Hello from Sunday night, yes I know it’s Monday morning

March 2, 2015

You know what I discovered recently?
I actually only have two hellebores in my garden and they’re not very exciting hellebores at that.

Out at my favourite nursery, Southlands, Thomas had all sorts of these beautiful guys. I love winter bloomers.


Is it me or have I blinked and suddenly there are about a million exciting new cultivars from the boring old Winter and Lenten Rose types? Look at the ruffles and spots and variegation! Have to look around my own hood for houses which will be demolished this spring and go steal save a few.


The Southlands neighbourhood is a very bucolic country gentry life neighbourhood, with horses and stables and rural life right in the heart of a big cosmopolitan city. It ends at one arm of the Fraser River and the Vancouver airport is on an island just beyond.

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It might look bucolic and country charming, but the average price of houses starts somewhere around $5,000,000 and goes up from there. One particular house overlooking the path and river is listed at $12,000,000 and has 5 bedrooms 5 bathrooms, about 5000 square ft, and an average city lot. Buying a house in Vancouver means that you can probably afford a house anywhere else in the world…except maybe New York, London or Tokyo.

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But it is beautiful here. Blooming trees and pussy willows and horses in back yards.


Sharing with Judith and the mosaic bunch. 😀

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  • Reply Eileen March 2, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Lovely scenes from your world..The hellebores are all beautiful. Love the cute doggie and the horse.. Happy March, wishing you a great day and week ahead!

    • Reply Veronica March 2, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Happy March to you too Eileen. 😀

  • Reply Gill March 2, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I cannot believe we live in the same country. It’s like night and day from where you live to where we live. It’s freezing cold and everything is covered in snow………you are right about how expensive property is though in Vancouver.

    • Reply Veronica March 2, 2015 at 7:31 am

      I know Gill! I feel so sorry for you and all my friends out East and a little guilty for posting blooming cherries and plums. 🙁 And don’t talk to me of house prices! My own little Craftsman house cost me just over 1 million and now has risen another 200K, which means my property taxes go up! But there’s just nowhere to go in Van. It’s a small triangle between the ocean, the mountains and the US border.

  • Reply Jo March 2, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Great views – love the houses and horses. We have the same kinds of neighborhoods just across the bay in Washington – lovely to look at anyway.

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      I love Washington state Jo, and always look forward to my drive thru down to Seattle. 😀

  • Reply Cathy March 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Lovel post!!! Would love to investigate the blooms in your nursery!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you so much Cathy. 😀

  • Reply Sylvia D March 2, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Veronica. Thanks so much for your post. I was looking for the name of a flower I took a picture of at the Conservatory. When I saw it’s name I thought I will remember that. This morning no such luck until I came to this post and there it is Lenten Rose.

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Oh I’m so glad Sylvia. 😀 What luck.

  • Reply Carole March 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hi Veronica. My dad used to dock his tugboats along that area of the Fraser River. As kids we used to hang out a lot on his boats and swim in the river. We went for a drive down there a few years ago and we quite shocked at the size of the houses and the gentrification of the river’s shorelines. Awfully posh posh now. 🙁

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I know! It’s crazy, isn’t it? I used to run around empty lots and small green belts in Shaughnessy, and now those areas are gone and full of million dollar houses. It’s a bit sad.

  • Reply Linda Hubbard March 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, lovely neighbourhood, but not so lovely prices…Guess I’ll stay in the Maritimes where things are more realistic! Love the Hellebores, such beauty!!

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Oh Linda, the prices here in Vancouver are ridiculous! But the Maritimes are lovely. One of these days I’ll make it back there for another visit. So many places…so little time! 😀

  • Reply Rosemarie March 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Hi there Veronica

    Thanks again for sharing your pics – one feels like they are right there.

    Great to save plants from house lots that are going to be demolished. So sad that plants which have grown/bloomed for years end up in the dump. I think you would also make a great guerrilla gardener.

    I am keeping a close eye on the cherry blossoms in the next block – with all this sun they should be exploding soon.


    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Those cherry blossom photos you sent me are truly spectacular Rosemarie. How lucky that you live on that street! I’ll try my best to make it there for the blooms. 😀

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm March 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Gorgeous flowers Veronica ..what a beautiful place!

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Oh it so is Julie! I might just be a bit addicted to that nursery…lol. At least my addictions are somewhat harmless. 😀

  • Reply Gayle March 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Love it!! Thank you for stopping by Behind the Garden Gate, what fun it is to meet people passionate about flowers. Wow, the prices are incredible! Tonight we watched a home decorating show and were amazed how low the prices are. We are out of the Seattle area and prices here are high, but for us, the view is so worth it.

    • Reply Veronica March 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      I love Seattle Gayle. I try to go down there a few times/year. We have some friends in the Queen Anne and University districts. It’s lovely there.

  • Reply daryledelstein March 6, 2015 at 6:06 am

    if only they’d ship well i would steal or save a cutting from the park where there are tons of that plant growing everywhere .. i doubt they’d miss a branch/cutting …

    • Reply Veronica March 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Aw, thanks for thinking of me Daryl. I wonder what the Canada Post would think of imported plant material. They’d probably say, “There goes that crazy girl who keeps smuggling plants into Vancouver from all over the world!” and lock me up and take away my garden…lol. 😀

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