The autumn chill of Vancouver was a surprise after the late summer heat of Palm Springs - a drop from around 35C (96F) to 16C (60F) after a three hour flight was challenging to the system and wardrobe but we had packed warm clothes, so survived the arctic onslaught. I had particularly hoped to get some good autumn colour pictures but the low light on most days rather limited this. Although I have many thousands of good garden pictures, being away in Palm Springs in the autumn and winter means that I do not get the opportunity to capture these two seasons. Its a tough life missing the British autumn and winter!
|Maples in a brief sunny moment|
|Lots of grass plantings in landscaped areas - flowering well in the dry autumn air|
|Just one of many roof gardens we saw|
|The large quarry garden and the Bloedel Conservatory in the misty distance|
|Parthenocissus quinquefolia - is it?|
|Bit of everything, trees, shrubs, conifers, herbaceous, aquatic and bedding - very parksy! And note the 'keep off the grass' railings|
|Beautiful rock strata reminding us of the origins of the garden|
|I just loved this muted mix of autumn colours|
Celebration Plaza at the centre of the gardens and at the highest point, features seven Tai Chi arbours, a dramatic dancing fountain and Henry's Moore's impressive 'Knife Edge - Two Piece' sculpture. Apologies for the almost monochromatic pictures due to the low light.
|Henry Moore sculpture and dancing fountains|
|The Bloedel Conservatory|
The sculpture was gifted by Prentice Bloedel as was the adjacent conservatory constructed in 1969 at a cost of $1M. The structure is not dissimilar to the great Biomes at the Eden Project, although the panels in the Bloedel Conservatory are triangular and those at Eden are hexagonal. The conservatory was threatened with closure in 2009 but was reprieved following fund raising by a Friends group and support from the nearby VanDusen Botanical Garden (more in next blog). The conservatory is lushly planted and maintained at a tropical temperature but the planting is confused and Alocasias are mingled with Brugmansias, cacti and charm chrysanthemums. It needs a good sort out and some interpretation. Over 100 species of tropical birds live, flying freely, within the conservatory. Again apologies for the poor pictures - none of the birds seemed willing to pose and face the camera!
|Inside the conservatory|
|Great foliage combo - anyone know what the Alocasia is?|
|Costus pulverulentus which I wrongly named in a previous blog, this time in bloom.|
|Dichorisandra thyrsiflora - often called blue ginger but actually a relative of Tradescantia|
|Pachystachys lutea, a relative of the shrimp plant and same family as Acanthus|
And the next post - wait for it - The Van Dusen Botanic Gardens - truly wonderful!