|Posted by ellen on May 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM|
I'm in love with my new neighbourhood, the Rockland borough of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I'm just a few tranquil mansioned blocks from the Government House grounds and Craigdarroch Castle. The road behind my house is called Carberry Garden. The speed limit is 30 km/hr (about 20 mph). My house, and many of the neighbouring houses, were built in the late 1800's. Although they look posh from the outside a lot of them have been divided into apartments so there are a lot of students strolling about making the place look even prettier. Here is a bench at Government House, surrounded by golden boxwood. The other picture is of a row of bay tree standards in half barrels, the kind you can put in your soup! People only seem to go to this free, open-to-the-public garden on their wedding day, but it's even nicer than Beacon Hill park, if smaller. As I was exploring it I kept finding myself wandering into the gardeners' areas with their locked bins and sheds. I even rescued a discarded pansy from the compost pile, and it's recuperating nicely in my window box.
I would love to be a gardener there...and live in one of their beautifully kept up stables/outbuildings. I'll put up more pictures of the spectacular garry oak meadow soon.