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Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 7: Outrageous Echinacea, Luminous Blossoms and Much More! (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 7: Outrageous Echinacea, Luminous Blossoms and Much More! (+10 insets)
(+10 insets!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for image information)

Trip Talk: Great Timing, Tub Transfers and Preparations!
The RV we chose for our home on the road is so popular that only a few are available across the country. In fact, the one that Steve got to walk through wasn't even at the RV show! The manufacturer, Keystone, had only just delivered the rig to the RV seller that morning. It was still at their receiving facility, waiting to be shuttled to the show for display. After Steve described the sort of trailer we were after, the lady he was talking to took him around to a few units that fit our needs but she couldn't find the one she really wanted to show him. Eventually she realized that it wasn't on the grounds yet, but told Steve it was only 15 minutes away if he'd like to check it out. It was the first day of the show so Steve made plans to go see it the following day, which he did. He was totally delighted and sent me lots of pictures--I was immediately smitten as well. When the best choices were compared, we decided this was the winner.

The reason this is cool is because our RV was not at the huge show, though it would have been. The show was so popular that instead of getting a few thousand visitors each day, they got over 10k every day! That translates to a lot more people tromping through units with potential damage and wear. When we made our decision to buy that model, we learned that we'd be getting the very unit that Steve walked through at their receiving facility! Totally pristine and unmolested by the hoards, hooray! It's extra cool that Steve has physically been inside our new trailer—how excited and happy we are!

Within two weeks, all of the financial and prep work will been completed. Then we'll be able to drive down to pick up our new RV and since it will be a trade-in (hooray! ), we'll be taking our Grey Wolf, dropping it off and switching over to our new RV. We are so excited!

It's also going to mean moving everything from the old trailer into the new, so we'll be getting a bunch of tubs to help in the transfer. We'll put everything into these containers before we leave and when we arrive, we'll just carry them into the new trailer, easy as pie! Happily, we don't have any excess junk with us so we won't have to spend any time going through our stuff and pulling out the excess clutter. The pieces will soon be coming together! :)

Today's Pictures
You may not know the love affair I have with echinacea, but let me tell you...this flower and its zillions of hybrids totally steal my heart. They are so photogenic and have such lovely details that I lose my mind when I find a garden brimming with blossoms. My first introduction to echinacea was years ago when Steve and I were on a bike and rode past a garden full of hybrids. I nearly flew off my bike for lack of attention to the task at hand! We did an about-face and returned, where I proceeded to spend the next 20 minutes going crazy with my camera. Since then I am always on the lookout for these beauties and of course Butcharts had bunches of species to swoon at.

What can I say about this crimson beauty?! ALL BOW BEFORE ITS RADIANT BEAUTY! It's even got a "sweep of hair" to add to its loveliness. I got many pictures of others around it but this one is the queen of all she surveys. The moment I saw this picture, there was no question about her presentation...and now she has stolen your heart too. :)

Inset 1: a magnificent golden echinacea with others in bokeh behind...oh my heart...

Inset 2: this purple petunia was glowing like neon with the afternoon sun shining through its petals. The background is added candy that makes this a favorite for me!

Inset 3: on the way in and out of Butchart Gardens is a pathway lined with decadent plantings including a parade of hydrangea that would knock your socks off. Here is a stunning trio of blossoms paving the way for the enormous ball of flowers to come. Incredible!

Inset 4: cascading down from their hanging planter, these begonias were lit by sunshine that warmed their petals and made them look like Mother Nature's most beautiful lamps!

Inset 5: I was lucky enough to get a nice picture of this pewter-colored damselfly as it sat on a golden echinacea!

Inset 6: the sun shining through this begonia's petals made the original image look so overly saturated that I decided to turn it into art instead, muting the colors and giving a richer and darker background. Winner-winner-chicken-dinner!!

Inset 7: a lovely lavender bud stretches up before a field of coral zinnias, what a sight!

Inset 8: what a lucky day I had with insects! Here is Pine White butterfly sipping eagerly on a stalk of yellow blossoms...I don't know what species they are though. (do you know??)

Inset 9: another plant that makes me fall over and float away are hostas! So many varieties, colors, textures and sizes, the only bummer about them is the required shade they need. As Steve and I headed up a path above the Sunken Garden I turned and looked into an inset area next to us and couldn't BELIEVE the vast carpet of hostas and other gorgeous plants growing pristinely below. Are they not breathtaking?! *swoon*

Inset 10: Butchart Garden has their own incredible computer-controlled fountain, which mesmerized all who gazed upon it. Cycling through many formation of elegant displays, Steve and I couldn't help but wish we could see it lit up at night in a rainbow of colors, accompanied and tracking some beautiful classical piece. If you have ever been to Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel, you will know the incredible fountain show they have. The experience left me sobbing from the incredible beauty and emotional performance and every time I see this show (they have many), it threatens to reduce me to tears once again. Please, do yourself a favor and end your visit with me by clicking on this link to see Bellagio Fountains: Time to Say Goodbye show. Bring tissues.

Pam, have you tried growing echinacea in your garden? The native species is supposed to be quite hardy but I wouldn't know...the few I've had are merely deer and squirrel food! I hope this bright and sunny day is the same for you my dear! *BIG HUGS* from southern Oregon!

Explored on 10/15/19; highest placement #1.

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34 comments - The latest ones
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
les notes sont vraiment superbes aussi !!
8 months ago.
JOLIES *********
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Wonderful series!

Admired in:
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Toujours aussi belles et inspirantes.
Les pips comme d'habitude sont d'une beauté époustouflante .
8 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


8 months ago.
RHH club
Thanks for your kind comments, Janet. Another series of photos that are all wonderful. Like the Damselfly and the Butterfly the best but only because they're more difficult pictures to take. The photos are all wonderful and show the gardens at their best.

We are in Sheridan, Wyoming, after driving for 21 hours starting at 10 last night. Stopped for coffee, etc, but otherwise kept pushing on and are exhausted. Sheridan is about 2/3 of the way home but we are planning a quieter day tomorrow.

Hope to drive on to Billings and then down to Yellowstone via the northeast entrance and then taken in the northeast corner of the park from Tower Junction to Mammoth Junction. Probably be back home very early Wednesday morning.

All our fears of bad weather were unfounded. It was sunny and beautiful with dry roads the whole way. There was a lot of water in eastern S. Dakota and snow on the ground in Wyoming but not on the roads, thankfully.

Appreciated your kind comments about my parents. They did an awesome job of raising us, as did Nancy's parents and we owe them a lot, though her parents are gone. Family has always been more important than anything else to us.

They are struggling a bit. My father is determined to care for my mother as long as he can especially because she has the beginnings of dementia, but he is quite frail and it is getting more and more difficult. They are hoping to move to a facility where she gets more care.

And speaking of family, we have other great families as well. We get along well with the families of our sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and they all treat us as family as we do with them. We'll be seeing our daughter-in-law's family from Australia soon and are eager to enjoy their company once again.

Had Korean barbecued beef (at a restaurant) for our evening meals along with a mix of deep-fried onions and peppers that was delicious. Have to try and make it when we get home again. Oh, and we had an egg soup that was also wonderful.

Thanks for your concern about our well-being. We were very touched by it and think of you and Steve often. We think of you as another part of our family.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
neira-Dan club
belle photo ; et une série comme d'habitude très intéressante , avec des pépites glissées dedans
8 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A wonderful presentation of this lovely flower, Janet ! Wish you a very nice day and send you many greetings !
8 months ago.
uwschu club
schöne Serie aus diesem Garten
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Beautiful series of flowers and insects all with excellent details and lovely colours.
8 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Cette fleur est magnifique ! Une série nature remarquable.
8 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Another group of wonderful images! I watched the fountain video and it was well worth it. It made me think of a field of tall grasses bending and blowing in the wind. Thank you for suggesting it.
8 months ago.
dgmphoto club
Lovely series of images
8 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Every picture here too is a feast for the eyes, Janet!
Happy you found your RV and warmly congratulate you. :)
8 months ago.
tiabunna club
You've put a great series together here, Janet. Good to hear that your RV is all set to go and that it wasn't subjected to hordes of people tramping through! Having looked at the link, it really is going to be a home away from home for you.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Excelente mamcro y bonitas tomas de jardín.
8 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wieder wunderschöne Blumen-Makros, Janet, auch der Springbrunnen ist köstlich!
Liebe Grüße,
8 months ago.
niraK68 club
erneut eine tolle Serie
8 months ago.
cammino club
Perfect closse-up und beautiful series!
8 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Hey Janet.... so glad you've got your RV sorted already..You don't hang about do you lol.
I'm so happy for you too, especially as you managed to get one "untouched"
Great series of photos too, well done.
Have a nice evening.
8 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A cornucopia of extraordinarily pulchritudinous images Janet! (See I told you I was running out of superlatives - I've had to find some more)..!!

A particularly well chosen main image.............perfectly sharp and detailed with glorious colours. I particularly like the smooooooth background and the negative space on the left..!!

In the PiPs I especially like the golden Echinacea - these are the ones I've had in my garden the past two years. I love them.

I also love the glowing begonias...........beautifully captured! The damselfly and butterfly are particularly good but I don't know what the yellow flowers are I'm afraid.

Two others that deserve special mention are the "leavescape" featuring those lovely Hosta leaves. I have some of these in my garden too, but they exist merely to feed the slugs and snails, and finally the fountain ( and the video link you provided). Just stunning :-)

Glad to hear you'll soon be up and running with your new RV.............and especially that you managed to get just what you were looking for.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful series!
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Breathtakingly beautiful Janet.
8 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Klasse serie een genot om te kijkem meermaals
8 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow - that video of the fountains with Andrea Bocelli singing - he's one of most favourite of all singers. He's just got a voice that sends shivers down my spine. Thanks for that.

As for your pictures - another wow. I just love them all, but I think the glowing begonias are superb as is the hydrangea. I do love hostas too - but I'm afraid you put such beautiful pictures here, it's almost impossible to say which are the favourites.

As for the RV - thank goodness you managed to get the one that hadn't had hordes of people traipsing through it. I can imagine how excited you are - with that wonderful truck going to take you and Steve to amazing places for more adventures
8 months ago.
Esther club
My favorites are your hydrangia photo and the overstaturated begonia. They all are beautiful, though.

I never thought that an RV show would be that popular. Thank goodness they are not all out on the road at once. What a traffic jam that would be.
8 months ago.
©UdoSm club
8 months ago.
Ruth club
The images are just beautiful Janet. Superb detail and clarity, well done.
8 months ago.
Reyk club
Eine zarte Blüte, wunderbar in Szene gesetzt
8 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Wonderful close up!
8 months ago.
grobi358 club
The main picture and inlet 6 I think are the best! Best regards, Karsten
8 months ago.
micritter club
So beautiful and so expertly captured (all of them!)
8 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
8 months ago.
micritter club
Fantastic series of macros and nature photos.
8 months ago.

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