Russian landscape. (

Monday, March 16, 2009

Secret Life of Beans.

What is going on with beans after we put them into the soil?
We take the beans:

Make a nice bed with a support like this:

Or like this:

Green plants appear and grow:

Then, they bloom:

Then, we have new beans.

But what is going on there, under the ground, in the dark?

This is what is going on:

Click on us, click on us!

Look like aliens, don't they?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

SPRING?! Can you spell it, please?

Ahh, I was enjoying my morning coffee and admiring all your blooms...

March .... Spring .... Sunday... Life is beautiful...

- "Did you look outside?"

- "No, I didn't. Why? WHAT????!!!!"

It is snowing. And it's a serious snow, not that light - probably last -close to spring one, but real heavy non-stop snow.

These are my March almost-spring blooms...

Can you click on us please, we are so-o-o... even under the snow...

Hellebores foetidus

I needed to shake some snow off to see the flowers of this hellebores...

Petals are so beautiful...

Again Hellebores...


Now, I am back to my usual winter chore - to brush off the snow from two palm trees.

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