Last week I walked down Victoria Drive with a friend (where I saw the above magnolia) headed for Figaro's Garden to check out their extensive seed selection. I especially love their shelves full of West Coast Seeds, although I am often overwhelmed by the options (how does one choose between 20 different lettuces?) It is so nice to have a garden centre within walking distance, I like going there no matter the time of year just to get inspiration and breathe in the refreshing smells of soil, wet leaves, organic fertilizers and blooming plants.
Spring has been coming slowly to Vancouver, so I'm still taking my time planting, but I hope to have everything planted by the end of this week, except for some herbs, which will have to wait a little longer.
The rosemary below is going to go into a different little pot with some lavender, and in the cedar box I hope to have some colourful chard and poppies growing side by side.
This is a hosta I've had for two years that I had never transplanted until now, poor thing. I wish we had taken a photo of her roots for you, she had redefined the term 'root-bound' living in her 6 inch plastic greenhouse pot. She might have a slow year growing into her new home, but by next year she is going to be so much happier.
My last poor babies here, my twin cypress trees (only one shown). They had spent two summers in the the tall terracotta pots just to the left and are going to thrive in their new bigger containers.