My friend lives on a lush acreage where she has created a beautiful Mediterranean style garden. She and her husband travel to Provence every year and spend a couple of idyllic months exploring the villages. I think she has been inspired by the lovely gardens in France.
The garden plants are selected with an artists eye...
and then one needs to be mindful of
the deer who have voracious appetites!
Ali took me on a garden tour with the local rose group.
First we stopped off at Ali's friend Anna's home.
Anna and her husband Paul are artists and they have a gallery on their property that showcases their artwork. In case you are interested I have included a link to their site below.
Blue Horse Gallery is located in the Southey Point area of Salt Spring.
Weddings are frequently held on this picturesque property and they also run a B&B called Bloom.
I was so smitten with this adorable suite...
I could imagine waking up and taking my coffee out to the terrace and listening to the bees buzzing and the birdsong.
We visited quite a few gardens and there are many keen rosarians on the island.
I felt very privileged to be included on the tour and have Ali to thank for arranging it for me to join in.
A clump of poppies caught my eye...
I must get some of these for our garden.
Ali and I had lunch in Ganges and perused some of the lovely shops.
I was tempted by many of the lovely linen garments in the shops
but I do not "need" any more...
I cannot say that for roses
as I am already thinking where I can find room to squeeze in a few more in our garden!
One of my favourite gardens on the tour was a 6 acre property near Vesuvius.
Pauline and her husband have a vast garden with over 200 roses!
A fragrant oasis of roses
which Pauline has mixed with many lovely plants.
The most stunning array of vibrant blue, mauve and purple delphiniums
stood tall with her glorious roses.
Pauline is an avid and knowledgeable gardener and very gracious.
It was difficult prying myself away from her garden but I had to catch the ferry.
Ali and I plan to meet again on the island
as there are so many wonderful things to see and do...
I am heading out to the garden so I will close before donning my garden gloves.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.