The fact that summer is still a couple of weeks away is just a technicality when the weather is this great. It’s a gorgeous sunny day in Vancouver, and I’m more than ready to enjoy this year’s pick of planter and basket stuffers.
We’ve transitioned, in recent years, from a roomy house in a beach neighbourhood of Kelowna to a much smaller home that’s in walking distance of an even sweeter beach. This being Vancouver, I should probably appreciate that we had to beat out only two competing offers to snag our property, which is a garden condo.
Accustomed to working with a semi-arid climate and our sun-drenched Kelowna garden, one of the biggest adjustments in returning to Vancouver – apart from prices and significant downsizing! – was shifting to shade plants. While the roses (all right; only one of them is thriving at the moment) and herbs enjoy a sunny spot by the gate, the mature maple near the patio means that our Vancouver planters must house plants that thrive with less light.
As may be guessed from the majority of the florals on this site, I’m drawn to mauves, pinks and whites, and so those shades dominate our garden. The brown planters are now almost six years old, but look lovely all dressed up for Summer 2015 with hanging begonias, coleus and New Guinea Impatiens stealing the show.