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Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 9: Ravishing Roses--HFF!--and the Last of My Butchart Show! :D (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 9: Ravishing Roses--HFF!--and the Last of My Butchart Show! :D (+10 insets)
(+10 insets!) (View Large!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for image information)

Trip Talk: The Installation of our Pullrite Continues!
I am married to the handiest man I've ever known--other than my father of course! It's said that men marry women that most resemble their mothers and women find those who have traits of their fathers. Think about it…is that true for you? I always considered my father to be a superhero…he could do anything, fix anything, create anything, and he was my personal hero, protecting me and teaching me as I grew up…he was the most amazing person to me, so it's no wonder that I found Steve. He shares so many of my father's most admirable traits!

With the same caliber of brilliant mind as my father, Steve is totally amazing with creative solutions and problem-solving. In regards to our truck's hitch, Steve seized the opportunity to research and zero-in on exactly the right hauling solution for us. He learned that it would cost $500+ to have the Pullrite installed--on top of the expense of the hitch itself. Wondering if it was possible to do the installation himself, he watched a number of videos which showed exactly how a handy person could do this job and save the money. Though tricky and requiring some exacting work, Steve was totally confident that he could do this himself.

As he expected, the job has been more difficult than what he learned in the videos and installation how-tos. Nobody ever talks about the physical weight of the various parts, nor does anyone mention the awkwardness of working around a truck's underpinnings. We were both overjoyed that the most critical--and unforgiving--step of the job went perfectly! He had to use a hole-saw drill to cut a round hole through the bed of the truck, which needed to line up perfectly with the installed underparts of the hitch. There could be no error. The strength of the truck's bed depended on this cut being exact, and he nailed it!

What he didn't count on was the poorly added suspension bar that he encountered when he came to another critical point in the installation. An important part that needed to slide into place…couldn't. There was something in the way and upon scrutiny and comparison to videos and pictures, Steve learned that the previous owner put in a bar as part of their own hitch setup--it needed to go! This removal project added hours to the installation but he was successful and very pleased when he was able to complete the important step he'd been working on initially.

The Pullrite is nearly 75% installed now and Steve's delighted at how things are going. Yes, it would have been a much faster job for a professional mechanic to do, but being able to do this himself is incredibly gratifying and satisfying for Steve. Don't we all feel best when we can achieve a very challenging and important goal?! Down the road, as we pull our trailer around the country, we'll have that extra glow of knowing that part of our hitch solution came because Steve is such a handy guy! Hooray! :)

Today's Pictures
Among flowers, few are as popular as the rose. With over 300 species and well-over 1000 cultivars, the variety of these flowers is completely mind-boggling. You may be surprised to learn that roses are native to most areas of the world, though the largest number of native species are found in Asia. Here are a few other things you may not know: not all roses have a scent! The act of hybridizing new cultivars will often kill the scent in a rose, which must then be carefully re-hybridized to get the fragrance back! Also, did you know that a rose's fragrance is strongest in the early hours of the day and fades as the hours pass? (I found a really neat page with a list of interesting rose facts if you'd like to know more about these wonderful flowers. )

Naturally, Butchart Gardens had an enormous area devoted to roses of all kinds. Specifically, they have 7 types of roses, 280 varieties, 2,500 rose plants and 30 rose arches! Upon arriving, you sort of have to just stand there and gawk with glazed eyes, while drool gently trickles down your face. Preposterous!

The rose in this main image is one that I particularly liked because of the wide panorama view as it looks out over the splendiferous (Thanks, Keith! *high five*) view beyond--which includes a lattice fence covered with more roses!

By the way, my many presentations of Butchart Gardens has finally drawn to a close. Truthfully, I could process another 25-50 winners but honestly, 100 pictures is enough already! Believe it or not, we actually visited more than just this incredible place on our 5-week adventure around Vancouver Island! :D So for now, I hope that you enjoyed the show. If you ever had a question about the high price to visit (US for Summer was $27 for the day; www.butchartgardens.com/rates prices are less at different times of the year), I hope my pictures and commentary have convinced you to build a trip with Butchart Gardens in mind as a delicious destination for you. Without question, we will be back. It was an incredible experience and I'm so happy that I could share a small taste of what it was like to be there.

Inset 1: this shaded-cotton-candy-pink rose is totally perfect in my opinion with its elegant petals and marvelous details! I'm so happy I found it so I could share it with the world!

Inset 2: a classic open rose in tints of pink and white with a warm glow of gold in the center, you have to wonder how in the world it was developed this way!

Inset 3: an unusually-shaped peach rose with pink outer petals leaned down from its bush so I could freeze its beauty for immortality.

Inset 4: glowing like a beacon, a bright red and yellow rose beams radiantly in the fading afternoon light.

Inset 5: Steve posed for me in one of the many arbors around the rose garden.

Inset 6: Wait! This isn't a rose! No, it's a gorgeous yellow and gold rudbeckia! (I would have filled this last presentation with roses but I had extra pictures from the rest of the Garden so here they are!)

Inset 7: what a wonderful surprise to find a Bucket List Bug! :D This little beauty is a Candy-Striped Leafhopper sitting on a golden rudbeckia…what a beauty! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the best pictures but this one turned out pretty well.

Inset 8: this is the other picture I got of a Candy-Striped Leafhopper after it hid on a shaded petal. The image is dark and grainy but I wanted to share it anyway because I'm so happy I found one of these marvelous insects!

Inset 9: you may remember the coleus leaves I shared on the first day of my presentation. That one was highly filtered, but this is the original; I'll include the filtered version below this picture for comparison.

Inset 10: last but not least, this is the entry sign for The Butchart Gardens. It, like everything else about this park, is lavish and beautiful!

Pam, do you have any roses on your property? We have a number of them out front and one in back, but I'll admit that I don't care for them at all. They're rather a mess but the flowers are wonderful! I love to step out in the morning when their fragrance is strongest and bury my nose in their petals. Thanks for all of the great comments you've been leaving for me, I'm so glad you've enjoyed the Butchart Garden show and I'm with you--I'd LIVE THERE if I could, lol! Here's hoping you're having a good day! *BIG HUGS!!!*

Explored on 10/19/19; highest placement #6.

Valfal, micritter, Fred Fouarge, Petar Bojić and 41 other people have particularly liked this photo

34 comments - The latest ones
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.HFF.
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Un travail remarquable...Que des étoiles en OR ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
8 months ago.
SUPERBES **********
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Brilliant capture and PIPs!

Admired in:
8 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Tus flores sí que son hermosas y tus trabajos expléndidos.
En general los colores son perfectos y todo bien enfocado.
Steve va preparado para arrodillarse ante la Naturaleza.
Cuando pueda leeré tus enriquecedores comentarios.
Feliz fin de semana, Janet.
8 months ago.
RHH club
A winner! Love all the photos, but the photo of Steve under the arbor takes the prize! How nice of him to pose for you and with his knee pads and all his gear. He ought to get a prize. I hate having my photo taken, so Nancy probably has a thousand photos of my back taken while hiking and when my back is turned. Maybe I should try to be as nice as Steve. The trouble is I'm not as good-looking as he is - a real danger to a camera.

He ought to get a prize, too, for tackling that job installing a hitch. That would be a bit more than I could handle, I think, so he gets all my admiration and hand-clapping while I stand by and watch, offering plenty of well-meaning but useless advice, of course, just to annoy him. As to marrying someone like my mother or Nancy marrying someone like her father, that's probably not true in our case, though it is with some of my brothers and sisters.

Spent the day running errands, groceries, softener salt (we also have an r/o system), a part for the car, bank, etc., and then finished off with working in the yard since it was sunny and dry (rain predicted for the weekend). Got the mower winterized, too, after mowing for the last time (hope, hope) and then made jambalaya for supper, a tiny bit less spicy than the normal recipe but still made me sweat. 'Twas good for a first time.

Just had a tiny bit of Laphroaig. Our son with whom we stayed in Michigan gave me a bottle.
He didn't like it but I did. It's one of those either/or things and tastes like pure peat smoke - a Scotch that's made from malt dried over a peat fire. Not everyone's cup of tea, but on a cold night in front of a fire... Also have a jar of peach brandy from oldest son who distills his own and also makes beer. He has some wonderful stuff.

When we were at his house he gave me a habanero-mango beer that was excellent. He and his wife do a lot of canning - have their own garden and fruit trees, make their own wine, beer and spirits, are raising seven kids including twins and are wonderful to visit. He's a tech for a group of heart doctors and specializes in calibrating pacemakers and crdiac cauterization (he runs the programs while the docs do the cauterization).

Guess that's all. Shattered and off to bed.
8 months ago.
Esther club
Your garden photos are stunning. What a treat!
8 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club







8 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Superbe travail..une composition parfaite
bon W/end Janet
8 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A beautiful series of floral images, a belated HFF I hope you both have a wonderful weekend Janet
8 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Very beautiful series - I would love to visit the gardens!

Belated HFF and a good WE!
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Interesting narrative and a fabulous series of images from this magical garden,
Have a lovely weekend
8 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A magnificent group of photos! What a paradise place of beauty! I'm always looking for lovely gardens, but that one must surely be a palace of plants!!
8 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful set of images, Have a nice weekend.
8 months ago.
tiabunna club
Another marvellous set of Butchart Gardens images and, as always, an interesting narrative, Janet. If I had to pick two out of these, I'd choose the Steve portrait and Inset 7 with the Leafhopper. Best wishes for the weekend.
8 months ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe focus
8 months ago.
Ruth club
A superb series of floral images Janet. Very nice to see Steve looking so happy too, it’s a wonderful photo.
8 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A marvelous set of images to finish with Janet............I've really enjoyed my visits to Butchart Gardens............as seen through your camera lens..!!

All the rose images are delightful, but a special mention for the 2nd PIP - the rose is stunning! I also really like the original coleus image and the two shots of the Candy-striped bug. A charming photo of Steve as well.

I'm so jealous of Steve's DIY skills..............I am the complete opposite - no matter how hard I try I'm pretty useless. I just don't have the aptitude I'm afraid (or the interest, if I'm honest). Long ago my wife banned me from attempting any DIY projects and we now get local tradesmen to do it and consider it our contribution to the economy :-))

Take care!
8 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Another great series here Janet with, I am sure, an illusive fence in there :) Well done.

Belated HFF, enjoy the rest of the weekend. Herb
8 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
What a great series, Janet! The main picture is fantastic. The lonely rose glows intensive red. The roses in the insets are lovely too. I like the way how they shine brightly against the dark background. The rudbeckia in inset 6 shines like the sun. The macro shots with the leafhoppers are fantastic.
8 months ago.
cammino club
Wonderful flowers!!! Nice to see your husband!
8 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
original compo and rich collection of splendid floral shots !
8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful - an a good set of inserts!
8 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh what fantastic photos, Janet. I love the roses, absolutely fantastic. My favourite though, is number 4, as I had similar coloured roses in the garden. I do have a darker red and yellow rose in the front driveway, and it does have a lovely scent. The coleus leaves are amazing - I just love these plants.

As for Steve being a fantastic handyman - you have certainly landed on your feet here, girl. I wasn't very fortunate having a man around me who knew how to do things like this. You are so lucky. I'm sure he'll have saved you a lot of money. As you say - it gives you a sense of pride knowing that you have done something good like this yourself.
8 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Je pose un commentaire sur l'ensemble de vos derniers post après quelques jours d'absence ! J'ai dû accompagner mon épouse Anne, Thémis sur IP, à Paris où elle est restée au chevet de son frère touché par une terrible maladie. Je suis rentré seul et m'attends malheureusement à devoir prendre le train prochainement. Ainsi va la vie !
Vos séries sur la botanique sont une merveille et un excellent traitement thérapeutique après des moments insupportables dans cette chambre de soins palliatifs. J'apprécie beaucoup votre comparaison entre votre père et Steve, c'est beau l'amour ! Je pense beaucoup à Anne et à l'amour qu'elle porte à son frère !
Félicitations pour vos captures toujours d'une grande qualité et une attention particulière à celle où Steve pose en tenu de photographe passionné dans la tonnelle de la roseraie. Un homme passionné de photo et bricoleur comme je le suis et que j'aimerais connaître !
Je vous souhaite un excellent dimanche, Janet !
8 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
Une composition parfaite ! je l'apprécie !
8 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Another beautiful series Janet....and.....well done to Steve !!!!!!
8 months ago.
micritter club
Gorgeous photos, as always. And so many for the price of one!
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Lovely addition to the group Janet

Thank you for posting
8 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
breathtaking beautiful
8 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Awesome close ups... great story and pictures... as always.. Janet..
Do have a good weekend... ''HFF'' and keep well... From David J'.. UK.
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful rose image Janet.
HFF and a nice weekend.
8 months ago.
micritter club
All are amazingly well done.
8 months ago.
Valfal club
It is funny about that saying men finding wives that resemble their mothers and women finding husbands that resemble their fathers; in my case, it was just a little different. Since I grew up without a father in my life, I had to find someone else to be my "superhero"; in this case, a very caring guidance counselor I had during high school. He was truly a father figure to me being the first man to affirm my value in this world like a father would. The second man to do this was my husband, who looks remarkably like that counselor from high school!

Thank you so much for sharing these remarkable photos and travelogues of your trips with us, Janet! :-))
7 months ago.

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